You Were Born in the 80s if…

Books

  • You read one of the following series: Babysitter’s Club, Babysitter’s Little Sister, Bad-News Ballet, Boxcar Children, Choose Your Own Adventure, Fear Street, Goosebumps, The Gymnasts, Nancy Drew, Sleepover Friends, Sweet Valley High, and Sweet Valley Twins.
  • You read novels by Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Lois Duncan, Ann M. Martin, Francine Pascal, Christopher Pike, and R.L. Stine.
  • You read the entire Berenstein Bears and Little Critter series.
  • The first thing you looked for, besides Waldo, was the topless woman in the beach scene of Where’s Waldo?
  • Your school had Scholastic book sales.

Clothes

  • You owned a Columbia jacket or a Starter jacket with a sports team’s logo on it.
  • You had high-tops, skater sneakers, Keds, British Knights, Air Jordans, Reebok Pumps or Converse All-Star sneakers.
  • Two words: slap bracelets. And they were usually confiscated if you wore them to school.
  • You made and wore friendship bracelets.
  • If you are a female, you wore: big scrunchies, shoelace hairclips, ribbon chokers, jelly shoes, biker shorts in outrageous colors, denim jackets and shirts, multiple scrunch socks, knotted t-shirts, flowered skirts and vests.
  • If you are a male, you wore: flannel shirts, big t-shirts, baseball caps and Vans or Airwalk sneakers.
  • You had key chains with clever sayings.
  • At some point, you wore long-sleeved shirts under concert t-shirts.
  • You wore a fanny pack and visors until you were old enough to realize how dorky they were.
  • Your shoelaces never matched or you had Velcro on your sneakers.

Computers

  • Your first computer was either a Commodore 64, a Tandy or an Apple IIe.
  • Computers had no CD-ROM drives and disks actually flopped.
  • You remember computers pre-Windows with command line interfaces.
  • You remember when computers only had 256 colors.
  • You’ve used Windows 3.1 or AOL 2.5.
  • In school, you played games like “Math Blaster,” “Mario Teaches Typing,” “Oregon Trail,” “Odell Down Under” and “Sim City 2000.”
  • You really had no concept of viruses and trojan horses.
  • A 14.4 KB/S modem speed didn’t both you.
  • Your printer paper had perforated holes and sheet dividers.
  • Your printer only had one color – black.

Food

  • You remember when Apple Jacks was only one color and Trix and Froot Loops only had three colors.
  • You ate Crunchy Stars with the Muppets’ Swedish Chef on it.
  • You remember the introduction of Gushers and Dunkaroos.
  • You brought Kraft Handi-Snacks to school.
  • You chewed Fruit Stripe, Juicy Fruit, Bubblicious, Bubble Yum, Big Chew and Bubble Tape gums.
  • You ate Lemonheads, Warheads, Crybabies, Tearjerkers and Fireball candies.
  • You remember when M&Ms got rid of the tan candy in favor of the blue, and you voted on the phone multiple times.
  • You remember when McDonald’s switched from Styrofoam to paper.
  • Happy Meals came in a cardboard box, which usually assembled into something related to the toy you got.
  • You drank Hi-C (especially Ecto-Cooler), Kool-Aid, Hawaiian Punch and Capri Suns.
  • You remember the quick arrival and departure of Crystal Pepsi.
  • You ate Ring Pops and Push Pops.
  • You remember Nintendo cereal, where one side was Zelda shaped and the other side was Mario shaped.

Games

  • You played board games, such as “Hungry, Hungry Hippos,” “Clue,” “Guess Who,” “Connect Four,” “Monopoly,” “Life,” and “Risk.”
  • If you are a female, you played “Girl Talk” – with the zit stickers – “Mall Madness” and “Sweet Valley High” board games.
  • You played games like Freeze Tag, TV Guide, SPUD, Red Rover, and Manhunt outside.
  • You played MASH or FLAMES with your friends during inside recess.
  • You believe dodgeball and kickball should be national sports.
  • You gave in to the Pogs craze and now have old coffee cans full of the paper discs you never played with again.
  • Your first video game system wasn’t an Atari, but rather an NES, SNES, or Sega Genesis and know that the XBox and Game Cube will never compare.
  • You owned a Nintendo Power Pad, glove, gun or robot.
  • You can hum the theme songs to “Super Mario Bros.,” “Tetris,” “Dr. Mario,” “Mortal Kombat,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “The Adventures of Link.”
  • You knew how to fix a faulty NES game by blowing on the cartridge and inside the console.
  • Your first Gameboy was big, grey, and had a monotone screen.
  • You played hand games, such as “Miss Mary Mack,” “Quack Diddly Oh So,” “Miss Lucy Had a Steamboat,” “Reese’s Pieces Butter Cup,” “Down, Down, Baby,” and “Anna Banana.”

Movies

  • You think that The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King are the best films Disney ever made.
  • You can tell the difference between a Disney movie and a Don Bluth movie (An American Tale, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven).
  • Your idea of an action-packed adventure is Indiana Jones, The Terminator, Ghostbusters or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • You’ve thought of how cool it would be to be tiny like Amy, Russ, Nick, and Ron in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
  • Movies starring Freddy, Jason, or Chuckie still creep you out.
  • You remember life pre-DVD, when you could just fast forward through the FBI warning and previews.
  • You know how to adjust the tracking and record on a VCR.
  • Forget Lindsay Lohan, the Olsen twins and Hilary Duff – the “it” girls were Christina Ricci, Gaby Hoffman, Anna Paquin, Thora Birch, and Kirsten Dunst.
  • You went to the movie theater in large groups.
  • You taped movies you watched on television.
  • You think Home Alone is the best Christmas movie ever.
  • You love movies like The Goonies, Ewok Adventure, Short Circuit, Batteries Not Included, E.T., and Gremlins.

