Every time I step into a restaurant or a pub these days, I see kids either on their smart phones, or sat watching something or playing a game on their iPad. It made me think a lot about how much times have changed since I was a child. Today’s kids will never know, the struggle of the 90’s kids. It was fun to look back, it’s easy to forget the simple things from our childhood. Well, fellow 90’s babies I’d like to remind you…
Today’s kids will never know…
Dial up internet.
Back in the days when the internet had its very own theme tune, you’d be having a crucial conversation on MSN messenger, when suddenly, the internet goes off because SOMEBODY answered the phone. “MUM PUT THE PHONE DOWN”
The little red and white striped, strawberry flavoured sweet, a staple item for long car journeys (with your gameboy), or your parents made you take a giant share bag of them into class after you’d been on holiday and you felt like some sort of sweet god, dishing out freebies upon your return…
No, No… I’m on about the good old Nickelodeon. You know the one back in the day that showed the likes of The Rugrats, The Amanda Show, Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, Hey Arnold, and Recess! Today’s kids will never know such great shows, am I right?
The struggle between going to school or letting your tamagotchi die. Sneaking in a quick five minutes during break time to feed it (if your school hadn’t banned them that is) Or been woken up three times a night. Those Tamagotchi’s sure were pretty demanding, but the best toy ever.
When Beanie Babies came to McDonalds
You got a free Beanie Baby with every McDonalds happy meal, they were worth their weight in gold, you weren’t really hungry you just wanted another Beanie Baby, the fear of getting one you already had was REAL.
Inflatable sticky furniture.
Who didn’t have a neon colour inflatable sofa or chair at some point? They were great until you went to get up off of them and you were stuck because they’d stick to you like crazy and you could never get off them gracefully, ever.
Who loves Orange Soda?
Today’s kids will never know the answer to this question… So here it is. Kel loves orange soda. Is it trueeee? MHMMM. I do-I do-I do-ooo. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) p.s I put the screw in the tuna.
Not real aliens, of course. I’m on about those ones in the little plastic eggs, that everyone went nuts for. They promised if you stuck two aliens together it would make an alien baby. This was all LIES. My brother got so (understandably) frustrated and angry he launched his alien into the air where it landed on our garage wall. Sadly it was too high to get it down, so he frazzled in the summer sun and the mark is still there to be seen today, R.I.P gold alien.
Owning a chipped Playstation 1.
Was the best thing ever, playing Spyro and Crash bandicoot and of course Tomb Raider, I mean who didn’t lock the butler in the freezer?!
Did you sing that in your head? Another amazing game console, I loved Micro Machines, Streets of Rage and The Lion King.
The torture of The BN, BN biscuits advert.
If you finished that sentence off with.. do, do, do, do, doo. You’re welcome.
Ah, the best doll of all time, she cried real tears, and had to wear an actual nappy for when she went to the toilet. I remember seeing this in the aisles of Toys R US and hoping I got it on Christmas morning, Baby born, Baby bornnnnn.
Flipping open their phone to answer it.
After my beloved Nokia 3410, I had a Motorola V220, a flip phone, but the best flip phone of all time was the pink Motorola Razr! Today’s kids will never know pressing a button three times just to get the letter / number you need. Texting took a lifetime.
When your mum made Turkey dinosaurs / twizzlers and potato smiles for tea.
Tea time in the 90’s was just epic.
There are so many other things I could say, this was such a fun blog post to write. What did you think of the things that today’s kids will never know? Do you recognise any of them? Feel free to leave your own in the comments 🙂