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Video Rentals, 07/15/97 | by -- Slavin
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Video Rentals, 07/15/97

If I ever have children, I will look forward to explaining these three things:

  

** You once had to pay "late fees" on physical videotapes. Because legal media was bound to physical objects, and could thus only be in one place at one time. So someone had to wait for me to stop watching these movies, before they could start watching them. Seriously, that's fucking crazy.

 

** That the VCR was invented for these three very specific purposes, all represented here: pornography, anime, and the younger Roman Polanski.

 

** That the best piece of graffiti ever! on the Lower East Side referred to Kim's Video. Painted high and white on the side of a wall, it read:

 

RATS WILL EAT KIM IN THE END.

  

If I ever have children, they will know these three things as soon as they can talk. Or as soon as I can talk. Skin 6, Ghost in the Shell, Chinatown. Rats will eat Kim in the end.

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