What makes us give other people credit evolves as we get older. Thankfully.

But to really drive this point home, let's take a look at a Reddit post by user Jelz where they asked everyone to share all the things that make you cool in school but have the opposite effect in adult life.

Like buying alcohol for kids. Or playing with Beyblades and carrying around a giant arena for them at all times. Or just scroll down and check out the rest of the replies!

#1

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult It didn't make me cool, but an old friend of mine (we're no longer friends) was far cooler than me. Why? Because he didn't care about grades, was openly hostile to authority, smoked weed all the time, had a criminal record, and generally just had that "I don't give a f**k, I'm a badass" confidence.

That's cool in high school. Nowadays, though, that guy is thought of as being very uncool. Why? Because not caring about your job performance (the adult equivalent of not caring about grades), being openly hostile to authority (such as your supervisors, or the cops), spending most of your waking life stoned, having a criminal record, and somehow still thinking you're a badass definitely isn't cool in adulthood.

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

Sounds like he refuses to grow up.

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#2

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult You were really cool if you were missing a tooth in school. If you’re missing a tooth in adulthood you just look like a crackhead.

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

Well, it is expected to be missing teeth as a kid, since they get changed. As an adult, a missing tooth is an indicator of illness or trauma.

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#3

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult In 3rd grade I broke my arm and got a glow in the dark cast, I also had glow in the dark shoes, I think it was the most my peers have ever liked me in my life.

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Aldhissla VargTimmen
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3 months ago

Even as an adult, I'd totally go for a glow in the dark cast!

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#4

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Bragging about sex. Did it highschool, friends thought I was cool. Did it as an adult, everyone thought it was gross and my dad threw the family cat at me

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Aileen Grist
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3 months ago

Poor cat

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#5

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Laughing at weird people.
Socially awkward people often make good friends and are very warmhearted.

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

Indeed. When you have very few friends, you learn to cherish them.

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#6

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult I was cool because I had a DSi in fifth grade. I would flex on my friends by drawing pictures in rainbow on pictochat. I have a nintendo switch now. No gf, no friends, and no rainbow drawings. :(

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HOUSE
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3 months ago

Lol poor guy

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#7

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult I did 1000 bounces on a pogo stick when I was 12. As a 33 year old today, people would probably be concerned for my mental health.

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Anya Beboop
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3 months ago

They might be concerned for your mental health, but would they be able to be concerned about your physical health?

BRODOOLERINGO
Community Member
3 months ago

Right? If only I had the stamina for that. I'd start exercising TODAY if I could find a pogo stick that handles my weight.

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Needmorecowbell
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3 months ago

💯 would think you were fabulous if you did this is an adult.

Jyri Hakola
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3 months ago

But if you do that as 50 year old they admire your physical health

Panda in the Fake South
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3 months ago

If I did that now I wouldn't be able to walk for a week from the knee and back pain

Raena Celis
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3 months ago

Who cares what adults think, bouncing on a pogo takes skill!

Mario Alberto
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3 months ago

As an adult your knees would stop you after 3 or 4 bounces.

James016
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3 months ago

I can't even do one bounce on a pogo stick.

Sharkie
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3 months ago

Never tried it ever in my life. I have only seen it on tv.

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Bernd Herbert
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3 months ago

Not sure about that...There's probably somebody who did a record and is in the Guiness BoWR

tuzdayschild
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3 months ago

Pogo sticks were, are, and will ever be cool.

Hope Cows&Chickens
Community Member
2 months ago

If I tried to pogo today I'd wet myself

Carlotta Müller
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3 months ago

I think they would be very jealous of your physical health if you still could do 1000 bounces!

Jeffrey Keffer
Community Member
3 months ago

To hell with your mental health I would be more worried about your knees

Aubrie Allen
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3 months ago

There's nothing wrong with having that much fun at any age!

Lulu
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3 months ago

Tried this once, almost lost my neck. Never again

Tams21
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3 months ago

I'm in my 40s and if one of my friends did that, I'd think they were awesome.

Stephan Henkel
Community Member
2 months ago

1000 bounces on a pho stick is still cool and'd I'd love to see you do it. Any type of exercise that breaks your everyday routine is good. The have some logs in front of my kids kindergarten and I balance them together with the kids every time I pick them up.

Ambry Petersen
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2 months ago

I could not do even one jump any more.

Shehzadi Amal
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2 months ago

Ngl....I'd be impressed if they managed *with* all their teeth intact.

