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u/ip_address_freely Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

Every single person represents one 1980’s stereotypical character in an 80’s high school movie.

Edit: I’d like to thank Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fast times at Ridgemont High, The Breakfast Club, Adventures in Babysitting, and Back To The Future for making this comment possible.

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u/Grogosh Aug 07 '22

Back then there was clearly defined groups/cliques. In my highschool there was the jocks, the headbangers, the preppies and the nerds. You could tell with a glance which group a kid belonged to. When I graduated the whole goth and grunge thing was just getting started.

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u/sb1862 Aug 07 '22

What’s funny is that we’ve based entire theories of adolescent social groupings upon the idea of these strict cliques, but nowadays we simply don’t see them anymore. And in fact we’re not sure if they were even a thing in the past. But because the research was done during the 70s and 80s and by researchers who grew up during that time, we have this almost irrelevant view of adolescent relationships.

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u/notLennyD Aug 07 '22

My lay perspective is that what has driven the “traditional” cliques to dissolve is greater exposure to other groups/activities via the internet. When you are only exposed to a narrow range of things, I feel it’s more likely that you associate your identity more closely with everything related to the particular subculture. Now, it seems more common for a kid who plays sports to also enjoy computer gaming or punk music without feeling it makes them less “authentic” as an athlete. Thus, they don’t end up becoming the stereotypical “jock.”

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u/930reef Aug 07 '22

And school curricula and societal expectations in many places have come to include explicit instruction in social-emotional wellness. It has helped. Teachers are taught to value this now, too. I’m a middle school teacher, and have been for 17 years, in a district that is in the geographic and socioeconomic “John Hughes” area from the 80s: rich kids and rich parents. I will say, unequivocally, kids are nicer. Even vs when I was a new teacher, they’re way nicer. Still some awfulness out there, but day to day with one another in person, they’re nicer.

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u/OctoberJ Aug 08 '22

That's great to hear from a teacher!
I'm in retail, and today's kids say "please" and "thank you" more than any other age group, in my experience. They're polite and have manners, much more than the people who tend to complain about them.

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u/tutohooto Aug 07 '22

Thats exactly what i was thinking.

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u/thrillhouse1211 Aug 07 '22

Stereotypes usually have a basis somewhere. This is what we looked like.

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u/SallyJane5555 Aug 07 '22

100% this is what we looked like.

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u/KarateKid72 Aug 07 '22

And the Kid N Play haircut on that one dude. Takes me back.

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u/tracylacey Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 07 '22

That's actually two people.

Edit: ^ That's a quote from Hot Tub Time Machine. If you know, you know. And if you didn't know, go watch it!

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u/SapperBomb Aug 07 '22

This is what it looks like when people aren't used to being recorded all the time

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u/_i4ani_ Aug 07 '22

That was my first thought. No one stuck out their tongue. No posing. Most were just like why are they videoing us.

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u/graveyardspin Aug 07 '22

They all looked so uncomfortable with being on camera.

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u/iloveuranus Aug 07 '22

I'm from that generation and I still feel like that today when filmed.

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u/LordoftheScheisse Aug 07 '22

I'm not quite that old, but agree. I still can't bring myself to take selfies.

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u/skywrites8 Aug 07 '22

Same. Just...why? Why do I or anyone need constant updates of photos of my face? eww and also, boring

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u/user_bits Aug 07 '22

It still blows my mind that people use their real names on the internet.

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u/AppleSpicer Aug 07 '22

I’m from the one right after and same.

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u/EWVGL Aug 07 '22

“Hey, guys! I’m Shari from Yearbook Club and this is Brian from AV Club and we’re going to be videoing the class today to get video of everyone for this year’s video yearbook! All right! You don’t have to do anything, ok, just act natural and be yourself and you’re going to look totally awesome! Just remember, just DON’T look at the camera, ok? All right! Let’s do it! Go Wildcats!”

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u/lesChaps Aug 07 '22

Exactly what I thought. They were acting "naturally"

EDIT: then again, we were Gen X. Who cared?

