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  • (radio tower beeps)

  • Kids react to technology!

  • This episode: Typewriters!

  • (Finebros) So here we go again. No video today.

  • What? Again?

  • Ay-yi-yi. Again?

  • Oh, a typewriter!

  • - You guys suck. - (Finebros laughs)

  • Yes! Something that I know.

  • I forgot what it's called, but it's the special typer machine.

  • Why is it...oh my god!

  • Oh!

  • What does that mean when I move this stuff?

  • Question time!

  • - (Finebros) So what is that? - It's a typewriter.

  • - (Finebros) Why do you know what it is? - Because I know a lot of antique stuff.

  • I just see it on movies, on TV shows.

  • Old movies.

  • I've seen it in a movie.

  • Somebody in my family still has one.

  • - (Finebros) So what does a typewriter do? - Type.

  • It's a computer--well, it's not a computer.

  • I'm pretty sure it's just typing.

  • It types and it prints at the same time.

  • It is basically like a computer, all except it doesn't have a screen.

  • All you do is type out messages.

  • (Finebros) How does it work?

  • I actually really don't know.

  • Let's explore.

  • I think you put a piece of paper in there, and then you...

  • or does it provide paper? I don't know.

  • And then you click that and then it scans it on.

  • Gotta type like that, but then--here, I'll just try

  • to get to the end-- and then...

  • This is fun!

  • (Finebros) On a computer, you can just type into a program

  • and it will show up. But for this, you need paper.

  • - So where's the paper? - I don't know.

  • Somewhere.

  • Well, I think it's this stringy thing over here.

  • Hmm.

  • Do I have to scroll this up or...

  • (Finebros) We actually need to give you paper.

  • Okay, then. I wasn't sure about that.

  • Can I write my name?

  • - (Finebros) You can, once we get you-- - L!

  • (Finebros) How do you load the paper?

  • Huh? What?

  • (paper rustles)

  • In here?

  • Do you put it right here or right here?

  • Uh-oh!

  • I think I just broke it.

  • Oh! I'm good at this.

  • (cranking)

  • There?

  • How did I do this? Okay, I'm in trouble.

  • Let's try this again. Can you help me here?

  • (Finebros) Okay, we'll show you how it works.

  • - So this goes right here, okay? - I knew it all along!

  • (Finebros) And hold there, but then you need to--

  • - See these wheels? - Oh.

  • Oh!

  • (Finebros) Stop! There we go, good. A little bit more.

  • And then you have to take this part up, and then you put it down

  • so that it keeps it in place.

  • (typing rapidly)

  • That's so awesome!

  • (Finebros) Go ahead and type "Kids React!"

  • First I need to find the K.

  • Uh...

  • - (key strikes paper loudly) - Ah! This is scary.

  • It's loud!

  • This is harder to type with.

  • - (Finebros) Okay, so how'd you do? - The K didn't really show up.

  • I only got an A for some reason.

  • It looks really ancient. Oh my gosh.

  • I feel so fancy.

  • (Finebros) When you compare to typing on a computer or a tablet,

  • - how is it typing on this? - Typewriters, you have to push down a lot.

  • Computers and tablets are just like...(magic sound effects)

  • and this is like...(grunting violently).

  • Takes a very long time to write these things

  • because once you try to type fast, you just can't do it

  • because there's too many and it collides.

  • I'd rather write, actually. I would not want to use this thing.

  • I love it! I would like to keep this, actually.

  • - (Finebros) Why do you love it so much? - It's better than a computer!

  • Computers have batteries and electricity stuff.

  • This won't waste electricity. Don't waste electricity!

  • (harp strums)

  • (Finebros) A public service announcement from Kids React!

  • (Finebros) If you make a mistake, how do you fix it?

  • Backspace.

  • Hit this button.

  • - (Finebros) But did it go away? - No.

  • It just leaves it there! It doesn't do anything.

  • (Finebros) So all that's doing is it's moving it back

  • to where you were typing, but if you typed again,

  • - you'd just type over it. - Aaaah!

  • You'd have to get another paper?

  • And then you'd have to go like, "Dad? Can I use another paper? Thanks!"

  • And then he says, "NO!"

  • "But I made a mistake with my typewriter."

  • "NO!"

  • Did they have Wite-Out? Kinda like that?

  • (Finebros) In order to delete, you needed to use something called Wite-Out.

  • Ooh! So they would get Wite-Out and erase it.

  • Nobody even uses Wite-Out anymore.

  • That's horrible!

  • (Finebros) And how would you know if you were typing too far,

  • - if you were at the end of the row. - This ruler thing?

  • You guess?

  • Is it gonna say, "Ding!"

  • It'll bing.

  • (types rapidly) Let's work out.

  • (binging)

  • - (binging) - It dings.

  • What does that mean?

  • - It means you're done? - (Finebros) Done with what?

  • Nope! You could still keep going.

  • There's about no more paper. You can see it, but you don't want

  • to start another sentence there.

  • (Finebros) So how do you get to the next line?

  • Wait, uh...

  • - (types) - (Finebros) Nope!

  • (Finebros laughs) No.

  • You actually have to push this thing in, like that,

  • and then bring it all the way over... and then that brings you to the next line.

  • Oooh!

  • - You use this. - (Finebros) You're right!

  • - How did you know to use that? - Haven't I not told you this already?

  • I watch a TV show, I know it. Okay?

  • Why is it so complicated to do that?

  • Too many steps. Oh my gosh!

  • I think it would just be simpler to write.

  • Let's say you finished typing in an entire page,

  • but then you had to make 20 copies of it.

  • How do you make copies with a typewriter?

  • Aaaaaah!

  • How would you do that?

  • They had printers back then, right?

  • Did they have copy machines back then?

  • Please tell me there's a COPY/PASTE button.

  • You have to get another paper and do the same thing.

  • You would just have to do it all over again!

  • How long is that gonna take? Like a month or so.

  • (Finebros) One of the common ways to a least be able to make one copy

  • - was something called carbon paper. - Oh! We used that in Art.

  • (Finebros) You placed the carbon paper between pieces of paper,

  • and that way it would go through and make a copy,

  • - but you can only do one or two at a time. - That's it?

  • Thank God we bypassed that. Oh, seriously...

  • It's better than one at a time, though.

  • That's pretty hard to do, but it's funner.

  • (Finebros) So how do you feel for the people who lived at a time

  • where there were no computers and this is what you had to type on?

  • Deal with it! (laughs)

  • I feel very sad for them.

  • They can't FaceTime.

  • And then can't do messages, they can't do work like that.

  • They can't play games.

  • You should get a computer or something.

  • I feel so bad for you guys, but you're probably like,

  • "How do you use this MacBook?"

  • (FInebros) Do you that future kids are gonna also feel sad for you

  • - because you had to use a computer? - That makes me feel sooo 32 seconds ago.

  • No, no, no, no, no. The Mac isn't gonna be like this!

  • I hope I die before then.

  • People are gonna have chips implanted in their brains,

  • and I'm gonna be 80 and be like, "Back in my day, we only had Ipads

  • that were 16 gigabytes."

  • They'll say, "What is this old thing?! How do you use it?"

  • But if it's like the typewriter, it'll last for 100 years.