Time is a strange beast. One moment you think it’s still 1999/2004/2012, the next you realize you’re sitting in 2021. Confused, with no idea where the years went, there you are, busily counting how old you are on your fingers. Time doesn’t just fly by: it soars, does loop-de-loops, backtracks and fast-forwards, drips like a leaky faucet, rushes like a raging river, and delights in making you feel old and still young all at once.

Well, our team over here at Bored Panda wants time to be on our side, so we’re about to make you feel old and pine for the '90s and 2000s. Did we say ‘feel old?’ Sorry! We meant ‘feel nostalgic.’ Whoops. You’ll definitely get these memes and jokes if you remember the '90s and 2000s well, so scroll on down for a trip down memory lane, and remember to upvote the pics that you liked the most. We’d also love to hear from you what trends, technologies, and events you liked the most from that era. So be sure to leave us a comment below.

Bored Panda wanted to learn more about our nostalgia for earlier decades, so we reached out to Kemi Omijeh, a child and adolescent therapist who is based in London and is also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Read on for her insights, dear Pandas!

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The Days Of Poor Graphics And Endless Hours Spent On These Games

The Days Of Poor Graphics And Endless Hours Spent On These Games

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Dario T.
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3 months ago

Those were the days

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Anyone Else Get Mesmerized By The Windows 95 Screensavers As A Kid?

Anyone Else Get Mesmerized By The Windows 95 Screensavers As A Kid?

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Lost soul
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3 months ago

Always 😂

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Goals

Goals

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YoyoSthlm
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3 months ago

Yes!!!!

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According to therapist Omijeh, our memories of the past can contribute to our sense of self and well-being. "The period of time we tend to be nostalgic over are significant moments that stood out. Perhaps it was a time when we felt happiest or safest, or perhaps it’s a period where things changed for us."

She explained that the age we were at during the era doesn't matter as much as what exactly the time period represents to us. "Our memories of the past can change over time depending on how often we revisit and also depending on what is going on for us in the present."

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Latchkey Kids Unite!

Latchkey Kids Unite!

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Liz the Wanderer
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3 months ago

Yes, when did this change? I was capable of having a snack and not dying when home alone at age 7.

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The Last Time

The Last Time

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Full of Giggles
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3 months ago

That’s deep.

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Windows 98

Windows 98

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Just a Marine Veteran
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3 months ago

It was honestly like doing drugs, haha

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Omijeh joked that "of course, the '90s was better! But then again, I may be being very biased here." The therapist pointed out that who we were during each decade will influence our impressions of it.

"Generally speaking, the better decade is associated with youth and freedom. Nostalgia also often gives us rose-tinted glasses from which to reflect from. How we reflect on the past decades can play a part in how we engage with the current decade." If you're living in the UK and would like to speak to a therapist, you can find a counseling professional through the BACP right here.

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Movie Time In School

Movie Time In School

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James016
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3 months ago

And the quality was awful as the tapes were so worn out.

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I Member...

I Member...

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Mrs_ Possum
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3 months ago (edited)

I am this old!! When I saw this pic, I literally heard the thunk of the ball hitting the pad, and the rip of taking it off to throw again.. Aah, good times 😄🤣

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Ceilings In The 90s

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karla Meixnerová
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3 months ago

Yep. I had them too :)

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Bored Panda previously spoke about nostalgia with therapist Omijeh in more depth. "Many psychologists, myself included, believe our childhood is the foundation to who we are as adults. It explains why we frequently revisit our childhood as it influences our present," Omijeh told Bored Panda.

According to Omijeh, the kind of childhoods that we had directly correlates to how we remember our childhood experiences. To put it simply: we’re nostalgic for the times that we felt loved and nurtured.

“If we’ve had a difficult childhood, it can be hard to feel nostalgic, instead it will feel like something we need to get over in order to move on," the therapist said.

#10

Pretty Much

Pretty Much

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Bobert Robertson
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3 months ago

Tiger^3

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Gather Round, Children, While I Tell You Of Bath Beads

Gather Round, Children, While I Tell You Of Bath Beads

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Bobert Robertson
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3 months ago

Careful where you sit getting into the bath 😬

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Burning The Sickest Cds In The Neighborhood

Burning The Sickest Cds In The Neighborhood

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Young Minami Kotaro
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3 months ago (edited)

Ah yesss.. a little bit of Mambo no.5 in my life!!

