I loved this summary of growing up in the 90s which my friend Justine sent me yesterday. I laughed long and I laughed loud.
You made worms by squeezing your Vegemite or peanut butter crackers together.
The best parties always had fairy bread.
You thought everyone in America carried a gun and you never wanted to go there because you were scared you’d get shot.
Blinky Bill, Mr Squiggle and Gumby.
SuperTed, Widget The World Watcher and Samurai Pizza Cats.
Going to the Easter Show with a big group of friends from school once you were old enough to go without Mum and Dad.
Doing research for school projects by going to the library or looking up an encyclopaedia rather than using the internet.
Banana Man, Bangers and Mash and The Raggy Dolls.
Waking up early everyday to watch Agro’s Cartoon Connection or Cheez TV.
Hey Hey It’s Saturday.
Buying those 6 packs of Coco Pops, Fruit Loops, Frosties, Rice Bubbles, Nutri-Grain and Corn Flakes so you could have a different one each day and then opening the packets really carefully and removing the cereal so you’d have a mini wardrobe afterwards. You also most probably just let your parents eat the Corn Flakes.
Trying to make the Rainbow Road shortcut on Mario Kart 64.
Postman Pat, Fireman Sam and Lift Off.
Birthday parties at McDonald’s.
A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month. No returns!
Playing GoldenEye on the Nintendo 64 and arguing over whether Oddjob was allowed to be used in multiplayer.
The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The best show ever made… EVER!
Crossing your heart, hoping to die, sticking a needle in your eye.
Super International Cricket on the SNES.
Arguing over which was better – Nintendo 64 or PlayStation.
Don’t push me, push a push pop!
Nobody made “not” jokes… NOT!!
Bathurst stopped being Holden vs. Ford and all those European cars came in until they came to their senses.
Who shot Mr Burns?
Watching Captain Planet and then driving your parents mad by always singing the song.
You can be one TOO!
That’s so funny, I forgot to laugh.
Playing Chinese Swaps in the lunch line to let in your friends.
WWE was WWF and they actually had cool wrestlers like The Rock, Mankind and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Playing Gran Turismo and MGS on PlayStation.
You decorated your room with glow-in-the-dark stickers.
You played marbles and could name all the different types like blue moon, oily, candy, red wine, galaxy and red devil. You never played anyone for your god marble.
Feeling sad when your Tamagotchi died.
Seeing a small rack of DVDs in the video store and wondering if anyone ever rented them.
Dolly the sheep.
Getting up early to watch the Rage Top 50.
Friends when they were all actually just friends. Why didn’t Phoebe and Joey get together?
Sonic the Hedgehog.
Alex the KID!!
Watching The Simpsons back when it was funny, every night on Channel 10.
Power Rangers becoming cooler than the Ninja Turtles, even though the Turtles will always be cooler.
Watching South Park for the first time and being really excited by all the swearing.
Watching Hercules and then being disappointed when Xena Warrior Princess replaced it.
Nobody was cooler than Herc.
Blowing on the Nintendo cartridge before putting it in the console to make sure it worked properly.
Vulcan, Tower, Flame… Australian Gladiators.
Playing Mortal Kombat and trying to do a fatality but just ending up punching accidentally.
Pokemon! Gotta catch ‘em all!
Full Frontal, not Comedy Inc.
Wolfenstein, Doom and Duke Nukem.
Downloading music from Napster.
Chatting with your buddies on ICQ.
Going to see Titanic.
The winner is… Sydney.
Mighty Max and Polly Pocket. Max and Polly always got lost because they were so bloody small.
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
Australia didn’t always win the cricket.
The Socceroos couldn’t qualify for the World Cup.
John Eales captained the Wallabies and we won the World Cup.
Zoopa Doopa ice blocks were only 20c and if you couldn’t afford it, you asked the canteen lady to cut it in half so you could split it with a friend.
Listening to boy bands like Human Nature and girl bands like Girlfriend.
Barbie, not Bratz.
The Spice Girls.
Happy Meals were only $2.95 and the toys were simple but actually good.
Person 1: Who farted!?
Person 2: Whoever smelt it, dealt it!
Person 1: Whoever made the rhyme, committed the crime!
Brad Fittler was the best in the world.
Thorpe won lots of gold medals and wasn’t so gay.
