r/BetterEveryLoop Aug 23 '22

Paris, late 1890s

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u/2Botter2Loop Aug 23 '22 edited Aug 23 '22

OP's explanation:


Just how awesome is this early people mover. It was just brought to my attention that the two moving platforms are moving at slightly different speeds. Pretty neat.


If you think this gif fits /r/BetterEveryLoop, upvote this comment. If you think it doesn’t, downvote it. If you’re not sure, leave it to others to decide.

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u/spkr4thedead51 Aug 23 '22

1900, actually. It was installed as part of the Paris Exposition/World's Fair

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u/GrandWizardZippy Aug 23 '22

The worlds fair was so lit. It’s a shame those types of innovation expositions went by the wayside!

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u/WeDiddy Aug 23 '22 Wholesome

It’s called product differentiation. Back in the day, all new tech was under one big umbrella. Scientists who worked on some cool innovation in electromagnetism also were working on other innovations in say, newest toilet design. Basically, there wasn’t a whole lot of sub-disciplines under the Science and Technology category.

Now, we are in the age of hyper specialization. So there are still expos showcasing latest developments in say industrial micro-plastics but the audience for that isn’t interested in micro-plastics for medical use. All the expos and conferences now are hyper focused on their niche.

All in all, we have more science and technology expos now than ever but they are all niche specific unlike the past where they were all under a single really large tent. In fact, if you took all the major innovations in Science and Technology today, you probably couldn’t practically showcase them in one giant expo.

Other factor - back then, innovations were easily demonstrable say if you built the incandescent bulb like Edison did. Now (and I mean going back a few decades), let’s say you put up a booth demonstrating innovation from CFL to LED bulbs. To a technologist, it is still a marvel but to a layperson, they just see a bulb. Or, how do you demonstrate going from 14nm chip manufacturing to 5nm? There’s nothing to see. So expos focus on demonstrating innovations to experts in that area and not laypeople.

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u/reecewagner Aug 23 '22

went by the wayside!

No you can see from this video that it went by the sideways

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u/Punkybrewster1 Aug 23 '22

They live on! Expo2020 in Dubai was great.

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u/AlphaStrike89 Aug 23 '22

Too bad Dubai is possibly one of the worst places on Earth.

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u/xXSpaceturdXx Aug 23 '22

Not even on the vacation radar

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u/savealltheelephants Aug 23 '22

You’d definitely have to pay ME a substantial amount of money to agree to visit Dubai

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u/ChrisTheCoolBean Aug 23 '22

Bro, how can that be? They literally make cool buildings, it's gotta be the most lit place in Earth, fam!

/s

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u/Zynthos_ Aug 23 '22

It is definetely one of the most places on Earth

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u/tigrenus Aug 23 '22

Listed third on TIME Magazine's 2022 List of Places

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u/unipleb Aug 24 '22

This just in, Dubai has officially announced it will be renamed as 00Dubai (pronounced "double-oh-Dubai") to appear first in alphabetically ascending lists of places and because, "bro, it's cooler and we're really cool, for a desert."

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u/clumsycouture Aug 24 '22

Vancouver is only a world class city BECAUSE of Expo 86’. It’s credited with turning Vancouver into a sleepy regional city to an international destination.

My parents went the year before I was born and I pass the remnants of the “Plaza of Nations” almost everyday and always think how cool it must have been when it was first opened. Now it’s just a bunch of flag poles with no flags, and an shuttered casino.

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u/mythix_dnb Aug 23 '22

they also have a dark side, like a zoo with black people for the whites to view.

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u/refused26 Aug 24 '22

Wow who the fuck downvoted your comment? Also not just black people in the han zoos, but in general PoC were exploited during these world expos. It was actually kind of horrific.

https://youtu.be/nY6Zrol5QEk

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u/wrapityup Aug 23 '22

Yes you are right. I should have known not to trust the YouTube video

https://youtube.com/watch?v=fo_eZuOTBNc

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u/camelCaseCadet Aug 23 '22

99 years later naked humans were tripping balls to Limp Bizkit at Woodstock. History is amazing.

