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24 Things That Were Cool At School But Definitely Aren't Now

Bring back the spiked-up fringe.

1. Doing all your work in scented gel pens/bubble writing.

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Apparently adults are not allowed to fill in tax forms in a yellow banana-scented gel pen. Who knew.

2. Filling PowerPoint presentations with endless animations and Word Art.

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Being a master of custom animation was VERY cool in year 6, but putting all those effects on a presentation now just makes people feel ill.

3. Owning an extensive sticker collection that you guarded with your life.

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Probably a bit weird to do now.

4. Spiking your fringe up and dyeing the tips blonde.

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Nobody bring this back.

5. Rolling your skirt up.

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There was nothing more lame than being the one girl who didn't roll their skirt up at school. Now you could just, you know, buy a short skirt.

6. Owning a tiny Nike Just Do it bag.

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Just pretty fucking impractical if you want to carry anything larger than a maths book.

7. Only wearing your backpack on one shoulder, for coolness.

8. Writing your favourite band names and your celeb crushes on your bag.

reppin it at school//i drew this on my backpack during health today |-/ @tylerrjoseph @joshuadun

Go to a job interview with all the members of My Chemical Romance written on your backpack in biro and you might not get hired.

9. Using a Jane Norman bag to carry your PE kit.

10. Drawing on people you sit next to in biro because you're bored.

i found some friends in school and they drew stuff on me its cute

Drawing on your work colleagues is apparently frowned upon.

11. Covering everything you own in mini badges.

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It's kind of a pain to wash things when they're covered in badges.

12. Graffitiing on toilet cubicle walls.

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"Lads, I just wrote 'the manager is a twat' on the bathroom wall!"

"Nice one, Steve, way to make the cleaner's life harder."

13. Owning a huge Nokia 3310.

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Then: the height of fashionable technology. Now: used by your dad, who refuses to get a new phone.

14. Being able to do skateboarding tricks.

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Unless it's your actual job or something, it's not a skill that's going to come up much in your day-to-day life.

15. Sitting on the back row of the bus.

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You just kind of get a bit carsick really.

16. Wearing Livestrong bands.

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17. Owning a number of "shag bands".

18. Wearing massive Baby G watches.

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Why did they need to be so shock resistant? What were people doing with them?

19. Cutting holes for your thumbs in your school jumper.

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Why. Why was this cool?

20. Owning light-up shoes.

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These would actually be quite good for running at night, to be fair.

21. Wearing Lynx body spray.

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Essentially woman repellant.

22. Writing in Parker Pen.

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Writing in a fountain pen as an adult just makes you look like a pretentious bellend.

23. Drawing on the rubber of your Converse.

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Bonus points if you wrote meaningful emo song lyrics on them.

24. Writing Yes/No on an eraser and using it to make important life decisions.

Playing the eraser game in Chen never gets old @McCanceZ @David_Burton18 #yes #no #areyougay #hahaha

This is not a good way to live your best life.

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