50 Things Only ’80s Kids Can Understand

Signs that you were raised in the greatest decade to be a kid: the ’80s! Step aside, ’90s kids. Just step aside.

1. That Muppet Babies is greatest cartoon of all time (sorry, Rugrats).

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2. Even though they were brother and sister, you thought He-Man and She-Ra made a hot couple.

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3. The horror and confusion of finding your parents’ old 1970s copy of The Joy of Sex (where the couple looked like hippies).

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4. “Must-see TV” meant The Cosby Show.

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5. Remembering where you were when the Challenger disaster happened.

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6. Being scared that you were going to fall into a well like Baby Jessica.

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7. Wanting to be as cool as Punky Brewster.

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8. Aspiring to one day be as cool as the teens in John Hughes movies.

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9. Being either “Team Cyndi” or “Team Madonna.”

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10. Remembering to “Just Say No.”

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11. Feeling über-cool when you were invited to ’50s-themed parties.

Also, we are now as far removed from the ‘80s as we were to the ‘50s in the ‘80s.

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12. The emotional blow you felt when Optimus Prime died in The Transformers: The Movie.

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13. That it’s OK to pass off your robot maid as your child…

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14. …And it’s also OK to harbor a smart-mouthed, cat-murdering, extraterrestrial alien in your home.

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15. The joy of collecting Garbage Pail Kids and putting the stickers on your bedroom wall.

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16. Being traumatized by one or more of these movies:

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17. Hands Across America — and even if you didn’t participate you still wore the T-shirt.

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18. That it’s perfectly acceptable to wear neon spandex biker shorts with just a T-shirt to school.

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19. Listening to your “We Are the World” 7-inch…

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20. …and Book and Records…

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21. …on your state-of-the-art Fisher-Price record player.

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22. Watching this commercial over and over just to see if you could catch the moment when Michael Jackson’s hair catches on fire.

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23. Taking that little extra time in the morning to get the perfect peg on your jeans.

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24. Your parents still holding on to the Betamax player, even though VHS had won the format war.

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25. These were the soundtracks to your life:

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26. Watching 3-2-1 Contact, but mainly for “The Bloodhound Gang” segments.

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27. Always picking the banker and then having your family die on The Oregon Trail.

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28. That British Knights and L.A. Gear made the coolest shoes.

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29. The joy of drinking New York Seltzer.

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30. Square One: It was all about Mathnet.

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31. Staying warm in Triple Fat Goose.

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32. The feeling that you could totally beat the obstacle course on Double Dare.

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33. That Ben Affleck will always be Clement Tyler from The Voyage of the Mimi.

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34. Sam the Olympic Eagle is the first thing that pops into your head, when anyone mentions the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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35. Pee-wee’s Playhouse and a big bowl of cereal was the highlight of Saturday mornings.

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36. The creepy feeling of the skin on your vinyl E.T. doll.

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37. The frustration of having to blow into your cartridges in order to get them to work.

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38. The shock you felt when you saw Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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39. That Vuarnet T-shirts were best worn with Z. Cavaricci acid-wash jeans (pegged, of course).

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40. The excitement in the air the day the Berlin Wall came down.

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41. Starting your day with a balanced breakfast.

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42. The excitement you got each month when your teacher passed out Troll & Scholastic book order forms.

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43. Don’t forget, you get a free poster with your order!

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44. Using the library catalog to look for a book and the frustration of not finding the index card you were looking for.

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45. The infectious jingle of My Buddy & Kid Sister:

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46. The joy of the first scratch on a brand-new Scratch ‘n Sniff sticker.

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47. The stress of pulling the edges off your dot matrix printer paper.

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48. Getting pumped about the new school year because it meant a new Trapper Keeper.

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49. That slap bracelets were both a fashion accessory and a weapon.

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50. Knowing this was the best part of having a birthday party.

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