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25 things about to become extinct in america


U.S. Post Office
They are pricing themselves out of existence. With e-mail, and
and on-line services they are a relic of the past. (refer to #9)
Packages are also sent faster and cheaper with UPS.

24. Yellow Pages
This year will be pivotal for the global Yellow Pages industry.
Much like newspapers, print Yellow Pages will continue to bleed
dollars to their various digital counterparts, from Internet
Yellow Pages (IYPs), to local search engines and combination
search/listing services like Reach Local and Yodel Factors like20an
acceleration of the print 'fade rate' and the looming recession
will contribute to the onslaught. One research firm predicts the
falloff in usage of newspapers and print Yellow Pages could even
reach 10% this year -- much higher than the 2%-3% fade rate seen
in past years.

23. Classified Ads

The Internet has made so many things obsolete that newspaper
classified ads might sound like just another trivial item on a
long list. But this is one of those harbingers of the future that
could signal the end of civilization as we know it. The argument
is that if newspaper classifies are replaced by free on-line
listings at sites like Craigslist.org and Google Base, then
newspapers are not far behind them..

22. Movie Rental Stores

While Netflix is looking up at the moment, Blockbuster keeps
closing store locations by the hundreds. It still has about 6,000
left across the world, but those keep dwindling and the stock is
down considerably in 2008, especially since the company gave up a
quest of Circuit City . Movie Gallery, which owned the Hollywood
Video brand, closed up shop earlier this year. Countless small
video chains and mom-and-pop stores have given up the ghost

21. Dial-up Internet Access

Dial-up connections have fallen from 40% in 2001 to 10% in 2008.
The combination of an infrastructure to accommodate affordable
high speed Internet connections and the disappearing home phone
have all but pounded the final nail in the coffin of dial-up
Internet access.

20. Phone Land Lines

According to a survey from the National Center for Health
Statistics, at the end of 2007, nearly one in six homes was
cell-only and, of those homes that had land lines, one in eight
only received calls on their cells.

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs
Maryland 's icon, the blue crab, has been fading away in Chesapeake
Bay Last year
Maryland saw the lowest harvest (22 million pounds)
since 1945. Just four decades ago the bay produced 96 million
pounds. The population is down 70% since 1990, when they first did
a formal count. There are only about 120 million crabs in the bay
and they think they need 200 million for a sustainable population.
Over-fishing, pollution, invasive species and global warming get
the blame.

18. VCRs

For the better part of three decades, the VCR was a best-seller
and staple in every American household until being completely
decimated by the DVD, and now the Digital Video Recorder (DVR). In
fact, the only remnants of the VHS age at your local Wal-Mart or
Radio Shack are blank VHS tapes these days. Pre-recorded VHS tapes
are largely gone and VHS decks are practically nowhere to be
found. They served us so well.

17. Ash Trees

In the late 1990's, a pretty, iridescent green species of beetle,
now known as the emerald ash borer, hitched a ride to
with ash wood products imported from eastern Asia .. In less
than a decade, its larvae have killed millions of trees in the
Midwest , and continue to spread. They've killed more than 30
million ash trees in southeastern
Michigan alone, with tens of
millions more lost in
Ohio and Indiana . More than 7.5 billion ash
trees are currently at risk.

16. Ham Radio

Amateur radio operators enjoy personal (and often worldwide)
wireless communications with each other and are able to support
their communities with emergency and disaster communications if
necessary, while increasing their personal knowledge of
electronics and radio theory.. However, proliferation of the
Internet and its popularity among youth has caused the decline of
amateur radio. In the past five years alone, the number of people
holding active ham radio licenses has dropped by 50,000, even
though Morse Code is no longer a requirement.

15 The Swimming Hole

Thanks to our litigious society, swimming holes are becoming a
thing of the past. '20/20' reports that swimming hole owners, like
Robert Every in High Falls, NY, are shutting them down out of
worry that if someone gets hurt they'll sue. And that's exactly
what happened in
Seattle . The city of Bellingham was sued by Katie
Hofstetter who was paralyzed in a fall at a popular swimming hole
Whatcom Falls Park. As injuries occur and lawsuits follow,
expect more swimming holes to post 'Keep out!' signs.

14. Answering Machines

The increasing disappearance of answering machines is directly
tied to No 20 our list -- the decline of landlines. According to
USA Today, the number of homes that only use cell phones jumped
159% between 2004 and 2007. It has been particularly bad in
; since 2000, landline usage has dropped 55%. It's logical
that as cell phones rise, many of them replacing traditional
landlines, that there will be fewer answering machines.

