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Our Ginger Fuhrer says that he could still code up a simple game idea in Amstrad Basic, while I'm your man if you ever need to rebuild the suspension on an Austin Allegro (1750 Equipe version). This stuff doesn't leave your mind - tell us about obsolete talents you still have.

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Lego Castle set 6080
As a child I'd built and dismantled this set so many times I stopped using the instructions. If I had all the pieces in front of me now I reckon I could still do it. This would be preferable to working.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 10:56, 2 replies)
I can spell, punctuate, and use proper syntax.
Apparently that's an obsolete, outmoded skill these days.

I still make mistakes, mind, but they're due to inattention, not ignorance.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 10:46, 4 replies)
Tank Fly Boss Walk Jam Nitty Gritty, You're listening to the boy from the big bad city. This is Jam hot.
That is all.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 10:44, 7 replies)
I remember how to have sex
which, in my case, appears to be pretty obsolete knowledge.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 10:37, 9 replies)
Now this is a story....
all about how my life
got twist turned upside down
and id like to take a minute
just sit right there
ill tell you how i became the prince
of a town called Bel-Air

In west Philadelphia
born and raised
on the playground where i spent
most of my days
chilling out, maxing
and relaxing and cool
and shooting some b-ball
outside of school
when a couple of guys
they were up to no good
started making trouble in our neighborhood
i got in one little fight and my mom got scared
she said your moving
in with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air

i whisted for a cab and when it came near
the license plate said fresh
and had dice in the mirror
if anything i could say that this cab was rare
but i thought nah, forget it
yo home to bel-air!

i-pulled- up tp a house about seven or eight
i yelled to the cabbie yo home, smell you later
looked at my kingdom i was finally there
to sit on my throne as the prince of bel-air
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 10:32, 16 replies)
"The Young Ones" Book cira 1984...
I bought this second hand at my Cub Scouts' (do boys still go to Cubs these days?!?!) Jumble Sale (do they still have Jumble Sales too? ACE for getting spare broken 'Action Men' to chuck out of the bedroom window with home-made parachutes) for 10p or something when i was 8 years old. There was a section in it called "Lets Swear" and it went..


There - I can still recite it to this day, and just read it aloud at my desk! It was the funniest thing I'd ever seen. Brilliant.

Also - could I FUCK get any Speccy cheats on those tapes on 'Your Sinclair' to work...

Oh, I can also recite most of the script of 'Smokey and the Bandit 2'

"Whats that Daddy?"
"A little fly shit" *wipes something off knackered police cars' dash board*
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 10:30, 6 replies)
Obsolete Dancing
I learnt the jive when I were a young lad,
It has been with me ever since then,
My dancing skills were all that I had,
To try and impress the women.

Imagine my sheer horror the other night,
In a packed nightclub in town, quite late.
I started to jive with all my might,
In the hope of attracting a date.

A blonde lass, slim, with massive tits,
Laughed in my face as I grooved,
And my jiving had most of the girls in fits,
So I watched how the other guys moved.

They had a new style of jive, that was different to mine,
I watched the gel smothered gangs bop on the spot.
It got the girls all excited and wet,
And I realised, I should have learnt robot.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 10:25, Reply)
C64 Datasette + little screwdriver.
I am surprised that no one mentioned that C64 Datasette screwdriver calibrating-thing yet?
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 10:01, Reply)
Could next weeks qotw be "Computer Cheats" please?
I think it would do well.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 9:56, 12 replies)
ZX Spectrum games
I can still remember the layout of the Great Escape and where the locked doors are and stuff. It shows how much I played them, which was practically every day.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 9:30, Reply)
I think the most obvious obsolete skill amongst B3tans is the ability to read.
How else do you explain the multitude of people who think that they are the only ones able to remember BT Chargecard numbers, know how to type 'GO TO 10', be able to edit reel to reel tape, make bread, recall cheats for Driller and quote lines from Red Dwarf?
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 9:23, 32 replies)
I can recite Transformers the Movie
(the '86 animated one, not the Michael Bay effort)

