A conversation I overheard between my father and grandmother when she called for help with her tv:
“What’s on the screen? ... The TV screen, mom ... Is the blue light in the bottom right corner? ... That means the power is off. Press the big red button on the remote ... Yes the TV remote. It’s the silver one ... Press the big red button ...
“Hello?.... Mom? .... Hello?......
“She pressed the hang up button on the phone....”
They say senility isn’t funny but sometimes it just is.
Not even a volume button?
I had to do this for my little Polish grandmother, who was 92. She kept trying to turn on the music-only channels, but kept getting lost in the pay-per-view area. After I saved her from ordering porn multiple times, I finally said: “Gram! You have to stop pushing these buttons! You’re going to order pornography!” She asked me what that was. I told her it was graphic sex on television. She waited a minute and said, “Oh. Maybe I’ll check that out when you’re not here.”
I eventually taped over the buttons. (After making sure she didn’t actually want to order College Co-eds 12 or anything.)
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They will still find a way
A universal remote like the Logitech Harmony would probably be a good idea for Christmas present!
She’ll still accidentally bump another button and call you.
I wish you could buy TVs that are actually just a screen and nothing more (without paying up for a BFGD). No smart features, no tuner, only HDMI and DP in. No stupid stand I'm gonna throw away when I mount it on my wall. One button to change inputs. If there's only one active input just switch to it. Simple menu that allows me to change basic picture settings like backlight, gamma, contrast on a per-input basis (no stupid "profiles"). Always in "zero processing mode". No power button, just go to sleep when there's no signal. No cheap ass speakers, automatic passthrough of audio to ARC channel and optical out.
You're a good kid!
Am I the only one who read "ON" not "NO"?
It just goes to show how we need SIMPLE all in one remote. Sure my firestick remote only has a few buttons, but it can't turn on the TV...
I love that a Roku can turn on and switch HDMI-CEC capable TVs over to the right input with any button press on the remote.
I was having similar troubles at home, with a full A/V system, Fire TV, DirecTV and having to switch between everything. Found a logitech solution (just so I'm not an ad for them PM if you want to know what one). It's a simple remote, that you simply say "turn on (whatever you want to watch)" and it handles all the complex work of turning on receiver, switching HDMI inputs, turning on the TV etc.
Has volume control on the small remote. Works flawlessly, and I now don't worry about when in-laws come over and watch TV. Before I might have been the TV tech guy.
cant you program the cable to power on the tv also?
Once you push Input, don't you need to scroll up/down, or is it a simple toggle?
I did the same but used sticker numbers and a piece of paper explaining what each number represents. Yours is much better.
The giant blue ON button is a nice touch
How will she switch from cable to apple TV without arrows?
I’m saving this post to remind me to do the same thing, thank you for such a great idea. My mom isn’t too old to not understand how to use her remote...I think she just has an aversion to electronics since that’s always been my dads arena. But if he’s not home....no telling what could happen.
We should have done this for my grandfather. He'd press buttons until he either couldn't hear anything, or the TV was so loud that his neighbors at the nursing home could hear what he was watching. But then Dad would have griped that he couldn't turn on sports while visiting Grandpa.
Visit isn't about your games, Dad.
She'll still fuck it up.
I'm 32 and am tech literate.
Just bought my first Smart TV a month ago because our bedroom TV was on the fritz and it's seemingly impossible to get a quality brand 'standard' TV these days. . .I had a hard enough time finding one for the living room 3 years ago [it's a Spectre and while it has worked for us very well the reviews for them are so bad that I don't want to risk it again].
. . Anyway, this is pretty much what I did. Didn't hook it up to the internet and just use my Apple TV. The only issue though is this particular TV model doesn't seem to allow my Apple TV remote to control volume, even though it has the option to allow outside remotes to control volume in the setting - After looking it up it seems to be a common problem with this model of TV :(.
All fun and games until someone accidentally hits the ‘Menu’ button through the tape.