Alya
Community Member
2 months ago

My greatest pride was 100 pogo stick bounces without holding on with my hands and I'm still gonna wear that proudly lmao

Terri Martin
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3 months ago

They'd be concerned for your physical health too . I remember how dangerous and many times I fell when I was a kid 😂

Anita Jesena
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3 months ago

You might be okay if you try to pass yourself as a street per downtown.

WA2DK
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3 months ago

You do you............. if you wanna pogo-stick, DO IT. Who cares what others think?

John Cordova
Community Member
3 months ago

Having fun. Is good for mental health. So no

Brett Layton
Community Member
3 months ago

Dont see the problem in this , if its fun for you whoo gives a toss what others think as long as it isnt harming anyone else. Being an adult actually means you dont care about what others think anymore.

EQXL
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd give you live kudos!

Mindy Keys
Community Member
3 months ago

But would you have fun?

Red
Community Member
3 months ago

A classmate had one of those. He never let me use it, but everybody thought he was the coolest. His dad had a restaurant/bar thing and in the middle of second grade he moved to the US. To a bunch of 7/8 year old south Brazilians it was the epitome of cool.

A.
Community Member
3 months ago

They're just jealous!

John Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

If you can't indulge your inner (or outer) kid by bouncing on a pogo stick, There is something wrong with the world.

Abby
Community Member
3 months ago

im 30, n i like using pogo stix. there fun to play with. and i release alot of my pent up energy.

go away censors
Community Member
3 months ago

no, they would mistake you for a hipster.

Cat Girl
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3 months ago

I stopped at 100 because i got bored “0n”0

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
3 months ago

I was never coordinated enough to master a pogo stick. Also had a fear of falling, which I still have.

James G. Currie
Community Member
3 months ago

Why? People of all ages use 'em. Just tell people you're practicing for your Guinness Record attempt.

Kostas
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3 months ago

wrong - it's good exercise

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#8

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Burping really loud in the cafeteria. Kids from other classes knew my name because of that. I haven't tried that in the office, and I don't think I'm going go.

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Mistiekim
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3 months ago (edited)

It was also cool if you could keep the burp going and recite the alphabet at the same time.I have no idea how those kids did it and whether or not it could carry into adulthood.

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#9

When I was eight or nine I found a huge stack of p**n mags in a paper recycling container. I had them hidden away in the woods close to school and would bring friends there to look at them during recess.

Imagining adults doing this gave me a chuckle 😆.

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Arik
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3 months ago

doing that as an adult is definite Netflix-serial-killer-documentary material...

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#10

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Being the "class clown" in any sort of instructional setting. It's funny when you're a kid but seen as obnoxious and attention-seeking when you're an adult

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Peacemaker21
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3 months ago

Probably because when you're an adult you want peace and quiet, no distractions like an obnoxious clown but when you're a child you're bored in school and the class clown brightens the mood

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#11

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Owning an absurd amount of Pokemon cards.

IDK what more a woman would want than a raquaza EX.

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Mistiekim
Community Member
3 months ago

Some of those cards are worth thousands as collectibles - it’s like collecting baseball cards so I don’t have an issue with it.

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#12

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult I was voted "Most Likely to be Out of Dress Code" in high school, because I was always getting detention for breaking dress code. It was a pretty cool honor to have for a senior superlative, because it was about as rebellious as you could get at a Jesuit high school.

As an adult that would just get me fired if I was constantly breaking the dress code of a place that had one.

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Isabella
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3 months ago

Dresscodes are pure nonsense. Everywhere,

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#13

Bragging about what your parents got you. New clothes, new toys, car, etc. Making kids jealous with the latest stuff
If you're an adult and bragging about still being dependent on your parents...definitely uncool haha

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Brivid
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3 months ago

Any kind of bragging is just immature.

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#14

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Playing with beyblades and carrying around the giant arena for them at all times. You never know when a spin battle may ensue.

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Vorknkx
Community Member
3 months ago

Never had these in my country... but we did have other popular stuff that was sometimes brought to school.

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#15

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult God I used to impress people by smoking cigs up my nose.

I do not see that going over well at all now.

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

Not to mention the damage it could do to your nose.

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#16

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Knowing someone that would buy alcohol for underage kids.

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Amy Taylor
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3 months ago

I remember in the 80's my friend group asking someone in the parking lot of the local liquor store to buy us alcohol and 8 out of 10 they would. Shocking to think about now.

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#17

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult At my school, bragging about how drunk you got at the weekend was a thing! People would take pictures/videos if their friends who were falling about the place/passed out etc and everyone would come in on Monday and laugh about what ‘scenes’ they were. At our prom we gave out prizes like ‘most likely to...’ and we had a few drink related categories and there was just generally a vibe that if you didn’t go out every weekend and get really drunk, you were a bit of a weirdo.

