Blunder years could be described as a period in someone's life when they thought they were different and edgy but in reality they were choosing terrible clothes and even worse haircuts.

There's even a subreddit dedicated to it, appropriately called Blunder Years: pictures from a regrettable past. It invites people who just found their old photos not to delete them but to make amends with their former self and upload it on the Internet. And many do. Here are some of the cringiest posts the online community has to offer.

When you're done scrolling through them, check out our earlier article about people posting their most embarrassing childhood photos.

#1

2008, Senior Friend Asked Me To Prom When I Was A Freshman. My Parents Didn't Want Me To Go But Also Didn't Want To Forbid Me, So They Didn't Give Me Money For A Dress Thinking That Would Stop Us. We Made Both Of Our Outfits Entirely Out Of Duct Tape For Like $30

2008, Senior Friend Asked Me To Prom When I Was A Freshman. My Parents Didn't Want Me To Go But Also Didn't Want To Forbid Me, So They Didn't Give Me Money For A Dress Thinking That Would Stop Us. We Made Both Of Our Outfits Entirely Out Of Duct Tape For Like $30

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Enuya
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7 months ago

Wow! You had better results with just duct tape than I'd ever have even with sewing machine

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You might think these people are crazy for posting such photos on the Internet. However, a certain amount of self-reflection can be healthy, helping a person to become their strongest self.

But only to a certain extent, of course. Amy Morin, the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, said dwelling on the past can easily distract someone from the present. "The truth is, you never know what life would have had in store for you if you'd made a different choice," she told Inc.

#2

It Was “Opposite Day” At School In 2005, Most People Wore Black And White Or Something.. I Decide To Dress As A Girl.. I Lived In A Small Town In Idaho. It Didn’t Go Over Well

It Was “Opposite Day” At School In 2005, Most People Wore Black And White Or Something.. I Decide To Dress As A Girl.. I Lived In A Small Town In Idaho. It Didn’t Go Over Well

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Elizabeth Molloy
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7 months ago

I applaud your bravery!

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Depending on your circumstances, you may just need to give yourself permission to move forward, and then make a conscious effort to stop every time you beat your head over how lame you used to look in high-school.

"Refusing to dwell on the past isn't about ignoring the things that happened. Instead, it often means embracing and accepting your experiences so you can live in the present," Morin explained. "So recognize the emotional toll that dwelling on something is taking on you, and then give yourself permission to move forward."

#3

I Don't Know If I'm More Embarrassed By How Many Hours It Took Teen Me To Make This, Or That I Actually Tagged My Crush When I Posted It

I Don't Know If I'm More Embarrassed By How Many Hours It Took Teen Me To Make This, Or That I Actually Tagged My Crush When I Posted It

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ADHORTATOR
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7 months ago

Impressive!

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#4

Got Dumped A Week Before Prom, But My Mom Insisted I Go Take The Pictures She Paid For, So I Made A Sock Puppet To Bring As My Date. I Regret Nothing

Got Dumped A Week Before Prom, But My Mom Insisted I Go Take The Pictures She Paid For, So I Made A Sock Puppet To Bring As My Date. I Regret Nothing

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Sarcastic Cow
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7 months ago

It´s sock puppet or sock ´girlfriend´ like in American Pie?

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#5

My Mom Dressed Me Like This So I Was Easy To Spot When She Picked Me Up...

My Mom Dressed Me Like This So I Was Easy To Spot When She Picked Me Up...

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Bobert Robertson
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7 months ago

This one is awesome actually

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#6

My Mom Told Me Not To Blink During My 2nd Grade Class Picture

My Mom Told Me Not To Blink During My 2nd Grade Class Picture

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Foxxy (The Original)
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7 months ago

Looks like this kid has seen things, disturbing things.

