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22 Reasons To Be Glad You Grew Up In Canada In The '90s

*When a kid could be a kid*

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1. You got to experience all the haphazard weirdness of 1990s YTV.

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Like this robot ballerina. Why? Because why not?

3. You were let in on the secret of the majestic House Hippo.

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Which you still look for in open bags of chips.


4. You, then, could enjoy a nice bowl of Trix while watching Inspector Gadget on Saturday mornings.

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Canadian kids have been denied the Trix experience since 2005.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Trix is apparently here, IN CANADA, for a limited time this spring.


6. Or, if you wanted a milder thrill, you could watch Freaky Stories.

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Which made you start all your own stories with "It happened to a friend of a friend of mine."

8. You were lucky enough to be around for the RIDICULOUS EXCITEMENT over the very first Toonie.

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When you'd carefully put away a $2 bill in your piggy bank *knowing* that it'd be worth a fortune one day.

9. On a hot summer day, you could drink a raspberry Clearly Canadian.

You may or may not have pretended it was a Growers cooler like mom was drinking.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: These are coming back too!! See? No one can deny the power of the '90s.


11. You knew you were stylin' when you wore your Northern Getaway "Spice Mice" shirt.

Such swag.

12. Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod had your back and taught you how to "keep fit and have fun".

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Where do kids get fitness tips these days?

13. You could play The Grape Escape.

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Because what child doesn't want to create grape friends just to send them through a maze of torture devices?


18. You could go to Jumbo Video, get free popcorn, and pray that there was still a copy of Titanic.

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19. You got to feel a bit grown-up and risqué for watching a "teenage" show like Student Bodies.

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It also inspired you to try to start your own school paper...which, of course, was full of stick men and the fascinating exploits of all your friends during recess.

22. And finally, you could dress up and put on a perfectly choreographed dance to "Miss You Like Crazy", "Wannabe", or "Backstreet's Back" WITHOUT your parents posting it on Facebook.

Take THAT, 2015.