"What? But no one has used a VCR since 1998?! Get a grip ShortList."
No, you get a grip. And get your facts straight: Japanese company Funai Electric, the last remaining producer of VCR machines in the world, is set to hit 'Stop' on its production by August - bringing to a close a production line that's been going since 1983. The components are too hard to come by, the market is shrinking and, well, you know, no one buys VHS any more.
With Funai announcing this sad news, we thought we'd take a moment to reminisce on the finest points of this long-defunct format.
When video rental stores were like physical embodiments of Netflix
Having this artwork scattered all over your living room
This weird Scotch Tape advert
We couldn't sleep for weeks the first time we'd seen this. That undead bird? Haunting...
Taking VHS labelling more seriously than the Dewey Decimal system
Dropping videos off in the Quick Drop post box
Trying to set up to record a show with this monster
Buying one of these 'speed' rewinders shaped like a car
Rewind function on your VCR too slow? One of these bad boys could rewind your tape in seconds. Like, 15 seconds. It saved minutes you'd otherwise waste sitting cross legged in front of the TV listening to that VHS whirr. Minutes.
Having a wired remote control
Adjusting the tracking like it was brain surgery
Buying the widescreen edition of your favourite movie