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.

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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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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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#17

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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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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

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

Monday
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1 year ago

Get one now...you're an adult so nobody can judge you

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

My son has one of those. They are still quite popular

Nia Loves Art
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1 year ago

We have one in the childcare center I work at.

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Pheonix
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1 year ago

*inhale* I HAD THIS EXACT FREAKIN CARPET AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS IN MY HOME

Spikey Bunny
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1 year ago

I bought one for my kids. (IKEA, I think) They absolutely loved it!

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Gemma Lees
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1 year ago

A car mat is how we first figured out our son has autism. His game would be to drive the cars nicely from each edge, park them up in the car parks, ensuring each space was taken up and all cars were parked within the lines and then the game was over.

Hans
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1 year ago

These rugs are one of the reasons to have children!

MARY ANN Hannah
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1 year ago

GREAT MEMORIES PLAYING WITH MY SON ON THIS RUG...HE'S 26 NOW

Spikey Bunny
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1 year ago

Same

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jo Philbin
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1 year ago

Looking back fondly on the time my Mum bought this as a kitchen rug, when I was 15 because it was £5 and I said it was nostalgic. Best. Mum. Ever.

Gabrielle Daylano
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1 year ago

I found one at a triftshop last year. Bought it for my son and he is so happy with it. I even enjoy it sometimes 😂

Elizabeth Scarborough
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1 year ago

Rainy and snow day fun with my boys were had on this very carpet. Was in their room next to the bunk beds, box of cars next to it.

Ljdia
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1 year ago

Nice

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Evan Williams
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1 year ago

My son's actual bedroom carpet!

John Daniel
Community Member
1 year ago

My brother had one or two of these, and as a kid I had two that were sort of 3-d and folded up like suitcases or guitar cases, they were made by hotwheels I think, they had little buildings and roads and your could actually roll your car through them and down them. I wonder if they are on ebay now ?

Magda Kočičková
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1 year ago

I so wanted this as a kid..got it myself at 34..oficially for my children but..

Willow Anderson
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11 months ago

Is that Polly pockets?!

Ximenna Jimenez
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1 year ago

I love these!

Mack-doodle
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1 year ago

I STILL HAVE THAT UNDER MY BED!!!

SF Angel
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1 year ago

HA! What’s a video game? Said my child self

Josh Coker
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1 year ago

being a fedex driver? this is a normal neighborhood with the cardboard cut house new houses.

rhyan lumilay
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1 year ago

I just recently bought this for my nephews. Sad that I didn't had this when I was little, now I want my nephews to experience the joy of playing with kind of mats.

The Girl on Fire
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1 year ago

When I was a kid, I played with this so much that I wore it thin!

Logan Rossney
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6 hours ago

oh my god pre-k was awesome

Jayden Arias
Community Member
1 month ago

i still have the rug and the cars

Tomcat In The Alley
Community Member
1 month ago

"Here son I bought you this rug." "THANKS DAD!" "Now move over I uhh have to make sure it works-" *plays with it*

Mary Maney
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, yes...

Valentina Gonzalez
Community Member
5 months ago

I still have one of those in the attic from my older brother when he was younger

Valentina Gonzalez
Community Member
5 months ago

bro i have one of those still in the attic

Evan Scheu
Community Member
8 months ago

I had that as a kid. Years of endless fun.

Zoey Jennings
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1 year ago

bro my broth has had this since 2013 and my dad has had one since 1983.

Zoey Jennings
Community Member
1 year ago

*brother

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Gracie Mae
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1 year ago

my kids had these, now my grandkids have them too

Malia Gvision
Community Member
1 year ago

I used a bunch of binder paper taped together and drew one myself

RadicalPebble
Community Member
1 year ago

We have one of these!

Jay Marie
Community Member
1 year ago

This is even too modern for me. My brother and I had one before this existed. It was similar but a blanket not a rug

Billy Pepperton
Community Member
1 year ago

We had one of those when I was rlly young

Nick Nickson
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a carpet. I remember. :)

Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
Community Member
1 year ago

and my cousin got one but not me because hes a baby

Alexander Brior
Community Member
1 year ago

Old video games still give me more nostalgia. I always loved playing Crash Bandicoot: Warped and Ratchet & Clank as a little kid.

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

Just buy a carpet from Ikea and they can use their Matchbox cars for real.

similarly
Community Member
1 year ago

My kids had this when they were little.

Razetime
Community Member
1 year ago

is that a floor mat

Abigail
Community Member
1 year ago

oh i remember that my brother had one

rai mei
Community Member
1 year ago

ummm may I know what this is?

BG
Community Member
1 year ago

It's an area rug.

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European other
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1 year ago

Better than what I got !

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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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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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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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Abdulwaris Awch
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1 year ago

I tried it again and the answer is interesting 246913578

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