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#7

My Siblings And I Were Forced Into A ‘Pet Look Alike’ Competition. It Still Haunts Us

My Siblings And I Were Forced Into A ‘Pet Look Alike’ Competition. It Still Haunts Us

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Hans
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7 months ago

How content and happy they look

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#8

My Dad Always Thought This Haircut Looked Incredible On Me. My Mom Thought The Shirt Was Incredible. Looking Back At 2nd Grade Me Is Incredible. I'm A Female

My Dad Always Thought This Haircut Looked Incredible On Me. My Mom Thought The Shirt Was Incredible. Looking Back At 2nd Grade Me Is Incredible. I'm A Female

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
7 months ago

You look like you're in a 1980s Spielberg film!

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#9

In Honor Of My Husband’s 37th Birthday, I Present To You His Senior Prom Photo From 2000

In Honor Of My Husband’s 37th Birthday, I Present To You His Senior Prom Photo From 2000

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Lauren Caswell
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7 months ago

Backstreets back?

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#10

Tried To Smile, Channeled Jim Carrey Instead. Allllllllrighty Then

Tried To Smile, Channeled Jim Carrey Instead. Allllllllrighty Then

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
7 months ago

Omg, ur right it's like when he was ace ventura blending in with the hippos! That's a great pic :D

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#11

My Mother Said I Would Regret This Photo... No Regrets Mom! Circa 2002

My Mother Said I Would Regret This Photo... No Regrets Mom! Circa 2002

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Kate
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7 months ago

Oh, I'm just a girl living in captivity Your rule of thumb make me worrisome Oh, I'm just a girl, what's my destiny? What I've succumbed to is making me numb

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#12

10m, And Looking Like A Middle Age Mom Who’s Deciding To Grace You With A Smile, While Still Judging You Just A Little

10m, And Looking Like A Middle Age Mom Who’s Deciding To Grace You With A Smile, While Still Judging You Just A Little

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
7 months ago

Your favourite Primary School teacher, who's tough but fair.

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#13

‘How Did You Know I Was Gay?’ Said The Posing Seven Year Old Boy In Make Up, A Perm, And Black Sequinned Jellicle Cats Dance Costume

‘How Did You Know I Was Gay?’ Said The Posing Seven Year Old Boy In Make Up, A Perm, And Black Sequinned Jellicle Cats Dance Costume

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Letmar Elliel
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7 months ago

yassss qweeeeee!

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#14

It’s Amazing What Growing A Beard, Growing Up, Changing Your Style And Leaving A Cult Can Do For You! (2011 vs. 2020)

It’s Amazing What Growing A Beard, Growing Up, Changing Your Style And Leaving A Cult Can Do For You! (2011 vs. 2020)

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Awia
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7 months ago

Good job on leaving a cult. Those are always toxic.

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#15

My Boyfriend's 10th Grade Picture Is Pure Rebellion. According To Him, His Mom Cried When She Received The Pictures Back

My Boyfriend's 10th Grade Picture Is Pure Rebellion. According To Him, His Mom Cried When She Received The Pictures Back

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JuJu
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7 months ago

The Bieber

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#16

Had A "Photoshoot" With My Mom And Thought That Being "The Weird Kid" Made Me Cool And Mysterious

Had A "Photoshoot" With My Mom And Thought That Being "The Weird Kid" Made Me Cool And Mysterious

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Elizabeth Molloy
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7 months ago

Terrible coat, but otherwise ... HELLOOOO Nurse!

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#17

Ten Years And One Transition Later: Some Things Never Change

Ten Years And One Transition Later: Some Things Never Change

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chi-wei shen
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7 months ago (edited)

There is no reason to ditch Mario, no matter what's your age or gender.

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#18

My Family Looking Like An Ll Bean Catalog Submission, And Then There's 15 Year Old Me

My Family Looking Like An Ll Bean Catalog Submission, And Then There's 15 Year Old Me

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Andrew Gibb
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7 months ago

like the spirit of a deceased ancestor turning up for the photo

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#19

Found My High School ID This Morning

Found My High School ID This Morning

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Daria Z
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7 months ago

Ha, it looks cool :D

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#20

My All-Time Favorite Picture Of My Husband. He Was 20 In This Picture. Posting With His Reluctant Permission

My All-Time Favorite Picture Of My Husband. He Was 20 In This Picture. Posting With His Reluctant Permission

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
7 months ago

As an 80s teen, and a fan of the band, Japan, all I can say is " hubba hubba!"

