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The Eighties

File this under "I'm listing this for myself." And, to spare you, I'm putting it in the extended entry…

  1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word "PSYCHE".
  2. You watched the Pound Puppies.
  3. You can sing the rap to the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air"
  4. You wore biker shorts under your skirts and felt stylish.
  5. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own.
  6. You owned those lil Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls.
  7. You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey on Blossom.
  8. Two words: M.C. Hammer
  9. If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock".
  10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars.
  11. You can sing the entire theme song to "Duck Tales".
  12. When it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
  13. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
  14. You saw the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on the big screen.
  15. You were super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day incomputer class at school.
  16. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
  17. You played the game "MASH" (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)
  18. You wore Jordache jean jacket and you were proud of it.
  19. L.A. Gear...
  20. You wanted to change your name to "JEM" in Kindergarten.
  21. You remember reading "Tales of a fourth grade nothing" and all the Ramona books that Ramona completed in 1st grade.
  22. You know the profound meaning of "WAX ON, WAX OFF"
  23. You wanted to be a Goonie.
  24. You ever wore fluorescent clothing.
  25. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off...
  26. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
  27. You took Lunch Pails to school.
  28. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.
  29. You still get the urge to say NOT after every sentence.
  30. You remember Hypercolor t-shirts.
  31. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band.
  32. You thought She-Ra and He-Man should hook up.
  33. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged friendship bracelets.
  34. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes.
  35. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know what you are, but what am I?"
  36. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"
  37. You remember going to the skating rink before there were in-line skates.
  38. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide.
  39. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
  40. You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.
  41. You've gone through this nodding your head in agreement.
  42. Guns 'N Roses
  43. "Don't worry, be happy"
  44. You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks.
  45. You wore socks scrunched down.
  46. Red Rover at recess
  47. You remember boom boxes vs. cd players.
  48. You remember watching both "Gremlins" movies.
  49. You know what it meant to say "Care Bear Stare!!"
  50. You remember watching Rainbow Brite and My Little PonyTales
  51. You thought Doogie Howser was hot.
  52. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.
  53. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool.
  54. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on " Saved By the Bell", the ORIGINAL class.
  55. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THRU THE HEART.
  56. JAMS were SO in style
  57. Come on Eileen!!!!!!!!
  58. Beverly Hills 90210
  59. Really bad hair..........

32 Responses to "The Eighties"

  1. Doogie was early 90s. 🙂

  2. ...and thanks to 10-10-220, Alf is back. However, if you know Alf is from Melmac, then you are old-school. 🙂

  3. Slap bracelets! Yes!

  4. Also, it's not "Shot Through the Heart," it's "You Give Love a Bad Name." And I do know all the lyrics. 😉

  5. Oh man, there are some memories coming back. How about "You could watch He-man and *not* think about how incrediably gay he was"?

  6. (not that there's anything wrong with that)

  7. I, uh, must've missed something. The only ones that register with me are 1, 17, 25, 28, 36, 37, 40, 43, and 52. Some are things I can relate to tangentially -- I had Pound Puppies but never watched a TV show about them; I remember the music video for some DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince song but I don't remember the words; I watched Duck Tales a bit on lazy middle school afternoons but don't remember how the theme song went; I played a lot of Oregon Trail but never had a specific day for it; I vaguely remember JEM being a cartoon but never saw it and don't recall anyone talking about it; I remember friendship bracelets but don't recall anyone thinking they were anything special beyond being things that we made ourselves; and 90210 was something my older sister cared about, not me.

    For what it's worth, Burger King birthday parties were way better than McDonald's birthday parties.

    26 was a late-90's thing. And I didn't see Saved by the Bell until high school.

    What's 80's-specific about Red Rover?

  8. I also really don't understand how anyone can discuss growing up in the 80's without mentioning Cabbage Patch Kids or Garbage Pail Kids, or Super Mario Bros. on the original Nintendo.

  9. weird that you're five years older, but I still remember all the things you're talking about...

  10. I've five years older than Erik, and I barely remember the 80's. Either it's a) I've chosen to forget or b) it's all the cocaine i did that makes me forget.

    Seriously, I never thought the New Kids were EVER cool. Besides, where the heck are The Transformers? That was THE coolest toy of the 80's! I still have a bunch on my desk.