Music

  • You know the words to at least one of these songs: New Kids on the Block’s “The Right Stuff,” Milli Vanilli’s “Blame it on the Rain,” Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby” or M.C. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”
  • You didn’t have albums on vinyl or CD. You had cassettes.
  • If you are female, you’ve owned at least one piece of New Kids on the Block memorabilia (dolls, sleeping bags, posters, trading cards, etc.)
  • If you were male, you hated New Kids on the Block.
  • You sometimes still listen to your Ace of Base The Sign CD.
  • VH-1 and MTV still played music videos.
  • You liked teen queens Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and Martika.
  • You used to watch concerts on The Disney Channel and MTV.

School

  • You had a Trapper-Keeper.
  • You had pens that wrote in 20 different colors.
  • Your folders had Lisa Frank or Looney Tunes designs.
  • You carried a plastic lunchbox with your favorite TV show, movie, or cartoon character on it. It also had a matching thermos.
  • You had a Jansport backpack or a L.L. Bean backpack with your initials on it.
  • If you were female, you scribbled flowers, yin-yangs, peace signs, hearts and happy faces all over your notebooks.
  • D.A.R.E was just about drugs, not violence.
  • You watched shows like “Mr. Goodbody” and “Davy and Goliath” during school.

Television

  • You lived for ABC’s “TGIF” Friday night lineup, which included shows like “Step by Step,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “Family Matters” and “Boy Meets World.”
  • Your mother had second thoughts about your watching “Roseanne,” “The Simpsons” or “Married with Children.”
  • You’ve seen every episode of “Full House,” “Saved by the Bell” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” at least twice.
  • You watched “Saved by the Bell” from the beginning, but were disappointed when they introduced “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class.”
  • Saturday morning consisted of shows like “Muppet Babies,” “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” “Garfield and Friends,” “Heathcliff,” “Jem,” “Transformers,” “She-Ra and He-Man” and “G.I. Joe.”
  • Nick At Nite was actually on Nickelodeon and showed black-and-white television shows from when our parents were children.
  • Your favorite Nickelodeon shows included “Double Dare,” “Fun House,” “You Can’t Do That on Television,” “Salute Your Shorts,” and “Hey, Dude!”
  • You watched the Disney afternoon lineup after school, which included “Tale Spin,” “Duck Tales,” “Gummi Bears,” “Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers,” “Bonkers” and “Gargoyles.”
  • You can still sing the theme songs to the Disney cartoons.
  • You watched “HuggaBunch,” “Care Bears” and “My Little Ponies.”
  • The Disney Channel was all about “The Mickey Mouse Club” and “Kids Incorporated.”
  • You remember “Sesame Street” pre-Elmo.
  • You watched the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, the Lorna Bobbitt and Amy Fischer scandals and the O.J. Simpson car chase on the news.
  • You know the songs “Ladybug Picnic,” “These are the People in Your Neighborhood,” “Sing a Song” and “Sunny Day” from “Sesame Street.”
  • If you are female, you had a crush on the Lawrence brothers or the boys from “Home Improvement.”
  • Your favorite commercials include “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” “Ch-ch-ch-Chia!” and “Clap on, clap off ::clap, clap::
  • You watched cartoons based on M.C. Hammer and New Kids on the Block.
  • You’ve incessantly used the phrase, “I know you are, but what am I?”
  • You religiously watched shows such as “Charles in Charge,” “The Cosby Show,” “Life Goes On,” “Growing Pains,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Small Wonder,” “Family Ties,” “Out of This World,” “Alf,” and “The Wonder Years.”
  • You know the original reality TV shows were “Cops” and “Rescue 911.”
  • You watched after-school specials.
  • You watched “The Elephant Show” on Nick Jr. and know the “Skinnamarink” and “One Elephant Went Out to Play” songs.
  • You got pissed off watching VH-1’s recent “I Love the Nineties” series.

Toys

  • You owned either a Slip ‘N’ Slide or Crocodile Mile.
  • You owned a Cabbage Patch doll, a My Buddy/Kid Sister doll, or an American Girl doll.
  • You played with a Skip-It or PogoBall.
  • Barbie didn’t come with battery-operated accessories – you had to push her Ferrari around.
  • At least one of your Barbies was a ballerina.
  • You got angry when you realized that your Jem doll’s shoes weren’t the same size as Barbie’s.
  • You had Skipper and Maxie dolls.
  • You had a Big Wheels tricycle.
  • You had streamers on your bike handlebars or a banana seat.
  • You had a Talk Boy or Talk Girl a la Kevin McAllister in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
  • You had Gak, Slime, and Floam.
  • You collected trading cards, whether baseball, Garbage Pail Kids, or “Beverley Hills 90210.”
  • If you are a female, you had My Little Ponies, Lady Lovelylocks and the Pixie Tails, Cherry Merry Muffin dolls, Polly Pockets, Precious Places, or the Littlest Pet Shop.
  • You had a toy oven that either baked cookies or plastic bugs.
  • You used puffy paint.
  • You remember the transition from roller skates to Rollerblades.
  • You had a Chia-Pet.
  • You had a Teddy Ruxpin doll.
  • You had Hot Wheels cars.
  • You can build almost anything out of Legos or Erector sets.
  • You had Troll dolls of all different sizes and colors.
  • You collected Hess trucks for Christmas.
  • You made countless key chains out of bright plastic lanyard.

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