We all loved Pat Rafter and almost cried when he lost to Goran Ivanisevic because our Pat deserved that title more than anyone. Definitely more than Hewitt ever did.
It took 3 Goran’s to beat our Pat.
Playing tackle Bull Rush at lunchtime and having tackling banned. You had to resort to grab 1-2-3 or tip. Same goes for footy.
Giving a friend a backage in the canteen line. If it was your best friend, you gave them a frontage.
Pogs and Looney Tunes Tazos.
Nobody won Wimbledon unless their name was Pete Sampras.
You laughed at the fat kid on the Cottees cordial ad and changed the song to “My Dad picks his nose…”
You ate Smarties instead of M&M’s.
You tried Dr. Pepper and hated it.
Service stations didn’t need space for 4 digits on their petrol prices signs.
Girl germs! Boy germs!
You had to actually call your friends rather than send them an SMS.
Wearing a Chicago Bulls T-shirt or cap.
Wearing the cap backwards.
Arguing over who got to be Warnie in backyard cricket. Six and out!
Paul Jennings’ Gizmo books.
The feeling of wonder you got, the first time you were able to see the image in one of those Magic Eye 3D pictures.
The Secret World of Alex Mack.
Talk to the hand!
Johnson and Friends, Noddy and Humphrey B. Bear.
You wished you had enough Lego to build those amazing cities they displayed in the brochures.
Collecting Yowie toys.
Playing truth or dare with your secret crush.
Mark Taylor equalling Don Bradman’s record.
Jurassic Park and those toy dinosaurs where you could pull a piece of the skin out to see its insides.
We had paper money.
Telling those Dobbers where to stick it by singing, “Dibba dobba dibba dobba number nine, wearing nappies all the time” and, “Dibba dobba Cindy went to kindy, stepped on a bindy wa wa wa.”
Good on ya Mum! Tip Top’s the one!
You could buy more than enough food from the school canteen for only $2.
Begging your parents to go to McDonald’s for dinner.
Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats and Hey Arnold!
Noni, Monica and that bald guy named George on Play School.
Going to World 4 Kids to look at all the toys.
Watching The Lion King and feeling Simba’s pain when Mufasa died. Disney just doesn’t make them like that anymore.
Soft serve cones were only 30c and they never tried to up-sell a Flake because they didn’t have it.
Wanting a Brain or Silver Bullet during the yo-yo craze.
Nesquik without the Nes.
The Kids’ Works at Pizza Hut with unlimited drink refills. You made an ice cream mountain covered in choc chips and marshmallows and could never finish it.
Thomas the Tank Engine and TUGS.
You had to get your photos developed.
Your family didn’t own a 4WD unless it was a real one like a Land Cruiser or Patrol. Range Rovers were tough and nobody thought BMW would make a 4WD, let alone Porsche.
Competing with your friends to see who could eat the most sour Warheads in one go.
The Channel 9 logo had dots next to it and the Channel 7 logo wasn’t a folded piece of paper.
No Hat, no play.
Dr. Dreadful Food Labs. Kids these days wouldn’t be allowed that because it’s not healthy enough. We didn’t give a shit about our health in the 90s.
Up high, down low, too slow!
Watching Round the Twist and getting pissed off that the actors kept on changing. You still loved it though.
Cheating in Heads Down, Thumbs Up.
Watching that game show called Vidiot. Game shows didn’t have to be educational back then, like That’s Academic… that show sucks.
Collecting basketball cards, whether you followed basketball or not.
You always wished your parents had bought you a bigger Super Soaker for Christmas. Christmas is hot in Australia… the more water, the better.
Collecting hundreds of tickets from Timezone just so you could trade them for some crappy prize that you could have bought from Woolies for ten bucks.
Healthy Harold day was the best because you got to miss class to sit in a tiny caravan and listen to a talking giraffe.
Playing handball with Ace, King, Queen and Dunce and making up stupid rules as you went along.
Skipping ropes and Jump Rope for Heart Day.
Chewing the crappy gum in Bubble-O-Bill’s nose and wishing they could just use Hubba Bubba instead.
Who Dares! Who Dares! Who Dares Wins!
Having your very own Dollarmites account and getting really excited when you earned a tiny bit of interest.
Snake on the Nokia 5110 (Brick!!)
YEAH Growing up in Australia in the 90s was rad.