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Phrase from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, used by the children born after societal collapse in referring to the time before.

Also occurs in South Park's "Wacky Molestation Adventure," as a cultural reference to Mad Max, as the kids cause society to collapse in the episode after claiming that every adult in town molested them.
People were happy in the before time, the long long ago.
by ItsnotFROMsouthparkmoron August 01, 2017
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A phrase referring to the age of mankind before the advent of the internet and/or before advanced data mining, search engines and online resources (especially Google, Wikipedia, etc.) made information widely available and convenient; i.e. when people had to do research manually via libraries, card-catalogs, paper books and reference materials such a Encylcopaedia.

Also jokingly referred to as "the before time, the long long ago" referencing the cultural memes of Star Wars and the 64th episode of South Park.
Well son, in "the before time", finding out answers to questions was a lot more difficult, it could take hours or even days to research topics and had to be done by physically going to a local library!
by triple butt October 23, 2010
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