13. Cameras That Use Film

It doesn't require a statistician to prove the rapid disappearance
of the film camera in
America . Just look to companies like Nikon,
the professional's choice for quality camera equipment. In 2006,
it announced that it would stop making film cameras, pointing to
the shrinking market -- only 3% of its sales in 2005, compared to
75% of sales from digital cameras and equipment.

12. Incandescent Bulbs

Before a few years ago, the standard 60-watt (or, yikes, 100-watt)
bulb was the mainstay of every
U.S. home. With the green movement
and all-things-sustainable-energy crowd, the Compact Fluorescent
Lightbulb (CFL) is largely replacing the older, Edison-era
incandescent bulb. The EPA reports that 2007 sales for Energy Star
CFLs nearly doubled from 2006, and these sales accounted for
approximately 20 percent of the
U.S. light bulb market. And
according to USA Today, a new energy bill plans to phase out
incandescent bulbs in the next four to 12 years.

11. Stand-Alone Bowling Alleys

Bowling Balls..
US claims there are still 60 million Americans who
bowl at least once a year, but many are not bowling in stand-alone
bowling alleys. Today most new bowling alleys are part of
facilities for all types or recreation including laser tag,
go-karts, bumper cars, video game arcades, climbing walls and glow
miniature golf. Bowling lanes also have been added to many
non-traditional venues such as adult communities, hotels and
resorts, and gambling casinos.

10. The Milkman

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 1950, over
half of the milk delivered was to the home in quart bottles, by
1963, it was about a third and by 2001, it represented only 0.4%
percent. Nowadays most milk is sold through supermarkets in gallon
jugs. The steady decline in home-delivered milk is blamed, of
course, on the rise of the supermarket, better home refrigeration
and longer-lasting milk. Although some milkmen still make the
rounds in pockets of the
U.S. , they are certainly a dying breed.

9. Hand-Written Letters

In 2006, the Radicati Group estimated that, worldwide, 183 billion
e-mails were sent each day. Two million each second. By November
of 2007, an estimated 3.3 billion Earthlings owned cell phones,
and 80% of the world's population had access to cell phone
coverage. In 2004, half-a-trillion text messages were sent, and
the number has no doubt increased exponentially since then. So
where amongst this gorge of gabble is there room for the elegant,
polite hand-written letter?

8. Wild Horses

It is estimated that 100 years ago, as many as two million horses
were roaming free within the
United States .. In 2001, National
Geographic News estimated that the wild horse population has
decreased to about 50,000 head. Currently, the National Wild Horse
and Burro Advisory board states that there are 32,000 free roaming
horses in ten Western states, with half of them residing in
Nevada . The Bureau of Land Management is seeking to reduce the
total number of free range horses to 27,000, possibly by selective

7. Personal Checks

According to an American Bankers Assoc. report, a net 23% of
consumers plan to decrease their use of checks over the next two
years, while a net 14% plan to increase their use of PIN debit.
Bill payment remains the last stronghold of paper-based
payments -- for the time being. Checks continue to be the most
commonly used bill payment method, with 71% of consumers paying at
least one recurring bill per month by writing a check. However,
a bill-by-bill basis, checks account for only 49% of consumers'
recurring bill payments (down from 72% in 2001 and 60% in 2003).

6. Drive-in Theaters

During the peak in 1958, there were more than 4,000 drive-in
theaters in this country, but in 2007 only 405 drive-ins were
still operating. Exactly zero new drive-ins have been built since
2005. Only one reopened in 2005 and five reopened in 2006, so
there isn't much of a movement toward reviving the closed ones.

5. Mumps & Measles

Despite what's been in the news lately, the measles and mumps
actually, truly are disappearing from the
United States .. In 1964,
212,000 cases of mumps were reported in the
U.S. By 1983, this
figure had dropped to 3,000, thanks to a vigorous vaccination
program. Prior to the introduction of the measles vaccine,
approximately half a million cases of measles were reported in the
U.S. annually, resulting in 450 deaths. In 2005, only 66 cases
were recorded.

4. Honey Bees

Perhaps nothing on our list of disappearing
America is so dire;
plummeting so enormously; and so necessary to the survival of our
food supply as the honey bee. Very scary. 'Colony Collapse
Disorder,' or CCD, has spread throughout the
U.S. and Europe over
the past few years, wiping out 50% to 90% of the colonies of many
beekeepers -- and along with it, their livelihood.