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u/Sick2deth Aug 07 '22

That’s cause we come from an era where the good old parents would whip out the camcorder and embarrass the hell out of us -source birthday parties

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u/WestTexasOilman Aug 07 '22 Silver

“Whip out”. You mean “lug out”. Or has it been so long you don’t remember the VHS camcorders that you had to hold like a LAW Rocket Launcher?

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u/LordoftheScheisse Aug 07 '22

My dad was an early adopter and had to lug around what was basically an entire VCR in a specialized bag that he strapped over his shoulder with a huge camera. People would gawk and think he was a legit news station at little league games, church functions, etc.

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u/Reddywhipt Aug 07 '22

Grandpa was an early adopter... OfBetamax You chose poorly, Grandpa! RIP, LOVE AND MISS YOU.

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u/LordoftheScheisse Aug 07 '22

We had that too! Beta was a slightly better quality product.

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u/jedberg Aug 07 '22

Same! My dad took that thing to Disneyland. His back hurt for days afterwards, but somewhere we have videos of our family trip to Disneyland and some rides and shows that don’t exist anymore.

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u/Philosophy_Jumpy Aug 07 '22

It wasn't cool to cheese for the camera in 1989. One would act unaffected by things. The person with the camera probably said, "Just be cool." So they're trying to ignore it, not very effectively tho.

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u/AspiringChildProdigy Aug 07 '22

It wasn't cool to cheese for the camera in 1989. One would act unaffected by things.

Well, we were Gen X; our whole thing was apathy and being unaffected by things.

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u/PimentoCheesehead Aug 07 '22

Whatever, dude.

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u/AspiringChildProdigy Aug 07 '22

Oh my God, you just reminded me how mad that disinterested, "Whatever," would make my parents. 😂

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u/ManchurianCovfefe Aug 07 '22

That disinterested “whatever” makes my children mad. Circle of life.

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u/teenagesadist Aug 07 '22

Gen X: This'll just be a placeholder, we'll figure out a name for you guys later

Later:....

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u/Darqfyre Aug 07 '22

Some of them looked like they were remembering that “oh yeah, that’s today.”

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u/humaniteer Aug 07 '22

Shit I still act like this on camera

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u/Have_Other_Accounts Aug 07 '22

Or being numbed by being connected to the world's collected knowledge, media and news literally 24/7.

All I think of is damn, they look so calm, like they're literally not thinking of anything.

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u/brandonarreaga12 Aug 07 '22

i sometimes think of how different being a teenager must have been just 10 years ago compared to now. I'm 18 and throughout my teenage years, one of the biggest things on my mind a lot of the time is being ready if people are recording or taking pictures of me. You always have to be ready when you are with others, like in class or just being with friends, because all of the time someone could be recording and it could be put out for the whole world. We don't have as much separation between school and home anymore, as you have to be online all of the time, both socially and also because teachers expect you to check for homework and assignments all of the time.

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u/MercurialMal Aug 07 '22

This sounds so anxiety inducing. Fuck that. Cash me ousside in the woods.

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u/Old-Bedroom8464 Aug 07 '22

In '89, the second I got home from school and it was nice out- me and all my friends would hop on our dirtbikes, and ride for hours. We'd get home just before dark.

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u/MercurialMal Aug 07 '22

Same! We were always outside.

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u/brandonarreaga12 Aug 07 '22

it really was, especially in middle school where it was a thing to take videos of people and put it on their Facebook when it's their birthday. I think the trends have switched quite a bit and generally people my age don't post that much anymore, at least not random photos like that. Because of that it has gotten a lot better, but I remember holding my t shirt up on my chin whilst sitting in class most of the time to hide my double chin from looking down, because I was self conscious

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u/Heisenbread77 Aug 07 '22

Yeah I'm 44. We didn't have that issue! We actually had to take film to the store and have it developed so all the pictures I have from your age are actually printed.

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u/CorporalCabbage Aug 07 '22

I just turned 43 on Friday. Remember when photos were rare? Your entire family would have like 3 photo albums in total. Where were probably about 100 pictures in my house chronicling like 30 years of history. Pictures used to be worth a 100,000 words.

Today, I have 1,000’s of pictures of my kids on my phone. It’s cool, but they are meaningless. I’ve deleted more pictures of them in the past 6 years than there were pictures of me in my first 25 years of life.

