Mind-Blowing Inventions From The 20th Century That Are Taken For Granted Today

By Sophia Maddox | August 3, 2023

Sophia Loren makes a long distance phonecall

Today we're surrounded by technology that would have sent our brains buzzing in the groovy era. Whether you were born in the post-war boom or on the edge of the new millennium everyone has become so used to modern technology that we've lost the wonder that makes it so special.

A lot of the amazing concepts that we're surrounded with today, from smartphones to blockbuster franchises, come from the 1960s and '70s. At the time, each new thing that found its way to consumers felt like a breath of fresh air. It's a shame that they're taken for granted today. Let's look back at some of the most mind-blowing inventions of the groovy era and see how they're still making waves today.

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Today, through the help of chat apps, social media, and affordable cellphone plans that keep the world connected, long distance phone calls aren't as exciting or as expensive as they used to be. In 1963, international direct dialing from London to Paris became a thing, with calls to Amsterdam coming shortly afterwards.

By 1968, folks across the westernized world were able to reach out and touch on another with their voices on demand. This was a completely mind-blowing advancement in technology that remained a must-have until the 2000s when coast to coast calling became the norm.

Farrah Fawcett goes street style on a groovy skateboard

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When young people began skateboarding in the groovy era it was seen as a kind of recreation for young children in Southern California. Initially created in the early 20th century, the '60s were the first decade where companies manufactured parts for actual skateboards that held up under scrutiny. This was a huge deal to young skaters everywhere.

Today, skateboarding is a multi-billion dollar industry and the sport's biggest stars are household names. We don't even think it's all that strange that one of the most exciting sports in the modern era got its start as a children's toy. With time everything becomes normal.