1980s Childhood Things You Can’t Forget

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I still want to know what Nanny on Muppet Babies looked like.

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The absolute joy you got watching Muppet Babies (even if it was just a rerun):

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Yet always wondering what the hell Nanny looked like:

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That nobody could convince you that Kenner’s Family Tree House wasn’t part of the Fisher-Price’s Little People collection. And just how much fun you had playing with it:

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Being excited whenever you’d put one of these capsules in water — and also how gross they smelled (like a funky sponge):

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Having these McDonald’s glasses…

…and Burger King Return of the Jedi glasses as your go-to juice or milk glass — even as the paint on them faded:

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Having one of these country goose cookie jars in your family’s kitchen, which usually had matching glasses, dish towels, and plates:

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Wanting a waterbed because they were the coolest thing ever. Also, they were the funnest things to jump on:


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The huge confusion over there being two cartoons called Ghostbusters — it just did not make sense in your mind:


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But, of course, knowing The Real Ghostbusters was the superior one ’cause it was the one based on the movie. Plus, it even had the theme song for the intro:

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Walking to the Ghostbusters‘ theme song and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during your elementary school’s Halloween parade:


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That just looking at the cover of a Mead Académie Sketch Pad inspired you to want to draw:

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Begging your parents to get you one of these fiber optic flashlights and then never playing with it again:

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Wanting a My Buddy and/or Kid Sister…

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That 75% of the fun of playing with Colorforms was sniffing them:

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How traumatized you were by that episode of Punky Brewster where Cherie almost died after being locked in the abandoned fridge:

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And how traumatized you were from the scene where Artax died in Swamp of Sadness in The NeverEnding Story:

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How the illustrations from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark were actually more frighting than the stories. Okay, yes the stories were very creepy too, FTR:

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Having a collection Disney Read-Along Storybook and cassette books, which you’d sometimes play just for the songs they included in them:

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Loving your Popple, but always having an absolute struggle it was to get it back into its ball shape:

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That every kid owned these rainbow flip-flops — that were also super painful, since the nylon on the straps would rub against your toes:

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And that everyone either owned or knew someone that owned a Rainbow Brite doll that ended up covered in crayon marks and with the yarn hair all undone:

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Being very tempted to eat Crest Sparke because it tasted like minty candy. Oh so, so sweet:

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Wanting a Clapper because it felt so futuristic…

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How these really did taste like the soda except way sweeter. Plus they left you so thirsty after you chewed a piece:

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Collecting shiny Sandylion stickers that you’d get from a craft store or stationary shop:

And of course, displaying your collection in sticker books:

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How gross the stickers you had to lick tasted in Sticker Fun books. Also, how they dried all wrinkly and never stuck right in the book:

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How these Coco-Cola cups that left a waxy taste to your Coke (or at least in your mind it did):

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How you thought the car couch from My Two Dads was the coolest thing you ever saw and you wanted one badly:


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Always being a little freaked out by the tree with the face inside (or sometimes was outside in its PlayPlace) of McDonald’s:

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Being scared of burning yourself whenever you played on a metal jungle gyms on hot days:


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Playing with those sliding puzzles and eventually getting frustrated with it and just pulling out all the pieces and putting them back together correctly:

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The absolute disappointment you felt anytime you made shaved ice with the Snoopy Sno Cone Maker and only ended up with a slushy mess:

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And lastly, not being able to fight the urge to yell out, “I learned it by watching you!,” whenever the “Like Father, Like Son” anti-drug PSA came on:

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