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Prepare To Feel Old, Because Kids Think The 'Save' Icon Is A Vending Machine

RIP, floppy disk.

Remember when you’d save your school assignment in a clunky Microsoft Word document, pop it onto a floppy disk, and present it the next day with a complimentary papier mache diorama and projector slide show? Well, those days are sadly gone, and now kids don’t even know what the ‘save’ icon is.

Those were the days. Credit: Giphy

Twitter users were both shook and triggered today when a young Microsoft Excel user asked, “Why is the SAVE ICON a ‘Vending Machine w/ a Beverage dispensed?”

Credit: Twitter

Umm, hello!!! IT’S A FLOPPY DISK!? 

A floppy disk mood. Credit: Giphy

In reaction to the shocking discovery, one Twitter user asked, “Would a 10 y/o in 2019 even know what a VHS tape is at this point, much less a floppy disk?” And it’s a very valid question. 

For those who also thought the ‘save’ icon was a vending machine, the floppy disc – AKA my primary school love – was a form of data storage used from the mid-1970s until the first years of the 21st century when the USB came into play.

FUTURISTIC STUFF. Credit: Giphy

Sadly, even the humble USB is a rarity, with most of our data and important digital items now simply saved in the ubiquitous ‘cloud’ or on mammoth hard drives. During today’s Twitter debate over the icon, one user posted another valid point: “A better question would be, ‘Why is there a ‘save’ button?’” And yet again, I’m searching for answers. 

The ‘save’ icon does feel a little outdated considering there have been so many technological advancements over the past 50 years, but it’s our only remaining artifact of the floppy disk and therefore we should protect it at ALL costs. 

Learn From This Woman's Mistakes And Never, Ever Sleep With Your Dodgy Phone Charger

Ouch.

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

Note to self: don’t ever sleep next to your dodgy phone charger while wearing a necklace. A 19-year-old woman from Michigan suffered some pretty disturbing neck burns after her chain necklace came in contact with her “generic cell phone charger.”

Ooft. Credit: Giphy

According to a report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the woman was burnt while lying in bed with the charger plugged into the wall and her iPhone sitting beneath her pillow. She reported feeling a “sudden burning sensation and severe pain around her neck,” and was quickly taken to the emergency room to be treated.

The report states that “several companies have invested the difference in quality and safety of generic versus Apple-branded chargers and found that the majority of generic chargers fail basic safety testing, making them a higher risk for electrical injury.”

Lead author Dr. Carissa Bunke said in a statement, “Teens and adolescents are particularly at risk of injury due to their frequent mobile device use. They should be advised to not sleep with their phones or mobile devices charging in bed and avoid leaving the charger plugged in when it is not connected to a phone.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2016, the NYPD shared images of pillowcases burned to a crisp after users slept with their cell phones underneath and in 2017, a 19-month-old baby in Kentucky was badly burnt when she put a phone charger in her mouth

It might make snoozing your alarm easier, but if it means singing your skin off, I’d rather leave the charger plugged in on the other side of the room. 

Microsoft's Clippy Was Annoying AF But He Was Also Our Cry For Help

"It looks like you're writing a letter."

Remember Microsoft’s Clippy? He was that annoying little virtual paperclip that popped up in the corner of your screen whenever you were in the midst of writing a Word Document. 

“It looks like you’re writing a letter,” he’d rudely assume. “Would you like help?” 

He was rather pesky. Credit: Giphy

Side note: The fact that we once used Microsoft to WRITE LETTERS is mind-boggling, but so is the rise and fall of Clippy, the paperclip you hated to love and loved to hate.

HI THERE. Credit: Giphy

Clippy was born in 1997. He was popping up on our screens offering unsolicited advice until 2001 when he was sadly killed off Office Assistant and replaced with features like smart tags and task panes. 

Earlier this year, Microsoft briefly resurrected the paperclip in the form of a series of animated stickers in the company’s chat software, GitHub. Unfortunately, his new life didn’t last long and a day later he was killed off yet again. 

Hello again. Credit: Microsoft

“Clippy has been trying to get his job back since 2001, and his brief appearance on GitHUb was another attempt,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge in March. “While we appreciate the effort, we have no plans to bring Clippy to Teams.”

He wasn’t happy. Credit: GitHub

But that wasn’t the end for Clippy. Fans of the animated paperclip started a since-declined petition to ‘Bring back The Clippy Sticker Messaging Pack’ and just this week, he’s been popping up in a fresh batch of very dank memes and Tweets.

Perhaps the re-emergence of Clippy in our lives has a deeper meaning than we think. The pushy paperclip was once an annoying feature, but now, he represents a cry for help. These days, we’re born with technology is in blood: babies exit the womb zooming and swiping, and creating a Word Document is just an assumed skill. Does the little guy let us know it’s okay to ask for help?

Ask me anything. Credit: Giphy

Either way, Clippy needs to make a comeback ASAP.

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