Today is my 37th birthday, and since the staff already informed me that "I look like a monkey and I smell like one too," let's take a look at how things have changed in my almost 40 years on this little, blue planet. Here are the Top 10 Things that didn't exist when I was born in 1976.

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    Remember when you didn't have to take off your shoes and belt at the airport? September 11th changed air travel forever.

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    These will forever be known as "clown shoes" to me. These foam plastic shoes became so ubiquitous that even the First Lady, Michelle Obama, wore them in 2009. Designed for kids, it all went bad when adults decided to wear them.

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    How did we ever get anywhere without GPS? The Global Positioning System gets us from point A to point B now, tells us the best route, and even if the traffic is heavy. Remember when we used to have to stop and ask for directions?

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    What did we read before everyone became an instant reporter/blogger? Oh, right... the newspaper.
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    The first cellular call was completed in 1973, but cell phones didn't become common until the 80's and 90's. Those old brick phones were barely able to make calls, they certainly couldn't pull up Google, Facebook, or send text messages.

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    What did we do before we knew what each other was eating for breakfast, or other details that fall under the heading "too much information"? Facebook is a facet of our lives now.

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    Before Netflix we had to go outside of our homes and rent movies? Was it the dark ages?

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    It's hard to imagine a time when this coffee giant didn't exist and not a single one of us knew how much we needed a "foo foo coffee."

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    Before we could text, we had to make phone calls and actually talk to someone? What kind of insanity is this?

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    iPods, iPhones, and iPads

    All of Steve Jobs' iDevices were launched on us in the 2000s, and are now considered "essential" to our lives. Before the iPod existed we had to actually listen to music on Walkmans using... GASP... cassette tapes! With the creation of the iPod and iTunes, Apple fundamentally altered the way we consume media, and the changed the world.

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