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33 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Started Secondary School In The ’90s

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1. Arriving in Year 7 to find what you thought was a really advanced computer room.

Full of weirdly beautiful BBC computers. 😍
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Full of weirdly beautiful BBC computers. 😍

2. Or maybe, if you were lucky, a Macintosh Colour Classic.

Note the separate CD drive. And a mouse WITH A WIRE.
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Note the separate CD drive. And a mouse WITH A WIRE.

3. And as your school obviously didn't have internet yet you'd just spend hours "painting" stuff on ClarisWorks.

Gotta love the spray paint tool.
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Gotta love the spray paint tool.

Wow. Remember Claris Works? What a random but sweet nostalgic memory. #80sbabies

4. Having to write essays WITH AN ACTUAL PEN.

5. And not just ANY pen. But a Parker fountain pen.

6. Or if you were ever allowed to do work on the computers, you'd completely cover them with terrible Clip Art.

With the obligatory WordArt header.
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With the obligatory WordArt header.

7. Before finishing it off with a swanky border.

Remember when you used to put a clip art border on your word document, symbolising completion

If that didn't guarantee you a good mark then NOTHING did.

8. Having a floppy disk with your name on it that you'd pick up at the start of every IT lesson to make sure your work was saved.

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9. If you started towards the end of the '90s, adding horrific sound effects to Powerpoint presentations was an excellent way of getting extra marks.

Transition sound effects are the comic sans of PowerPoint Presentations.

10. And before Powerpoint, lessons would be taught via OHP.

11. Relying on this life-saver before Wikipedia was a thing.

12. And because you'd almost exclusively do all your work by hand you probably had brilliant handwriting.

These days you barely know how to hold a pen!
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These days you barely know how to hold a pen!

13. You obviously didn't have a phone, so you'd either have to memorise all your friends' home numbers or write them down somewhere.

Chances are you can't remember what you had for dinner last night, but you'd still be able to remember numbers of people you haven't seen for 20 years.
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Chances are you can't remember what you had for dinner last night, but you'd still be able to remember numbers of people you haven't seen for 20 years.

14. But towards the end of school someone (much cooler than you) got a Nokia 3210.

15. But seeing as they were pretty much the only person to have one, they only used it to play Snake.

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If you can look away from this perfect game of a Snake you're a better person than us, FYI.

16. But then one or two others followed suit and they started exchanging DIY ringtones.

You were very jealous.
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You were very jealous.

17. And because you had no phone, if you needed to contact your mum you had to go to the secretary's office and get them to call her.

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18. This was the goal of every IT lesson (when the teacher wasn't looking).

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19. Racing home to watch Robot Wars.

20. Or to play on your BRAND NEW PlayStation.

21. Thinking you were really ahead of the times with your Hotmail address, not realising how it would haunt you later in life.

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22. Being off sick was just a bit shit because you didn't have the internet and there were only four TV channels. 😞

ITV

23. So you'd just play Bamboozle all day.

Channel 4
Channel 4

24. This could easily have been the soundtrack to an entire school disco.

25. The people who had Sky would bring in VHSs of programmes you couldn't watch like football matches or episodes of Friends.

Yep. There were dark times when new episodes of Friends were shown on Sky One.
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Yep. There were dark times when new episodes of Friends were shown on Sky One.

26. With Jamie Oliver's crusade over a decade away, school dinners were gloriously unhealthy.

Gotta be honest, feeling pretty hungry right now.
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Gotta be honest, feeling pretty hungry right now.

27. And the vending machines were no better!

28. There was always that one kid who organised a Blue Peter Bring & Buy Sale every year.

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29. When they introduced AS-levels just as you were nearing Year 12. 💔

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30. Long before whiteboards there were these blackboards that you pulled down to get a clean board.

31. When the TV would get wheeled in so you could watch Through the Dragon's Eye on Look & Read.

BBC

32. Towards the end of your school days there would be drama if you dared to remove someone from your Top 8.

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33. And finally, this dick.

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