Worked for a cable company, had old people call in to scream at me cause they pushed the input button and now can't watch cable. I'd say about 20 percent tried and succeeded in finding the input button. 20 percent just said they would wait till their son came over to fix it. And the rest demanded a technician to go in. They didn't like that it would take a few days to a week for a tech to go in to push the input button and scream more. The company actually came out with a less confusing remote with bigger buttons for them but they didn't like that either.
We have phones now that can do everything and yet our remotes are still stupid as fuck.
What would be nice is super-simplified aftermarket remotes, with just a few buttons that can be programmed to take over frequently-used functions.
God I hate trying to explain how this works with old people. It's hard to not look down on them when they don't even try to learn what I've taught them like 100 times. Like yeah, I want to dedicate my life to teaching you how a TV works every single day rather than you making an effort to learn when I offer to help...
Is there a universal remote with no more than four or five buttons I can set up for my mom to use?
Volume? Channel up / down?
at one point you will realize that parents can´t have anything nice. have fun only talking to them in your function as tech advisor from now on
Someone give this person an award.
Hmm, I'm suddenly recalling Apollo 13
Watch a gonna do about volume?
while i totally understand this its crazy to me still, the buttons are all labeled and alot of these people have been using remotes that have been changing over time. Do you just instantly hit a certain age and forget everything except for power? My dad is 59 and hes getting to the point where hes getting overwhelmed by the buttons but he opens the ATT uverse app and changes teh channels from there
Some smart TV's have the ability to switch depending on what input is getting a signal.
Should’ve done this for my grandma
Or you can just use the voice command on the Verizon or Comcast remote. That's what I told my mother to do. Hold the button that has the microphone looking thing on it and say tune to EWTN. Or whatever channel or app you want to watch...
This still isnt 100% foolproof, they end up accidentally hitting one of those buttons and still mess it up. When my father was in his 80's we gave up trying to do this type of thing because it was just quicker to fix it ourselves each time.
Lol just NO
What about volume and input Select?
I'm dying....so funny.
I keep saying, the first streaming box to put a TV tuner in it, even at double the price will fly off the shelves. Being able to have a single device with one remote is worth paying extra for.
Ive done this for my grandpa, he presses random buttons and messes shit up all the time lol
What kind of tape is that... need to do this for my mom.
"Mom please don't go in my room, there are deilcate things"
Missing flashdrives, unplugged electronics, thermal sensors destroyed by skin oil, missing reciepts, notes thrown away
"Mom it's literally just these two buttons"
Mom, with the 36 other buttons: 👉🔘👉🔀👉⬆️👉⬇️👉🔄👉🔙👉🔚👉🔂👉⏪👉⏯👉⏮👉⏭👉⏹👉⏏👉🎦👉❌👉❔👉0️⃣👉1️⃣👉2️⃣👉3️⃣👉4️⃣👉5️⃣👉6️⃣👉7️⃣👉8️⃣👉9️⃣👉🔤👉🆗️👉🉐️👉🈹️👉🈲️👉🈚️👉☯️👉🕎👉☢
"what input is the TV on right now?"
"HDM1. No wait, HDM1 2"
My grandparents live about 15 away. A few times a month my grandfather would call me to come over and “fix the tv” Bc he pressed the wrong button on the remote.
This is actually a really good idea. In going to try it with my parents.
that's why I like to get people roku streaming sticks with the IR remote. works with every tv, none of this HDMI-CEC handshake crap that the firestick and appletv want to rely on.
I bought a harmony for my parents to connect their TV, cable box, and sound system. Its a one button press to turn on all. They still call me when the tv dosent turn on.
God forbid I teach them to press the other button to turn on the TV to the chromecast, let alone teach them how to cast anything.
My father would still screw it up!
Been there done that when I was a dish network technician. Helps reduce trouble calls with the elderly.
I know it's not your intended point but this is a good addition to your trick:Lay a piece of plastic food wrap between the rubber membrane buttons and the circuit board. This will render all of the buttons inert wherever the plastic prevents contact between the board and button.
Or for pranks. Whatever, I'm not the hall monitor around here.
Often I wonder. What is the monetary threshold for these people to turn their brains on?