  11. 80's Kids

    You grew up in the eighties if......

  12. This sounds more like for people BORN in the 80s... Not people that really LIVED through them.

  13. I laughed out loud when I got to "41. You've gone through this nodding your head in agreement," since I had been the whole time.

    You're three years older than me, but this is still 99.9% accurate.

  14. You were super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day incomputer class at school

    Yeah, but my damn boat always got stuck in the river.

    - Scott

  15. i was born in the second half of the 80s but my sisters were born in the second half of the 70s so i remember a ton of that stuff through both them and my own experiences. oregon trail, skip-its, slap bracelets, MASH, Saved by the Bell, Blossom, and many more. oh the nostalgia...

  16. Did i miss the pinning and rolling of jean legs?

  17. As a Dad with two young girls, I can tell you that Strawberry Shortcake is mega-popular nowadays... again.

    Also, SpongeBob is on Saturday mornings. That should count for something...

  18. IT"S ALL SOOOOO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!! You know you were born in the eighties if you still watch Saved By the Bell religously every morning at 7:00 and then again at 12 on TBS.

  19. the breakfast club...enough said

  20. Teddy Ruckspin, mother goose and that huge orange catapiller~~that would tell you stories when you put the tapes in them

    how about knowing the theme song to my buddy and kid sister and then also wanting to get rid of my buddy cause of chucky...POPPELS..(or however you spell it)~~those dolls that fold into a ball

    that tape that mom would buy for you on your birthday..."hey (your name) its your birthday. its your birthday today.... Ahhhh theres just too much!!

    And whoever put sponge bob obviously you arent a baby of the 80s... i would have givin it to you if you said bobbys world..even so that was early 90s

  21. sweet valley high

  22. The orange worm that was Teddy Ruxpin's friend is named "Grubby". What about shrinky dinks, glo friends, colorforms,Del Monte Country Yumkins, and Romper Room? Does anyone remember Miss Molly and her Magic mirror? Popples are back around now, but what about Gummi bears " bouncin' here and there and everywhere"! Barbie cereal was my fave, and remember how cereal box toys were way better than they are now?

  23. Wow! I can relate to so many of the things listed. Especially the one about Saved by the Bell. I knew and still know all the original characters names and their life stories. As a matter of fact, my sister and I used to play house: I would be Kelly Kapalski and Zack Morris would be my boyfriend. She would be Jesse Spano. Hah! Those were definetely the good ol' days.

  24. THis site is great! I rememebr everything on here! Good job. i still have a lot of my old toys from the 80's and they are the best!!!! kids today will have no clue what they missed out on

  25. You forgot to mention the Susie Scribble doll by Mattel

  26. ive had great fun remembering and my favourates were definatly the slap braclets and fresh prince. did any one else play playing kiss chasein the playgrond at school? me and my sister dressed up as he-man and she-ra for fancy dress and won. what a great time of my life...PSYCHE!!!!!!

  27. yeah i remenber most of this stuff my m8 at school got badly cut by 1 of them slap bracelets (the 1 that the texeco garage gave away remenber that?)what about the a team or knight rider or air wolf or visionaries or i better stop now haha oh 1 more thing what about dungens and dragons????????come on that cartoon was the best of them all or button moon any 1 but me remenber that hahaha the list goes on ill end it with this naf naf 4 eva haha

  28. What about ...

    The Get Along Gang

    Baby Skates

    The Wuzzles


  29. WUZZLES! What about the Snorks? Does anyone remember those? And I have a dirty little confession - I still have my NKOTB poster and silk pillow - packed away of course - but I still listen to the tapes. And Teddy Ruxpin and Grubby are alive and well! My nieces and nephews use mine now!

    Does anyone remember 321 Contact and Ghost Writer, that show that used to be on PBS that took you back in time? We used to watch it all the time in school for "educational purposes" - memories. I think I'll walk into work this morning singing the theme song from Jem...


  31. Ya'll seem like the crowd to help me... I am desperatly trying to remember a show that was on only breifly, and I had the dolls... They were these nude flesh colored babies that were fuzzy and had a magic mirror to get to a land with like many happies... HELP, I can manage to remember everything but the name of these things, and its KILLING me... thanks ... This was fun... and can i say something about pegging the bottom of our pants?

  32. 😆 did you know screech from saved by the bell is now a porn star!!!