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.

#1

Ring-Toss

Ring-Toss

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Beeps
Community Member
1 year 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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#2

Old School Image Projectors

Old School Image Projectors

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Eli
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#3

CD Collection

CD Collection

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Chantel Atwell
Community Member
1 year 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.”

#4

Class Journals

Class Journals

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Monika Lachova
Community Member
1 year ago

still used this way in our country

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#5

Minesweeper

Minesweeper

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 year 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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#6

School Stuff

School Stuff

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thee1nonlykRiS
Community Member
1 year 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.

#7

Car Radio With Removable Front Piece

Car Radio With Removable Front Piece

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#8

VHS collection

VHS collection

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thee1nonlykRiS
Community Member
1 year ago

Hell yeah still have mine!

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#9

Etch-A-Sketch

Etch-A-Sketch

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thee1nonlykRiS
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
1 year ago

I know, right! I couldn't even write my name on them lol! Do you know what one I used to love - Spirograph (is that right?). I was quite lucky, my youngest aunt was 11 when I was born so my gran kept all her old stuff for me. I absolutely loved that stuff - Mousetrap, Kerplunk, Spirograph, old doll house with real lights, that head thing that you could do the hair and makeup on, Enid Blyton's Famous Five books (I actually saw a boxset of the first 5 Famous Five books in Tesco for £9.00 - I seriously want to buy it lol but I really don't have any spare money to justify buying a 'trip down memory lane' right now lol)

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

The agony of trying to do a curve and going in the wrong direction and not being able to go back.

Emily Barnes
Community Member
1 year ago

Ikr

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Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
1 year ago

I got one of these for Christmas, I couldn't make anything recognisable either but I LOVED it with a passion for years. I'm 60 now, I'd still play with one of them!

Sharon Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Good for you. I need to get a new one for myself.

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Alan Ersen
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't get my tablet to work correctly. Well, just shake it and that will re-boot it!

Pensive
Community Member
1 year ago

Like the old joke: How do I open a new document? Pick it up and shake it. How do I erase an error? Pick it up and shake it. How do I delete a file? Pick it up and shake it. How do I save a file? Don't pick it up and shake it.

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deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago

I liked to turn both knobs at the same time and make weird art.

MsM
Community Member
1 year ago

Me too!

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JessG
Community Member
1 year ago

Take ten minutes to draw a circle

TheHerplover
Community Member
1 year ago

I scratched out all the grey stuff to see how it works. It's cool

Sharon Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

I did that too!

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Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Still better than the toys we had in the 70's. My sisters and I used to beat each other with Click Clacks. click-clac...8e1c3a.jpg click-clacks-5eb1e1c8e1c3a.jpg

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
1 year ago

AKA lethal weapon.

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Emily Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

i have one! i drew a cat that looked it was drunk and on drugs 😂😂😂

Lulu the ©ʟɪᴄᴇɴsᴇᴅ ᴘᴏᴛᴛᴇʀʜᴇᴀᴅ®
1 year ago

You could always just play with it,and then re-gift it,to someone else! #thetoythatkeepsongiving

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

The most frustration toy ever invented...

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
1 year ago

Good description!

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Ninja Nonna
Community Member
1 year ago

I always wanted one....

Fiona Stern
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm 14 and I definitely grew up with these

Jaysa Maheem
Community Member
1 year ago

i have one...

david kohn
Community Member
1 year ago

im 12 and i had one as a kid

Elsahthescienceguy
Community Member
1 year ago

Me on an etch a sketch: ——- -\7)#(-/[£])$-:-:%)#)-‘;-;-($)+73)-)$7#)#)-)+($:$)-)+;+;+:-‘

Jelena Putinja
Community Member
1 year ago

my doughter has it

Lilly's happy place
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG i used to play with these in the car my mom would make a turn to hard and it would always mess me up

Alexandra Klemp-North
Community Member
1 year ago

I had one and I'm a teenager

Sophie Foster
Community Member
1 year ago

These things are so hard to draw anything on!

miley stewert
Community Member
1 year ago

i got one of those

Jayne Sargent
Community Member
1 year ago

Me too. I sucked at it. SMH

Debby Hartinger
Community Member
1 year ago

When we used our imagination. Sweet!