Do you think you great aunt could Google it and figure out how to operate the TV, switch inputs on the amp, change from strereo to 5.1 surround and adjust the aspect ratio on the TV for.......$9,000,000.00?
Yes probably. What about $90.00? I often wonder what is the monetary threshold? I know these people have the cognitive capabilities to figure this out. But how much motivation is needed?
I was an early roku user. I hated having to use one remote to turn on the tv and the volume and a seperate one for the roku. So, I bought a cheap tcl tv that had the roku built in. One remote to do everything. And, if I lose it (or need to type something long out) I can always use my phone. Or, my alexa for that matter.
Looks about right...we had to do this for my grandma. She kept calling late at night cause she pushed the wrong buttons.
I did this exact thing to my Grandmothers remote. She tore it off cause it looked ugly and continued to call me when her CC was enabled...
And millennials get made fun of for not knowing how to work a turn dial phone...
I mean most modern tvs have cec so you just need to click a button on which ever device is not being used and it'll change the source automatically... You may need to enable the cec feature in the TV settings.
All the picture settings!
The most relative thing the world can relate to
I'm a 29 year old man and even I need this. TV remotes are too fucking complicated.
Just remember - she taught you to use a spoon.
Did something very similar with my grandmother when the Cable company updates the boxes and controllers. Had about 30 extra buttons of confusion she didn't need.
I appreciate truth in advertising and would use this company if I needed whatever service it is they provide.
Is quality deliberately spelt wrong?
DC tags= shitty driving and that's facts
The funniest part of the pic is the DC tags: TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. Pretty sure a “NO” should precede that, but then again, it’s more apropos without it.
Simply calling the owner of the van increases their insurance?
Who wants to bet the mother is also the owner
I would trust them more to deliver stuff than ebay
Taxation without representation!
This the kinda advertising that’ll get me to hire them.
Woah. Woah. Woah. Let's not leap to conclusions here, pal.
What a sad day for the frog
Always make a good impression I'm toad
That toadally caught me off-guard
Frog went squish
The amazing part? He finished crossing.
He left a concrete impression.
Someone got tired of this guy’s shit....
The Frog Who Fell To Earth
Insert frog and wet cement pun
I hope it's that he was picked up, cleaned off, and placed near a source of fresh water.
He licked himself and thought he could fly.
“Has anyone seen my father? A witch turned him into a frog. He hopped outside and.., oh... “
He kermited suicide.
that's the aftermath of that one video with the frog leaping off the bridge
Someone was testing out their hamon
Where did the body go???
Frogger 🐸 fail
I see what you did there well played indeed
A frog of stone walks amongst us
Easy a road/frog jumped into drying cement and jumped out after
Of course it’s untoad, that is clearly a frog print
Frog-El from the House of El
The origin of the Five Star Frog Splash
Reddit just seems to jump to conclusions.
I'm toadally in-pressed
There is. That’s how the Ninja Turtles were created
This is a pressing matter
I have never been to that track but I have placed bets on races there... I would bet on t-rex races for sure
They're moving in herds.
They do move in herds.
Very surprised none fell over!
At the bottom it says that a 16-year old got shot at Taco Bell,
top news right here.
So it wasn’t an asteroid after all.
How did nobody fall?
How can they see if they are all looking up?
Isn't it nice to live in a world where you can tape the telly without getting weird lines and stuff. Those old CRTs weren't so camera friendly.
"They're flocking in herds. They do move in herds."
My hope for the future has been restored
They ate all their jockeys before the race started.
This is too good for the olympics
Y E S
Fucking impressed no one tripped over
We need more Dino races ... man this fantastically funny!
They also do corgis
Where can you buy such a costume?
They picked an appropriately-named racetrack
I’m surprised no one triped
Dudes should have been running from the astriod
Mom! I’m on TV!
*This is a repost
I bet that first place t rex's mutha' was a mudder
LOL! This is a horse racetrack near me. The one time I went they had some of the jockeys participate in an ostrich race. Weirdly, you could not bet on the ostrich race.
Why did no one tell me about this
That ticker is a little dark, given the events of what is occurring on the screen.
