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17 Kinda Low-Key Shady Things Early-'00s Teens Did

"Mom, I don't know why the guy at Circuit City told you the computer got a virus from downloading music. I don't even know how to do that!" —You, circa 2003

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1. Writing a very vague and slightly dramatic away message on AIM so that your friends would call you.

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"Oh my god, I was just calling to say hi. Is everything OK?"

2. Having an older sibling or friend buy you an A&F Quarterly and then having to hide it in your room like it was porn.

Abercrombie and Fitch

Okay, so it was a bit like softcore porn. But you just wanted to show off to your friends how cool you were 'cause you owned copies of it.


3. Going out and borrowing your parent's cell phone (usually the oh-so-cool flip phone), and trying to pass it off as your own.

4. Lying to your parents about why the computer broke down, even though you knew it was all the viruses you got from downloading music off LimeWire.

5. Getting into a fight with a friend and then going home and taking them off your Myspace Top 8, so that EVERYONE knew you two were fighting.

7. Stealing your friend's Myspace profile song and acting like you had it first.

Or worse yet, stealing a Myspace artist discovery from them and claiming you were into them WAY before your friend.


11. Writing up fake things that happened to you at the mall on Xanga.


"So, I was shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch when like, randomly, three different employees told me I should work there."


13. Buying Designer Imposters perfumes and just telling people you owned the original if they asked what you were wearing.

"Yup, it's Clinique's Happy. TBH, l love it, but like everyone is wearing it so I can't make it my signature scent."

15. Downloading and printing entire album covers (to the albums you burned copies of or got off LimeWire) so that it looked like you owned the album.

TBH, the end result (even from far away) always looked bootleg and it just wasted all your printer ink.

16. Buying Abercrombie & Fitch clothing at Marshall's or T.J. Maxx and telling everyone you got it at an actual A&F store.

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