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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4 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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4 months ago

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

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Chantel Atwell
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4 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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4 months ago

still used this way in our country

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Steve Barnett
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

Hell yeah still have mine!

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thee1nonlykRiS
Community Member
4 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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4 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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4 months ago

People used to make these out of tin cans.

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Daria B
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4 months ago

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

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Janine B.
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4 months ago

Almost forgot about this.

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varwenea
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4 months ago

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

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Rick
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4 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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4 months ago

I always wanted one.... :(

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Bill
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4 months ago

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

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PotterHead
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4 months ago

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

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Mimimimi
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4 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
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4 months ago

ok, you are old!

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varwenea
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4 months ago

No old at all

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RJ
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4 months ago

My kids blew up the toilet seat with this.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

OMG I absolutely loved my skydancer.

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Francis
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4 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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4 months ago

those were so hard to open for me!

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PotterHead
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4 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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4 months ago

Whoah. That school was clearly better funded than mine!

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JessG
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4 months ago

I just bought a bunch of these ice pops

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Em Wal
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4 months ago

I feel this picture in my ankle

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Daria B
Community Member
4 months ago

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

thee1nonlykRiS
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow just got these this year for my kids for xmas....ur telling me they aren't new???

danielw
Community Member
4 months ago

first time I've seen them. and I had a german teacher who went nuts for all sorts of pens. pastel, pearly. pearly pastels. Gel-anything. the best part of this is that Frau Carlson was easily the sanest language teacher the school had.

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Annabeth Chase
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4 months ago

They would sell these at school for a dollar. Everyone bought them to mark in library books. Our librarian was strict af so it was a big deal.

mickey
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4 months ago

these are not old at all...

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
Community Member
4 months ago

I remember, my school used to have a bookfair every year (scholastic anyone?) and they sold those REALLY cheap. I bought maybe 5 of them and for the next month, I wrote all over the walls with those pens. Recently, I had a neon party at my house, and we had those blacklights there... Can I just say that writing like it was a diary was not a very smart idea.....

Phoebe
Community Member
4 months ago

I have a few of those

Mangle the Fox
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4 months ago

i have one in my closet. doesnt work anymore though.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
4 months ago

My friend wrote on my arm with it!

Jolee Hang
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3 months ago

My thirteen year old sister got one a few years ago.

Jaysa Maheem
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3 months ago

still use these!!! they sell them at the school bookfair!!!

Basil Radu
Community Member
3 months ago

nostalgia

Lilyian Cutsforth
Community Member
4 months ago

This is how I write notes to my friends in class

Anna Stark
Community Member
4 months ago

we had these in school, until people were caught making cheat notes for exams in the bathroom

Sophie Foster
Community Member
4 months ago

I want one of these!

Ross Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm so old, I was here before Chernobyl happened.

Lousie_Belcher
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4 months ago

i love those i lost it at school though

Julie Hanford
Community Member
4 months ago

they still make these

Sarra R
Community Member
4 months ago

Omg I'm 47 and I neeeeeed this in my life!!!!!!

Layla Corman
Community Member
4 months ago

We sell these at the Scholastic Book Fair (the best week ever!l at our school! Had to pull them last year when a kid got caught writing nasty messages.

Heather Menard
Community Member
4 months ago

I just bought my friends kid these for his birthday. He loves them

Katharine Lancaster
Community Member
4 months ago

Sweet!

McKenzie Petersen - STEM Student
Community Member
4 months ago

still are used

LlamuLuva13
Community Member
4 months ago

i always buy them at the book fair!

Emily Bean
Community Member
4 months ago

i had one...............it was the year i got a boyfriend and then valentines day was ruined (3rd ffucking grade)

Jodi Forrester
Community Member
4 months ago

These are cool. Never knew they existed

M Adams
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes still a thing

Noemi Rios
Community Member
4 months ago

book fair staple

Avery S Alberico
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4 months ago

I read 'hewo' so Hewo to you too!

i like jelly
Community Member
4 months ago

LOVE THEM

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

My kids got one of those for selling magazines a few years ago. Or maybe it was jump rope for heart.

Ninja Kitty
Community Member
4 months ago

It looks as though she is putting a "hewo" instead of a "hello".

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