Now though (I’m 25), seeing girls tripping over their heals and being so drunk they can’t open their eyes properly/talk without slurring is just embarrassing.

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago (edited)

I've never found any pleasure in getting drunk to the point of being sick. Or doing something you'd regret when sober.

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#18

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Back in the day, Hot Wheels was the s**t. We used to bring them into elementary school, show them off, and trade them.

Anything with gold wheels was hot s**t. Anything that was a model of a real car was too. We used to just make stuff up that "boosted" the rarity of a car. Stuff like, "This one is in metallic white and only 10 were made!"

Collecting Hot Wheels now probably not so cool.

^(Although I still think they are cool.)

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BetterBitterButter
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3 months ago

I don't know it's cool or not but I definitely love it.A family friend's 4 year old is crazy for these and loved it when he showed me his collection.

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#19

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult In high school I sold pages of p**nography out of a briefcase that I named "Bob".

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

Is this what a "young entrepreneur" means? :D

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#20

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Being an overall d**k, or rude to other people made people think you were cool or something. Now you're just an a** and everybody is an adult so they can see it.

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General Anaesthesia
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3 months ago

Only d**ks thought rude d**cks were cool, even at a young age.

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#21

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Pretending to be a 1337 h4x0r by opening command prompt on a school computer, knowing a little bit of HTML and some similar trickery that may look cool until you know that it doesn't really do anything.

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Peacemaker21
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3 months ago (edited)

YES So relatable

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#22

During school lunch when a kid got in trouble I started the Jerry Springer chant and the whole class started chanting "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry".

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Fabian Bernard
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3 months ago

I find that still cool, 100% will do it in certain situations😁

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#23

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult In High School, I knew all of the lyrics to a ton of late-90s and early 2000s club banger rap songs. I was known for this throughout my entire school, and people would always dance near me at dances to watch me flawlessly lip sync these songs. I did the rapping hand movements too, and often some of the dances from the music videos, although I was a much better lip syncer than dancer. I am and was a tiny white girl from a small rural village.

It's so embarrassing to think about now. I do occasionally get asked to do it at the weddings of classmates, but I wiggle out of it by sticking to the bar. I can't imagine the brain power I wasted on this, when I should have been focusing on my studies. Probably one of the reasons that I had to take remedial math in college. Thank God I no longer live near where I grew up, I've been hiding from memories of my high school self ever since, I was so cringe.

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Mistiekim
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3 months ago

Why be embarrassed? If you enjoyed it, no reason to. And as adult there are probably groups of people who will think that is fun, and some people who will think it’s stupid. It just depends on your peer group now.

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#24

In 8th grade I made sure I had the HIGHEST heels out of all the girls in class. They were these clunky things from Payless. Not sure how I did anything in those considering I can’t even walk in heels as a 32 year old woman today...

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Benita Valdez
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3 months ago

Oh man I wore heels, 4.5 inch platforms, everyday almost when I was 16-17 and even wore them to work at the supermarket. These days as I'm nearing 40 I can wear if low and if I'm not standing much at all.

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#25

Blasting a boombox in the hallway.

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Mistiekim
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3 months ago

The boom box has been replaced by a cell phone, but same thing. And very annoying in a workplace.

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#26

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Me and my friends showing up to school/ events dressed the same

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Susie Elle
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3 months ago

I've never really understood why people can be so anxious about possibly wearing the same as someone else. I once wore the same shoes as someone else at a festival (which means, out of 20.000 people) and I said to her "Nice shoes! Harhar" and the girl just threw me a death glare.

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#27

30 Things That Are Cool When You're A Kid But Are Very Much The Opposite When You're An Adult Wearing sneakers with your prom tux.

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Alban Bizet
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3 months ago

I still do it, nothing wrong with that, just wear some nice ones

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#28

Cheating and getting away with it was rad in school but if you cheat the IRS instead of getting cool points you get jail time

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Jason Leaf
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3 months ago

I dunno, three generations of the Trump family have been cheating the IRS for a century and, so far, have got away with it.

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#29

I was the best club penguin sled racer in my 6th grade class.

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LinkTheHylian
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3 months ago

It'd be really hard to consider this cool now, what with Club Penguin closing down and all.

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#30

well, I would have to say trading card games.

In school: Yu-Gi-Oh
Later in life: Magic The Gathering.

Not s******g on MTG, its a great game, but doesnt really come off as "cool" per se

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John Smith
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3 months ago

Nothing wrong with non mainstream hobbies. But apparently binge drinking after a random sports team won/lost is the golden standard...

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