"Ironhide, report to me at once."
"Every tahm ah look into a monitor, Prahm, mah circuits sizzle! When are we gonna start bustin' Deceptichops?"
"I want you to make a special run to Autobot City on Earth."
"But Praaahhm..."
"Listen Ironhide, we don't have enough energon cubes to power a full scale assault. Ready the shuttle for launch!"
"Your days are numbered now, Decepticreeps!"
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 9:01, 2 replies)
Student numbers
Whilst at uni every student was assigned a number(they still are) and despite it being over 15 years ago I finished and having had no use for it since, I can still remember the damn thing, the annoying thing is when I returned a few years ago as staff they wouldn't let me use the old number and can I remember the new one? Feck no.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 8:30, Reply)
BT Chargecards
I still remember my BT chargecard number from circa 1993. For those of you who don't remember this was a number you could dial that would reverse the charges to one number AND ONE NUMBER ONLY. Usually your mum and dad.

It was a fifteen digit number. It is etched on my brain for some reason.

I can also edit tape on a reel-reel machine.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 8:27, 2 replies)
MC Hammer - You Can't Touch This
Still know the words and the dance moves.....it's quite embarrassing really. I wish I had children just so I could do it in front of them!
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 8:13, 5 replies)
Still know all of Vega's moves from Street Fighter II Turbo...
Eighteen years on and I'm still capable of finishing you in style with a Rolling Crystal Flash.

Pick your arcade, son; you're going down!
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 5:30, Reply)
I still recall
My Mums Co-op dividend number from when I was a kidlet.
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 3:52, 1 reply)
20 GOTO 10

the first and only thing I got my ZX81 to do
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 1:07, 10 replies)
Tony Hawk, PS1
Low gravity cheat- Left,Up,Left,Up,Down,Up,Square,Triangle

As long as you remembered 'LULUDUST' you couldn't go wrong
(, Mon 4 Jul 2011, 0:51, 2 replies)
Oh Oh Oh To Touch And Feel A Girls Vagina And Hymen
Cranial Nerves...
Accessory Spinal
(, Sun 3 Jul 2011, 21:47, 3 replies)
My dad
When i was younger my dad had a lot of old daft sayings that amused and confused me to no end.
For some strange reason everynow and again they'll pop into my head during conversation.
So if you happen to be talking to a tall gentlemen in derby with a fondness for cigars i apologise for such lines as;

"How's your belly for spots?"

"It's like tripe and ginger."

"Twice as good but three times the better."
*whilst pushing my cheeks up and down* "synthetic flesh"

"just off for a jimmy riddle"

"got a mouth like a nuns gusset"

"let the weasle off its leash?"(yes its a question)

To be honest i think he probably made most of them up but i've know them for over 15 years so by teenager standards they're ancient.
(, Sun 3 Jul 2011, 20:39, 7 replies)
I can remember every mobile phone number I've ever had
Except my current one.

When I replace it, I will remember that one too. The new one will elude me until the cycle repeats itself again.
(, Sun 3 Jul 2011, 20:33, 2 replies)
(, Sun 3 Jul 2011, 20:25, 2 replies)
Unless most b3tans have evolved to the point where food is no longer required,
I fail to see how bread making is an obsolete talent.

A quick skim through this qotw should also show that it is hardly the dying art that people are making it out to be.

Still, it's better than tall tales about scat-play.
(, Sun 3 Jul 2011, 20:24, 8 replies)
The god mode cheat from Alien Trilogy way back when games were as terrifying as the graphics
(, Sun 3 Jul 2011, 20:22, 5 replies)
old stuff i still know
YOB 394T was the number plate of my mums austin allegro, was the first car i drove after passing my driving test in 1989, alas i never experienced any loving with a young lady in that car, as the allegro was a horrible looking shit car only driven by old people. 2 years later it went to the scrap yard as the floor dropped out due to rust.
(, Sun 3 Jul 2011, 20:00, 2 replies)
I can still...
... sing the Supergran theme tune word perfect. I am 35 and it hasn't been on telly for 27 years.
(, Sun 3 Jul 2011, 19:25, 6 replies)
I've got the entire prologue of The Canterbury Tales memorized
Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour...etc etc etc

I had to memorize it for some sadistic teacher and it took root in my brain and hasn't budged since. How's that for "old" stuff?
(, Sun 3 Jul 2011, 18:44, 2 replies)
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