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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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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Iván Galarraga
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1 year ago

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

Nerevar
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1 year ago

We played similar to this one but the safe spots were train platforms and my brother was the crazy metro car hitting anyone dares to stay on the ground.

Ljdia
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1 year ago (edited)

That sounds fun

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Gemma Lees
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1 year ago

We had an extra long living/dining room with doors in the middle and a settee at each end. My Dad would open the doors and play a monster lurking in the hallway and we had to run from settee to settee without him catching us.

Spikey Bunny
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1 year ago

Awesome Dad!

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Daniel Mason
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1 year ago

This or I used to not be able to walk on cracks on the floor outside or in malls

Catlady6000
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1 year ago

When I was a kid we had hardwood floors, with a clear shot from the front to the back of the house. Take a running start and see who could slide the futherest(sp?). My dog Abner would usually join in

Zulma Ruiz
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1 year ago

This game is really interesting, I am from Argentina, and I played it with my brother, but as another comment was shark water, we did this 40 years ago, when there was no internet and we hardly saw television, like children in different parts of the world play the same things even without having copied them from anyone, we learned it from us.

Anna roberts
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1 year ago

My kids can't believe we were outside all day and only came in when the street lights came on. All of the neighbors were "aunts" and "uncles" and all of them could discipline you, same as your parents, we played in the woods a lot to avoid the adults LOL

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April Simnel
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1 year ago

They forgot to mark the table as "TOUCH THAT AND MOM WILL KILL YOU"

Magda Kočičková
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1 year ago

Our outside version-any crack in the pavement = death. I still play it.

Artlover
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1 year ago

I thot the floor was a pile of turd

Sera the Dragon
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1 year ago

I loved this game

Mack-doodle
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1 year ago

I did this, but the floor was dry ice, and me and my brother would try to tackle each other off, or use nerf swords.

Sterling Wible
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1 year ago

I do that but then brake my house couch.

Leslea Freeman
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1 year ago

Were you a hefty child?

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Hendra Lim
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1 year ago

the lava game

Jayden Arias
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1 month ago

lol

Tomcat In The Alley
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1 month ago

Wait allow me to add to this picture. *insert me pushing my little brother to the lava*

SciFi Vortex
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1 year ago

I used to do that, but it was a San Francisco shit covered sidewalk instead of lava.

Aimee Simmons
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1 year ago

this will survive until there is no life left anywhere. :D

Roxanne Silver
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1 year ago

:D

Curious Cat
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1 year ago

when i grew up i eventually added real lava on my floor.

Diane Lloyd
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1 year ago

Had to chant "a snake, a snake, a snake a snake a snake"...

Leslea Freeman
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1 year ago

I used to add a balloon to the mix! Eh, I was an only child!!! lol

Suzi Gauthier
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1 year ago

Or on a linoleum tile floor with 2 color tiles alternated. One color was always lava.

JOY JACKSON
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1 year ago

In a perfect world you dont need to start throwing books down

Castrix
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1 year ago

never did this :(

Pol Macqueron
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1 year ago

And i want to watch the True American from New Girl now...

Catlady6000
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1 year ago

I used to have a cat that would play this. Of course, she had more "safes"

Ashley Nell
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1 year ago

I didn't really play "the floor is lava"

soy bean
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1 year ago

Don't forget the table! :]

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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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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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