Only People Born in the 1970s Will Remember These 19 Awesome Things

The decade of disco, daring fashion, and delightful quirks is something we sometimes mock, but really we love it. If you’re a proud child of this era, take a trip down memory lane with these 19 awesome things we kind of wish we still had!

Pet Rocks

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Who would’ve thought that a rock, comfortably nestled in a little box with breathing holes, could be the pet of your dreams? Sure, it didn’t fetch or cuddle, but it was maintenance-free, and it made an unexpectedly chic decor piece!

Rotary Phones

Rotary Phones
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Before touchscreen smartphones, we had the workout of rotary phones. The delightful whirl of the dial as it spun back after selecting each number was unmatched.

Disco Fever

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It was the era of glittery jumpsuits, platform shoes, and showcasing those funky dance moves under the shimmering disco ball. If only we could bring back some of that unabashed dance floor enthusiasm!

Mood Rings

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These little gems were more than just jewelry. Sporting a mood ring meant you had a window to your soul right on your finger. Sure, the science was questionable, but who cared? It was ’70s fashion at its peak – mysterious and undoubtedly cool.

Pong

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In a world where video games now feel like alternate realities, there was a simpler joy known as Pong. This two-dimensional digital tennis showdown between two rectangles and a dot was both rudimentary and weirdly gripping.

8-Track Tapes

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Streaming? What’s that? The ’70s had 8-track tapes, the bulky rectangles that played our favorite anthems. But, ah, the nostalgia of having to carry a pencil to fix a jam or swap tapes mid-road trip. Music just felt more tangible back then.

Shag Carpets

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Shag carpets were the floor decor that defined home comfort. Deep, plush, and available in an array of vibrant colors, they turned every living room into a cozy haven. Sure, cleaning was a challenge, but the plush comfort was so worth it.

Lava Lamps

Lava Lamps
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In a decade filled with innovations and quirks, lava lamps stood out as the beacon of tranquility. It wasn’t just a lamp; it was a piece of art, a conversation starter, and the perfect backdrop for deep ’70s contemplation.

Drive-In Theaters

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Picture this: a clear night, the hum of car engines, the scent of popcorn wafting, and a movie playing against the vast night sky. Drive-in theaters weren’t just about watching films; they were communal gatherings under the stars, with a sprinkle of romance in the air.

Bell-Bottom Jeans

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The ’70s were all about flares, the bigger, the better. The bell-bottom jeans, paired with flowy tops and oversized sunglasses, made you feel like a glam rock star, and every twirl showcased the flair in all its glory.

Farrah Fawcett Hair

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Farrah Fawcett’s feathered hair really was in a league of its own. Salons across the country had women walking in, hoping to emulate that perfect blend of volume, wave, and grace. But let’s be honest, many tried, but only Farrah perfected it!

Jiffy Pop Popcorn

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Making popcorn wasn’t just about snacking; it was an event with Jiffy Pop. The anticipation as the aluminum foil dome began to rise and the kernels popped in harmony was pure joy.

Roller Skates

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Long before the age of electric scooters, we had the classic roller skates. Parks and promenades were filled with the sounds of wheels on concrete, accompanied by funky disco tunes blaring from nearby homes. It was fitness, fun, and fashion, all rolled into one.

Waterbeds

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The sensation of the liquid beneath, conforming to your every move, was novel and exciting, if you were lucky enough to own one of these. But a word of caution: jumping onto one was not the best idea!

Floppy Disks

Floppy Disks
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In a time before cloud storage and USBs, floppy disks were the cutting-edge tech. These square devices, which now seem archaic, were mindblowing for our digital world at the time. School projects, work files, and even games—everything fit!

Macramé Plant Hangers

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Knotting and weaving ropes into intricate designs, these hangers held our beloved green friends in style. When you put your fern or spider plant in, it added a touch of nature to every indoor space.

Orange and Brown Everything

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From kitchenware to wall paints, the hues of orange and brown reigned supreme in our younger years. They might seem overpowering now, but back then it was the pinnacle of modern style.

Milk in Glass Bottles

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Before the era of plastic, we had the charm of milk delivered in glass bottles. Waking up to find them at your doorstep, with the cream settled on top, was a delightful ritual.

Manual Typewriters

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It’s no wonder so many are trying to emulate these with keyboards. The rhythmic dance of fingers on keys, the satisfying slide of the carriage return, and the ding at the end of each line—typing on a manual typewriter was an experience.

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