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u/jim_jiminy Aug 07 '22

My god, you’re so so old! laughing emoji (I’m 44 also btw)

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u/flora_poste_ Aug 07 '22

Oh my god, that is so sad. I'm so sorry.

I grew up before all of this constant photographing and filming. We could be relaxed with our friends and enjoy ourselves without worrying about looking awkward or unprepared in a picture. It was nice.

My parents got out the Brownie camera just a couple of times a year--maybe at Christmas or a birthday, if they remembered. Most celebrations went unrecorded; we just enjoyed each other's company in the moment.

The only time you knew you'd be photographed and did a bit of polishing was school picture day.

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u/hellraisinhardass Aug 07 '22

I was discussing just this with coworkers a few days ago. I graduated in 2001- digital cameras existed but just barely. There are probably only 20 pictures total of me during my high-school years.

There is a downside to this- There isn't a single picture of me playing sports which was a huge part of my HS life. But the obvious upside is exactly what you said- all the stupid shit we did, and could have gotten in trouble for, is completely undocumented. Did we drink, fight, smoke weed, and do stupid shit in cars?....maybe, but you can't prove shit...maybe these scars on my shins are from innocently tripping on some stairs and definitely not from jumping out the door of Smitty's jeep at 20 mph onto someone's Christmas lawn reindeer steer-wrestler style while 3/4ths wasted.

We had it better than you. But we also had to work much harder for porn.

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u/nemocluecrj Aug 07 '22

Can confirm. Graduated 2000. I bet there are fewer than a dozen pics of me from high school, and the only people who know for sure what we did are me and my closest friends. Tbh, I think that our specific mini generation right there that graduated from the mid 90s to the early 00s had it best, tech wise. We went from the birth of the internet and dial up then were graduating college right around the time high speed data and the first prototypes of smartphones were a thing. We saw more massive, sweeping changes in consumer technology than probably any generation before or since, but we still beat the buzzer and grew up before social media start documenting everything about us. I'm actually pretty thankful that I'm the age I am because of that.

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u/squeezymarmite Aug 07 '22

Graduated in 1997. We grew up with computers and were introduced to the internet early enough to be comfortable with it all. But holy fucking hell am I glad I didn't have to go through middle school or high school with social media.

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u/Beddybye Aug 07 '22

Oregon Trail generation stand up!

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u/laserinlove Aug 07 '22

It's the generation that bridges the analog/digital divide. Old enough to learn IRL social interaction skills and young enough to still adopt the new technology. Graduated 2001 and remember have 28.8kbps internet in middle school. I and maybe 10 others in my school were online gaming at that point (Quake) and we were kind of considered odd for spending time on computers.

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u/Dotcom73 Aug 07 '22

jesus. that is very insightful. i can’t imagine the anxiety growing up like that. i see some of these tiktok videos and always say, “damn i’m glad i didn’t have social media growing up.”

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u/Hunigsbase Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 07 '22

31 and that was not a thing at my school. Nobody cared what videos you shot on your 240p flip phone and it was rare someone had it out. Cell phones used to get taken left and right for the dumbest reasons.

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u/ChesapeakeDutch Aug 07 '22

They’re thinking about where they’re gonna hang out with their friends after school.

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u/l33tTA Aug 07 '22

Social media is proven to increase depression, stress and anxiety and it makes you addicted through dopamine hits, go figure

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u/cosmicmermaid Aug 07 '22

I loved the calm energy of this!

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u/Xunaun Aug 07 '22 Take My Energy

Huh... no wonder they keep casting adults to play high-schoolers... seriously, they look like actors, even though I know they likely aren't.

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u/silverblaize Aug 07 '22

And here we were complaining that the Strangers Things cast is too old to play the characters they are playing, but they actually look the part for that era.

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u/HMCetc Aug 07 '22

The dude who plays Steve is 30 and he still wouldn't look the oldest in this bunch.

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u/AlkalineHero006 Aug 07 '22

Lol okay so it’s not just me who thinks these people look old

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u/facesintrees Aug 07 '22

I was just wondering if it's because they're all wearing hairstyles we now associate with older people? They do look older.

