We all like to think that age is just a number. And it kinda works until you come across a relic from the old times. Your heart starts pumping, and you gotta tell yourself "I ain’t a kid no more."

So when someone started the "I’m this old" Twitter challenge, it blew up in an instant. People started sharing pictures of old-school stuff that best represents how old they’ve gotten. From Myspace accounts and floppy disks to Accelerated Reader and Yogos Bits, there’s a relatable thing for virtually everyone. So let’s go down memory lane, where everything feels so much more recent than it actually is.

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Beeps
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2 months ago

Just WHY can’t you get those any more? I even had much more exciting ones with fish and baskets and all sorts of amazing scenery inside.

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Eli
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2 months ago

These things are still being used in schools in South Africa...

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Chantel Atwell
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2 months ago

I still have a couple of those...

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If any of these objects seem familiar, there’s a great chance you belong to the millennial generation, which covers anyone born from 1981 to 1996. That being said, the youngest millennials are now fully-grown adults. That means we can clearly spot the generational differences in comparison to to Generation X (born from 1965-1980) and baby boomers (born from 1946-1964).

According to Pew Research Center, millennials make up the 2nd largest generation in the US electorate, “a fact that continues to shape the country’s politics given their Democratic leanings when compared with older generations.” In general, this demographic group is “more educated but there’s a sharp economical divide between those with a college education and those without it.”

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Monika Lachova
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2 months ago

still used this way in our country

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Steve Barnett
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2 months ago

Apparently, whatever your first choice was, it was never a mine. Never realised that. Just thought I was always lucky.

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thee1nonlykRiS
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2 months ago

I could never fold my notes like some of my friends did

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To compare with their predecessors, millennials tend to be more conscious about their health and general well-being. A 2013 Aetna poll showed that “baby boomers were likely to define 'healthy' as not falling sick.” Meanwhile, millennials consider healthy eating habits and physical activity as the definitions of healthy. That explains why we have seen such a rise in food preferences like vegan, gluten-free, organic, and other natural alternatives.

On the other hand, there’s a steady tendency of decline in millennial homeownership. Business Insider suggests that this is due to the fact that as a whole “they have less money than their parents did at the same age.” According to this report titled “Are Millennials Different?” by The Federal Reserve: millennials have lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth compared to baby boomers.

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varwenea
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2 months ago

The front piece is removable to discourage thieves from breaking into the car to steal it. Classic!

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thee1nonlykRiS
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2 months ago

Hell yeah still have mine!

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thee1nonlykRiS
Community Member
2 months ago

Some ppl have mad skills on these things! It blows my mind. I could barely make anything recognizable! haha

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Daria B
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2 months ago

Yes, and do you remember when you had to play Final Fantasy 8 on 5 separate CDs? (The 5th was the installation disc, PC version)

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zims
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2 months ago

People used to make these out of tin cans.

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Daria B
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2 months ago

This was also useful for old and almost broken cassette players to play mp3 files on.

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 months ago

Almost forgot about this.

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varwenea
Community Member
2 months ago

Laser pointer with different tips to create different looks. High tech. 😉

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Rick
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2 months ago (edited)

I had one with a loaded spring in it so when you reached to get one and pull it out, metal snapped down onto the victims finger or thumb. It was actually quite painful.

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MsM
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2 months ago

I always wanted one.... :(

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Bill
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2 months ago

Be kind, please rewind. Or we will charge you an extra dollar

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PotterHead
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2 months ago

They still have this at many summer camps and school playgrounds.

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Mimimimi
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2 months ago

We had those too when I was a kid, but with pictures of the looney tunes on them! Flippo's!

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

ok, you are old!

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varwenea
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2 months ago

No old at all

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RJ
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2 months ago

My kids blew up the toilet seat with this.

Thenatural
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2 months ago

No they didn't.

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Monika Rhodes
Community Member
2 months ago

They are still readily available :)

Baked Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

They still sell them

M Adams
Community Member
2 months ago

Still a thing. We threw them at each other.

Lorraine R
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, I worked in a museum and during class tour season we used to see these damn things all over the carpets, the escalators, the sidewalks outside, and the landscaping. The museum finally banned them and ejected anyone who set one off, which meant that one student could get the whole class thrown out.

Shawna Rachelle
Community Member
2 months ago

Heck..you're never too old for these!! Still fun today!

Candice Ravel
Community Member
2 months ago

In France, we called these Lucifer's Farts, lol! These were so much fun!!

tuzdayschild
Community Member
2 months ago

Ahh memories...they just don't make dangerous toys like this anymore.

Noaki Sari
Community Member
2 months ago

They are so fun!

Craig Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

Seriously, these are still everywhere you go on the 4th.

Tovah Roche
Community Member
2 months ago

They're still popular. My nieces and nephews love popping these on the 4th of July.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

Ohmygod those things scared the crap out of people xD

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
Community Member
1 month ago

that would be hilarious!

