There are two things that keep my spirits up when everything seems to be going wrong—daydreaming and nostalgia. If you’ve got the blues, there’s nothing like cuddling under a warm blanket, grabbing a mug of hot tea and some childhood snacks, and thinking back to the good old days. (Preferably with an old movie, game, or soundtrack to help you get in the right mood.)

If you’re a nostalgiaholic who loves reminiscing about how things used to be and what we used to have, then the ‘Nostalgia’ subreddit will be right up your alley. A community of nearly 868k people, r/nostalgia is a place for everything—from things to commercials from our past, whether they’re happy, funny, or sad. Get ready to dive headfirst into your childhood. Just remember to upvote your fave pics while you’re swimming through long-forgotten memories.

Feeling nostalgic for some more nostalgia posts? Check out Bored Panda’s earlier article about the ‘Nostalgia’ subreddit right here. And be sure to let us know in the comments what you miss the most from your past, dear Readers.

Bored Panda spoke about nostalgia with Kemi Omijeh, a child and adolescent therapist based in London and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. "Many psychologists, myself included, believe our childhood is the foundation to who we are as adults. It explains why we frequently revisit our childhood as it influences our present," she explained. Read on for Omijeh's full insights about the pros and cons of nostalgia, as well as how to control your daydreaming if it's getting out of hand.

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Who Remembers Looking Through The Card Catalog To Find A Book?

Who Remembers Looking Through The Card Catalog To Find A Book?

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

This system will never die, it's still in use in many big libraries, even if there's also a computer-based evidence.

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Entertainment Cabinets, The Click Sound It Would Make After Closing

Entertainment Cabinets, The Click Sound It Would Make After Closing

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

Wow! Great SONY rack! But I think it's older, it's from the '80's.

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Blank Vhs Covers Had Some Wild Artwork

Blank Vhs Covers Had Some Wild Artwork

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

I still keep a few dozens in my attic, in a box with the VHS recorder; last year, when I checked, quality was the same. Poor, but friendly. I still use some 150 audio cassetes, my Technics deck is still in my audio rack!

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Therapist and BACP member Omijeh explained to Bored Panda that how we remember our childhood experiences directly correlates to the kind of childhood we've had. In other words (and to generalize a bit), we're nostalgic about our childhood if our experiences are full of being loved and nurtured. Meanwhile, the opposite is also true.

"If we’ve had a difficult childhood, it can be hard to feel nostalgic, instead it will feel like something we need to get over in order to move on," said Omijeh.

According to her, nostalgia, aka our brains reliving the fun and happy times we've had, is good and healthy. "Nostalgia can also be a good coping strategy for times of low mood and challenges," she said. However, Omijeh points out that there's a limit: nostalgia can become a hindrance to everyday life when it interferes with our everyday lives and our ability to be present.

#4

Legends Of Pbs

Legends Of Pbs

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Troux
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2 months ago

This collage is incomplete without Wishbone.

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Remade My Room From The 90s In A 3D-Software, As I Remembered It

Remade My Room From The 90s In A 3D-Software, As I Remembered It

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2 months ago

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Elementary School Paper

Elementary School Paper

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

It's still in use; my son had papers like this 5 years ago.

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"If we end up comparing it to our experiences today and feeling like nothing is as good as it was, then this will inevitably affect our mood and our ability to do what we need to do," therapist Omijeh said. “We can become stuck in our nostalgia; in which case it might be best to seek help from a counseling professional to help you process your past in order to enjoy your present. You can find a counseling professional through the BACP."

Another nuance is that when we're living our past memories, we're seeing them through a filter. The details might not be accurate and we're reliving what we want to remember.

Considering that some of us (ahem, yours truly) can get stuck on daydreaming quite a bit, we were curious to find out what can be done to control it and feel more 'present,' instead of always floating about in fairyland.

#7

Visiting Home And Mom Busts Out My Sheets From 1986

Visiting Home And Mom Busts Out My Sheets From 1986

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Shelli Aderman
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2 months ago

HeMan!

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#8

Cd Wallets... I Know They're Still Around, But 90s Nostalgia

Cd Wallets... I Know They're Still Around, But 90s Nostalgia

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

I still have 3 of them.

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#9

90's Movie Theaters

90's Movie Theaters

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

That movie theater layout was universal. I saw that carpet everywhere.

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"Identify your patterns. Think about the times you usually daydream, is there something about that situation or those times that mean you’re daydreaming? Do something about it if that is the case. Set a time limit, use a timer if it ensures you stop," BACP member Omijeh said. "Write down the biggest thought or feeling as a result of the daydream. That way you’re not just stopping daydreaming. You are doing something positive as a nice transition from stopping daydreaming to doing something."

