The Fastest Adopted Household Gadget?

From The Atlantic:

Really? How many of you guessed this?

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  • Not the Fax Machine?

  • Scott Gay

    I for one guessed Politically Correct TV.
    My grandson at seven wondered to me, “you mean your phone was really tied to the wall with a cord!”

  • Matt Edwards

    Scott Gay, when I described corded phones to my son, he asked how you took them in the car.

  • I guessed VCR… some of those things are still around and working. Hearty but terrible format. I feel bad for the folks who invested in built in shelving for VHS tapes.. all the space those things used!

  • They buy them, use them till they break off the antenna, then give them to their church. We must have a dozen of these.

  • Alex

    My dad, mom, sister and I all had boom boxes in the 70s.

  • Where’s the 8-track? I felt so cool when my dad got one installed in our Citation. . . .

  • DRT

    Rob Dunbar, the Citation is the only car in history with no record of anyone ever having stole one. But with an added 8 track, perhaps…

  • Rob S

    This all depends on whether the gadget was “ready for prime-time” (functionality, cost, ease of use, etc.) when they were first released. I suspect you wouldn’t be as surprised if they put the accompanying date of the first market release on each gadget. As the original journal article notes, color television was first released in the 1950s. http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/10557.pdf