Ready to blush? Just kidding—nobody enjoys making their cheeks burn out of involuntary embarrassment. 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 ginger kid from school, your cousin from Wyoming, and I were all secretly doing the same odd things. So, let’s go down this cringe-inducing memory lane where all our little secrets are laid out on the table.

Pandas, is anyone having a déjà vu moment? Then share your experiences 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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4 months ago

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

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Francis
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4 months ago

age 27: stil doing this :D

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European other
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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 months ago

Try out anything. Never be stopped!

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Tee
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4 months 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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4 months ago

Imagination is a gift, loosing it is a tragedy.

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European other
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4 months ago

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

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

NOTHING hurts more than a plastic cut on the edge of your cheek

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Hans
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4 months 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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4 months ago

"you can hit me!"

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Lisa loves cats
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4 months ago

Still do this when my fan is on!

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Tee
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4 months ago

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

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Luna Lovegood
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3 months ago

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

Gemma Lees
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3 months ago

I'm now having to tell my 7 year old son to get out of clothes rails in shops!

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Lisa loves cats
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4 months ago

It was so cozy in there!!!

Michelle Chevalier
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3 months ago

At 5yo they had to shut down a whole department store in NYC because of me hiding in a clothes rack, only found me cause I couldn't stop giggling...then fast forward 18 years and I'm running around a department store with employees looking for my own little clothes rack monster hiding and giggling....karma is a you know what, right!

Suzi Gauthier
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3 months ago

I honestly got lost in Sears when I was 5. I was standing at the doors crying because I was afraid they left me, but luckily my mother drilled into my head not to go out of the store if I got lost. Somebody brought me to the service desk & they gave me candy until my parents got there. Then I started "getting lost" on purpose.

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deanna woods
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3 months ago

Parents freaking out because they can't find me, but I am laughing because they can't find me.

Spikey Bunny
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3 months ago

My son, every time!

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Susan Gardner
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3 months ago

that's adorable

Suzi Gauthier
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3 months ago

We got spoke to by "The Manager" for picking up the straight pins all in the carpet. My mother had us terrified of "The Manager" and we were mortified.

Jenny Gordon
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3 months ago

I had the crap scared out of me last week by 2 little girls hiding in the clothes rack at my local supermarket. Bless them, they were just playing, but I didn't know they were there. I was looking through a rack of black tops when I saw the face of one of them looking up at me. I nearly had a goddamn heart attack! Laughed my ass off though!

Ashley Nell
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3 months ago

I would do that all the time and I would try to scare my parents. I still sometimes do this.

J.S.T.
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4 months ago

Yup.

Ximenna Jimenez
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3 months ago

My mom gets pissed off when I did this

Sera the Dragon
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3 months ago

I used to jumpscare my brother doing this

Sheri Lattimer
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3 months ago

Yes! Am I the only adult who laughed her butt off when her own kids did it??

Elizabeth Scarborough
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3 months ago

I used to hid the rounder racks and try to spook my Mom. Got confused one day and wound up spooking someone else. Good times.

Jennifer Hughes
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3 months ago

Best ones were at Value City not far from home. The long ones had a space wide enough to actually run down, and the dress racks had perfect little support pieces in the center so you could disappear completely. I scared the bejeesus out of a lady one day that way.

Calypso poet
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3 months ago

I miss KMart!

Felicia Dale
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3 months ago

Hee! I love this image so much!

Artlover
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3 months ago

Never done it. IDK why

Amelia Tiernan
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3 months ago

Then you scare your little siblings half to death.....

Glynis Lailann
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3 months ago

We did that with the curtains too.

Pheonix
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3 months ago

I would always pretend those racks were portals to different dimensions

Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
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3 months ago

mom is like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denis Brown
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3 months ago

Yep, I did it, and when my daughter did it and I thought she was lost in the store and freaked, the salesperson calmly went to the racks and checked them until he found her. I didn't think it was half as funny as everyone else did and made a mental noted to do something nice for my mother to make up for when I did it!

Donnie Hart
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3 months ago

I still do this, and I’m 43. It drives my wife up the wall.

Alexander Olson
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3 months ago

Im just glad im not the only one

Roxanne Silver
Community Member
3 months ago

When I was a kid, I got zapped by ‘lightning’ doing this. I went into a rack of synthetic fibers (like polyester) and got a giant Zap ⚡️ Of static Electricity! True story!!!

Tara Brooks
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3 months ago

Ha!!!

Razetime
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3 months ago

yes

Alex T
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3 months ago

I see my siblings still do this

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Iván Galarraga
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4 months ago

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

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Hans
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4 months ago

This still works today!

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Iván Galarraga
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4 months ago

They are usefull to make blowguns too

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Jessica-May
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4 months ago

*34 year old

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MagicalUnicorn
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4 months 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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4 months ago

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

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Monday
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4 months ago

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

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Bookey
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4 months ago

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

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

throw it again, and make helicopter sounds https://youtu.be/ARThwtLyqPY

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Danish Dynomummy
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4 months ago

Also as an adult watching your kid play on those!

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Hendra Lim
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4 months 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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4 months ago

Adult me too

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LOttawa
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4 months 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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4 months ago

The original bored Panda

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Tee
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4 months ago

😂😂😂

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Lucinda A. Tanji
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4 months 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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4 months 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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3 months ago

I do that with root beer in a beer bottle

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

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

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European other
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4 months ago

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

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Sterling Wible
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3 months ago

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

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

You can always tell who is gonna be a fast runner, when they YELL SHOTGUN.. cause the rotten egg has to sit in the back seat, with sibling

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Unhuman_Weirdo
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3 months ago

god. i did this soooooo many times

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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 months ago (edited)

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

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