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u/hovdeisfunny Aug 07 '22

It's definitely the haircuts combined with adult faces. Like that first woman looking screen left

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u/pr0_sc0p3z_pwn_n0obz Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

Vsauce made a video on this weeks ago, it's true that kids having older haircuts and clothes in 1980s footage makes us perceive them older.

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u/bluedaddy1 Aug 07 '22

Steve Holt!

Not now Steve. Gtfo of here.

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u/IndigenousOres Aug 07 '22

Natalia Dyer got that baby-face but she is 27.

Would've never guessed her age from only watching Stranger Things

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u/PaperHeartOo Aug 07 '22 Silver

They look like they are 30

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u/emmianni Aug 07 '22

They all look like 40 year old women. Even the boys

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u/Tinkerballsack Aug 07 '22

They all smoked a pack of cigarettes a day.

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u/Writing_is_Bleeding Aug 07 '22

Can confirm. We had a smoking section on our high school campus.

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u/contextual_somebody Aug 07 '22

Yep. Camel cigarettes openly marketed to teenagers and it worked. I remember thinking I really needed to smoke more so I could get more Camel Cash.

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u/Magnito-was-right Aug 07 '22

Camel made some flavored cigarettes that were so good, until they got banned.

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u/Ann_Summers Aug 07 '22

Ohhh yeah. I forgot high schools even let you smoke on campus back then.

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u/TacohTuesday Aug 07 '22

Can confirm. At least 50% of them were heavy smokers, based on my experience with high school in that era. That’s in addition to frequent beer/wine cooler drinking and kegger parties, despite being well under 21.

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u/hdmx539 Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 07 '22

This is amusing to me. The video shows students younger than me - graduated in 86. When I would look at photos of high schoolers from the 70s, 60s, and 50s I think, "Wow, they went straight to the old man and old lady look." They always looked older to me.

When I see folks of my age during our teen years I think, yeah, that's about right for a teen.

When I see teens now I think, "OMG, THEY'RE BABIES!" LOL

So your comment amuses me. I don't doubt if you were to see a photo of me as a teen you'd think I looked like a 30 something year old because I felt the same way about previous generations. Looks like this is A Thing with people.

Edit: I've been made aware of vsauce's video on this phenomenon. I plan on viewing it as this is highly interesting to me.

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u/Shamon_Yu Aug 07 '22

I'm in my early 30s and teenagers today look pretty much the same as in the 00s. These 80s teenagers look old.

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u/imFinnaDo Aug 07 '22

Your point is valid, but for real some of these kids got 18 years of city miles instead of highway miles.

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u/gSidez Aug 07 '22

Hey Vsauce, Michael here

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u/ArguablyCorrect Aug 07 '22

I thought about that episode when this came up. Clothing and hairstyles really do make a difference.

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u/zippy_jr Aug 07 '22

This is why Beverly Hills 90210 was so believable! Makes way more sense now.

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u/santa_veronica Aug 07 '22

Now Grease makes sense.

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u/Salanmander Aug 07 '22

My theory is that it's because we associate older-style haircuts etc. with older people. I don't really know, though.

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u/hgaterms Aug 07 '22

Putting modern hairstyles on old people really de-ages them.

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u/dumdadumdumAHHH Aug 07 '22

The hairspray, it ages you.

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u/therealjoeybee Aug 07 '22

Agreed. My mom still has her hair from the early 80s and that seems the be the hairstyle a lot of older women still go for these days at least by where I live.

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u/rebbsitor Aug 07 '22

As someone in their 40s they look like kids to me, granted I'm not far behind them in age. I recognize those styles as the way kids dressed when I was a young teen, the way we wanted to dress.

Adults from the 80s dressed very differently.

Though there's a lot of rocker types in that video, probably more than you'd expect in a random group of kids. I wonder what that class was.

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u/tommygunz007 Aug 07 '22

I was that age in this video. I was 17, in 1989. Everyone wanted to 'look older' to get booze/cigs so we had old people hair cuts that were in style at the time. Shoulder pads, etc.

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u/tyoew Aug 07 '22

Paramus, NJ

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u/bachman460 Aug 07 '22

I can’t believe this video is still making rounds on the internet. That was my high school. I was class of ‘93.

