All of us have one or two embarrassing childhood photos that we would go to great lengths to hide away from the world. But these people decided to brave the cruel waters of the Internet and share some of the most cringe-worthy shots from their childhoods and youth days.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of best throwback photographs for the ultimate cringe effect. From odd hairstyles and accessories to questionable fashion choices, the list contains each person's bump (or perhaps even a trainwreck) on the road of searching for identity. So check them out and don't forget to vote and comment on your favorites!

#1

My Parents Weren’t Surprised When I Came Out

My Parents Weren’t Surprised When I Came Out

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Anouk
Community Member
2 years ago

Love the title :)

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#2

My Legs And Feet Hit Puberty Before The Rest Of Me

My Legs And Feet Hit Puberty Before The Rest Of Me

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Maud Gakes
Community Member
2 years ago

OMFG Why does this has only 10 points??? This should be on the top!! This is amazing 😂😂

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#3

Just A Girl On A Spring Communist Demonstration In Lviv, Ukraine, 1968

Just A Girl On A Spring Communist Demonstration In Lviv, Ukraine, 1968

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't mess with angry youth at demonstrations.

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#4

For My 2nd Grade Photo I Vouched For The Satan's-Child-Lawyer Look

For My 2nd Grade Photo I Vouched For The Satan's-Child-Lawyer Look

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Orsolya
Community Member
2 years ago

Nailed it.

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#5

Glamour Shot Blunder (7 Years Old)

Glamour Shot Blunder (7 Years Old)

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Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

"Diane, twice divorced, just passed her real estate exam."

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#6

That Time In The Early 90s When I Was 12 Going On 54

That Time In The Early 90s When I Was 12 Going On 54

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

in retrospect it's probably made you look like you've aged well?

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#7

In 5th Grade I Was Worried I Would Blink And Mess Up My Year Book Photo

In 5th Grade I Was Worried I Would Blink And Mess Up My Year Book Photo

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

well at least you didn't blink

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#8

I Swear It's Not Square Anymore...

I Swear It's Not Square Anymore...

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

a lego baby

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#9

When You Look Over 40 But You're Actually 12

When You Look Over 40 But You're Actually 12

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Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

Glamor Shots: shooting teens into late middle age since 1992.

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#10

My Mum Advised Me Not To Leave The House Like This, Didn't Listen. That Hair!

My Mum Advised Me Not To Leave The House Like This, Didn't Listen. That Hair!

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

i saw your hair once on google earth

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#11

Give Me The Sassy Grandma Look

Give Me The Sassy Grandma Look

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Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years ago

She looks like Rose from the Golden Girls...

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#12

My 10th Grade Year Book Picture

My 10th Grade Year Book Picture

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Crusty clown.

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#13

This Surpasses Even The Fivehead

This Surpasses Even The Fivehead

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Ginge
Community Member
2 years ago

I love how someone chose a frame that perfectly complimented the hair... :)

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#14

2006 Senior Picture

2006 Senior Picture

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Anouk
Community Member
2 years ago

Duuuuude! Totally spat my coffee!

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#15

A Friend Of Mine Gave Me Permission To Post This Gem. Circa Early-90s

A Friend Of Mine Gave Me Permission To Post This Gem. Circa Early-90s

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

it's like a 90's sofa ate you then threw you up

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#16

1996, Olan Mills Calls My Roommate Offering A Free Family Sitting. His Family Lived Two States Away, So We Went In To Mess With Them. I'm The Guy On The Right

1996, Olan Mills Calls My Roommate Offering A Free Family Sitting. His Family Lived Two States Away, So We Went In To Mess With Them. I'm The Guy On The Right

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Anouk
Community Member
2 years ago

The Cure: The Teen Days

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#17

Me And All My Hair In 1988

Me And All My Hair In 1988

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Aud Wey
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this one!! You go girl!

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#18

Playing Starcraft On 56k, Strategizing With My Buddy Pre-Bluetooth/Skype

Playing Starcraft On 56k, Strategizing With My Buddy Pre-Bluetooth/Skype

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.gas.
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope he patented the idea and is now a billionaire.

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#19

My (Conservative Christian) College Yearbook Photoshopped My Punk Rock Spikes Into A White Afro

My (Conservative Christian) College Yearbook Photoshopped My Punk Rock Spikes Into A White Afro

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

Good ole safety pin necklace

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#20

I See Your Uncle From The 80s And Raise You My Father's Hair From The 80s

I See Your Uncle From The 80s And Raise You My Father's Hair From The 80s

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
2 years ago

Would have been an epic win at the time

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#21

The Blunder Brothers, Circa 1994. I'm In Purple

The Blunder Brothers, Circa 1994. I'm In Purple

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Ginge
Community Member
2 years ago

What size chest are those pants?