They do run in herds
It sure is
I thought this race was extinct.
Imagine living near one of them while they were training for the race. They had to do a few runs wearing that before the race.
TWIST: a velociraptor won.
Where were so many of these bred? Someone needs a better rubber.
I'm so fucking sick of these suits...
Jurassic Park theme plays in background
They are looking up because they are actually chasing their dreams
I feel like the name of the race track is very relevant here.
So fucking cringy
Attack on titan vibes
Glad Auburn was put on the map for something other than heroin.
It shouldn't be. But it certainly is.
Next Olympic sport right there.
Take a video to let them know how they really look.
Why she gotta be punchin' people?
Since this is staged, why wouldn't they be posing? It's what he asked them to do.
How would they possibly know the difference?
"Ay gals he's just faking taking photos, as people do, no need to pose as people regularly would."
I don't see the humor here. So he is pretending to take their picture but isnt? Seems like a lame joke to be honest.
want to be at a party full of hot women who all hate you? this is a good way to do that.
But if there’s no photo, it didn’t really happen.
This is pretty childish he should’ve just taken the photo smh
This is not funny. The guy's just an asshole.
Are you filming?!
is he dead now? if not he is a surviver.
He's not the only one taking a picture though lol so what's the joke exactly
I don't own an iPhone, can someone explain why this is funny?
I don't get why this is funny? If you ask someone to take a picture of you and your friends, why would some maniac do this? Obviously staged.
I used to take selfies when people ask me to take pictures for them lol
ITT: people who hate people posing for group pictures
I like the new David Blaine
Someone else is clearly taking photos though. Notice the double red eye flash. Can’t fake that with the flashlight
Why the fuck are people all of a sudden so sensitive in this Thread? shits weird man.
Whatever else might be controversial is meh, but God forbid a man pretending to take a photo when he actually isn't!
Reddit is weird.
When did being an asshole start gathering you fame
Damn the girl in pink is insanely hot
Can someone teach me how to download with actual quality? cause when i'm just clicking save quality of it is odds
I have this guy girlfriend's snapchat a boy does 1 dollar buys some good nudes. I'm totally not joking
I wanna buy this dude a shot lmao
I DO THIS TOO MUCH
edit:with people I'm close to, and I exaggerated too much,
if he's doing this to random people it's just a dicc move
I love this man.
I was once asked by a group of girls in university to take a photo for them. Idk I got it positioned, they struck a pose, I took a selfie and handed the phone back and walked off
i know this is kinda irrelevant, but this kid went to my highschool. Greatest guy you will ever meet, great guy man. solid dude really
What a god
I love reposts in the morning
ITT: a lot of very sensitive champions of selfie/insta culture.
I first saw this at work today and thought ‘oh dude RIP...’ now I’m home with a glass of wine and I just think he’s my hero.
Wait till you see the marching band.
Not gonna lie, that's kinda cool
We would play Wiffle ball at my grandparents place and they had a small fenced-in area behind their house. We used that as the home run area and my grandparents painted the words Little Wrigley on the eaves of their house which provided the upper deck of the home hun area. I remember we would keep statistics with my cousin. We even made advertisements to hang on the eaves.
Edit: I forgot to mention the vines that grew on the fence and hence the name...
Every route I ran would involve that tree blocking for me
I see the Geller Cup is alive and well.
I bet he wears cleats too
You think it's serious now wait until Uncle "Woulda Gone Pro If Coach Hester Put Me In" Rod shows up. Poor little One-Leg-Jimmy stood no chance.
those end zones are pretty generous
this is great, when i was growing up my friends dad did the same thing with whiffelball and had a whole 'field of dreams' thing going on , they even treat it like a ballpark and keep track of all the records and shit.
Hank Hill is at it again
Who wins the Gellar cup??
I don’t think that tree will still be around after the game.
This is so cute. If he puts this much effort in to the pitch, imagine the feast his partner puts on! I would love to be invited to a thanksgiving one day.
I hope I marry into this family.
