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Did they really do that?

Picking up a comment made on ‘Reasons to be cheerful’ about how we look back with bafflement on the days when relics were revered, it got me thinking about what future generations will say about us while scratching their heads. A few came to mind:

Tolerating fox hunting when bear baiting etc had been outlawed so many years before
Not allowing the terminally ill to die in dignity without unnecessary suffering
Having a second parliamentary chamber based on patronage or birth
That QAnon and similar conspiracy theorists had any influence at all.
Rutland, England


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,698
    Childbirth. Really?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,006
    edited 3 January
    Burning oil for completely trivial purposes, like motor racing
    Piping a highly explosive, toxic gas into 80% of homes in the UK and complaining when we were told we'd have to stop

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,168
    I just saw a video review on Youtube of another ridiculous electric vehicle from the USA. The new 4.5-ton Hummer pickup truck. Someone has spent £350k importing one to the UK. Electric vehicle vanity is not going to make much sense in the future. All the research, materials and tech needs to be focused on replacing the worst offenders on the roads right now. The high mileage, high polluters that need to be doing their jobs every day. Not cars that will probably do less than a couple of thousand miles of unnecessary poser driving each year. It's only one car but the principle applies to the industry generally. It makes as much sense as putting lithium batteries into disposable vape pens rather than into something useful.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,006
    Generally, wasting precious and finite resources on trivial pass-times
    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,994
    Heating your patio . Put on a jumper or go inside!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Extracting water, cleaning it, filtering it, making it fit to drink, testing it, piping it into everyone's homes, then sh****ng in it!
  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,187
    Aviation subsidies. 

  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 1,119
    Buying tat from the other side of the world therefore putting local firms out of business before "recycling" that tat for it to be sent back and remade into yet more things we don't need and shipped back ad infinitum.
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