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#22

Look At Me! I'm A Real Fancy Boy!

Look At Me! I'm A Real Fancy Boy!

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this one!! Cuteness OVERLOAD!!!!

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#23

Why Yes!! My Vest Was Homemade! Pm Me For Orders!!! ;)

Why Yes!! My Vest Was Homemade! Pm Me For Orders!!! ;)

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Beeps
Community Member
2 years ago

Hey, that’s a beautiful vest - don’t mock it!

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#24

It Was 1996. I Was Obsessed With Vampires And Phantom Of The Opera...behold My Embarrassing Senior Picture

It Was 1996. I Was Obsessed With Vampires And Phantom Of The Opera...behold My Embarrassing Senior Picture

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Just Amiable
Community Member
2 years ago

I actually like this one, and I'm not just saying that because I'm full of shit, this one is actually pretty good.

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#25

Homecoming 2012. Yes That’s My Real Hair. Yes I Spent An Hour On It Every Day

Homecoming 2012. Yes That’s My Real Hair. Yes I Spent An Hour On It Every Day

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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
Community Member
2 years ago

It's electrifying.

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#26

1996 HS Yearbook Picture

1996 HS Yearbook Picture

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

noodles, i think i'll have noodles for lunch...

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#27

Recently, My Mother Found This Senior Photo Of Me From 1994. I Looked Like Nathan From South Park

Recently, My Mother Found This Senior Photo Of Me From 1994. I Looked Like Nathan From South Park

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Cactuar Jon
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonderful photo of you channelling your inner tenor

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#28

I Was A 40 Year Old Woman At 13

I Was A 40 Year Old Woman At 13

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

hard to believe she was just 13. i was like, it's ok she's with her kid...

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#29

My Uncle In The Early 80s

My Uncle In The Early 80s

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Hisseefit
Community Member
2 years ago

Awe, he's such a cutie.

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#30

My Attire For Homecoming (Male)

My Attire For Homecoming (Male)

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Pamela
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh this is so boy band and I'm not mad about it !

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#31

Everyone Knew Me

Everyone Knew Me

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Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

Ugh. Poor kid. Headgear is awful. Hope your teeth are gorgeous today.

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#32

Try To Contain Yourselves Ladies!!!

Try To Contain Yourselves Ladies!!!

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Ms. Understood
Community Member
2 years ago

Business in the front pa-just never mind.

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#33

Two Questions: Have You Accepted Jesus Christ As Your Lord And Savior, And Are You Interested In The Deal Of A Lifetime On A 1987 Plymouth Mercury?

Two Questions: Have You Accepted Jesus Christ As Your Lord And Savior, And Are You Interested In The Deal Of A Lifetime On A 1987 Plymouth Mercury?

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Char Char
Community Member
2 years ago

This caption tho! Perfectly sums it up.

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#34

First Day Of High School, I Was Apparently Going For The 70 Year Old Man Look

First Day Of High School, I Was Apparently Going For The 70 Year Old Man Look

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Ethan Slusser
Community Member
2 years ago

You look like doctor octopus. Which is ironic because there’s a Spider-Man on this list too.

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#35

The Coolest Senior Picture Ever?

The Coolest Senior Picture Ever?

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Well.... If super heroes can wear their pants over their trousers, so can you. ♥

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#36

They Wouldn't Take The Photo Unless I Smiled

They Wouldn't Take The Photo Unless I Smiled

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Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
2 years ago

You're adorable.

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#37

The Triangle Hair And Fake Mole Completes My Senior High School Photo

The Triangle Hair And Fake Mole Completes My Senior High School Photo

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

looks like an advertising for a 50's stay at home mum

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#38

I Still Don't Understand Why Girls Just Wanted To Be Friends In High School (2002)

I Still Don't Understand Why Girls Just Wanted To Be Friends In High School (2002)

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

i'm surprise that with the scary face look you was able to get friend. you're pretty scary

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#39

I Had A Warhol-Esque, Pop-Art Phase In High School. Yes, I'm A Guy

I Had A Warhol-Esque, Pop-Art Phase In High School. Yes, I'm A Guy

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spirit wolf
Community Member
2 years ago

What do you look like today? Oh pretty please show...I'm dying of curiosity.

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#40

'Ginger Hair? Freckles? Pale Skin? This Kids Going To Be Too Popular At School. Can You Level The Playing Field A Bit?' - Parents To Hairdresser

'Ginger Hair? Freckles? Pale Skin? This Kids Going To Be Too Popular At School. Can You Level The Playing Field A Bit?' - Parents To Hairdresser

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jamie1707
Community Member
2 years ago

we gingers will rule the world one day

A S Koziol
Community Member
2 years ago

Exactly! All the things you can do without a soul :)

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 years ago

Adorable hair colour though. :)

D.S. Watson
Community Member
2 years ago

That is a mom cut if ever there was one.

