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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.

Lara Parker for BuzzFeed / Via Aol Instant Messenger

"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.

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.


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.