16 Things You Will Remember If You Were In School In The 80s

Today’s youth won’t ever understand the pleasing smack of a plastic accessory, the precious life lessons learned from after-school specials, or exactly what it meant by be kind and rewind. Yes, it is OK to feel sorry for them.

1.THE JOY OF SLAP BRACELETS

What could go wrong when pre-teen women gather fabric-covered flimsy strips of metal and smack them on a human body part? Due to protecting parents and flaws, ’90s children may never understand.

2. THE SKIP-IT’S SOLITARY PLEASURE

School-yard wallflowers rejoiced when Tiger Electronics created a toy which allows them to feel as if they had been jumping rope without needing to ask classmates to maintain the rope ends. But since the jingle fans understood what everyone wanted, the best thing of all, was that there was counter on the top on the toy.

3. THE PRESSURE TO ‘JUST SAY NO’

This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?

4. THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER OF AN AFTER-SCHOOL SPECIAL

The neverending morality tales… seems a majority of them were overly dramatic weepy. Commonly knows as ABC Afterschool Specials.

5. “BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY …”

Book nerds unite! Thanks to Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton, you could be into reading and be, you know, cool at the same time.

6. WISHING YOU COULD BE RAINBOW BRITE

She had the greatest superpower of anyone we ever have seen. She literally brought more color to the world and that is amazing!

7. CONFLICTED FEELINGS ABOUT TEDDY RUXPIN

Might have been a cool concept but I know Teddy Ruxpin has haunted several of my nightmares as a child. Also ruined a couple of my favorite books.

8. THE WONDER OF THE WALKMAN

Once upon a moment in time, the iPhone, iPod, whichever brand MP# player, and even before Discman, there was a simple beautiful player called Sony Walkman. The biggest fear at that time was fear of your Walkman “Eating” your tape. However, nothing felter greater than the freedom of drifting away into your music.

9. THE ART OF THE MIXTAPE

It took some skill to master. Nightmare when you REALLY messed up. The key was to press record at the specific right moment. Right as the DJ stop talking and right before the opening notes.

10. LIFE BEFORE LUNCHABLES

That said, as soon as the bologna-and-cracker-holding trays were introduced, you would have traded your Care Bears lunchbox to get your hands on one.

11. THE CULT OF COOL RANCH

Back in 1986, Doritos have bestowed upon the people the unique and distinctively unidentifiable, flavor of Cool Ranch Doritos. (I still do not know why the ranch needed to become Cooler.)

12. THE IMPORTANCE OF ELABORATE NOTE-FOLDING

Because before the arrival of text messages, significant data was passed by the hand but the worst feeling in the world was if someone else seen what you wrote.

13. THE FRUSTRATION OF PHONE CORDS

Unless you had been awesome enough to have a telephone in your bedroom, you had been stuck fielding calls from your crush before your parents or by the nearest cupboard the cable would allow you to move… if it was not tangled…

14. THE REAL PARTY WAS ON PARTY LINES

Before the time of chatrooms, you were would meet other like-minded strangers on the phone on a party line. I can’t count how many times my parents were mad due to the outrageous bill that would follow.

15. THE FUTURE OF FEMINISM WAS A CARTOON

Her name was She-Ra: Princess of Power, and she was magnificent.

16. STORING YOUR STUFF IN A CABOODLE

Each of the popular women had the brightly-colored wonders. But the lowly Caboodle-less gained popularity when they toted their makeup-stuffed kits to sleepovers.

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