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21 Slightly Cringe Things All British Teenagers Have Done At Some Point

It wasn't a proper Nando's trip unless you mixed Fanta and Coke.

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1. Stirred your Pizza Hut bowl of ice cream until it looked like this.

Eating solid ice cream was very uncool back then.
Twitter: @b0ttlemen

Eating solid ice cream was very uncool back then.

2. Combined Coke and Fanta in one glass every time you went to Nando's.

This was the cocktail of your teenage years.
Twitter: @tablouisesmith

This was the cocktail of your teenage years.

3. Went to the Apple Store and took photobooth pictures like this with all your friends.

You still have Facebook albums full of these pictures.
Twitter: @austintelliott

You still have Facebook albums full of these pictures.

4. Rolled up your M&S school skirt so you got a little roll around your belly.

The higher your skirt, the cooler you were.
Twitter: @alessiaviolino

The higher your skirt, the cooler you were.

5. Took photographs of yourself inside whichever coffee chain you happened to be hanging out in.

It was very cool to spend three hours sipping a single Starbucks frappuccino and documenting every moment with a picture from your digital camera.
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It was very cool to spend three hours sipping a single Starbucks frappuccino and documenting every moment with a picture from your digital camera.

6. Took photographs of your friendship group's feet in this exact pattern.

Bonus points if you all swapped shoes so none of yours matched.
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Bonus points if you all swapped shoes so none of yours matched.

7. Took photographs of yourselves on any bus or train journey you went on.

As a teenager, the best part of any day out was the journey there.
Twitter: @Najwasfn

As a teenager, the best part of any day out was the journey there.

8. Made a new best friend for life while you were covered in body paint at Reading or Leeds festival.

You still see occasional life updates from them on Facebook.
Twitter: @hattons_bootay

You still see occasional life updates from them on Facebook.

9. Took photographs of your friend group at night, in a park, sharing a plastic bottle of vodka.

Sometimes you sat on the swings, sometimes you sat on the see-saw.
Twitter: @daisygorman

Sometimes you sat on the swings, sometimes you sat on the see-saw.

10. Got personalised T Shirts or hoodies for a group trip to Ayia Napa after finishing your A Levels.

Though you also considered going to Newquay, Kos, Malia, and Magaluf.
Twitter: @HeatherHope92

Though you also considered going to Newquay, Kos, Malia, and Magaluf.

11. Snuck Glenn's vodka into nightclubs by pouring them into Boots miniatures and then stuffing them down your bra.

You saved no more than £5 but you felt invincible.
Twitter: @roseycheeks92

You saved no more than £5 but you felt invincible.

12. Shared iPod Nano earphones on the bus on every school trip ever.

This was a true sign of friendship.
Twitter: @search

This was a true sign of friendship.

13. Raced home from school so that you could talk to boys on MSN asap.

Talking to random boys you didn't know via MSN was the best part of your day.
Twitter: @hollythurstonxx

Talking to random boys you didn't know via MSN was the best part of your day.

14. Went to "house parties" that were basically just your friends dancing in a circle in someone's kitchen with an iPod plugged into some crackly speakers in the corner.

Back then, this was considered a very fun way to spend a Friday night,
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Back then, this was considered a very fun way to spend a Friday night,

15. Tried on hundreds of prom dresses in TK Maxx, and ultimately chose the glitziest one of all.

You just wanted to look like Hilary Diff in A Cinderella Story.
Twitter: @edenolivia_

You just wanted to look like Hilary Diff in A Cinderella Story.

16. Left a classroom if your teacher was anything over 15 minutes late.

teacher: is late to class by maybe 2 seconds students: Did you guys know that if our teacher doesn't come back in 15 minutes we can leave th

You wanted to leave at 10 past, but you made yourself wait until quarter past.

17. Hosted a house party for which your mum bought WKDs.

Or if she shopped at Aldi, the rip of version which was called a VS.
Twitter: @CSimmss213

Or if she shopped at Aldi, the rip of version which was called a VS.

18. Strawpedoed alcopops.

This was the ultimate sign of being a lad.
Twitter: @NecklacesFash

This was the ultimate sign of being a lad.

19. Bleached your hair using a £4.99 kit from Superdrug.

It made your hair feel like straw but you did achieve that yellowy look you were after.

20. Pre-drank with your friends in your bedroom, but then pretended to be sober when your parents gave you a lift into town.

If you couldn't get the bus, this was your only option.
Cassie Smyth / BuzzFeed

If you couldn't get the bus, this was your only option.

21. And got really militant about the rules to a drinking game that focussed around drinking from a central communal vessel.

So. Much. Fun.
Twitter: @Datgirlcalleigh

So. Much. Fun.