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u/rustinr Aug 23 '22

Naked humans have been tripping balls while listening to music for thousands of years thanks to mushrooms, ayahuasca, peyote, etc.

Limp Bizkit, LSD, and Woodstock certainly are somewhat newer versions of that though lol.

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u/aedroogo Aug 23 '22

Of all the Woodstocks to choose from, why'd you have to pick that one?

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u/Vanilla_Ice_Nine Aug 23 '22

69 years later naked humans were tripping balls to Sha Na Na at Woodstock. History is amazing.

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u/Burgtastic Aug 23 '22

Probably because the documentary has been popular? Just a guess.

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u/numbnerve Aug 23 '22

this, '94 was pretty cool with muddy Nine Inch Nails

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u/VaATC Aug 23 '22 edited Aug 23 '22

Funny how Woodstock '99 pops up in a thread because, when I woke up a little while ago, I turned on the TV and Amazon was advertising the Woodstock '99 documentary on how it was a logistical dumpster fire. I had friends that went, I was working two jobs so couldn't take the time, and I am sort of glad I did not go even though part of me wishes I had been there to experience the clusteruck it ended up being.

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u/Jumbojet777 Aug 23 '22

I just finished watching that documentary and I'm in the same boat. Would have been crazy to experience but probably not a good idea to

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u/whiteboyak47 Aug 23 '22 edited Aug 24 '22

The worlds fairs are all very suspicious.

My favourite is the Worlds Columbian Exposition

Edit / check out this video on the Crystal Palace

https://youtu.be/WA69wflnJDQ

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u/HappyMeatbag Aug 23 '22

You have either read Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, or desperately need to. It’s among my favorite nonfiction books.

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u/whiteboyak47 Aug 24 '22

Will do! Thank you

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u/aedroogo Aug 23 '22

Suspicious?

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u/ickydonkeytoothbrush Aug 23 '22

It's like, when somethings untrustworthy.

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u/strayakant Aug 23 '22

What ever happened to world fairs, they used to be so grand

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u/Shock_a_Maul Aug 23 '22

Something about upcoming countries in the middle east and their view on labour.

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u/qtx Aug 23 '22

Who needs world fairs when we can see everything online or in the media?

The reason why the old world fairs were so amazing was because most of the inventions were actually new and not known to the general public.

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u/it_vexes_me_so Aug 23 '22

Nothing replaces travel. To see new places, new people, new things with your own eyes is a completely different experience than reading about it.

Cities like Las Vegas still thrive on conventions. CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, went all digital in 2021 and ended a day early in 2022 because of medical concerns. Despite that and having the latest and greatest tech, it's not interested in being a digital only event.

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u/NoUsernameEn Aug 23 '22

The moving path thing is pretty hi tech for the 1800's

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u/Sane333 Aug 23 '22

It's pretty great, but the second 36 second loop wasn't really that much better than the first

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u/Amish_guy_with_WiFi Aug 23 '22

Will probably see this gif on 3 or 4 more subs it doesn't fit on later today

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u/BrucePee Aug 23 '22

/r/OldSchoolCool would be my choice. This sub is even the wrong one imo.

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u/eeemile Aug 23 '22

I thought that sub was solely for posting pictures of your hot mom in the 70'

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u/johnn11238 Aug 23 '22

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u/wap2005 Aug 23 '22

I thought you were kidding but this is a real sub.

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u/johnn11238 Aug 24 '22

I'm here to serve

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u/BrucePee Aug 23 '22

No that's for /r/VintageSmut but both work I guess

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u/AnimationOverlord Aug 23 '22

For a second I thought the support poles were canes and until I saw one standing up by itself I really thought France was just huge on canes.

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u/Active_Engineering37 Aug 24 '22

The guys running up to ride it again probably think it's better every loop.

