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Nostalgia: 23 Things That Only ’80s & ’90s Kids Will Understand

If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, you’ll feel these posts deep in your soul. They’ll remind you of a simpler time, when you entertained yourself with silly putty and an actual newspaper (look it up, youngsters – we didn’t have your fancy online articles) and when a scratch on your new CD could ruin your whole evening. Ah, the good old days.

1. Remember that familiar screech when you logged on to the Internet and then waited 5 years for AOL to load?

2. You didn’t eat kale. All you needed were your Flintstone vitamins.

3. You risked physical injury every time you had to sharpen your pencil in class.

4. Teachers tricked you into being quiet and putting your head down on your desk by pretending “Heads Up 7UP” was an actual game. What a racket.

5. You learned the esoteric art of fortune telling by playing MASH.

6. You often died of dysentery on the Oregon Trail.

7. You spent hours playing with a frustrating multicolored mental torture device.

8. You had to rely on Bob Saget for your funny videos.

9. This is what your Friday night consisted of. And YOU LIKED IT.

10. There was always the terror of your friends’ parents picking up the phone.

11. Until the miraculous advent of pagers, if you were trying to meet up with friends, you just went and took your chances.

12. This was the best part of your school day.

13. These things were like tiny nunchucks.

14. You obsessively saved stickers in a special photo album. And the scratch ‘n sniff ones got their own section.

15. If you had one of these bad boys, you could entertain yourself in class forever.

16. This was your delete button.

17. The horror of listening to your song skip and realizing your CD was messed up. On the other hand, it was an excuse for another trip to Tower Records.

18. You will never be able to erase the memory of Justin Timberlake’s ramen hair phase.

19. Google? No. You had the goddamn Dewey decimal system.

20. You perfected the note-passing technique.

21. If you had a box of these, you were the shit.

22.  You knew that the blue part of the eraser was a lie.

23. Your social activism was about saving the Goondocks.

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