Karynne Williams
Community Member
2 months ago

I was today years old (50) when I found out you can pinch them with your fingers without hurting yourself. Thanks to my son in law.

NMN
Community Member
2 months ago

Kids still doing those, it will never grow old ;)

G13
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember these ahaha

Brandy Grote
Community Member
2 months ago

we get them every year from Target for 4th of July!

Country Nana
Community Member
2 months ago

They don't still sell them?

Nico Demacro
Community Member
2 months ago

People still use them

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
2 months ago

I but these every year. I have sparklers on my front porch table right now.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
2 months ago

Yup, we always got these and sparklers for 4th of July.

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JessG
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2 months ago

Love these every year!

thee1nonlykRiS
Community Member
2 months ago

I get these from the fireworks shop for my kids every July & we have wars w throwing at each other's feet.

Tobias the Tiger
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4 weeks ago

I remember playing with these for a 4th of July party when I was 7-9 years old. I kept throwing them down and stomping on them.

Melissa Tefft
Community Member
1 month ago

I found some of these in a tourist trap junk shop a few years back and my teens were amazed

Lauren Michlin
Community Member
1 month ago

oh noooo... we use these currently on chinese new year, when people go to and from china, which started this whole pandemic in the first place.

Jaysa Maheem
Community Member
1 month ago

i want in on this old stuff! my bestie would LOVE these!

Jaysa Maheem
Community Member
1 month ago

lol

Elsahthescienceguy
Community Member
1 month ago

My family always has these at 4th of July things. Or summer cookouts.

Max L.
Community Member
1 month ago

Prankers still use those

Lilly's happy place
Community Member
1 month ago

omg i remember putting these under the legs of the chairs on thanksgiving all of us kids sat at a different table and watched everyone scream

AnnSmithJones
Community Member
1 month ago

Heh - I get these every 4th of July. I used to love to throw these at my kids feet. Not ON their feet, just enough to make them jump. Good times. Who am I kidding, I still do this.

KCN
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, yeah, my brothers harassed my sister and me a lot with these, some 50 or so years ago.

Sarah Britt
Community Member
1 month ago

My Mexican husband was forever buying our son big ol packs of these at the flea market. And if I'm being honest, him and I would end up using half of them messing with each other or just having an all out war throwing then at each other lmao. Good times. I'm currently 8 months pregnant and I'm sure he'll do the same for our second son.

Jenna Wilson
Community Member
2 months ago

they still sell them but under the name fun pops

Just me
Community Member
2 months ago

We use them every New years Eve... Love it😂

Lauren Bronson
Community Member
2 months ago

They still have these

TY FERGUSON
Community Member
2 months ago

love those!!!

Lousie_Belcher
Community Member
2 months ago

we have so many we use them on 4 of july

Angela
Community Member
2 months ago

not old

Kay Becker
Community Member
2 months ago

Can still get them at 4th of July fireworks stands

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
2 months ago

You can still buy them.

Rocco Windover
Community Member
2 months ago

Use to get a couple of boxes and carefully take them apart and then put it all in toilet paper wound tight and made a pretty decent bang.

Jenyfer Simmerman
Community Member
2 months ago

They still sell them out here!

Dee Morse
Community Member
2 months ago

I am old and still love these!

Rodney Dahl
Community Member
2 months ago

They were fun.......

Karen Ballou
Community Member
2 months ago

Great dog trainers.

Heather Menard
Community Member
2 months ago

You can buy them for 4 for a dollar still

Kent Fishburn
Community Member
2 months ago

Gave a dumbass at church some after he begged. He popped them in his mouth and chewed before we could stop him. (they were colorful like candy, so...)

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh, those were fun :)

McKenzie Petersen - STEM Student
Community Member
2 months ago

i remeber these

Emily Bean
Community Member
2 months ago

i buy some every year for 4 of july

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
2 months ago

RJ You are way ahead of us!!!

B Hobbit
Community Member
2 months ago

These were lots of fun. Used to play with these and snap pistol/revolver.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
2 months ago

Never saw these. I'm starting to feel like an infant.

Ava Sims
Community Member
2 months ago

my dogs HATE these- XD

Ava Sims
Community Member
2 months ago

my dogs HATE these XD

Katie Axon
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2 months ago

You can still get these...

Kristine Phillips
Community Member
2 months ago

you can start a fire with them.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

OMG I absolutely loved my skydancer.

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Francis
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2 months ago

had one! :D but i don't remember what it all could do though...

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KttyMazMeow
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2 months ago

those were so hard to open for me!

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PotterHead
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2 months ago

I had to use these when I was in 1st-3rd grade and i´m 13. They may be old but their still in use today so...

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Adam Hart-Dyke
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2 months ago

Whoah. That school was clearly better funded than mine!

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JessG
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2 months ago

I just bought a bunch of these ice pops

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Em Wal
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2 months ago

I feel this picture in my ankle

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Daria B
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2 months ago

Oh, I have one of these in my office. ♡

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