Now he needs to sell $20 beers and hotdogs and we have a game
When someone describes something large as “the length of two football fields,” your neighbour thinks: that’s not that big.
Got to admire the spirit and commitment to making a family holiday a truly special experience.
Are they open to adopting an adult?
In my family, the teams were the Cheaters vs the Crybabies.
I’d bet $.50 this is for a tv commercial.
Wait till you see Aunt Carol’s wardrobe malfunction at half time.
this belongs on r/WhitePeopleAreCrazy
What is this, a football field for aunts?
The person you want in your family
I want in on this!
that looks like fun
Apparently not because he has 1/8th of a field.
toss 22 turkeys in the middle.. the last one to reach an end zone is dinner
How does that tree survive?
I want a man that takes anything this seriously
The neighbor is Ross Geller
Damn i wish i grew up in that family
Is he looking to adopt a 27/F child???
Not seriously enough to remove the tree from the yard...tsk tsk
Not enough to move that tree though...
That's pretty awesome. Makes me depressed
That's so.... American.
If he took it really serious he would move that tree. I mean what kind of game can you have with such an intrusive obstacle!?
That fucking tree is getting so many interference calls
They must all be overweight, that fields like 15yrds endzone to endzone
Yeah so seriously he lets a TREE GROW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD! /s
"The wife said I couldn't knock down the trees"
Not seriously enough to get rid of that tree though
cool neighbor, he should dress that tree as a ref. It be about the same usefulness as an NFL ref.
I want in
THAT is the spot where Gramma got Smoked on an out pattern. She went fast. It was the least they could do....
That tree there da reff?
Looks like it is going to be some serious fun.
God I'm so glad I didn't grow up in a football family
🤣 yankee doodles
Thats a very short field. Hope theyve got a good run game.
Are there also crab cakes?
This is a white
kid runs into tree in the middle of the field
That’s a huge yard. I should post a picture of this yard which is considered a fair size but which is 1/4 of that. If that. No it’s less than a fourth.
Imagine hating sports and having to go there for Thanksgiving.
If he puts a striping kit on his mower, he can really take it to the next level.
You should save this to further annoy Europeans who get confused/annoyed when Americans describe the size of things in terms of football fields.
That tree is going to cause serious issues...but Reddit will enjoy the videos that will inevitably follow.
If someone isn't playing old NFL highlights music when that family is playing, they're doing a disservice.
football is a terrible sport lol
Can always rely on this repost to pop up around tgiving.
With this size field The score will be like 119-105
That looks like our old South Carolina neighborhood.
Wonder what the house rules are on such a small playing field.
Yellow flag, tree on the play
Growing up I had a friend that had a full baseball diamond in his back yard. Next door? Full motocross track. Interesting people.
that would be so awesome
That is really taking it to the next level
If they really took it seriously they'd get that damn tree off the field.
Oh the Gellers..
Steve Czaban of 980AM DC had something like that
I don’t think he does it anymore but he used to talk about what a bitch it was to put up the goalposts
Apparently not serious enough, theres a damn tree at the fifty yard line!
This is a picture from as early as 2015 https://imgur.com/gallery/DtiBsyV is this really you?
I wish I was this committed to anything in life
I love this!! Awww.
If are taking it that seriously drive to a bigger field
It’s always first and goal lol
If I were their neighbor I’d definitely tailgate that game.
Will there be a half-time performance??
Where are the goals?
Haha what a joke it's not even regulation... there is a tree in the middle of the field
That's cool. Surprised they used space to make two end zones.
15 yards, unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty results in a touchdown.
Love it! Reminds me of my youth when tossing around a football on Turkey Day was a given. Thanks for the fun memories.
Quick question, are you not allowed to put up 6-8 ft fences in some neighbourhoods? Noticed similar outside of Portland ME.
How is this funny or interesting in any way
Team dark meat!
If he really took it seriously, he'd uproot that tree.
Thats quintessential Americana right there. =)
r/family ? lol
Is your neighbor Logan Roy?
Love the Rutgers color/font scheme
Seems like a fuck head neighbor.
