There’s something about school memories that makes them so vivid and long-lasting, it feels like they happened yesterday. The classic ones like leaving home wearing slippers or failing a math exam usually come back in a sweaty nightmare. Miscellaneous memories like stealing a scented marker from your classmate arrive with a flashback. More emotional ones like an auntie picking you up all worn-out after another day at school can be triggered by a sharp valerian scent that reminds you of her.

But the most peculiar thing about these experiences is that they’re both too specific and too weird to digest. That’s why, when Twitter users started sharing their personal flashbacks from elementary school, people came to the conclusion that we all lived in the same childhood.

Pandas, if any of the posts below ring a bell to you, don’t forget to share your personal take on elementary school in the comments. And after you’re done reading this one, keep going down memory lane with some more school nostalgia here and here.

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Norma
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3 weeks ago

Oooh, that raspy woody tongue-feel! It almost wasn't worth it. Almost.

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CodingGirl04
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3 weeks ago

I loved doing this

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Francis
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3 weeks ago

i sat in a meeting the other day, which was absolutly useless and boring and a colleague and i made one of these :D it was fun

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Typically, our earliest memories begin to form at around the time we’re 2 or 3. From this time on, kids learn how to express their inner emotions and make a coherent sentence. However, there are some dark spots in our memory when it comes to the age of kindergarten or elementary school. Scientists believe that childhood amnesia is to blame.

As soon as you become an adult, it becomes virtually impossible to retrieve early episodic memories. It seems quite paradoxical because the human ability to retrieve childhood memories shouldn’t deteriorate with time if the brain is functioning well and one could be described as healthy.

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This Girl Was (indeed) On Fire
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3 weeks ago

This is still to this day my favorite toy. It's a shame I can't find them anywhere now...

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your_lesbian_friend
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3 weeks ago

"how to become a jedi knight in school"

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Norma
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3 weeks ago

OMG. Best. Day. Ever.

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Modern theorists explain that the key to forgetting lies in the early development of the brain itself, because infants are able to recall information for weeks or even months. The amnesia of early events occurs suddenly over a period of two years, and the younger you are, the more likely you’ll forget things from early days. However, the tendency to forget slows down with age.

With every single reminiscence, we make a repetition in our brain that allows us to keep the episode longer in our memory banks. Walking down memory lane every now and then turns out to be an excellent way to keep the precious moments locked in our brains!

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FULL_EFFECT
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3 weeks ago

Never experienced that

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FatBaby
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3 weeks ago (edited)

so nostalgic. i remember in 2nd grade, my teacher would use that to show metamorphosis.

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The cation
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3 weeks ago

We all tried to push all the colors down at the same time ;)

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Moo Moo Futch
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3 weeks ago

What is this about? I never did this and I never saw it as a child in any school I attended in the U.K. in the 80's.

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Daisy
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3 weeks ago (edited)

I have about 20 of those floating around my house! haha

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Nicky OldfieldDesciple
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3 weeks ago

My mother still has one of these in her car.

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Ninja Kitty
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3 weeks ago

they still force you XD

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Charlese Bonca
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3 weeks ago

BINGO! We used them for bingo!!!

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Mama Panda
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3 weeks ago

The 9's were easy! It was the 8's that gave me grief lol

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Water Bottle
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3 weeks ago

Looks like you’ll be living on a deserted island for the rest of your life then

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Ninja Kitty
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3 weeks ago

I miss these. -~-

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SBW71
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3 weeks ago

I'd play this for hours!

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FatBaby
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3 weeks ago

still haven't learned to make those

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Suzi Gauthier
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3 weeks ago

We used to play with a parachute in elementary PE. Everyone grabs an edge, throws it up & runs under. It's probably illegal now, since we did bump into each other, but so fun!

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glowworm2
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3 weeks ago

Yes, this was and is always fun to play with.

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PyroKitty
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3 weeks ago

I still do this! Granted, I'm in high school, but every note sheet has cubes on it.

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FatBaby
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3 weeks ago

anxiety 101

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Alex T
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3 weeks ago

i love foamy pencil grips and i buy mechanical pencils with grips but i cannot use them because when i write or draw i grab the very end of the pencil, and thats the only way i function

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Norma
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3 weeks ago

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease, mom!!!

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Miranda Panda
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3 weeks ago

I LOVED jump roping!! Double Dutch baby!! The one thing I was good at in school..... :D

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FatBaby
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3 weeks ago

3rd grade math for me

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FatBaby
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3 weeks ago

yes.

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Abigail
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3 weeks ago

YES!

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athornedrose
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3 weeks ago

we had them for math too

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Bill
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3 weeks ago

Spent longer picking out a trapper keeper than clothes

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