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"Nostalgia can also be a good coping strategy for times of low mood and challenges," she detailed. However, she warned that nostalgia is only useful to a certain extent. The moment it starts interfering with our ability to be present in our everyday lives is the moment that we should start to be worried.

“If we end up comparing it to our experiences today and feeling like nothing is as good as it was, then this will inevitably affect our mood and our ability to do what we need to do," Omijeh said. “We can become stuck in our nostalgia; in which case it might be best to seek help from a counseling professional to help you process your past in order to enjoy your present,” the therapist explained. In short, it’s fine if you feel nostalgic for the 90s and 2000s, but remember to enjoy 2021, too!

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Good Ol' Days

Good Ol' Days

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Full of Giggles
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3 months ago

And then completed our look de jour with a choker.

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Sure Grandma

Sure Grandma

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Wilf
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3 months ago

You kids! I used to have one of those fake cassettes with a headphone wire... to play my Sony Discman...

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Fridays At Blockbuster

Fridays At Blockbuster

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Az
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3 months ago

Remember driving around to all the video shops in town to find the movie you wanted to watch?

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Earlier, Bored Panda also spoke about the changes in technologies and trends over the past few decades with Ramona Pringle, who is the Director of the Creative Innovation Studio and Associate Professor at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University.

According to her, even if we know what trends occurred in the past, we can’t say for certain what the future will hold. “We don’t know what the future holds, and anyone who says that they do is selling snake oil. But, there are certain things we can count on: we love stories, and we love to be part of something biggest than ourselves. Be it oral storytelling, books, blogs, movies, or video games, we’ve never lost our love of narrative.”

Entertainment and connectivity, then, will continue being a vital part of our history as human beings as we move boldly (or trembling slightly from excitement and anxiety) into the future. “Equally true, even when we can’t go into a concert hall or colosseum, we look for ways to be together, connected, and part of a communal experience. The tech might change, but these will continue to be the drivers of our entertainment experiences,” Pringle said.

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Before The Days Of Internet

Before The Days Of Internet

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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3 months ago

yep

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Lol

Lol

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Daria B
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3 months ago

Remember when you had to play Final Fantasy in 3 or 4 separate CDs? ♡

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It Really Was

It Really Was

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago (edited)

And do you think I can remember how to fold them like that? I used to start all my letters with Hey Chicky or Hey Chicka dee and end with Catch ya round like a fruit loop.

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Pringle explained to Bored Panda that over the next decade, entertainment tech will change and improve, focusing even more on immersion and interactivity. 

“For the last decade, we’ve leaned into virtual reality because of how it enables both of these. We can step inside a world and have influence over it, and the story or experience that unfolds,” she said. “I think one of the things we can expect moving forward is, in a sense, the opposite of virtual reality. Instead, more of an enhanced reality or fictional reality, wherein the entertainment isn’t in a headset, but instead, all around us.”

#19

They Were The Best

They Were The Best

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Lost soul
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3 months ago

Nostalgic

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#20

How Many Of Us 90s Kids Destroyed Our Family Computer With Viruses For Free Music?

How Many Of Us 90s Kids Destroyed Our Family Computer With Viruses For Free Music?

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Willow Quinn
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3 months ago

Your youth is showing. Many of us will never forget the original. RIP Napster

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90s vs. 2019

90s vs. 2019

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Neon
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3 months ago

👀

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The changes to tech have been massive, but we’ve absorbed them so well (some of us, anyway) that we sometimes don’t even notice them anymore.

“A decade ago, we didn’t talk to robots. Today, many of us do,” Pringle detailed. “Siri and Alexa are some of the more common bots, but we already interface with non-human characters regularly. As technology advances, including augmented reality and mixed reality, I think we can expect that entertainment will be something we can engage with off of the screen, but out in the world, with characters and stories we can engage with throughout the day, or throughout our houses.”

#22

Feeling Old

Feeling Old

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Derpy Dino
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3 months ago

xD is it a pair of Converse?(I-Robot joke)

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Who Remembers These?

Who Remembers These?

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Andrew Gibb
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3 months ago

it probably used some of the power to test itself

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Lmfao

Lmfao

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Tara Brooks
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3 months ago

All inclusive high school

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The rise of e-sports is one clue that the ways that people engage one another change in unexpected and often surprising ways. “Whoever would have thought that people would pay money to watch other people play games? Media that engages us and gives us something to gather around, be it together, or virtually, is something that will always appeal to us.”