3. News Magazines and TV News

While the TV evening newscasts haven't gone anywhere over the last
several decades, their audiences have. In 1984, in a story about
the diminishing returns of the evening news, the New York Times
reported that all three network evening-news programs combined had
only 40.9 million viewers. Fast forward to 2008, and what they
have today is half that.

2 Analog TV

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 85% of homes in
U.S. get their television programming through cable or
satellite providers. For the remaining 15% -- or 13 million
individuals -- who are using rabbit ears or a large outdoor
antenna to get their local stations, change is in the air.. If you
are one of these people you'll need to get a new TV or a converter
box in order to get the new stations which will only be broadcast
in = 0 A digital.

1. The Family Farm

Since the 1930's, the number of family farms has been declining
rapidly. According to the USDA, 5.3 million farms dotted the
nation in 1950, but this number had declined to 2.1 million by the
2003 farm census (data from the 2007 census hasn't yet been
published). Ninety-one percent of the U.S. FARMS are small Family

Both interesting and saddening, isn't it?
Newspapers could be added to the list. I think this is a bad development because there is no substitute for in-depth information on a daily basis. Internet news sources tend to publish very short stories.


Wanting for wisdom
Tell me if you think is correct. Have you gotten rid of some of these items already? Just curious.

Yes no more VCR. . . when blueray came in something had to go due to lack of space.

Home phone land line . . . I have VOIP wired into the house phone system (did this 3 years ago . . . save $30+ per month vs. Bell).

Movie Rental Stores. I have video on demand but 80% of rentals still come from a store . . . somehow there is still more selection at the store but the stores are narrowing their selection and the cable company is expanding their selection so . . .

Turntable, which was not on the list, hit the tracks about 12 years ago . . . same issue no space and replaced with CD.

Twin cassette tape deck . . . again not on the list . . . survives. Well maybe it survives who knows for sure as it has not been turned on in 2+ years.

Yellowpages . . . hits the blue bin (recycle bin) when delivered.
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I am sure that most folks would say the same with DE or Straight shaving. Actually, most folks think it is extinct already. A lot of these things are being replaced by newer or better technology, so I don't see a big deal. Only the trees, horses, bees, and crabs should be of real concern, if those statistics are accurate. Maybe a couple of the other things as well due to nostalgia.

I don't see the post office disappearing anytime soon, though, as I doubt there is a better system in place or forthcoming to deliver mail locally.
I've grown to hate the Yellow Pages.

Back in the day, before the good old Internets, there used to be one Yellow Pages book. It was useful for finding various businesses around town.

Nowadays, not only do we not need to refer to a cumbersome book to find out where the nearest Chinese restaurant or metal recycling center is - we also don't need two or three of these massive tomes dumped - unasked for - on our driveways and doorsteps, by various competing phone companies.

I hate to think of how many trees are destroyed each year to make yellow pages that nobody ever even opens.

Other than providing a handy backstop for a basement shooting gallery - is there actually any useful purpose for a Yellow Pages book?
I think the obituary for the Postal Service is a little premature. I certainly don't see too many people on this forum using anything but.

Last I'd heard, the postal service was a self-sustaining entity. It's suffering in this recession like so many other entities.

- Chris
I plan on stocking up on Incandescent Bulbs.

No thanks, Mercury poisoning.

Yes, I bought the fluorescent ones until I found out they had mercury in them, and if they break then you have a biohazard situation. The manufacturers and the government won't care, though, so I expect them to continue pushing for the fluorescent ones.

Also, I think the family farm will make a comeback. Maybe not a complete comeback, but a comeback of sorts. I have a book published in 1929 entitled Too Many Farmers. The author states that increases in technology (tractors, fertilizer, etc.) had increased production so much that prices were too low to support all of the family farms that were present at the time. So the "Declining Family Farm" idea is an old one.