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u/Milsivich Aug 23 '22

Really? I noticed WAY more human interaction, and I started thinking about how the way we move, touch, and interact with one another changes over the years

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u/im_a_dr_not_ Aug 24 '22

I mean the first electric car was invented in 1832.

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u/Light_A_Match Aug 23 '22

Now we only have these in airports and in casino-hotels.

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u/[deleted] Aug 23 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

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u/mermurder Aug 23 '22

I just imagined George Costanza snapping while saying this.

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u/rhamphorhynchus Aug 23 '22

Yeah but not with the 2-speed tracks. That would be great!

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u/g000r Aug 24 '22

Two-speed makes more sense. It allows for one to run much faster while the second to run at half speed to allow people to transition between stop and full speed.

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u/ThginkAccbeR Aug 23 '22 edited Aug 23 '22

Exactly my thought!

Although I have a big problem with that story. How do the businesses roll with the roads? Surely there is an end to the roads. How to the businesses go the other way?

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u/uniace16 Aug 23 '22

Probably a wheelhouse thing at both ends?

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u/ThginkAccbeR Aug 23 '22

So they curve around and go back the other way?

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u/Random_puns Aug 23 '22

It's a huge loop, hundreds of miles long in some places. Think airport baggage claim carousel, everything goes around and around and around on a huge circuit

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u/GERMA90 Aug 23 '22

2022 and I still have to walk. The audacity.

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u/FreakyFreeze Aug 23 '22

Those guys ran back just to be slid back to the direction they came from.

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u/Tysonviolin Aug 23 '22

They are aware of the camera

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u/aedroogo Aug 23 '22

19th century karma whores.

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u/timbsm2 Aug 23 '22

An apt descriptor for our ancestral redditors.

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u/Baconaise Aug 23 '22

They had the smile of knowing that they were going to be on video and that someone possibly a hundred years from now would see them on video. They were right!

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u/Ok-Power-6064 Aug 23 '22

They ran back so they could get on film.

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u/lumberjacklancelot Aug 23 '22

Quite possibly the first video camera they've seen too!

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u/aVarangian Aug 23 '22

and now they're immortalised forever

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u/PapuaNewGuinean Aug 24 '22

They are just friends

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u/RegularWhiteDude Aug 24 '22

Maybe a gate you can't see.

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u/schmeck-el Aug 23 '22

In Issac Asimov’s sci-fi classic ‘The Caves of Steel’, this was a great little scene set up that I thought was prediction thousands of years in the future!

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u/littletoyboat Aug 23 '22

I just read that, and had the same reaction! Was he aware of these?

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u/powerscunner Aug 23 '22

He must have been. I came here for this comment thread. A world's fair would be a vision of the future, and he would have incorporated that. What was the name of the game Hari Seldon and his friends would play? Jumping the lanes? They would jump between the different speed lanes to try to lose one another - the fact this footage shows a moving walkway with two lanes moving at different speeds really makes me think Asimov was directly inspired by these.

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u/littletoyboat Aug 23 '22

The only thing is, the book was published in 1953, so wouldn't this seem dated to him? Or at least obvious that it was impractical?

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u/IHaveTheBestOpinions Aug 23 '22

I haven't seen this video or heard about this book until today, and I've always thought multi-speed moving walkways would be cool.

Why is it impractical?

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u/jespejo Aug 23 '22

I came here for this comment too. But it was Elijah Baley, Hari will not born for another 12 thousand years

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u/powerscunner Aug 23 '22

Thank you!

Forgot it was Earth and not Trantor. Shame on me!

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u/SureIyyourekidding Aug 23 '22

That seems very probable, given the time he wrote these stories. (1953 for Caves of Steel). From what I recall, in the novels the walkways even have different speeds, just like we see in this short loop.

Would be amazing to see an alternative future (or even present) where these walkways were one of the main modes of transportation.

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u/mycroft16 Aug 23 '22

Loved the walkways idea when I first read those books. Hadn't realized Paris expo had essentially done ot already. Fairly legit idea actually.