Kiki
Community Member
2 years ago

A baby Weasley

Rienke Mornie
Community Member
2 years ago

you look like 'jommeke'. A Belgium comic character and a true hero in our country. Jommeke-5a...313fac.jpg Jommeke-5ab51ef313fac.jpg

Dimitri Goossens
Community Member
2 years ago

Haha,,, yes!!! Was just comparing it too until i saw the reply :-)

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Hyper Object
Community Member
2 years ago

You must be a Weasley!

Abby Rexroth
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope his mother cut his hair because if it was a professional, they SUCK!

May Be
Community Member
2 years ago

He'll do fine as long as the school is Hogwarts.

Rachel Rosky
Community Member
2 years ago

A real life Raggedy Andy

Cat Lady
Community Member
2 years ago

OK, but wow your hair was SO ginger. Props, it's gorgeous!

Char Char
Community Member
2 years ago

OK, so I just Googles "Flowbee" and they are still on the market. For $79 plus shipping.

Char Char
Community Member
2 years ago

**Googled**

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Rogue
Community Member
2 years ago

Ouch.

Matthew Hyder
Community Member
2 years ago

What's wrong with this one? o.o you're a ginger, that should be fine. :p

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
2 years ago

The bad haircut LOL the hair itself is gorgeous.

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Tarryn Louise
Community Member
2 weeks ago

My son is a red head and he LOVES it. He also loves his freckles thanks to the sudden crazy trend of people tattooing their face with freckles... he came out to me one day upset that he had so many, I managed to change his mind from feeling depressed about his looks to proud that he was covered in them for free after a single google search. Now he is a proud soul stealing freckled face fart machine <3

mca
Community Member
2 months ago

That is a beautiful shade. So rare a colour. It’s gorgeous

Peta Potter
Community Member
2 years ago

bold of you to assume they took him to a hairdresser

Curtis Hall
Community Member
2 years ago

Red headed Moe Howard.

Tarryn Louise
Community Member
2 years ago

My son is a ginger, he LOVES it. Seriously, he has a massive ego simply because he has red hair lol and I am so beyond grateful.

Gerald Hannam
Community Member
2 years ago

I'll take the Raggedy Andy look.

Jessica Merrie
Community Member
2 years ago

My boyfriends a ginger.

FeatherBlitz
Community Member
2 years ago

Red hair, freckles? You must be a Weasley

Zepharius Lowell
Community Member
2 years ago

You must be a Weasley

Barbara Cooke
Community Member
2 years ago

I know they say that the "mutation " causing red heads is dying out. But so far I've never seen more. I have 3 grandsons with beautiful dark red hair. Family was only popping out 1 or 2 a gen. So far between cousins and I total 12.

L Jo
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg!! Sooo Cute!! :)

Dana Kessler
Community Member
2 years ago

I hear the sounds of a flowbee in the background

Patricia Elliott
Community Member
2 years ago

ADORABLE

Elisabeth Noguera
Community Member
2 years ago

Besides the terrible haircut... I love ginger people with freckles! And he was cute!

chachkimooch
Community Member
2 years ago

I would kill to have that hair!

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 years ago

Redheads should never wear blue.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 years ago

You poor little darling

Катерина Булатова
Community Member
2 years ago

This hair colour is LOVE!

Queen Bee
Community Member
2 years ago

TOO CUTE.

Becky Mitchell
Community Member
2 years ago

This looks like my favorite baseball player when he was little, Justin Turner.

Alib
Community Member
2 years ago

Best caption yet!

noitall man
Community Member
2 years ago

Look, carrottop hadn't perfected his props yet!

BarryAllenTheFlash
Community Member
2 years ago

Red bicycle helmet

Jenny Jozwiak
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually, you gingers are going extinct!

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#41

On My Way To Steal Ya Man

On My Way To Steal Ya Man

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Stille20
Community Member
2 years ago

The caption is dead on, but you were still adorable.

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#42

A Little Known Fact That Prior To Keaton, I Was The Batman

A Little Known Fact That Prior To Keaton, I Was The Batman

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Kim Mahood
Community Member
2 years ago

That half eaten mask...

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#43

My Kindergarten Picture Is Definitely The Most Epic Of All My School Pictures

My Kindergarten Picture Is Definitely The Most Epic Of All My School Pictures

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Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

Baby Joe Dirt

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#44

My 18th Birthday. I'm The Goth. Still Great Friends With The Beautiful Girl Next To Me :)

My 18th Birthday. I'm The Goth. Still Great Friends With The Beautiful Girl Next To Me :)

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually, both are quite beautiful.

