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7  Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

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Selfies

Taking hundreds of self-portraits has never been so simple, even though the idea is somewhat old. Imagine how strange it will be in the not too distant future when grownups look back on childhood memories while holding up close-up pictures of themselves.

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Pre-made Sandwiches

Your parents would have appreciated having this alternative to toss into a lunchbox or lunchbag on days when things didn't go as planned. They first appeared as thawed sandwiches in 2000.

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Fruit Pouches

Kids sipping on bags of applesauce, vegetable, and fruit purees is a sight we've gotten accustomed to, but it was unthinkable in the heady days of the 1970s.

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Swiffer

Likewise for the inconspicuous Swiffer, which debuted in 1999 and permanently relieved us of the need to haul buckets of water about while continuously mopping.

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Diaper Genies

Its beginnings are a little hazy, but the diaper disposal system is a nursery essential. It was invented somewhere in the 1990s. 

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Fidget Spinners

You only needed to tap your pencil on your desk or hurl a wad of paper at a buddy or sibling in the past to get the attention of your teachers and parents while also letting out some extra energy.

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And "Disney Reveals"

Similar to unboxing videos, the "Disney Reveal" is a creation of our times, where parents ingeniously surprise their children with a Disney vacation and post the response on YouTube.