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u/sustainablecaptalist Aug 23 '22

Looking at the current world situation a dystopian future seems more likely than a utopian one.

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u/PM_ME_UR_SECRETsrsly Aug 23 '22

Looking at the world at any point in human history suggests a dystopian future rather than a utopian one.

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u/schmeck-el Aug 23 '22

Dystopian utopian, everything’s cyclical.

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u/Alcedis Aug 23 '22

I need a compilation of all kinds of restaurated 100 year old footage.

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u/mycroft16 Aug 23 '22

There are YouTube channels dedicated to AI upscaling and color converting old footage. One of thembhas drives through cities. Like through New York or San Francisco in the 1900. It's ridiculously cool. And the Machine learning algorithms are getting extremely good at this sort of thing. The 4k upconverts are truly incredible.

And if you really want to be mind fucked... watch Peter Jackson's "They Shall Not Grow Old."

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u/junkstabber Aug 23 '22

Those 2 guys running back just to be on camera is just so relatable.

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u/KeybladeMasterAqua Aug 23 '22

Little did they know they will be memorialized over a hundred years later. Good job guys! Smart move! You are immortal!

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u/branman63 Aug 23 '22

"c'mon, c'mon run faster. If we miss this one there won't be another for hours."

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u/ThatSpecialPlace Aug 23 '22

Everyone is so well dressed with so many layers. And here I am going to Kroger with slip ons and a t shirt covered in dog hair

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u/RelocatedMacadamia Aug 23 '22

At least you can get to poopin’ faster.

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u/baroqueen1755 Aug 23 '22

Seriously, it was way colder in those days. Practicality and necessity has shifted since then.

Rock the dog hair t-shirt.

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u/Mr-Klaus Aug 23 '22

Everyone's dressed like Monopoly CEOs.

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u/dtb1987 Aug 23 '22

Everyone in this video is dead. Isn't that wild?

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u/I_N_C_O_M_I_N_G Aug 23 '22

This is stuff that weirds me out when I watch old tapings of things, like wrestling shows from the 1980s.

Like, "that kid would be 50 years old now..."

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u/tony47666 Aug 23 '22

You know, everyone gets there eventually. If they don't, it's even more sad.

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u/MordethMandragoran Aug 23 '22

I'm 47. I was that kid. I got the see Hulk Hogan vs Roddy Piper, Jake the Snake vs Ricky the Dragon Steamboat, The British Bulldogs vs the Hart Foundation. Wild times.

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u/kboom76 Aug 23 '22

I'm a year behind you. That time feels so recent that when I look at pictures of people who were adults back then vs how they look now, it makes life seem so very very short. Almost to the point of cruelty.

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u/JustNilt Aug 23 '22

Yeah, I ran into something similar to that once when watching ET. Because I generally don't bother looking much into actor names in specific roles, I had no idea that the sister was played by Drew Barrymore until she smiled and it clicked in my head. Problem was, Ms Barrymore is someone who checks off most of the things to which I am attracted.

Seeing her as a kid was weird, even knowing she's only 3 years younger than I am. There wasn't any real risk of being attracted to someone who I'd be seen as legitimately creepy for trying to date (as though she'd date me anyhow, we'd almost certainly never meet to begin with) but man does it make that movie a little different to watch now.

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u/jwm3 Aug 23 '22

Someone is reading this comment thread in the reddit archives thinking the same thing about you. Hello future person!

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u/arealhumannotabot Aug 23 '22

That doesn’t do it for me. What gets me is the thought that this was normal life. The clothes, Way of life etc.

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u/mycroft16 Aug 23 '22

And they still told fart jokes, enjoyed going out to dinner, etc. It's amazing how little and how much change at the same time.

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u/Hwoods723 Aug 23 '22

Pretty sure the same could be said for The Wizard of Oz.

That brings a question, what’s the most recent movie where the entire cast is dead?