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#21

Husband? Dead. Emotion? Devastated. Insurance Money? Cashed. Eyebrows? Don’t Need Them

Husband? Dead. Emotion? Devastated. Insurance Money? Cashed. Eyebrows? Don’t Need Them

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Julie Lemaire
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7 months ago

OMG you are Carmelita Spats from A Serie of Unfortunate Events !!

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#22

12 Years Ago. Teenage Pregnancy. Our First Family Photo

12 Years Ago. Teenage Pregnancy. Our First Family Photo

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Elizabeth Molloy
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7 months ago

You guys look like fun!

enjoyinglife
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7 months ago

Would love to see a "now" picture

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
7 months ago

this is actually hella cute. :)

Sabse
Community Member
7 months ago

I like this family!

DanieLegz
Community Member
7 months ago

We want follow up photos of all these people too

Ava Raine
Community Member
7 months ago

adorable<3

Elisabeth Moriarty
Community Member
7 months ago

Well done to you both you have a lovely family. )0(

glowworm2
Community Member
7 months ago

What a lovely family!

Unaffected
Community Member
7 months ago

Beautiful looking family

Dirk Munk
Community Member
7 months ago

I see two very happy, very beautiful, very young parents with their baby. Congratulations, this is a world-class family portrait, full of joy and happiness. Just by looking at it, people will feel happy. Embarrassing? Far from it. You should be mighty proud of it. Hang it on the wall, when you grow older, when you’re feeling down, look at it and remember how happy you were. It will give you strength.

Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

I like how everyone is smiling here, except for the baby, of course.

Odette Boisvert
Community Member
7 months ago

I think you look very cool!! maybe your kid now learned about it? =0)

Ralph Burton
Community Member
7 months ago

Great photo, I hope you're still as happy x

Ann McNeil
Community Member
7 months ago

Are you still together? Asking for a friend .....

SF Angel
Community Member
7 months ago

Such joy! I love this

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
7 months ago

That is sweet! I hope you can still take the same photo today!

Nick McPherran
Community Member
7 months ago

Sweetest pic ever...it'll be a fav when she's older!

Laura Thomas
Community Member
6 months ago

Aw!

sharon Hart
Community Member
7 months ago

This is definitely one of my favourites!

Sue Clifford
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7 months ago

Mine too.

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George Hudacko
Community Member
7 months ago

Look more like the 60's-70's as in 1960-70.

Constance Congdon
Community Member
7 months ago

LOOK WHAT WE MADE !

Constance Congdon
Community Member
7 months ago

and now that baby is thirteen and you two are sooo last century

Ninja Nonna
Community Member
7 months ago

Lucky baby.

Jayne Sargent
Community Member
7 months ago

💖💖💖

Pebblesmax
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7 months ago

That is so cute 😃

Mishte Tine
Community Member
7 months ago

We are so hipster. You’re cool. You know it. Getting annoyed.

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
7 months ago

Aw! Unexpected blessing. Love the bright smiles. I am sure your child inherited such spirit. I wish your family the best.

Josh Tall
Community Member
7 months ago

Laughing to keep from crying!

Russell Ellwardt
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone is not happy about the situation.

Laura Jones
Community Member
7 months ago

you look like life is a ball shame baby isnt laughing too!

Jon S.
Community Member
7 months ago

This makes me think of the parents from Hope and Faith.

Gwinevere von Ludwig
Community Member
7 months ago

this looks hella fun

Just another bot
Community Member
7 months ago

Aww the poor little bean

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
7 months ago

The kid already knows what he/she was born into! "PUT ME BACK IN!"

Lori Lawson
Community Member
7 months ago

I can relate. Looking back at my first baby we looked like babies because we were 18

Dee Mcgee
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7 months ago

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Kid: please send me to school.

rr
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7 months ago

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Yeah all fun and games for the "parents"/kids but not so much for the baby and he knows it. Unless of course these two have trust funds this kid is going to pay the price for their thoughtless behavior. But to be fair, his parents look pretty happy about it so hope they proved the themselves the exception.

