27 Struggles That Were All Too Real To ’90s Kids

It really was a hard knock life.

1. Whenever you miscalculated your ratio of graham cracker to frosting when eating Dunkaroos, and were left with too many graham crackers and no frosting.

Basically all you wanted was JUST the frosting.

2. Having this disaster happen when trying to put your straw into your Capri Sun.

Then having to gently pick it up so as to not spill any juice from the new hole in the middle of the back of the pouch.

3. When you went to the barber to get a ~cool~ middle-part cut and instead walked out with a bowl cut.

“Maybe if I add extra LA Looks gel I can get it to stay parted somehow?”

4. Watching your Tamagotchi die before your eyes because the buttons were stuck.

“I did everything I could to keep it alive, I swear!”

5. Being the only kid in class who had a cassette Walkman player instead of a CD one.

“How else am I supposed to listen to my mixtape!”

6. When you finally got your CD Walkman and realized it didn’t fit in any of your pockets.

Also realizing the anti-skip technology was a lie!

7. The sad moment when you realized that your badass Lion King spoon stopped changing colors.

“You were just too magical for this world, Simba spoon.”

8. Having to open about 200 folders just to get to the games on Windows 95.

“Literally, I just want to play solitaire and not have to go on an adventure searching for hidden file.”

9. The frustration of realizing that the last person who rented the video you just got from Blockbuster did not rewind it.

Or worse yet, not being able to get the movie you wanted because all the copies were already rented.

10. Having your fingers almost fall off because of the weight strain these flimsy McDonald’s Halloween pail handles put on them:

Also realizing it didn’t even carry half the amount of candy regular pails could.

11. Running out of AOL minutes ‘cause you didn’t have an extra free trial CD.


12. The agony of burning your mouth on a Pizza Bagel or Pizza Pocket ‘cause you couldn’t wait a minute to let it cool off.

It was kind of worth it.

13. Having your parents refuse to buy you a CD because of this label:

“Mom, it’s just a recommendation not an actual rule that prevents you from buying it for me!”

14. Whenever you were super excited to listen to your new CD and tried to get it out of its cellophane wrap without the help of a pair of scissors or anything to cut it open.

“Maybe if I bite the edge with my teeth?”

15. Whenever you sat in your inflatable chair on a slightly warm day and got stuck from all the sweat.

Also constantly feeling like you were going to fall over.

16. Being woken up in the middle of the night when your Furby started talking.

That little fucker knew what he was doing.

17. Whenever this happened — and sometimes for NO reason:

“How did it explode as I held it tightly? What demon is possessing this?”

18. When the VCR would destroy your favorite VHS tape.

“NOOOOOOO!!!! That was A Goofy Movie!!!!”

19. Having exactly eight seconds of play time before your Nintendo game went all pixelated and crashed — EVEN THOUGH YOU BLEW IN IT FIRST.

Take it out, blow in the cartridge, and repeat the process.

20. Accidentally pulling your home phone off the table when you answered it because the receiver cord was tangled.

Also, not being able to get any privacy when one of your friends called because the cord wasn’t long enough for you to go into another room.

21. When you programmed your VCR to record your favorite TV show, only to come back to a recording that looked like this:

“Wait are the cable box and the VCR conspiring to prevent me from recording Buffy?”

22. Whenever you accidentally ran a light-colored marker over a freshly markered dark color.


23. When the sharp corner of your slap bracelet would poke and scratch you ‘cause the fabric had ripped.

You seriously had a piece of cheap polyester fabric protecting you from a corner that could cause serious injury.

24. Playing Skip-It without long socks or pants and having it destroy your ankle.

I’m pretty sure Skip-It was originally designed as a medieval torture device.

25. When, no matter how careful you were, the tag on your Beanie Baby bent.

“Well I guess it’s now completely worthless and ugly.”

26. Whenever this happened:

Which was ALWAYS.

27. And finally, whenever you went to the park on a hot day and received third-degree burns as you went down the metal slide — not to mention temporary blindness from the reflection.

Which of course didn’t prevent you from going down it again.

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