She also suggests interrupting daydreams by reminding ourselves of action points and to-do lists. Even something like singing or humming your favorite song can work wonders to distract you. Not a fan of music? Try reciting a poem or remembering your math skills by doing the times table. In other words, do something, anything to distract yourself from your daydreaming if you feel that it occupies too much of your time.

"Finally, turn your daydream into a visualization or goal exercise. Your daydreams could be a communication about your innermost desires. Could you begin to plan how to achieve those desires?" the therapist mused.

#10

Viennetta, The Ice Cream That I Knew My Family Couldn’t Afford

Viennetta, The Ice Cream That I Knew My Family Couldn’t Afford

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Once upon a time you could get a vienetta free with a family meal or the likes.

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#11

Actor Jonathan Hyde, A Staple Of Fun 90s Movies (Pictured: Richie Rich, Jumanji, Titanic, And The Mummy)

Actor Jonathan Hyde, A Staple Of Fun 90s Movies (Pictured: Richie Rich, Jumanji, Titanic, And The Mummy)

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago (edited)

You know what? I have never pieced these together as the same person lol.

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#12

Fisher Price Farm

Fisher Price Farm

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Looks like an old school version of the little people sets you can get now.

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Seeing how the r/nostalgia subreddit was formed back in 2008, in a very meta way, it won’t be long before someone’s nostalgic for its founding days as well.

Whether or not nostalgia is good or bad for you is a complex question, as we've seen. But, in short, it’s all about balance. On the one hand, living just in your memories draws you away from the present, making you blind to your surroundings and the important events happening around you. We should be happy with where we are in the present, not just the past.

And, well, if we’re not too content with where we are in life, it’s best to make some honest changes so we have some great memories to look forward to in the future. But nostalgia has some great upsides, too, and plenty of researchers and therapists agree.

#13

Sweater My Grandma Sewed For Me In The Early 90s

Sweater My Grandma Sewed For Me In The Early 90s

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Splinter. We used to have rabbits and one was named Splinter and the other was Shredder. Had to get rid of the, coz it turns out I am allergic to rabbits.

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#14

I Truly Miss Rental Stores

I Truly Miss Rental Stores

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Shelli Aderman
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2 months ago

Truth!

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#15

Anyone Else Want To Bring Back Kitchen Phones With The 10 Ft Cord?

Anyone Else Want To Bring Back Kitchen Phones With The 10 Ft Cord?

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Full of Giggles
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2 months ago

Burn in Hell, linoleum!

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On the other hand, being nostalgic can have benefits as well. It’s no secret that the way we think and what we think about affects our daily lives. Similarly, Scientific American confirms that the bittersweet nostalgic feelings we get actually improve our mood, our vitality, and possibly even our mental health.

That’s because nostalgia boosts something known as ‘self-continuity’ which is how connected we feel to our past selves and the narrative we have about our lives. So it really does pay off to reminisce about the brightest parts of your life, full of loved ones, warmth, and wholesome activities. Just remember not to get stuck there for too long, Pandas—it’s time to make new heartwarming memories.

#16

I Miss This Cartoon Network

I Miss This Cartoon Network

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Mumma had a chicken, mumma had a cow, daddy was proud he didn’t care how.

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#17

Somehow, This McDonald's Floor Was Always Sticky And Slippery At The Same Time

Somehow, This McDonald's Floor Was Always Sticky And Slippery At The Same Time

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I'manoob!
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2 months ago

It's a Mcdonald's floor, what do you expect?

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#18

The Tupperware Lemonade Jug That Was In Everyone’s Fridge

The Tupperware Lemonade Jug That Was In Everyone’s Fridge

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Kate
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2 months ago

My mum still has this! Lol

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#19

Anyone Remember Seeing Wishbone?

Anyone Remember Seeing Wishbone?

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Binxyminxem
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2 months ago

I've never seen it but I want to!

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#20

Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

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I tried to watch this again, a month ago... Sorry, but no! A big NO!

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#21

Getting Your Feet Measured Whenever You Got New School Shoes

Getting Your Feet Measured Whenever You Got New School Shoes

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

The picture reminds me Al Bundy, also from the '90's...

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#22

Wooden Playground: Despite Scorching Hot Metal Slides And Rubber Bridges - We Always Went Back For More...

Wooden Playground: Despite Scorching Hot Metal Slides And Rubber Bridges - We Always Went Back For More...

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Wooden playgrounds are still a thing.

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#23

Big Wood Grain Console Tvs

Big Wood Grain Console Tvs

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M E
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2 months ago

Got one from 50's 13 channels still working

Jeanie Roundy
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2 months ago

hahaha. Wish I still had my dad's stereo cabinet with the drop-down record spindle.

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Bored In B-Lo
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2 months ago

These things NEVER died. They went from the living room to the basement after everyone got a big screen projection TV. They still worked for another 15yrs in the basement then it went to goodwill cuz we just didn't know what the hell to do with it!