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u/Justbysickle Aug 07 '22

How? Is it possible to learn this power, master?

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u/tyoew Aug 07 '22

Student wearing a Paramus football t-shirt and letter jacket.

Also I grew up a few minutes from school.

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u/George_ThunderWeiner Aug 07 '22

Yep, at my H.S., the jocks wearing their letterman jackets always had on a school t-shirt, game day they all wore their jerseys. I guess it was required, not sure, I wasn't a jock, I ran in the GRIT crowd.

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u/[deleted] Aug 07 '22

this is exactly how I imagined a north Jersey high school to look in the 80s

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u/Pamlova Aug 07 '22

I'm also from NJ and I knew instantly this was Jersey. I couldn't tell you why, I didn't read the jackets. I just knew.

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u/Xciv Aug 07 '22

Lots of diversity and a strong 'fuck you' energy radiating from the students?

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u/armchair_amateur Aug 07 '22

Class of '89 checking in. 33 years ago - hard to believe.

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u/grapefruitmakmesalty Aug 07 '22

Same dude, it went by in a flash.

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u/jaesonbruh Aug 07 '22

Nobody warned me time flies so fast - I wasn't prepared for this

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u/Usual_Film6805 Aug 07 '22

Everyone told us time flies this fast. We just didn’t understand.

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u/jaesonbruh Aug 07 '22

They told us time flies fast but they never told time flies that fast

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u/Diogenes71 Aug 07 '22

Youth is wasted on the young

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u/thrillhouse1211 Aug 07 '22

Same here wtf

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u/PumpkinsDad Aug 07 '22

Same here. It is absolutely unreal. My brain just can't fathom that it has been 33 fucking years. The math checks out, but it feels like maybe 15-20 tops. Fuuuuuuuck.

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u/islandsimian Aug 07 '22

Same. They honestly looked like kids I graduated with

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u/evefue Aug 07 '22

I know it's crazy.

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u/Distinct_Song4540 Aug 07 '22

Me too. Crazy.

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u/Used_Average773 Aug 07 '22

Something I think about is the fact that I spent 5 days a week for 12 years with people whom I have never seen since.

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u/ArtyDodgeful Aug 08 '22

Same here. I think after School a lot of people change a lot pretty rapidly as they move away from home, get jobs, get their own money, get their college degrees, or whatever. You have a way more structured and strict life as a kid, even down to the people you see every day for years at a time. When you're no longer corralled into a room with them against your will, it's harder to keep those connections going, and with your changes as you become an adult, even the people you considered friends can sometimes seem less compatible than you thought.

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u/Skyline952 Aug 07 '22

Kinda sad isn't it

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u/tightiewhitieboy Aug 07 '22 Wholesome

We are in our fifties now. Seems like yesterday. Life is short people. Go live it.

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u/Drumwife91 Aug 07 '22 Helpful Sidevote

Class of '86 here. Can confirm - life is short. Do the things, love the people and for goodness sake TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH! Seriously - floss.

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u/FresnoMac Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 08 '22 Take My Energy

Once you hit 23, everything is a blur, man. You blink once and you're suddenly 30.

Seriously, I am 29 right now, I remember college felt so long even though it was only 3 years.

And now if you ask me where the last 6 years went, I have no fucking clue.

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u/professorpuddle Aug 07 '22

Blink again and you’ll be 39 like me

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u/phord Aug 07 '22

I must have blinked twice. I'm 54.

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u/hrrm Aug 07 '22 Hugz

Protip: work a soul crushing job and you’ll slowly slug through the years

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u/mundane_marietta Aug 07 '22

I remember reading this on reddit a few years ago about flossing and it always stuck with me. A poster said to smell the gunk after you floss it out of your teeth. I did, and it was absolutely putrid and that convinced me to floss for the rest of my life.

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u/Booty_Tickler_5000 Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 07 '22

same here. I now have a bad habit at looking at peoples teeth when I talk to them. It becomes really obvious in who flosses and who does not floss.

If you don't floss, you are letting food rot in between your teeth and people can smell some of it. So please floss to get rid of some of the bad breathe smell

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u/Intoxicus5 Aug 07 '22

smells like old people...

