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These Adorably Confused Kids Have No Idea What A Walkman Is

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Hand any of these kids an iPod, and they'll know exactly what to do with it. Hand them a Walkman, however, and they won't even know what it is ... or what it does ... or how to use it—as you can see in this new video from the Fine Bros.

"Oh, a phone! ... Wait, what is this thing?" one little girl says. Other kids suggest that the Walkman is a walkie talkie, a dictation device, or a boombox. They have no idea what a cassette tape is, or how to open the Walkman to insert it, or which way to insert it. The verdict? "It's too complicated," says one little boy.

It's all very cute—and makes those of us who grew up with Walkmans feel pretty old! The Walkman was invented in the late '70s for the head of Sony, who wanted to listen to music on his many business trips. It was the very first personal listening device, and it's pretty safe to say that without the Walkman, there would be no iPod.

Just for fun, here's a commercial for my first Walkman:

Specially made for kids, it was cherry red and had a crossbody strap so I could take it everywhere. And when you pressed play, a window in the back allowed you to see the gadget's parts as they played your tape. It. Was. Awesome. I still have it—and it still works. Now, if I could only find my New Kids on the Block cassette tape...

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Brush Up on Your Film Trivia With This Website Dedicated to First and Last Lines From Popular Movies
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Few elements of a film are more important than its opening and closing lines. In some cases, they divulge pivotal truths or serve as bookends to establish the movie’s overall tone. In others, they provide important context or reveal key information about the lead characters.

No matter which purpose these snippets of dialogue serve, the most iconic establishing or concluding film lines are perhaps the most quotable ones. (After all, how many Citizen Kane fans can hear the phrase “Rosebud” without being reminded of Kane’s favorite childhood sleigh?) But if you can’t remember the openers and closers from your own favorite flicks, a new website is here to help you brush up on your pop culture knowledge.

Made by the team over at AT&T Internet, the fun reference site takes iconic blockbusters and presents their first and last lines of dialogue using typography and the occasional illustration. The site “is a way to recap the last 50 years of movies into a slideshow,” communications manager Alex Thomas tells Mental Floss.

You can check out AT&T Internet’s online slideshow of first and last lines—featuring bits from 1972’s The Godfather, 1999’s The Sixth Sense, 1994's The Shawshank Redemption, and more—here.

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Watch Craftsmen Shape Gobs of Molten Glass into Colorful Marbles
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Marbles aren't just for schoolchildren. Humans have likely been playing with the tiny toys for thousands of years, as indicated by ancient Egyptian artifacts and other objects studied by archaeologists. These trinkets have been crafted from materials including clay, stone, wood, glass, and metal. But in the early 1900s, Akron, Ohio–based Martin F. Christensen changed the way the playthings are made when he invented an automated machine that produced glass marbles.

Christensen's machine ultimately paved the way for the mass production of marbles. But in the video below, you can see how they're made the old-fashioned way. Produced by The Magic of Making—a series of short educational films created along with BBC—and spotted by The Kid Should See This, the clip shows glass makers in action as they use large ovens to melt granules of sand into liquid, and as they stretch, twist, and shape the molten goo into fragile (yet still playable) creations.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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