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
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2 months ago

The Nintendo gun to shoot the ducks!

Son of Philosoraptor
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2 months ago

We had that - Nintendo included. My cat would sleep on top because it was warm, and sometimes try and snag a basketball off the screen.

Rachael Wilkinson
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2 months ago

Through my entire childhood my grandparents had one of these - it didn't work, but they used it as a stand for their newer old TV.

Philly Bob Squires
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2 months ago

We had an old late 60's Zenith Chromacolor then we had a Motorola Quasar with "the works in a drawer!" Oh, and in Philly... If you want a Muntz TV, you called POplar 5-0303!

Sue Knerl
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2 months ago

One of these is holding up my flat screen.

Jeff Requier
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1 month ago

used pliers to change the channels. lasted till 1999

Jeanie Roundy
Community Member
2 months ago

All you had to do was go to the drugstore that had a tube-testing unit and replace the tubes rhat went out.

Pheebs
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2 months ago

Anyone else get too close to one of these with those big, donut magnets that seemed to be everywhere? No, just me?

Jeanie Roundy
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2 months ago

what???? I can't hear you!!!. Ha!

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Id row
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2 months ago

I remember playing Pong on ours. Sometimes the tv would turn on, but there'd be no picture, so I had to crawl behind it and jiggle the tubes, because I was the youngest and most gullible. When I got shocked, I knew the picture would come on and would crawl out.

Nicki
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2 months ago

Ours broke and so we just put another smaller tv on top of it!

Micah64
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2 months ago

And the NES is the icing on the cake.

JessG
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2 months ago

Oh man, a whole-ass piece of furniture all on its own. You do not throw them out! If it works, it’s a table. If it dies, it’s a table

Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago

Ours had a stereo with turntable and radio built in

Bored In B-Lo
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2 months ago

oooohhhhh, you had the fancy model! I remember those, lol.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

I use mine as a shelf in the basment.

Elizabeth Butler
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1 month ago

Good riddance to those!!!

backatya
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2 months ago

memories but I' wish we had the TVs of today back then

Simon Smith
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2 months ago

Thankyou for the future, we now have normal looking tvs 🔮😁

Triv
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2 months ago

I want the Nintendo!!!

Ron Atola
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2 months ago

I always had to HIT mine on the left side if the picture went squirrely. That usually fixed it.

Fred Burrows
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2 months ago

Or a HiFi set with a built in radio/turntable

Ken K
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2 months ago

Matched they fake wood paneling on Mom's station wagon.

Lyone Fein
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2 months ago

So ugly

Josephina Minutolo
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2 months ago

Duck hunt!!!! 🦆

Barbara Selletti
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2 months ago

My in-laws had one of these when my kids were small. They couldn't wait to go visit their Pop Pop and Grandma so they could watch cartoons on this.

Holly Luther
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2 months ago (edited)

So Daggone Heavy! 💪🏻

Wendy Jivraj
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2 months ago

My husband had one in his childhood home

Paul Ellis
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2 months ago

And the appalling NTSC colour! Here in Europe it was worth waiting a few years for PAL. Even in its analogue form it was waaaay better than NTSC.

David Moody
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2 months ago

My father kept the one we had for many years, even though it had been replaced.

BusLady
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2 months ago

Those things were so heavy to move.

rspanther
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2 months ago

Ours had the record player and radio built in.

Leodavinci
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2 months ago

The thing about old tube TVs is that when the digital switchover happened and you got one of the digital tuners so you could continue to use those TVs, the picture became way, way better than what you received with the old analog signal. It wasn't high-def of course, but was almost like getting a new TV.

David Martin
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2 months ago

I'm more nostalgic for that NES Light Zapper

Sasha Kuleshov
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2 months ago

Nowadays is a wine cabinet :D

Tzippora Gold
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2 months ago

is that a nes? EEHhhhhhhhhhhhh the oldest i would play is a gamecube...i need my aimal crossing

Samantha Mikolay
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2 months ago

I ran into one of these when i was 3.. got 5 stitches by my eyebrow

Paizleypie
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2 months ago

Egads! What a monstrosity.

Erin E
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2 months ago

Turned ours into a fish tank.

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#24

My Collection Of Old Electronics That I Cannot Throw Out

My Collection Of Old Electronics That I Cannot Throw Out

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

Just imagine a pandemic disease in the '90, with all these phones without internet...

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The Blanket That Was Set Over Every Grandma’s Couch

The Blanket That Was Set Over Every Grandma’s Couch

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Thomas Buttons
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2 months ago (edited)

Ohhh. I have one of these in my closet. Can’t bring myself to get rid of it. Nana made it! In those exact colors.

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#26

Checking The New Release Section In Blockbuster

Checking The New Release Section In Blockbuster

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

I miss that.

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#27

Ancient Cup From Pizza Hut. Nostalgic Enough?