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#23

School Photo Looking Like 60-Year Old Librarian With My Cardigan, Turtleneck And Thick Glasses Date And Age Unknown

School Photo Looking Like 60-Year Old Librarian With My Cardigan, Turtleneck And Thick Glasses Date And Age Unknown

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Elizabeth Molloy
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7 months ago

Bunny buttons!

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#24

My Mother Found This Photo Of My Church Friend (Ryan Gosling) And I. We Had Some Awful 90s Hairs Cuts

My Mother Found This Photo Of My Church Friend (Ryan Gosling) And I. We Had Some Awful 90s Hairs Cuts

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Lauren Caswell
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7 months ago

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Ouch, thought the sky was falling, but it was just the oh so casual name drop ;)

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#25

When I Was 14 I Was Dating A Girl From Another High School. I Decided To Surprise Her On Her Birthday By Dressing Up As A Clown And Busting Into Her Classroom Singing “Happy Birthday”. She Was Mortified! When The Dust Settled She Thankfully Realized The Thoughtfulness That Went Into The Gesture

When I Was 14 I Was Dating A Girl From Another High School. I Decided To Surprise Her On Her Birthday By Dressing Up As A Clown And Busting Into Her Classroom Singing “Happy Birthday”. She Was Mortified! When The Dust Settled She Thankfully Realized The Thoughtfulness That Went Into The Gesture

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Vic
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7 months ago

That's a bold move..

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#26

8th Grade Me Thought I Was The [Coolest], Went Like This To A Christian Concert Event

8th Grade Me Thought I Was The [Coolest], Went Like This To A Christian Concert Event

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Andrew Gibb
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7 months ago

The statue of Liberty

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#27

I Was That Girl

I Was That Girl

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ADHORTATOR
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7 months ago

nothing wrong with it

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#28

In High School I Went Through A Belt Phase. For Some Reason, I Thought The More Belts I Had On, The Cooler I Looked. I Later Discovered... That Was A Lie

In High School I Went Through A Belt Phase. For Some Reason, I Thought The More Belts I Had On, The Cooler I Looked. I Later Discovered... That Was A Lie

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Clavelle
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7 months ago

When you have that many awesome belts, how could you choose just one?

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#29

They Seem To Bring A Smile To Your Face. Hope This Makes Your Day A Little Better. I Present, Me As A Kid

They Seem To Bring A Smile To Your Face. Hope This Makes Your Day A Little Better. I Present, Me As A Kid

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Elizabeth Molloy
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7 months ago

That's my purse! I don't know you!

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#30

Me At 17(2010) Living It Up In Vegas

Me At 17(2010) Living It Up In Vegas

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Hans
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7 months ago

Reposting this image will not help you....

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#31

Me, On My 8th Birthday, Getting The DS I Raved About

Me, On My 8th Birthday, Getting The DS I Raved About

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ADHORTATOR
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7 months ago

Holy......... you scared me!

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#32

Growing Up In Detroit When Eminem Came Out Yeaaaaaah...

Growing Up In Detroit When Eminem Came Out Yeaaaaaah...

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Tee
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7 months ago

I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up Please stand up, please stand up?

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#33

14 Year Old Me Photoshopping Out My Dad For Britney Spears. This Is Just So Toxic

14 Year Old Me Photoshopping Out My Dad For Britney Spears. This Is Just So Toxic

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Enuya
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7 months ago

Still better photoshop skills than one can see on some so-called 'influencers' profiles.

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#34

Me At Age 15, Channeling My Inner 30something Business Woman

Me At Age 15, Channeling My Inner 30something Business Woman

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JuJu
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7 months ago

"Well Brenda, of course we can talk again about the second fireplace. I'm sure I have EXACTLY the house you are looking for. Just let me check my list..."