The smell that people associate with old people is literally a smell of organic decay.

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u/Crafty-Sandwich-4005 Aug 07 '22

True! I would also add: SUNSCREEN! Seriously, it keeps your skin younger!

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u/gooberdaisy Aug 07 '22

Hey that’s when I was born 😂! Also to add if you’re like me and either lazy (depressed) and hate flossing you can get those neat little waterpiks and you can never go wrong with an electric toothbrush.

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u/drewbs86 Aug 07 '22

It's weird to think that when The Simpsons started, people who were teenagers then are now in their 50s.

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u/Stretchy_Labia Aug 07 '22

Why did people look 35 in high school back then?

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u/hyperbolic_paranoid Aug 07 '22

It’s the hair. We associate those hairstyles with older people now because a lot of them haven’t changed their hairstyle in thirty years.

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u/tightiewhitieboy Aug 07 '22

Mostly the crappy video quality back then makes us look old. It's probably a big ass Sony shoulder held VHS camcorder like Clark Griswold used in lampoon vacation

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u/Green_freedom_fan Aug 07 '22

Watch it, I’m 48 and was in High School (Fresh-Soph) in 1989 :)

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u/Aron0415 Aug 07 '22

49 year-old here. Class of '91!

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u/TheAdventOfTruth Aug 07 '22

Me too. Class of ‘92, baby! I loved the eighties. And the music. This song brings back memories.

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u/Chitown_mountain_boy Aug 07 '22

Yo! Class of 93 and I’m only 47!

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u/Evening_Pop3010 Aug 07 '22

Same but I'm 46 unti l later this month.

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u/averagetree Aug 07 '22

Oh man I did not like this comment

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u/TheHormone-Monster Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 07 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Narwhal Salute

The dude in the back with the leather jacket is literally every 80s movie antagonist.

Edit: Well this blew up…thanks for the award!

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u/Zesteesnuts Aug 07 '22

And the award for the ultimate 80’s movie antagonist goes to??? Judd Nelson for The Breakfast Club. What an incredible movie.

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u/smurb15 Aug 07 '22

With an even more incredible sound track

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u/Gregory_Appleseed Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 07 '22

"I can't wait until I'm old enough to feel ways about stuff!"

**Edit This is a quote from Futurama's Fry, in a very specific reference to the breakfast club sounds track. I'm 35, I feel nothing.

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u/555--FILK Aug 07 '22

You're with it now, but soon they'll change what "it" was, and what you'll be with won't be "it," and what is "it" will seem weird and scary to you.

It'll happen to you...

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u/Salty_Pancakes Aug 07 '22

Abe Simpson knew what he was talking about. Brb, gonna tie an onion to my belt.

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u/bucket_of_fun Aug 07 '22

Which was the style at the time.

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u/wabi-sabi-satori Aug 07 '22

“It was nineteen dickity-six, and we had just defeated the Kaiser…”

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u/adfthgchjg Aug 07 '22

Totally agree, but… it was kind of “cheating” to cast a 26 year old (Judd Nelson born in 1959, Breakfast Club was 1985), whereas the nerdy guy was only 17. In other words, the intimidation didn’t require much acting. On the other hand, the end result was an amazing movie, so perhaps the casting choice was actually brilliant.

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u/King-o-lingus Aug 07 '22

Lots of kids in Benders position had to grow up fast. Cigarettes, drugs, and abusive parents will age the F out of you before your 20s.

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u/hdmx539 Aug 07 '22

This is the answer. I come from an abusive household and I really related to Bender. I was always told I was "so mature for my age." Nope. It's just abuse.

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u/DogmanDOTjpg Aug 07 '22

"so mature for your age" thanks it's cause my childhood ended when I was a toddler

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u/Soeggcrates Aug 07 '22

My parents were immensely proud of my older brother and talked about how he was a grown-up adult little man at the age of 10. They thought this was not just good parenting but extraordinarily good parenting.

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u/ThisGuyNeedsABeer Aug 07 '22

Shut up, bitch! Go fix me a turkey pot pie!

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u/EWVGL Aug 07 '22

SMOKE UP, JOHNNY!!

