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 were all secretly doing the same weird things. So, let’s go down this cringe-inducing memory lane where 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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Falcon
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1 year ago

Too real, due to my work I sometimes have to go to basements... I "play" that "game" a lot.

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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.

Daria B
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1 year ago

As long as it has tube shaped pasta.....

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Troux
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1 year ago

That is not Mac & Cheese. That's Kraft and there's a monumental difference.

Chris
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1 year ago

What on earth is that, how is it that colour, and why are you feeding it to a child?

Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

I don't know why you have been downvoted eighter, Mac and cheese is not a thing where I come from - luckily

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KT Pinto
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1 year ago

I don't understand why people are so cloistered, they've never had mac & cheese... and BRAG about it! (What? If people can say that about any other country's staple, I can say it here)

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 year ago

My daughter liked to put pitted olives on her fingers & eat them off.

Carolina Fernández González
Community Member
1 year ago

I've never eaten that.

MΣMΣ KIПG
Community Member
1 year ago

Then biting the fork

Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 year ago

And it tastes so much better

Ashley Nell
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought i was the only one!

Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm 44 and have never ever eaten 'mac and cheese'. And I don't understand these tubes either. All macaroni here is elbow shaped.

KT Pinto
Community Member
1 year ago

Then you lead a sad existence. Just sayin'.

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DKS 001
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1 year ago

54, I still do this

R L
Community Member
1 year ago

Me too

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Abigail
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1 year ago

i haven't but i did try eating all of it at one with stabbing the mac and cheese with the fork

Sterling Wible
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope never I eat with a spoon.

Jessica
Community Member
1 year ago

Still do

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm 50 & I still do this at least once a mac & cheese meal.

Artlover
Community Member
1 year ago

Yummmm

Sera the Dragon
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m 115 and I still do this

Terri Altman-Hollister
Community Member
1 year ago

I used to do this with Spaghettios...filled each tine with teeny circles of goodness!

fainasKeturatis
Community Member
1 year ago

I kind of did it but we don't have cheese with it. Not like that. This seems not very "attractive"

Bruce Parnell
Community Member
1 year ago

I still do, and I’m 52 lmao 😂😂😂

Morgan
Community Member
1 year ago

I still do it! I also eat penna and rigatoni that way...every time!

Ronel du Plessis
Community Member
1 year ago

I still do this and peas.

R L
Community Member
1 year ago

I didn't know you could get this in a can. Macaroni (out of a box or packet), with grated fresh cheese (not processed yellow plastic), grilled under the oven and add some diced bacon- delicious.

Shelley Lyttle
Community Member
1 year ago

Yup...I used to do that occasionally...if I wasnt starving...lol

Danielle Renee
Community Member
1 year ago

i still do it

Theory Buchannon
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats to only way to eat it

Ola Polowczyk
Community Member
1 year ago

Still do it with penne ^^

Afton Stevens
Community Member
6 months ago

I never did that...

Angie Littleton
Community Member
6 months ago

yep

Race Blakhart
Community Member
10 months ago

It always seemed to just happen to me. I never had to actively line them up.

Lisa Bateman
Community Member
1 year ago

You mean adults don't do that?!

Ellie Ragsdale
Community Member
1 year ago

I did that. Even when I started eating mac n cheese made with Penne pasta (big tubes), I put two tines (the 4 skinny things that make a fork a fork) through one noodle and the other two through another. It was oddly satisfying.

Valerie Lloyd-Hicks
Community Member
1 year ago

I still do that. I'm 65...

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
1 year ago

I still do it every time I eat any dish made with macaroni.

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 year ago

Did it yesterday!

SciFi Vortex
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't eat that fattening shit.

Just Carmen
Community Member
1 year ago

I still do this and I'm 57.

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
1 year ago

Never accrued to me....

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

I still do this and I'm 36yrs old 🤣

Roxanne Silver
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope! I haven’t.

Curious Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

its called KD in Canada.

MikeMaxis
Community Member
1 year ago

I used to to it with macaroni tubes instead.

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
1 year ago

Last night

Leslea Freeman
Community Member
1 year ago

It is Kraft Dinner or KD, in Canada. Never ever do we call it macaroni & cheese never.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

No, can't say that I've ever done that, but an interesting idea though...

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

Is here an alternative method?

Elizabeth Scarborough
Community Member
1 year ago

You mean I'm not the only one?

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

still

deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep. It made eating them more fun.

JOY JACKSON
Community Member
1 year ago

Im allergic to orange cheese >:(

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes!!! I still do this lol

Razetime
Community Member
1 year ago

my friend has no childhood and has never done this :'(

Gemma Lees
Community Member
1 year ago

I used to see how many spaghetti hoops I could get on all four prongs of the fork without the ones on there already falling off.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope, never. I always think of mac & cheese as a McDonald's cheeseburger. Why is it so difficult for people to say macaroni cheese now?

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High Fox
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1 year ago

"you can hit me!"

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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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Tee
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1 year ago

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

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Lisa loves cats
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1 year ago

It was so cozy in there!!!

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Hendra Lim
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1 year ago

the lava game

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Hans
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1 year ago

This still works today!

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LOttawa
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1 year ago

I used to take the very long ones for wrapping paper and make ski's.

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Jessica-May
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1 year ago

*34 year old

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Hans
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1 year ago

These rugs are one of the reasons to have children!

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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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Hans
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1 year ago

The regret will last a lifetime.

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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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1 year ago

What is that, some sort of insect wing?

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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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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

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Laughs in hidden is not good English. It feels like we are descending into stupidity at a rapid rate.

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

Adult me too

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European other
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1 year ago

And hit the side of the shelf with food items on it or another shopper

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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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Lisa loves cats
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1 year ago

This is so funny and so true!!!

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago

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

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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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Sivi
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1 year ago

My blend was 40% Cola and 60% Solo(orange soda).

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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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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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Abdulwaris Awch
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1 year ago

I tried it again and the answer is interesting 246913578

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