Ancient Cup From Pizza Hut. Nostalgic Enough?

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Ashley Harrold
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2 months ago

I miss those. Miss the dine in Pizza Huts too

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#28

Bazooka Joe Gum

Bazooka Joe Gum

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

The gum was always hard as a rock.

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#29

Anyone Still Remember Wacky Races?

Anyone Still Remember Wacky Races?

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Yup, I remember, I can even hear Muttley’s evil hehehe.

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#30

The Toxic Smell And Taste Of Plastic Balloons

The Toxic Smell And Taste Of Plastic Balloons

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Shelli Aderman
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2 months ago

Ah yes, but they were so fun!

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#31

90s High School Science Classroom

90s High School Science Classroom

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

My science room never looked like that, but my home ec room did except add ovens and stove tops.

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#32

Christmas Life Savers Book

Christmas Life Savers Book

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

My favourites as a kid were clove (don't ask) and butter rum. I miss them now.

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#33

School Maps Over The Whiteboard

School Maps Over The Whiteboard

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M E
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2 months ago

Boy does that bring back memories

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#34

Paper Plate Holders

Paper Plate Holders

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Neva Nevičica
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2 months ago

My primitive ass didn't even know this existed. Ever, not only in 90ies :D

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#35

Who Remembers Tiny Sized Chiclets?

Who Remembers Tiny Sized Chiclets?

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Amy Smith
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2 months ago

That scene in the Dennis the Menace film lol

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#36

Flintstones Vitamins

Flintstones Vitamins

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Full of Giggles
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2 months ago (edited)

My doctor recommended I start taking 4 a day to help boost my immune system when she determined I had long-haul COVID. No joke. I'm 37.

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#37

"Zip Off" Shorts

"Zip Off" Shorts

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

Ugly "Capri pants" bermudas...

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#38

Anyone Played Aladdin?

Anyone Played Aladdin?

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Ashley Harrold
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2 months ago

They actually released this as a double with the Lion King game on the switch. The Genie levels were the best

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#39

Mcdonald’s Ash Tray

Mcdonald’s Ash Tray

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Full of Giggles
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2 months ago (edited)

Every company had ashtrays back in the day. It was both legal and socially acceptable to smoke indoors in public.

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#40

Having To Watch The Price Is Right When You Stayed Home Sick From School

Having To Watch The Price Is Right When You Stayed Home Sick From School

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

My mom and I loved to watch 'The Price is Right'. That and horror movies.

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#41

A Piece Of Childhood That Meant Warm And Fuzzy Memories. Gracie Films Logo

A Piece Of Childhood That Meant Warm And Fuzzy Memories. Gracie Films Logo

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Shhh!!!

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#42

Sand-Filled, Glittery, Rainbow Lizards

Sand-Filled, Glittery, Rainbow Lizards

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Juan Hernandez
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2 months ago

best thing ever

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#43

The Dining Room Table & Chairs That Everyone Seemed To Have

The Dining Room Table & Chairs That Everyone Seemed To Have

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Oh, my God! My relatives had this set. Or something very similar. I didn't realize that it was so universally 90's.

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#44

Bubblicious Watermelon Bubble Gum

Bubblicious Watermelon Bubble Gum

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

I don't know how I was able to chew two wads of those at a time. My jaw is tired as I am thinking about it.

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#45

The Golden Age Of Cartoon Network (1998-2005)

The Golden Age Of Cartoon Network (1998-2005)

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago (edited)

Cartoon Cartoon (in dexters voice, from dexters laboratory)

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#46

Does Anyone Remember The Pagemaster?

Does Anyone Remember The Pagemaster?

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Now that’s a sight for sore eyes.

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#47

Throwback To The Times When You Could Happily Spend Hours Just Moving Piles Of Sand From One Place To Another

Throwback To The Times When You Could Happily Spend Hours Just Moving Piles Of Sand From One Place To Another

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

You can still get these.

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#48

Going To The Mall In The 80s And Having A Wall Of Cassettes To Choose From

Going To The Mall In The 80s And Having A Wall Of Cassettes To Choose From

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zims
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2 months ago

For me it was CDs. I remember the absolute game-changer the sample stations were. Big clunky headphones, a touch screen with all the new releases, playing short clips over and over.

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#49

Land Before Time! Pizza Hut Toys! In The 80s And Early 90s..pizza Hut Did Cool Stuff

Land Before Time! Pizza Hut Toys! In The 80s And Early 90s..pizza Hut Did Cool Stuff

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Vic
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2 months ago

We hadn't even heard the names Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut and Domino's in the 90s..

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#50

LEGO Ghost From The 90s. Glows In The Dark!

LEGO Ghost From The 90s. Glows In The Dark!

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Olivier Caissy
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2 months ago

R.I.P. Vitruvius

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