#25

The Late 1900s

The Late 1900s

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Annie Niemands
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3 months ago

I was born in the late 1900s, help

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The Early 2000s

The Early 2000s

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Loa Mun
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3 months ago

I believe this trend had a big come back last year or so

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#27

Pink Medicine

Pink Medicine

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Randomcthulu
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3 months ago

They still prescribe this for kids all the time.

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Pringle made some more predictions about the near future: “I think we can expect to see the ebb and flow of experiences that bring people together offline and then on screen, or online, as well. In the last few years, we’ve seen the rise of interactive and immersive venues like the museum of ice cream or the Dr. Seuss experience,”

#28

Crickey!

Crickey!

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Andrew Gibb
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3 months ago

don't forget to rewind the video to the beginning.

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TV Guides

TV Guides

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago (edited)

My Nanna still gets the TV guide from the Sunday newspaper and goes through it marking all the shows she wants to watch or record.

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Intense Gaming

Intense Gaming

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Lost soul
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3 months ago

Ha ha😂🤣

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She continued: “These are places we can go, with friends and family, and have a shared experience. It feeds back into our online experiences because we can share photos or memories and these environments are designed to foster that. Certainly, as we find ourselves in a time of social distancing, we’re seeing new creative ways of “being together” even when we’re apart. So I think we can expect to see entertainment that helps us connect, be it online or off, and immerses us in an experience, story, or community.”

#31

Proud Millennial Heritage

Proud Millennial Heritage

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kristy sickles
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3 months ago

JTT!!!

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#32

Four Square Anyone?

Four Square Anyone?

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haha laser go brrr
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3 months ago

Still a thing

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#33

Getting Blisters

Getting Blisters

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nanashi
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3 months ago

glad my mom never bought me these even after several times asking, or I'd too experience the blisters

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The Memories

The Memories

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Randomcthulu
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3 months ago

I really miss this, got more free pizza from Bookit buttons, and their salad/pizza bars were great

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Putting Bike Beads On Your Bike

Putting Bike Beads On Your Bike

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Lost soul
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3 months ago

Those were the days.

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#36

A Late 90s Classroom

A Late 90s Classroom

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Nora
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3 months ago

And I'm so ancient over here, we just had pencils and paper. Hey, remember pencil sharpeners? Those were great. Ah.. the good ole days

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#37

Where’s The Remote?

Where’s The Remote?

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IronEagle
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3 months ago

Never grew out of that - still search the house for AA's for my xbox controller because I'm to old school to get 'play and charge' kits... No TV remote batteries are safe in this house.

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#38

I Was 50% Cool In 96

I Was 50% Cool In 96

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Andrew Gibb
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3 months ago

RATM! Killing in the name of.

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The Beginning

The Beginning

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Trailer park classy!

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#40

I'm So Glad...

I'm So Glad...

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JuJu
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3 months ago

I have a big box full of photos and photographic negatives... I was the only one with a really good flash on her camera - I could blackmail them all *evil laughter*

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Low Rise Jeans

Low Rise Jeans

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Isabella
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3 months ago

I love low and mediul rise jeans and hate the high waisted ones ! I am that old! :))))

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This Was The Life

This Was The Life

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James016
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3 months ago

Daytime Tv for the win. When I was 13 I got very sick and was off school for half a term, about 2 months. All I could do was watch daytime tv. Thankfully MTV was still good back then

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Take Me Back!

Take Me Back!

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Tara Brooks
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3 months ago

Memories

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Crackin' Open A New Laser Pointer With All Those Attachments

Crackin' Open A New Laser Pointer With All Those Attachments

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Lost soul
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3 months ago

My favourite

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#45

Disappointed

Disappointed

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kristy sickles
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3 months ago

oh, lawwd

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#46

Vintage Taco Bell

Vintage Taco Bell

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James016
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3 months ago

Rad!

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#47

If You Were Raise In The 90s

If You Were Raise In The 90s

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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3 months ago

Dial up internet...every department store had racks full of AOL discs. ("You've got mail!")

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When Someone Asks You

When Someone Asks You

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Young Minami Kotaro
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3 months ago

Hahah..

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Take Your Vitamins

Take Your Vitamins

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Full of Giggles
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3 months ago

One of these things is not like the other...

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#50

Is It Haunted?

Is It Haunted?

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Chyppa Homer
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3 months ago

I was always wondering, where the hell are the spirits from the recently deceased ? How come, no ghost ever moans :"What's the wi-fi pass ?" :D

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