Ready to blush? Just kidding—nobody enjoys making their cheeks burn out of involuntary embarrassment in awkward situations. But this time, we are taking you on an emotional rollercoaster where it may be the only option.

It’s called blast from the past. Remember your 8-year-old self drinking coke in a wine glass, thinking you were as tipsy as auntie Becky at a family reunion barbecue, ready to pass out on the floor and beg for salvation? What about the time you cried for 10 days straight after finding out that gum you swallowed would stay in your stomach forever? What if I told you that you're not the only one? In fact, that little kid with ginger frock from school, your cousin from Wyoming, and I was all secretly doing the same weird things. So, let’s go down this cringe-inducing memory lane were things we all did as kids are laid out on the table.

Pandas, is anyone having a déjà vu moment? Then share your experiences and childhood memories in the comments. Also, scroll down below to see what Krystine Batcho, a professor of nostalgia at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, told Bored Panda about the influence that childhood experiences have on the course of our lives.

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Iván Galarraga
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1 year ago

Sure, and also running with the finger ready to press the living room lights

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Francis
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1 year ago

age 27: stil doing this :D

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European other
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1 year ago

Yep 😉

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Prof. Krystine Batcho, a licensed psychologist and scholar in nostalgia, has developed a universal tool to measure our emotions towards the past using The Nostalgia Inventory Test. It measures how deeply and often people feel nostalgic.

Bored Panda asked the professor about the role our childhood memories play in our lives. “Childhood memories can influence adult lives in a number of ways. They can contribute to our overall sense of happiness in life.” Social experiences we had when little turn out to be crucial. “Positive childhood social events, such as family get-togethers during the holidays or parties to celebrate birthdays or achievements, help establish good self-esteem and healthy social skills in adulthood.”

Prof. Batcho’s life-long research has suggested that “positive childhood memories are associated with more adaptive coping skills in adulthood.” For example, people with happier memories of childhood were less likely to turn to counterproductive ways of dealing with stressful situations, such as substance abuse or escapist behavior. Healthy coping is not something we’re born with, but rather “is learned during childhood by role modeling trusted adults, and memories of how respected adults coped with adversity,” said the professor.

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What does a Foxxy say?
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1 year ago

I used to draw on my erasers and then stamp them on my skin whilst the pen ink was still wet.

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Hans
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1 year ago

Try out anything. Never be stopped!

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Tee
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1 year ago

I still try till this day!

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Most of us deeply cherish powerful childhood memories and carry them throughout our lives. Batcho explained that this phenomenon is called a “'rosy retrospection,' that is, a tendency to remember the past as better than it really was.” But there might be an evolutionary reason for it, because “a favorable focus on the past helps most people remain healthy and happy despite the practical and emotional challenges of adult life.”

On the other hand, one's current mood has a tremendous influence on memory retrieval. “When we are sad or depressed, we are more likely to remember negative events in our past and remember past experiences less favorably.” That’s why if you’re in a bad mood, it’s better to leave those blasts from the past for another time in order not to distort them.

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Hans
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1 year ago

Imagination is a gift, loosing it is a tragedy.

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European other
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1 year ago

True how things have changed although I see a lot of kids on bikes

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Ilona
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1 year ago

Those things were brutal

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Hans
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1 year ago

Unless you live in a country where Mac and Cheese aren't a thing.

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High Fox
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1 year ago

"you can hit me!"

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#12

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Lisa loves cats
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1 year ago

Still do this when my fan is on!

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#13

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Tee
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1 year ago

I still do this. Idk why but hey to each its own.

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Luna Lovegood
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1 year ago

and mom got freaked out and told you not to...

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Iván Galarraga
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1 year ago

I used to do that but on a lake full of piranhas, or sharks

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Hans
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1 year ago

This still works today!

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Iván Galarraga
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1 year ago

They are usefull to make blowguns too

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Starbelly Eleven
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1 year ago

I do this at my parents' house and I snarl and hiss because my dad's office is right at the top and I know he's sitting there witnessing it. I'm 46.

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

i always dreamed of having this one as kid, but mom said it was too expensive...

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Hendra Lim
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1 year ago

it happened once, and it's scary as f*ck

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Monday
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1 year ago

At 27 I still cringe when I have to make a phonecall....

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Bookey
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1 year ago

I hated this!! And they'd ask "do you remember me"? How the flipping heck would I remember you?