What I think is going to happen soon--and is already beginning to happen--is that higher energy and transportation prices, concerns about health, and other issues such as "going local" are going to bring a small revival of the family farm. Concerning corporate farms, some corporate farmers have little idea of how to actually farm and run their farms profitably. They blow into town, buy 50,000 acres, and think that because they went to Harvard or have an MBA from XYZ they are smart enough to farm. Well, they are not because they don't have the experience necessary to farm, and a season or two without experience leaves a person in trouble. So eventually those kinds of corporations end up going broke. Lastly, many of the corporate farmers don't produce what we call "food". Instead, they produce crops that become byproducts in the things you buy at the store. The two big crops that I'm thinking of are soybeans and corn, which are transformed into things like partially-hydrogenated oils, cattle feed, high fructose corn syrup, or included in food as other ingredients. I think that the whole foods movement will gradually overcome a need for many of these products in the quantities that they are now grown, thereby opening up opportunities for others to fill the gap with more direct foods.
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Good Ridance to:
8-Wild horses are an invasive species in this country
3-Maybe news is declining because it is so biased and negative, only report bad news, I for one am tired of being depressed watching the drabble.

Some Very Sad:
19 Blue crabs are one of my favorite delicacies, very sad to see them decline
4 Honey Bees, Making room for killer bees?
#1 is so incredibly sad. It's an issue near and dear to my heart. It's almost unjust to distill it down to some statistics and relegate the extinction of family farms to the level of disappearing answering machines, because it's had serious negative consequences for our food supply, health, and economy.
Newspapers could be added to the list. I think this is a bad development because there is no substitute for in-depth information on a daily basis. Internet news sources tend to publish very short stories.

I agree, I have had the NY Times delivered to my home every morning for nearly 20 years. Just recently I started thinking about stopping it.
25. U.S. Post Office - I don't see their immediate collapse yet

24. Yellow Pages - useless

23. Classified Ads - craigslist is free and more extensive

22. Movie Rental Stores - I think RedBox's have ultimately doomed them. One thing I hated about netflix is that if you were bored one night and wanted to pick up a movie, it would have been impossible. The biggest problem with the Red Box is that its only new releases with some random spatterings of older movies.

21. Dial-up Internet Access - that noise was annoying anyways.

20. Phone Land Lines - Completely use a cell phone. I doubt I'll ever need one.

19. Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs - thats a shame.

18. VCRs - useless now. Its pretty easy to convert VHS to digital too.

17. Ash Trees - also a shame

16. Ham Radio - I never got into it, but I've always associated a "romantic" notion with Ham Radio. Its a little more personal than the internet. Ultimately, its old technology though.

15 The Swimming Hole - I hate sue crazy people.

14. Answering Machines - my cell phone has voice mail...

13. Cameras That Use Film - I'll hold on tooth and nail. I use my film camera a lot.

12. Incandescent Bulbs - no opinion

11. Stand-Alone Bowling Alleys - I've never seen these super entertainment complexes. Maybe we still like or decrepit smoke filled bowling alleys in the south.

10. The Milkman - A milk man delivered to our house where I was born in Fargo, ND. We moved when I was 5, so I've never technically seen one. long past extinct IMO.

9. Hand-Written Letters - there will always be something special about a hand written letter.

8. Wild Horses - couldn't drag me away

7. Personal Checks - avoid them if I can.

6. Drive-in Theaters - never been to one. I guess its cool, but kind of out dated.

5. Mumps & Measles - good

4. Honey Bees - bad, REALLY bad!!!

3. News Magazines and TV News - Walter Cronkite was the last (and first) true anchor. Its all just entertainment now.

2 Analog TV - already happening/happened

1. The Family Farm - kind of hard to tell
I plan on stocking up on Incandescent Bulbs.

No thanks, Mercury poisoning.

I installed LED lamps instead of Incan. about two years ago and they still work every evening for hours with a warm and comfortable light that happens to be efficient too.
I saw a similar list in our local newspaper a few weeks back. My dad brought it up when I was over for dinner, and we got talking about it around the dinner table. We came up with a couple of others

26. Muffler Shops -- My parents have a Camry, it is a 96 i believe and has its original muffler. When was the last time you replaced a muffler of exhaust pipe on a car?

27. Independant/Shade Tree Mechanic/Service Station -- Autos are now so complicated and require computers to work on them.

28. Full Service Gas Station -- My grandmother never pumped gas. I am not sure she even knew how. Even when I or one of my parents drove her car, she would not let us use the self service pump

29. Pay Phones. I just saw a article there NY only had a very small number of working phone booths Where will Superman Change?

30. Real in store credit -- My cleaners recently switched from monthly billing to credit/debit card billing. There is only one store in town that I am aware of that will just send the bill

31. TV commercials -- DVR has made them a less effective from of advertising, producing less returns and less profit for network tv.
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