In the '90s, we didn't buy cereal to eat it. We bought it for the fun prizes. You could find so many awesome and useless things in that cereal box, whether you waited until it poured out into your bowl or you just stuck your entire hand into the box to find it. Let's just come clean: We all stuck our hand in the box as soon as we opened it.
Remember these hot-as-hell metal slides? They would literally burn your entire body as you were going down it. You may have gotten second degree burns, but that metal slide at recess was still pretty awesome.
Or how about these plastic slides that would shock you as you went down it? You couldn't touch anyone or anything when you got off of it. And if you went down one of these plastic slides and then touched a metal slide than you would shock yourself to death.
When you saw your teacher roll one of these out, you breathed a sigh of relief. You knew that a movie day was coming and that was music to your ears. All of a sudden you loved school, your teacher, your classmates and it was all going to be okay.
You looked forward to Saturday nights because you knew that you could stay in and watch Snick on Nickelodeon. This is where you binged on Clarissa Explains It All, Ren & Stimpy, Doug, All That and more. Sam the neighbor on Clarissa Explains It All was so hot.
Why is it that everything in your grandmother's house smelled like plastic and moth balls? And anything that you ate or drank at her place tasted like plastic. Especially these pitchers. I'm sure that with that overwhelming plastic taste, we shouldn't have been drinking out of them.
Kids these days will have no idea what going to Blockbuster and picking out a movie was like. The whole family would get in the car. You would pick a bunch of movies, narrow them down, fight over which ones we wanted, compromise and then buy popcorn and Whoppers and Red Hots and everyone would go home happy.
The book fair was every kids favorite event! Who knew that kids could be so excited to read? Well, they were and this is also where we first learned to judge a book by it's cover. We only bought the cute ones.
Sure, you could eat it off the paper, but there were so many more ways to have fun with a Fruit By The Foot. You could make fun shapes with it, fold it over and make a cube or box out of it. They were so fun to eat and delicious too. They were right up there with Gushers and Fruit Roll-Ups.
MASH would tell you who you were going to marry, where you would live, what kind of car you had, how much money you'd have, what you would do for a living and what kind of pets you would have. It told you everything you needed to know. So, are you still waiting to marry Jared Leto, become a clown and live in a castle with your pet octopus and drive a school bus with a billion dollars?
Do you remember when pay phones were on every corner? In the '90s, you could call anyone from a payphone and because of this, you actually memorized people's numbers. You could call collect and make them pay for the call and you could also page people (yes we all had beepers). Special bonus for finding a returned quarter in the change dispenser.
Do you remember when Al Gore invented the internet and this is what it looked like. This is if no one in your family was using the phone and you were lucky enough to get online. Love that dialup! There were screen names, AIM, chatrooms and Myspace and it was the best! Until we got something so much better.
Before we just used the calculators on our phones, you could have so much fun with them. You could spell "Hello", "Boobies", "Boobs", "Boobless" and "Hell." Anything to make the time go by faster when in class.
Jock Jams was the best album ever made! I dare you to go ahead and revisit it and tell me that it is not. Go for a run and blast this sucker and see for yourself! How can you not lose it when you hear, "Get Ready 4 This", "Tootsee Roll" and Whoomp! (There It Is)"?