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#35

Dwight Schrute Glasses? Check. Braces? Check. Turtle And Cat As Only Friends? Check. Braided Rat Tail With Beads? Zoom In...

Dwight Schrute Glasses? Check. Braces? Check. Turtle And Cat As Only Friends? Check. Braided Rat Tail With Beads? Zoom In...

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Clavelle
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7 months ago

Aww!

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#36

As Most People Thought My Fiancé Last Photo Was Not A Blunder, I Present To You Her College Library Card - 2003

As Most People Thought My Fiancé Last Photo Was Not A Blunder, I Present To You Her College Library Card - 2003

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Daria Z
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7 months ago

That's what I would have worn if I was braver back then :)

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#37

I Was In An Early 2000's Transitional Phase Between Awkward And Total Embarrassment

I Was In An Early 2000's Transitional Phase Between Awkward And Total Embarrassment

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Sabse
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7 months ago

Well, that's the way it was. The best thing was that the legs of the pants had to be torn from walking.

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#38

Well I'm 34 Now. Still Into Model Rockets Though

Well I'm 34 Now. Still Into Model Rockets Though

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Andrew Gibb
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7 months ago

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all good until I saw the Soviet version of concorde

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#39

I’m Glad My Looks Didn’t Peak At Age 13. (Not A Costume. God Help Me, I Really Dressed Like That)

I’m Glad My Looks Didn’t Peak At Age 13. (Not A Costume. God Help Me, I Really Dressed Like That)

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Enuya
Community Member
7 months ago

Hey, half of the problem were glasses. I know from own experience how big difference flattened lenses and a well-chosen frame of glasses may do.

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#40

My Childhood Was Destined To Be A Rough One...

My Childhood Was Destined To Be A Rough One...

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chi-wei shen
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7 months ago

He eventually grew out of it.

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#41

Hawaii Wasn’t Ready For My Ice Cold Sister And I In 2003

Hawaii Wasn’t Ready For My Ice Cold Sister And I In 2003

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Tee
Community Member
7 months ago

Spy Kids!

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#42

Freshman College, ‘94: Control Yourselves, Ladies

Freshman College, ‘94: Control Yourselves, Ladies

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JuJu
Community Member
7 months ago

Where are the Vespa and the ukulele?

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#43

Mom Found This Recently, Me At 18, My Reaction When She Showed Me Was "God Damn What Is That Creature"

Mom Found This Recently, Me At 18, My Reaction When She Showed Me Was "God Damn What Is That Creature"

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Toni
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7 months ago

the "now" picture would be interesting..

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#44

2002, Age 14. I Have No Idea What I Was Rebelling Against But I Was Going At It Hard

2002, Age 14. I Have No Idea What I Was Rebelling Against But I Was Going At It Hard

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7 months ago

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Juggalo.

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#45

My Outfit During A Snowfall In May 2004

My Outfit During A Snowfall In May 2004

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Lauren Caswell
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7 months ago

You look middle aged, what?! XD

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#46

My Junior Year Yearbook Picture

My Junior Year Yearbook Picture

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Kate
Community Member
7 months ago

Ay gurl

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#47

Sophomore Year Of High School, I Would Show Up Like This And Hang Out Behind The Library With My Little Edgy Kids Group

Sophomore Year Of High School, I Would Show Up Like This And Hang Out Behind The Library With My Little Edgy Kids Group

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glowworm2
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7 months ago

Amazing! I'm surprised you were allowed to wear the "bloody" T-shirt to school though.

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#48

My Parents On Their Second Date!

My Parents On Their Second Date!

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Crissy Brandt
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7 months ago

Your parents are very high.

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#49

I Was A Cute Little Girl, Except For The Fact That I'm A Guy

I Was A Cute Little Girl, Except For The Fact That I'm A Guy

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
7 months ago

A cute little girly guy.

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#50

Every Time My Friend Moves, She Rediscovers This Gem From Middle School

Every Time My Friend Moves, She Rediscovers This Gem From Middle School

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Scagsy
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7 months ago

Tea's gone cold, I wonder why I, got out of bed at all

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