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The Definitive Ranking Of Smells That Remind You Of Childhood

Scent is closely linked with memory...so get ready for some smells you thought you'd forgotten. Bring on the feels while bringing back awesome with Froot Loops®.

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22. Hot School Lunch

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Even though you can now appreciate real cuisine, admit it — the smell made you hungry back in the day.

21. Pencil Shavings

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Those teeny-tiny clippings from electric pencil sharpeners (good) or hand-cranked metal ones (bad) sure did punctuate the smell of the first day of school.

19. Finger Paints

Smelled like uninhibited artistic expression brought on by the childhood abandonment of societal norms of taste and culture.

18. Thermal Lunchboxes

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Lunch was sure to be a jackpot when you opened this baby up! After the food was gone, the distinct smell was like second dessert.

16. Petting Zoos

So bad it was good? The aroma of adorable animals and their hay- and wood shaving-lined pens was one you "got used to" in no time!

11. The Giant Rainbow Parachute

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Being under a majestic and awe-inspiring rainbow parachute on the best day of gym class ever simply smelled like togetherness. And lots of nylon fabric.

10. Bubbles

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Tiny motorized bubble machines, the flimsy wands dipped in the soap, the plastic bottles... All of it smelled kinda weird but definitely cool.

6. Old Crayons

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The scent of old crayons — some with their paper peeling and some snapped right in half (sometimes in a metal tin, sometimes in the original box) — inspired creativity.

2. The School Library

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This magical, carpeted room was filled with old paperback novels, plastic-sealed hardcover storybooks, musty encyclopedias...all smelled different and yet similarly delicious.

Another smell that'll bring you back? Picture opening a fresh box of Froot Loops®. Bam — you're there.

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