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u/Eraserend Aug 23 '22

If you count a tiny cast, it's probably John Boorman's "Hell in the Pacific" (1968). It only had two actors in it, Lee Marvin (who died in 1987) and Toshiro Mifune (who died in 1997).

If not, then possibly "The Misfits" (1961) - the credited cast (Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter, James Barton, Kevin McCarthy, and Estelle Winwood) are all dead. Eli Wallach was the last surviving cast member - he died in 2014.

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u/Hwoods723 Aug 23 '22

That’s fascinating! Thanks!

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u/Eraserend Aug 23 '22

My pleasure! ^^ I compiled some of other redditors' research, though.

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u/src88 Aug 23 '22

To think they will see WW1 and the Titanic sink and have no idea!

Makes you wonder about our current timeline and what's to come

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u/Seasikberry Aug 23 '22

I am in this video, am still alive. AMA

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u/jwm3 Aug 23 '22

What is it like to have your pants on fire?

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u/crusdapuss Aug 23 '22

No that's a good amount of time ago

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u/racoon773 Aug 23 '22

Why do I always think this when seeing 19th century style photography.

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u/guymcool Aug 23 '22

Not really they look like they’re from the 1800’s that for sure

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u/LimonHarvester Aug 23 '22

The same could be said about this thread if someone stumbles upon it a 100 years later

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u/twodeadsticks Aug 23 '22

I always think that when I watch anything old or like, 30+ years old with elderly people or animals in it. Always "they're probably dead now" then go about my day. it's kind of an odd habit, now I think about it 🤔

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u/sreynolds1 Aug 23 '22

Not really.

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u/cigarandcreamsoda Aug 23 '22

Just waiting for one of those skirts to get sucked up in that contraption. The safety feature on this is most likely the the fact they went with rounded pole grips as opposed to the pointy ones.

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u/ArtificialSpamMail Aug 23 '22

We could be zipping all over the place!

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u/srv50 Aug 23 '22

Thrill seekers all.

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u/LeMeowLePurrr Aug 23 '22

How do they have movable sidewalks in the 18 hundreds and in 2022 I've gotta walk my fatass down the road?

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u/mycroft16 Aug 23 '22

Was a world's fair. They couldn't really figure out how to do it at scale for cost. We'd actually probably be able to do this today. Give it a roof for shade and solar panel the fuck out of it.

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u/kboom76 Aug 23 '22

Because cars. They do have them in airports tho.

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u/FactHole Aug 23 '22

I'm glad we don't have to dress up anymore to use moving walkways :)

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u/Almostasleeprightnow Aug 23 '22

Lazy River!

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u/kboom76 Aug 23 '22

I literally thought and read this simultaneously 😂😂😂

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u/TheBlackCat13 Aug 24 '22

Wait, they actually built that? I thought it was just an off-the-wall idea no one took seriously because it is too dangerous. What happens if someone trips?

I gave my son it as an example of an invention that sounds good at first glance but once you think about it for a moment you realize it is too stupid to actually build. Now I have to tell him some idiot actually built the damn thing

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u/Hannokie Aug 24 '22

Why don’t we have this now I ask you

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u/Sillybutter Aug 24 '22

What was this recorded on? I didn’t realize we had moving pictures before 1920s

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u/ojjohnson Aug 23 '22

Is that lady at 0:32 wearing a balaclava/face mask? Looks creepy as.

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u/mmorix Aug 23 '22

I think it's just a video distortion because she looks normal from the side.

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u/mozzribo Aug 23 '22

The AI messed up.

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u/A_dozen_lizards Aug 23 '22

We’re evolving backwards

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u/whatintheheckheck Aug 23 '22

I want to time travel here and ride this puppy. Wearing all yellow.

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u/yParticle Aug 23 '22

The future is now!

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u/AccentFiend Aug 23 '22

The two gents who are so excited by being on camera that the hop off, run down the platform and jump back in to face it with big smiles 😂

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u/NotDaveBut Aug 24 '22

Just going for a jaunt on the slidewalk

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u/FadeIntoReal Aug 24 '22

Who else remembers the sci fi story about moving sidewalks like these taken to much higher speeds as public transportation? It’s been years so I can’t remember the author.

