People Are Sharing Things From Their Childhood That Disappeared, And I Remember Some Of These

    "Before I was totally competent swimming by myself, my mom would put a life jacket on me, tie a long piece of nylon rope to it, and chuck me in the river. She'd basically swim me on a leash down the river for fun."

    The older we get, the more things change β€” and sometimes, the things we think we know in everyday life disappear entirely by the time we're adults.

    A smiling woman holding up a portrait of her younger self

    Redditor u/Theweirdposidenchild recently asked the people of Reddit, "What's something that was popular when you were a kid that's basically unheard of nowadays?" The answers were a revelation β€” like, I forgot about some of these? Let's take a trip down memory lane:

    1. "Skip-It, aka ankle shatterers."

    β€”u/NeedsItRough

    Girl playing with a Skip-It in a kitchen

    2. "Pogs. Was big back in the day. Tons of fun!"

    β€”u/akumamatata8080

    3. "Those water ring-toss things that were handheld."

    β€”u/talismanexc

    4. "Leaving the house at sunup and returning at dinnertime. We just ran free with no fear of being kidnapped."

    β€”u/Muh2021account

    Children running along the beach

    5. "Pickle barrels in grocery stores and delis. You could select your own large dill pickle from the barrel by using tongs and placing them in a waxed paper sleeve for purchase."

    β€”u/Back2Bach

    Pickels in brine in a barrel

    6. "Banana seats."

    β€”u/Hebshesh

    7. "Going to Blockbuster on Friday night."

    β€”u/Julie-Andrews

    8. "BB gun fights."

    β€”u/Badfish1060

    9. "AOL Messenger."

    β€”u/angryragnar1775

    The AOL logo

    10. "The Sony Walkman."

    β€”u/robert_roo

    11. "Having to get off the internet so Mom could make a phone call LMAO."

    β€”u/CommieCryptid

    12. "Lawn darts after sunset."

    β€”u/Mr_Synlindin

    13. "Roller-skating birthday parties. I used to love those."

    β€”u/LovesMeSomeRedhead

    Young woman in a roller-skating rink holding a cellphone

    14. "Nobody plays with yo-yos anymore."

    β€”u/llcucf80

    15. "Creepy Crawlers."

    β€”u/TheKoi

    16. "VHS tapes."

    β€”u/TJRegina

    VHS videotapes

    17. "Before I was totally competent swimming by myself, my mom would put a life jacket on me, tie a long piece of nylon rope to it, and chuck me in the river. She'd basically swim me on a leash down the river for fun."

    β€”u/laoxpax

    18. "Crazy Bones; they've been all but forgotten."

    β€”u/BlueLeafs

    19. "Pez candies. 😭 No one even cares about them anymore."

    β€”u/Blondeatomicbomb

    20. "I remember K'nex. No one talks about them."

    β€”u/UrUnclesTrouserSnake

    K'nex building pieces

    21. "Slap bracelets."

    β€”u/AmyHeartsYou

    22. "Atari. Games were so much simpler with just one button and an unreliable joystick."

    β€”u/TheUnblinkingEye1001

    23. "Prank phone calls."

    β€”u/Thom-as-Moe

    Young boy on a corded phone

    Agree? Disagree? Have your own additions? See you in the comments!

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.