If you are like many of us, you grew up listening to your parents or grandparents talking about the “good ol’ days”. How many times have you heard expressions like, “When I was your age” or “Back in my day”? We swore to ourselves that we were not going to put our own children through that. Yet somehow, we find ourselves doing it anyway.

But just how good were the “good ol’ days”? The older generation likes to talk about how things were just made better back then. “They just don’t make them like they used to” is a common expression.

We may roll our eyes and accuse them of living in the past, but there may be some truth to what they say. But then again, it depends on what product they are referring to.

As recently as the late 1980’s. cars and trucks came with a standard 12-month warranty and had fallen victim to rust and mechanical failure after only 3-4 years. Today, that would be totally unacceptable. It’s not uncommon to see 12 to 15-year-old vehicles on the road today still working perfectly.

But what about household appliances? Were they really built better in the past or is that just another fallacy?

An article on msn.com recently put that to the test. It turns out that grandma and grandpa weren’t as dumb as you thought they were.

On a side note, isn’t it funny that the older we get, the smarter they get?

Anyway, while today’s appliances are prettier with more bells and whistles, that doesn’t necessarily make them better. Like they say, the more you add to something, the more there is that can go wrong.

At the risk of having grandma and grandpa telling you, “I told ya so” once again, click the link below to read the entire article.

(Notice: Leave it to MSN. This article has since been removed.)

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