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u/SteelMarshal Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 07 '22

I went to high school with a guy who was 26. He had been kicked out and came back to get his diploma.

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u/Tankalots Aug 07 '22

Was his name Billy Madison?

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u/cedertra Aug 07 '22

Class of '88 here-- several of these kids look very much like certain classmates of mine. Don't know if it's just the distinctive hairstyles or what.

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u/LeatherIllustrious40 Aug 07 '22

Yeah, I was thinking “I had that t-shirt and I swear I know that guy!”

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u/ChattyKathysCunt Aug 07 '22

Everyones trying to act like there isnt someone holding a gigantic over the shoulder video recorder in their face.

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u/littlestash Aug 07 '22

Now I see why Eddie Munson was played by a 30 year old.

Are we sure this isn’t community college?

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u/FknRepunsel Aug 07 '22

I think Eddie is also supposed to look a bit older than the others since he’s been held back several years

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u/Telkk2 Aug 07 '22

Okay, why is it that when I see these kids, I see 25 year olds pretending to be high schoolers but when I see high schoolers today, I see 12 year olds pretending to be high schooler?

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u/Snapp3rface Aug 07 '22

Everyone looks so old

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u/pourjuiceonit Aug 07 '22

Anytime I see haircuts and fashion like this I expect the terminator to bust through the door looking for Sarah Connor

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u/autoposting_system Aug 07 '22

Nah, they're just from New Jersey

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u/the-tac0-muffin Aug 07 '22

I don’t even know what this means but somehow I completely understand it.

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u/f1junkie Aug 07 '22

They look exactly like I expected them to look but I graduated in '88 so I guess that makes sense.

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u/Playful-Opportunity5 Aug 07 '22

If you were in the hairspray business in the 1990’s, you must have been lighting cigars with $100 bills.

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u/WestTexasOilman Aug 07 '22

Really in the 70’s and especially 80’s. Early 90’s maybe, but only if you were getting glamour shots done. Lol

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u/harryschmilsson Aug 07 '22

Mall hair and mullets. I was class of ‘88, I remember it all too well.

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u/Bishamee Aug 07 '22

Lots of hair and gum

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u/Smoke_Zero Aug 07 '22

Fuckin hell. They look like university students

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u/OneToughFemale Aug 07 '22

Class of '89 here. This is accurate and that song made me think of my high school boyfriend Mike

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u/GrandTheftVideo Aug 07 '22

I went to high school in the 80s, and there was a smoking area in our school where many kids smoked. Some kids used to snort cocaine in the locker room. It was that kind of era. Nutrition was terrible back then, too. Vegetables were just a side dish. If you wanted to stay hydrated, you drank water from the tap unfiltered, which tasted like chlorine, so we preferred to drink soda. The lifestyle aged people.

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u/Zebidee Aug 07 '22

If you wanted to stay hydrated

Side note: "Staying hydrated" wasn't a thing either. You might have a drink at recess and lunch, but nothing bigger than a juice box.

If you took a bottle of water into class it'd be confiscated or you'd be kicked out. The idea of carrying water around everywhere didn't exist.

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u/istrx13 Aug 07 '22

Good thing r/hydrohomies didn’t exist back then or there would have been riots

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u/Ann-Stuff Aug 07 '22

My school lunch consisted of a giant bowl of fries with ketchup and butter washed down with iced tea. Every day. And I weighed about 115 lbs.

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u/GrandTheftVideo Aug 07 '22

OMG, thanks for reminding me. The cafeteria food wasn't healthy. Nobody knew about nutrition back then.

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u/peptide2 Aug 07 '22

It’s because we wanted to look old enough to buy beer

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u/Kryyzz Aug 07 '22

I used to shit on high school dramas that cast 20 somethings in the role of teenagers, but I guess the studios were just going off of these videos. Everyone looks 25. I’m in my 40s and I would think some of these kids are my age if I met them on the street.

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u/LL112 Aug 07 '22

Interesting fact, you had to be 36 to attend high school back then

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u/Experienced_AP Aug 07 '22

Gen Xers checking in.

