24 Things From Middle School You Forgot About

To celebrate the release of the first-ever novel about early-2000s nostalgia, Middle School Confidential, we’ve compiled some items from the book into a list of forgotten aspects from that magical era sure to make you uncomfortably nostalgic.

1. Thinking you were totally scandalous for wearing these:

Just pray that your parents never found out what they were really for.

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2. Desperately trying to copy every single aspect of these kids’ lives:


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3. Tormenting SmarterChild on AOL Instant Messenger whenever you got bored:

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4. Dancing like this at school dances:

The girls in the back are obviously whispering about how trashy this girl is for letting this dude’s hands travel so far down her sides.

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5. When the coolest phones EVER looked like this:

You could email people AND instant message them, all in one inconveniently-large package.

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6. Top 8 drama on MySpace:

If one of your BFFs moved you down without telling you, the gates of hell would open up.

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7. This show:

Just make sure your mom didn’t walk in while you were watching it.

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8. Making AIM screen names like this:

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9. And this:

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10. And this:

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11. These weird, cropped jacket/vest things:

Were they cropped jackets? Were they deformed vests? Who cares, because they were ugly either way.

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12. And shirts that said things like this:

Seriously, what does this even mean?

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13. Desperately signing off and on 8,000 times in a row to get our crushes to notice us:

It usually didn’t work, but hey, it was thrilling nonetheless.

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14. Being obsessed with this album:

Extra points if you perfected Ashlee’s “I’m tormented and depressed because I’m a white girl from the suburbs” expression.

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15. Thinking you were a RoCkEr ChiCk for wearing these:

Seriously, just looking at these things is uncomfortable.

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16. Thinking you were scandalous for going into AOL chat rooms and messing with the old creepy dudes for cheap laughs:

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17. Fighting with your friends on AIM:

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18. Using these to write everything, even when it drove your teachers crazy:

Let’s be real: we could’t read the ink half the time, either. (But that didn’t stop us from writing rambling, barely-readable notes to each other in class whenever we got bored!)

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19. Using your gel pens to write notes like this:

If “No” was checked, your life was officially over forever.

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20. Shamelessly lying about your life in your away messages:

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21. When every boy had this amazingly awful hairstyle:

Directions: apply approximately two gallons of dollar-store gel onto hair; walk face-first into wall.

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22. Thinking you were tOTaLLy hArDcOrE for posting lyrics like this:

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23. Crying hysterically when this happened:

You’ll always be in our hearts, Marissa.

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24. And finally:

A moment of silence for the original Brangelina.

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