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#45

When My High School Marching Band Was Performing At The Liberty Bowl And I Ran Into Two Guys Who Looked Vaguely Like Me (I'm In The Middle)

When My High School Marching Band Was Performing At The Liberty Bowl And I Ran Into Two Guys Who Looked Vaguely Like Me (I'm In The Middle)

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
2 years ago

one of those "I, Me, and Myself" sort of pictures

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#46

12 Year Old Me Thought This Was A Great Everyday Look

12 Year Old Me Thought This Was A Great Everyday Look

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DE Ray
Community Member
2 years ago

It was.

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#47

When Your “Hardcore Tough Guy Gangster” Picture With Your Homie Turns Out To Look Like The Start Of A Gay Porn Film, But You Post It To Facebook Anyway... Millennial Blunder Years

When Your “Hardcore Tough Guy Gangster” Picture With Your Homie Turns Out To Look Like The Start Of A Gay Porn Film, But You Post It To Facebook Anyway... Millennial Blunder Years

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Shane Chang
Community Member
2 years ago

I've seen a LOT of gay porn.. and this is accurate.

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#48

I Wore This Everyday In Winter In 2013 The Worse Part Is Was 27

I Wore This Everyday In Winter In 2013 The Worse Part Is Was 27

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Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years ago

The Grinch lives!!!

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#49

I Was Surfing The Web Back In 2001

I Was Surfing The Web Back In 2001

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D.S. Watson
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember when schools decided to "spice up" their picture days. It was comedy gold.

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#50

I Grew Up In A Small Midwest Town, My Mom Convinced Me To Take "Urban Hip-Hop" Dance Classes

I Grew Up In A Small Midwest Town, My Mom Convinced Me To Take "Urban Hip-Hop" Dance Classes

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Becky goodacre
Community Member
2 years ago

Hammer time?

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#51

6th Grade Going On 60

6th Grade Going On 60

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
2 years ago

Grandma?

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#52

Guitar Guy At Party: Check. Tortured Angst: Check. Wolf T-Shirt: Check. Ignored By Girls: Check. Hole In My Crotch That I Only Noticed Now: Check. Real Life, 1995

Guitar Guy At Party: Check. Tortured Angst: Check. Wolf T-Shirt: Check. Ignored By Girls: Check. Hole In My Crotch That I Only Noticed Now: Check. Real Life, 1995

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Ms. Understood
Community Member
2 years ago

Dude looking like he lost his job in the last picture. Calm down lol

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#53

Was Told You Guys Might Appreciate My Boy Greg's 1992 Year Book Photos

Was Told You Guys Might Appreciate My Boy Greg's 1992 Year Book Photos

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bob
Community Member
2 years ago

The 90s was the decade during which we had the opportunity to fix all the errors of the 80s. Instead, we just dug deeper...

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#54

I Went To School Like This More Than Once

I Went To School Like This More Than Once

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

sharkboy!

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#55

Thought It Would Be Cool To Make Knex Body Armor

Thought It Would Be Cool To Make Knex Body Armor

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Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

It works, but only against sexual attraction.

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#56

My All-Time Favorite Christmas Blunder (I’m Top Left)

My All-Time Favorite Christmas Blunder (I’m Top Left)

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Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

Someone got a pet Goth for Christmas.

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#57

Just Found My Glamour Shot From 1995. I Was A Sassy 45 Year Old In 7th Grade, Apparently

Just Found My Glamour Shot From 1995. I Was A Sassy 45 Year Old In 7th Grade, Apparently

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Anouk
Community Member
2 years ago

That is actually a gorgeous picture - despite the weird obsession for turning kids into jail bait photos.

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#58

Nothing Says Cool Like Matching Sweat Suits And A Stuffed Whale On Your Knee

Nothing Says Cool Like Matching Sweat Suits And A Stuffed Whale On Your Knee

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

so proud... why we were so proud????

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#59

In 4th Good Grade, I Was Too Badass For Just One Wristwatch

In 4th Good Grade, I Was Too Badass For Just One Wristwatch

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Cherie O
Community Member
2 years ago

In the 80s, kids used to wear lots of Swatch watches at once. Oh I remember.....

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#60

My Very First Job. Spiderman For Kids Parties

My Very First Job. Spiderman For Kids Parties

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.gas.
Community Member
2 years ago

This isn't so awkward. I'd dress up as Spiderman if I was getting paid.

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#61

Senior Prom 2006, Went Stag

Senior Prom 2006, Went Stag

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Mafia.

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#62

"Promo Shot" For My First Band's Myspace Page. I Was 16 And Wore Women's Clothing

"Promo Shot" For My First Band's Myspace Page. I Was 16 And Wore Women's Clothing

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