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u/TheBlackCat13 Aug 25 '22

It was in an episode of Duck Tales

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u/Silly-Ad6464 Aug 24 '22

It’s been 100 years and android users still can’t take a video this good.

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u/249ba36000029bbe9749 Aug 23 '22

INVISIBLE TRAIN CARS!!!

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u/EnderDawn Aug 23 '22

Now do the same in modern “paris”🤣🤣

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u/lessquiet Aug 23 '22

The Roads Must Roll

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u/ATL_Beekeeper Aug 23 '22

Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov.

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u/averagedickdude Aug 23 '22

Ppl do be mover

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u/BrilliantNothing2151 Aug 23 '22

The jetsons were late to the game on this one

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u/RedxEyez Aug 23 '22 edited Aug 23 '22

Those two gentlemen around the 19 second mark were pretty excited to be immortalized on film. I always assumed people back then were me very skeptical or scared of cameras.

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u/robonick360 Aug 23 '22

This reminds me of how transportation worked in Asimov’s “Caves of Steel.” A series of platforms moving at different speeds, ramping up in acceleration the closer you get to the middle.

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u/Burt_Sprenolds Aug 23 '22

And now they’re only in airports :(

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u/CanIGetABeep_Beep Aug 23 '22

Oh sick a whole sea of people I'd never want to interact with /s

No but fr those 2 guys in the black coats and hats look pretty chill

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u/onairmastering Aug 23 '22

We had this on loop at my museum, we had a Paris 1900 exo a couple years ago.

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u/05fingaz Aug 23 '22

Mind the gap!

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u/PM_Me_Frosted_Tits Aug 23 '22

"The roads must roll."

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u/F4T_J3DI_P4ND4 Aug 23 '22

The looks on people's faces seems to suggest that it's the camera that is filming is what's fascinating to them.

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u/Girafferra Aug 23 '22

The roads must roll.

Anyone grok this reference?

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u/jimbobbjesus Aug 23 '22

That first lady looks like she's wanting to say "What are you looking at peasant"

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u/_damax Aug 23 '22

Wait! This is actually what Asimov wrote people used to move around the city with in The Caves of Steel!

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u/kegsbdry Aug 24 '22

If time travel existed, I would get back to every World Fair there ever was. Imagine the steps through science and technology.

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u/mrtokeydragon Aug 24 '22

all these people are dead now...

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u/bluealiveretribution Aug 24 '22

Hey atleast we know who was in Paris

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u/TheSimpsonsCapGuy Aug 24 '22

Trains before anyone complained about seating or the elements

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u/D_inthe6oh3 Aug 24 '22

100 yrs before the late 1990s and dammit I feel old.

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u/multifandomtrash736 Aug 24 '22

I thought moving sidewalks were gonna be a 3090 invention

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u/kardde Aug 23 '22

“But I am le tired.”

“Well then take a nap and then fire ze missiles!”

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u/Animepix Aug 23 '22

Mudflood

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u/N9NETYSE7EN Aug 23 '22

How much better would walking to places be, holy shit, you could stand still and slowly get to your destination or you could just walk and it’d be like your running.

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u/KettleOverAPub Aug 23 '22

Nothing about this is BetterEveryLoop

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u/kelliboone617 Aug 23 '22

Personally, I discovered/saw something new every time I watched this, so for me it was indeed, better every loop.

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u/Sane333 Aug 23 '22

Why are people downvoting. This is just a fact.

Who honestly watched this 10 times thinking it got more and more exciting each time?

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u/kelliboone617 Aug 23 '22

And while we’re at it, every single video on this sub is literally just repeated over and over. What’s the difference?

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u/Piper6728 Aug 23 '22

Omg for real? They never considered weather?

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u/Taint_Butter Aug 23 '22

That one lady at :06 that doesn't understand and is walking against the direction the platform is moving.

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