Barn Owl Hedwig
Community Member
1 year ago

I have one of those.

James Lehman
Community Member
1 year ago

I love Etch-A-Sketch. Though I don't use mine (hand tremors).

Cathy Proctor
Community Member
1 year ago

Went through a couple of these!!

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
1 year ago

Challenging ?

Laura Johnston
Community Member
1 year ago

After a while, the knobs always leaked

okpkpkp
Community Member
1 year ago

I am even older than this...

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
1 year ago

Still relevant.

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 year ago

They were fun

Rebecca Schultz
Community Member
1 year ago

They still make those.

Zoey Hicks
Community Member
1 year ago

lots of people still use thees

McKenzie Petersen - STEM Student
Community Member
1 year ago

i remeber that

sophia lazzaro
Community Member
1 year ago

I have one

CincyReds
Community Member
1 year ago

Elf made the whole New York skyline on his!

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
1 year ago

I was born in 1971 and they were popular before that.

Sharon Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

My 10th birthday present in 1960. I can still write my name in cursive on those.

Melodie Cook
Community Member
1 year ago

This is still the best thing.

Stephen Edwards
Community Member
1 year ago

IPAD 0

Jodi Forrester
Community Member
1 year ago

Never was good at making anything legible. Lol

Living_Shadow
Community Member
1 year ago

I RECALL THOSE!!

M Adams
Community Member
1 year ago

They still make and sell these.

Patty Stier
Community Member
1 year ago

Loved it!

Charles Emery Tooke III
Community Member
1 year ago

The Original Laptop. I own one of the last ones made in America.

Emily Barnes
Community Member
1 year ago

I would just make weird art with this

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#10

Watching Movies On VHS

Watching Movies On VHS

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year 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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#11

Can Phone

Can Phone

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zims
Community Member
1 year ago

People used to make these out of tin cans.

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#12

Cassette Adaptors

Cassette Adaptors

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#13

TV/Game Computer Switch

TV/Game Computer Switch

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Almost forgot about this.

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#14

Laser Pointers

Laser Pointers

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#15

Practical Jokes

Practical Jokes

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Rick
Community Member
1 year 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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#16

Lite-Brite

Lite-Brite

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MsM
Community Member
1 year ago

I always wanted one.... :(

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#17

Movie Classics

Movie Classics

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Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#18

Tetherball

Tetherball

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PotterHead
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#19

Pogs

Pogs

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Mimimimi
Community Member
1 year 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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#20

So Old School It's Vintage

So Old School It's Vintage

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

ok, you are old!

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#21

Snap Bracelets

Snap Bracelets

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

No old at all

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#22

Cherry Bombs

Cherry Bombs

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Monika Rhodes
Community Member
1 year ago

They are still readily available :)

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#23

Skydancer Barbie

Skydancer Barbie

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG I absolutely loved my skydancer.

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#24

Robo Pets

Robo Pets

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Francis
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#25

Juice Bars

Juice Bars

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KttyMazMeow
Community Member
1 year ago

those were so hard to open for me!

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#26

Cheating Prevention

Cheating Prevention

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PotterHead
Community Member
1 year 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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#27

Colorful Macs

Colorful Macs

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Adam Hart-Dyke
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoah. That school was clearly better funded than mine!

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#28

Golden Oldies

Golden Oldies

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JessG
Community Member
1 year ago

I just bought a bunch of these ice pops

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#29

Ankle Skipper

Ankle Skipper

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Em Wal
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel this picture in my ankle

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#30

Invisible Ink

Invisible Ink

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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