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    Sep 20, 2013

    27 Extremely Important Life Lessons We Learned From "Empire Records"

    The movie that was a box office bomb when it opened on September 22, 1995 has since become a cult classic. In honor of the 18th anniversary of all things Rex Manning Day, let's take a look at the many things Empire Records taught us, which are still useful, years after Gwar and plaid miniskirts were past their prime.

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    1. It taught us why it’s important to support your local businesses.

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    2. As well as the value of money.

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    3. That you will be held responsible for your own actions.

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    4. And that though we can't heal the world, it doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

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    5. We learned who Rex Manning is...

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    ...and that he has his own day!

    6. But that doesn't mean he's not a serious creeper.

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    7. It taught us that any b-word + head = like, really serious mudslinging.

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    8. That M&M's are really helpful decision-making tools.

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    9. That music can be dangerous.

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    10. That haircuts can be incredibly therapeutic.

    11. And that it's important to confront friends who are hurting.

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    12. We learned that sarcasm is the common language between everyone, including "Sinead O'Rebellion" and "The Turbo Slut."

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    13. That going to the bathroom together really does allow girls to bond.

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    14. Also, there's always a loophole.

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    15. Oh, and shoplifters are people too.

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    16. You should never feel the need to explain your art to anyone.

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    17. And don't worry, everyone will get his/her comeuppance.

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    18. We learned that some bosses do sincerely care.

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    19. That everyone has his/her breaking point.

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    20. And that if at first you don't succeed...

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    ... try, try again.

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    21. Also, sometimes getting what you asked for sucks.

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    22. And people aren't who you think they are.

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    23. And god could be a woman!

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    24. We learned you have to stand up for what you believe in.

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    25. That facing your fears is totally worth it.

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    26. And that dancing is the solution to everything.

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    27. And when it's not, pot brownies are.

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