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u/cyberpunk2012 Aug 07 '22

Why does everyone look like Charles in charge

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u/darkend_devil Aug 07 '22

I feel attacked. Or real old. Ok both

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u/Imbalancedone Aug 07 '22

Im fascinated by comments on the perceived age of these kids. Maybe they spent more time outside? Maybe they had lower quality processed food? Maybe New Jersey just ages you harder…

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u/GunsandIndica Aug 07 '22

“As you can see here, the average Jersian graduates high school when they are around 26 years of age. This is due to their driving, as it takes each school bus approximately 4 hours to travel a quarter mile.”

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u/Little_Tacos Aug 07 '22

I think it’s mostly the hair & clothing that ages them. Swap it out & they’d all look a lot younger.

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u/Endver Aug 07 '22

I think the hairstyles make a huge difference

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u/Diacetyl-Morphin Aug 07 '22

Good old times. I'm happy, i'm an old guy, life was easier in these times without the web of today, without cellphones etc. Times, where you sent a postcard from your vacation journey and sometimes, you arrived at home before the card reached your family members. Times, where you had to develop the film of your camera first before you could see how the photos were. And sometimes, you thought you made a great photo, only to see after you got it, that it failed.

Times, where you used the landline-phone to ask friends, if they are at home and if they have time to hang out together. Where you were outside with friends then, without your parents knowing what you are doing.

Times, where you used audio cassette tapes for music, next to vinyl and you used VHS tapes to see movies at home. And TV, when you had missed an episode of your favorite show, you had to be lucky that it was shown again later, otherwise it was just gone.

Good memories, man, i want to go back to these times and live there again.

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u/survbob Aug 07 '22

Mid 80’s graduate here…kid down the street’s mom had a different whistle for each kid, and you could hear it for blocks. You’d be out playing with Wade and hear the whistle “you gotta go?” Nope that’s Kay’s.

My paper route, there was a pay phone at the gas station right in the middle. I’d dial zero everyday and ask operator what time it was? They’d always tell you, then I’d know if I was fast or slow that day.

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u/Diacetyl-Morphin Aug 07 '22

Yeah, it was great with these things. And about phones, it was always a thing that i answered the phone, someone wanted to speak with my parents and i left a note for them to call back later.

Another great thing in the past was the early web in the 90's, we had first a 14k modem and it took forever to load a single page. It got faster with 32k and 56k modems later. The early web was like a new continent that you could explore, everywhere was something new to discover and there were the chatrooms where you met some new people. ICQ was a big thing then, in the early versions there was no online-account, your contacts got saved local on the computer and when you had to re-install it, you got a lot of messages where you only saw the ICQ numbers instead of a name.

Then, letters were also a thing before that, i think the young guys of today don't write any letters anymore. Back in the old days, there were always some contacts in magazine for pen-pal friendships in other countries and it was rather exotic to write to someone that lived in another country.

Oh and about countries, it was also different here in Europe, before the EU was founded: Every country had its own currency before the Euro was introduced and you had to exchange money.

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u/Maximum-Intention795 Aug 07 '22

Why do they all look like they're in their mid 20's early 30's though?!?!

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u/aelel Aug 07 '22

I was born in the mid 80s. My house was across from a high school. I remember thinking they all looked so grown up.

Now, as an adult I look at high school students and think “oh they’re just babies!”.

But looking at this footage makes me realize I’m not crazy and they really did look more grown up back then!

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u/MVSugar Aug 07 '22

Ah, I miss the 80’s.

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u/Lizard__Spock Aug 07 '22

Street miles. They look at least 34

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u/Miserable_Joke_3662 Aug 07 '22

It’s Scott Baio!!!

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u/demon_cairax Aug 07 '22

Can confirm authenticity. I was a high school student in 1989.

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u/EndOfProspect Aug 07 '22

We grew up without an internet and I’m thankful for that.

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u/thejaysun Aug 07 '22

To any young people looking at this and think they look ridiculous. The next generation is going to look at you the exact same way only in HD.

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u/Lizard__Spock Aug 07 '22

Eddie? Eddie Munson?

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u/FarceMultiplier Aug 07 '22 Helpful

That was my grad year, and here is my grad video.

I'm somewhere in there, but I was not one of the cool kids so generally no one recorded me.

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