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#23

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Sera the Dragon
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1 year ago

I love those thingies

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

Also as an adult watching your kid play on those!

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Hendra Lim
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1 year ago

i still feel so proud when i hide in the bathroom while the lights out, my cousins searching for me, even get in the bathroom but didn't find me at all because of the darkness and me silently dodging their hands movement, because i got adapted to the darkness)

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

Adult me too

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LOttawa
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1 year ago

I still do that when I go shopping with my teen. It's fun to innocently embarrass her.

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Nicky OldfieldDesciple
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1 year ago

The original bored Panda

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Tee
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1 year ago

😂😂😂

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Lucinda A. Tanji
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1 year ago

We were told not to do that because apparently the janitors clean the walls

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

So true. And the same snacks you had at home tasted 1000 times better at their place!

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Sterling Wible
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1 year ago

I do that with root beer in a beer bottle

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago

" Hey, I'm watching that"- goes right back to sleep

slackjack
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1 year ago

"I'm watching that." "But your eyes are closed." "I'm watching that!!" "But you're snoring." "I'M WATCHING THAT!!!!!"

Nicky OldfieldDesciple
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh My God. That is so true. My dad could be sleeping and snoring like a pig with sinus problems but if you as much as hovered your hand over the remote he'd just suddenly wake up and yell LEAVE IT!!

What does a Foxxy say?
Community Member
1 year ago

So very true, my dad and hubby do it all the damn time.

Petra Schaap
Community Member
1 year ago

this is my boyfriend "watching" snooker or a race, falling asleep and leaving me with a program i dont wanna see and then I try to chance the channel "I WAS WATCHING THIS!!!" sure hon.... <3

deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago

My dad: I was watching that. Young Me: You were asleep. My dad: I wasn't asleep, I was resting my eyes.

Rinpai
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh god lol the "resting their eyes" bullsh*t lmao. Then you point out "you were snoring so loud it sounded like a jackhammer with sleep apnea." and they just double down in full denial mode lol.

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Sterling Wible
Community Member
1 year ago

My dad does that watching live pd I change it he wakes up I’m doomed

Craptavaganza
Community Member
1 year ago

Always!!!!

Laana
Community Member
1 year ago

Every. Freaking. Time.

Coleen
Community Member
1 year ago

I wasn't sleeping, I was resting my eyes!

Sharon Hahn
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1 year ago

Kaye Hahn remind you of anyone ?

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, my husband did this all the time to our children!

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

do not disturb his 'white noise' for best sleep ever

Kyler
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6 months ago

I remember this like it was yesterday

Arieana Mays
Community Member
7 months ago

This one right here but it be with my granny she be sleeping I turn the channel she wake up and tell me to give her back the remote and fall back to sleep she don’t even be looking at the tv

Jayden Arias
Community Member
8 months ago

lol if your dad is Mexican he gonna smack you and say STOP IM WATCHING SOCCER

Katie McCready
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my God...other people’s Dads did this too?! My people!

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
1 year ago

My Dad knew better than to try this. When we were sure he was sleeping, we always turned the Atari on.

Anna roberts
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1 year ago

My youngest older brother (6 yrs older than me) reading the newspaper, holding it up in front of his face, I change channel, he yells, mom yells from kitchen to change it back, I tell mom no way he'[s not watching it, mom comes in and smacks me across the face, I smack her back, dad jumps up to come after me , middle brother (12 yrs older) jumps in between me and dad and tells me to get out of house, I run like ... Came back around 3 hrs later, apologized to mom, told her she could beat me all she wanted but don't ever smack me in the face again. I think my brother probably saved my life that day....

AutumntheLeaf/RainWing
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1 year ago

POKEEMOON

Rebecca Trinkner
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1 year ago

OMG! Yes!!!

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European other
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1 year ago

Do this as a grown up if I find an interesting pen !

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Sterling Wible
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1 year ago

I would do every flavor it took so long but it tasted bad.

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Tee
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1 year ago

I was always the rotten egg🥺

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Unhuman_Weirdo
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1 year ago

god. i did this soooooo many times

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What does a Foxxy say?
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1 year ago

This is such an old wives tale, so many people still believe this as adults. For those of you that do, it isn’t true.

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Ilona
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1 year ago

I did that once.. they cared. I ended up being so embarrassed about pretending to have drowned that I actually pretended to have drowned

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1 year ago (edited)

I used to write BOOBLESS, BOOBIES and HELLO on my calculator lol.

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