Great googly moogly
My God if that's standard spray paint that is a shit ton of red cans
Happy turkey day👏
I hate this.
I don't get it. what the hell is a Thanksgiving football game??
NFL Redzone channel hates him for this one simple trick
not with a tree in the middle of the field, he doesn't
Really good double act they’ve got going there.
It wasn’t me.
Cat gif of the month
I can't help it, dude...you're tasty
That dude looks like a cross between Bob Uecker and Hector Salamanca
"Hi! Have you met my cat, Gaslight?!??!"
Cat: dude you are imagining things, again.
it's Abbot and Catstello
Joe Biden looks good
Our cat does that to J. It's now a running joke where I sneak up behind him run my finger over the back of his head as if it's the cat again. I know it sounds like a silly little noting, but THOSE are the funny things we hang onto on the days we're sick, or having a hard day. Those silly little things are the fond memories that make relationships a beautiful thing.
Laurel & Meowdy
Reading the word senility made me senile
Is that Bob Uecker?
Mr. Belvedere would have never let the cat in the house.
Cat is doing a bamboozle.
Cats have figured out gas lighting. We’re doomed.
Geppetto and Figaro IRL
If any of you have been licked by a cat there’s no mistaking it. Their tongues are like sand paper.
Before my cat was comfortable with being on my lap but wanted to show affection he would sit by me on the arm of the couch or on the back of it and lick my hair until it was a big sloppy mess.
Now he will cuddle me and lick my arms raw lol
Took me longer than I'm proud of to figure out how say senility.
This is how murders take place
I always knew David Strathairn should be doing more comedy.
Catto can't help that his owner is delicious.
I love this cat at all
Hector Salamanca is aging well
Kitty is gaslighting him.
Really nice of that cat to keep Jeffrey Epstein company
Your comment warms my heart .🤗
Cats tongue hurts.
Never turn your back on a cat of any size.
I actually had a really good genuine chuckle with this 😁
best comedic act of 2020
It's probably not that funny but it didn't stop me from laughing for 10 minutes at that guy's face. Fuckin hell
This guy looks like someone I worked with 20 years ago. He used to say 'if there is nothing to do, do nothing'.
That guy must smell pretty bad, for a butthole-licking cat to start giving him a shower.
Cat looks like a cow
I had one cat that liked to lick my hair when I was sweaty...too bad his breath smelled like tuna!
I had a cat once. It was delicious.
Just like kissing a peanut.
Is that Bob Ubanks?
Senility? Wtf word is that?
This is the the beginning of the process in how cat fur handbags are made.
Kitty is taking care of it’s human
John, Paul, George, Ringo... They even have Pete in there!
🎵Hey hey we're the Monkees...and people say we monkey around🎶
A bunch of little Oliver Tree’s
Boris Jhonson favorite birds.
The Birds, right look for them too and there was 5 of them (might not resonate with anyone under 50)
It the Beatles
Looks like the happy Mondays to me
What the hell, Ringo!
These foos named Edgar and drive G37s and say "cuh".
Nestled in a small box like some kind of fancy decorative chocolates.
Larry and Curly, meet Moo’s.
I bet you wont race their Silverado foo.
"wha a u want a do today?"
"I dunno wha a u want a do today?"
"Now don't start that again!"
That’s a lot of hentai MC’s
Nice hair cuhh
Looks like a British rock band
Alejandro! Ah-leh, ah-leh, ah-leh, ah-leh-han-doro!
Oliver Tree bout to fly up in this bitch
Looks like they’re all training to be monks
My father in law let us pick the birds for his new aviary and these were the ones i picked!I check up on them every time i'm there and they allways make me laugh! :D
Oh boy there are like Charles Puigdemont
Cuando tu canario se hace independentista.
It's like Carles Puigdemont
Looks like the haircut from the incredibles science dude
Is that BTS
Looks like one of the 3 stooges hairdo.
Dufus Rick bird
Kirkland brand canaries
Lol angry birds
By the power of grayskull!
It’s the Fab Five!
We are the mods...
Is that Oliver Tree?
Look like a bunch of Mo's from the three stooges