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    29 Unforgettable Things All Late-'90s Teens Did In The Summer

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    1. Lying to your parents that you were wearing sunblock when you laid out:

    2. Going to the tanning salon behind your parents back to get extra tan (or your ~base~ tan):

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    3. Wearing your board shorts all the time — even if you weren't going swimming at all that day:

    4. Accessorizing your look with a hemp necklace, that would get all gross and dirty by the end of the summer:

    5. Binge-watching huge marathons of The Real World and Road Rules on MTV...


    6. ...and also watching all the weird and random AF shows that aired during MTV's Summer Beach House:


    7. Rocking Adidas sandals everywhere:

    8. Pretending to be someone else and going into random chat rooms to just lurk and pass the time:

    9. Trashing your old JanSport with sand, wet towels, and swimsuits 'cause you knew you were getting a new in a couple of months:

    10. Or having one of these as your go-to pool/beach/lake/pond bag:

    11. Making sure you watched The Gossip Show on E! to get the latest scoop on all the celeb gossip:


    12. As well as tuning into to E! to catch old episodes of Melrose Place:

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    13. Getting addicted to soap operas 'cause they ALWAYS had the craziest plot lines in the summer:


    14. As well making sure to catch The Rosie O'Donnell Show:

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    15. Wearing chunky sliver thumb rings and toe rings (that left big tan lines):

    16. Having to pick up your local alt-weekly in order to figure out what you and your friends would be doing that weekend:

    17. Having epic N64 competitons with your friends or siblings:

    18. Waiting all summer for one of your friends' parents to go out of town so you could throw a raging house party:

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    19. Attempting to use Sun-In on your hair, even though you knew it would turn your hair a dark orange color:

    20. Going to the movies early with your friends so that you could theater hop:

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    21. Either sponge painting...

    22. ...or painting your room a weird color (like honeydew melon) 'cause you were just bored:

    23. And cutting up your old magazines to make collages with (again, out of boredom):

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    24. Spending an afternoon taking photos and selfies of you and your friends with your disposable camera, and then quickly taking it to the one-hour photo place to get them developed:

    25. Hanging out at the mall ALL DAY and not buying a single thing (mainly 'cause you were bored and they had the best AC):

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    26. Going to Tower Records to listen to new albums and read magazines:

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    27. Sipping on these delicious beverages on hot days:

    28. Begging your parents to lend you their Blockbuster card so that you could rent movies for you and your friends:

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    29. And finally, having private phone conversations with your friends like this:

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