Things younger than Republican Presidential candidate (oh, and did I forget to mention war hero?) John McCain

Am I being “age-ist”? Maybe. But maybe not. The world is a pretty complicated place right now and I’m thinking that it’s not such a great time to elect our oldest President ever. So sue me.

Monday, June 9, 2008

The LP Record.

The LP Record is younger than John McCain.

I don’t know if this is true or not but, according to, the inventor of the LP (an employee of Columbia Records who came up with the LP in 1948 as a way to overcome the interruptions to music made necessary by the constant need to turn over, then change, 78 rpm records) received no royalties for his invention. Instead, he received free copies of every LP produced by Columbia.

As an aside, this could potentially become a whole new offshoot of the site – wildly popular inventions that came and went during McCain’s lifetime… suggestions anyone?

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  1. Prefrontal lobotomy was performed for the first time in America sixteen days after McCain’s birth. (Not on McCain, mind you.)

    Comment by Erik — June 9, 2008 @ 10:57 am

  2. Not a bad idea on inventions that came and went, but the LP is hardly gone. In fact, vinyl sales have consistently been the only part of the music industry that has seen growth and consistent profit over the last several years.

    As a DJ and avid music collector, I end up buying somewhere between 3-5 LPs every month (and that doesn’t count vinyl singles which as you posted are very different from LPs).

    Check out sites like and you’ll see that not only are LPs still coming out every single week, but the market is alive and well.

    Great blog, great idea on the inventions no longer in use, but the LP record is NOT a “wildly popular invention that came and went during McCain’s lifetime.”

    Comment by Mertz — June 9, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  3. the disposable diaper (depends for example) was invented in 1942. john mccain was six. john mccain is older than disposable diapers.

    Comment by PPM — June 9, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

  4. In the same family: VHS tapes, invented in 1976. Doesn’t seem that long ago, but they managed to win format war after format war against Betamax, Laserdiscs, etc…

    Comment by Steph — June 9, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

  5. 8 tracks anyone? invented in 1964 and largely replaced by compact cassette tapes by the 80s…

    Comment by Jen — June 9, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  6. The Annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race is younger than him. It started in 1973. I thought that was interesting.

    Comment by Kate — June 9, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

  7. Betamax, as above poster defends survival of LPs, is alive and well. In fact it is the preferred format for many, if not most, TV shows on the air today.

    I wanna know if Lime-green jello, the color of McSame’s backdrop for last Tuesday’s speech, is younger than McCaint.

    Comment by Cheyney — June 9, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

  8. Buzzad

    Buzz.bazooka is a lot younger than everyting!!!! FÖRST!!!111! FAKE!!1

    Comment by tghsrhg — June 9, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

  9. The Polaroid Instant Camera is younger than McCain. So is the Polaroid Corporation. The camera was introduced in 1947, 10 years after the corporation was founded (1937). According to Wiki, they no longer manufacture the Instant Camera (as of February of this year, apparently).

    Comment by allie0720 — June 9, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

  10. Ex-Australian Prime Minister John Howard (at 67 years old) is younger than John McCain…and we voted him out last year for being too old!

    Comment by Tim — June 10, 2008 @ 1:07 am

  11. Chuck Norris is younger than McCain. And Chuck Norris represents Eternity.

    Comment by traian — June 10, 2008 @ 6:54 am

  12. Hey, don’t be messing with my Chuck. “Chuck Norris doesn’t sleep, he waits” is my favorite t-shirt.

    Back on topic – the Space Program is younger than McCain. NASA was started from military missle programs after WWII and with ex-Nazi scientists like Von Braun. And all the stuff we got from the space program, like velcro and Tang is younger than him too.

    John Glenn is however, older than John McCain, born in 1921. I have to remember to add him to my 2009 death pool. Yeah, I said it.

    Comment by cynmac — June 13, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

  13. Oh, I meant add John Glenn to the death pool. ;) -

    Comment by cynmac — June 13, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

  14. so? and your point is? I pick experience. BHO has NO experience at all! He hasn’t even held down a real job! Scares the shit outa me!! I’d rather have a grandfather with two sons in Iraq running the U.S. than a Liberal so Liberal he falls of the end of Liberal.

    Comment by nan — June 19, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

  15. Barbie Dolls were invented 22 years after John McCain was born, and they turn 50 this year. I only know this because I was born the same year as Barbie.

    Comment by awittykitty — July 16, 2008 @ 12:35 am

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