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27 Things You Won't Understand Unless You Went To High School In The Late '90s

You had mail, but you had to wait ’cause your mom was using the phone.

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4. And carrying around but never using your electronic organizer or spell-checker.

Frankly, they just lived at the bottom of your JanSport.


7. Going to the portrait studio at the mall and getting photos taken with your friends.


Then taking those wallet-size photos and CAREFULLY handing them out only to people who were your friends or crush. And writing a personal message to them on the back of the photo.

8. Selecting the perfect day organizer, which really just served as your address book and a place to write your friends' birthdays.

It was also overrun with wallet-size group photos your friends had taken at the portrait studio in the mall.


10. ...or these Adidas sandals, which you rocked with white crew socks.

Nothing said "stylish" like wearing socks and sandals together. 😐

12. Scrubbing the shit out of your face with these drugstore staples:

You can probably still feel the stinging, drying tingle (burn) of Stridex or Oxy pads.


13. Constantly having to replace the lead in your mechanical pencils from clicking them too much.

And eventually resorting to using a regular No. 2 pencil, since you had no extra lead to write with.


17. ...and being jealous of that ONE friend who had a cell phone.


"Mom, I really need one! It's, like, much better than a beeper. You can reach me whenever you want and I will always answer your call." —You, circa 1998

18. Having that one kid in class who, for some reason, decided to become a candy raver over summer vacation.

And their entire wardrobe consisted of JNCO jeans, Rainbow Brite T-shirts, and pacifier necklaces.


22. Having Jock Jams play out of a boombox during your school's sports team warm-up.

And if you were on the team, hoping you weren't the kid picked to bring the boombox each time.

23. Having to pretend to be ~ironically~ into Spice Girls, NSYNC, and Backstreet Boys ’cause their music was considered more for elementary and middle school kids.

"LOL, no. I only know those NSYNC songs because my little sister has the CD and she plays it all the time." —You, circa 1999


25. These were the movies that defined your life:

Dimension Films/ Buena Vista Pictures/Columbia Pictures/ Columbia Pictures/ Paramount/Columbia Pictures/Paramount/ 20th Century Fox/ Universal Pictures

These were also your first go-to rentals whenever you made it a Blockbuster night!

27. And finally, setting up your very first email address — which you weirdly NEVER used.


"Yes, you can email me at But, I don't check my email everyday so it might take me a couple of days to get back to you."