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Gecko
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Growing up, what were some things that were considered cool and innovative that are now subject to ridicule and parody?

For example, when I was in school, the phrase "Check yo'self before you wreck yo'self" was reserved only for the biggest of badasses and was said with absolute sincerity.

Milli Vanilli was also pretty big, if I remember correctly, and "Girl, You Know It's True" was played at pep rallies.

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paigereader
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I am trying to think of any things from my childhood that are not subject to ridicule and parody.... the giant Sally Jessie Rapheal glasses, the fresh roll pants, wall of bangs, listening to Vanilla Ice that I taped off the radio.
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Growing up ridicule and parody were considered cool. I miss that.
I guess that would be - never mind.

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TomDavidson
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I wasn't much of an authority on what was cool when I was growing up.
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quote:
Originally posted by paigereader:
wall of bangs

[ROFL] There was a girl on my bus in middle school that would literally put her face to a wall and spray her bangs into place. Wall of bangs... [Laugh]
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Z Cavaricci's, sneakers with pumps in them (prior to them, velcro sneakers), New Kids on the Block, the Noid...
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Disco. Which was mocked even then.
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I wore enormous glasses for about a decade. I just cringe to look at those photos now. But I always thought the standing-straight-up bangs were a stupid look and managed to avoid that, although my hairstyles were undeniably 80s.
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When I was a little kid, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were pretty badass.

Later on, low riding jeans and wallet chains. I can remember being 13 and getting exact instructions from a friend on how much boxer should show above my jeans. We made our own duct tape wallets and attached them by chains to the front right belt hoop of our pants.

I mock all of this now.

Oh yeah, we used to open up our discmans, put a burnt cd in, then press the little "closed" button with a pin and use the other hand to press different colored markers to the disc. But I still think that's pretty badass, albeit obsolete. To think all these ipod using young folk will never know the joys of giving a girl they like a color coded mix cd... *sniff*

[ December 10, 2009, 07:02 PM: Message edited by: Dogbreath ]

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Here's the rule -- the more in style something is, the greater the odds that it is hideous. It just takes most people a decade or two to realize it.
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Parachute Pants.
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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
Here's the rule -- the more in style something is, the greater the odds that it is hideous. It just takes most people a decade or two to realize it.

And another decade or two to forget how hideous it was and bring it back in style.
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Pretty much just low riding pants. The rest of it wasn't all that bad.
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In elementary school one boy had a an earing and I was very jealous of him, them my Mom told me that earings are only supposed to be for girls and I have never had the urge to pierce myself since then.
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You know what else is only for girls? Shirts.
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When are the low riding pants going to go away? I saw a guy at college a couple of weeks ago with pants that topped out just below his butt. Who thinks this is attractive? Seriously?
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Glenn Arnold
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There was a time when "Nostalgia" seemed to refer only to the decade of the 50's. Dressing up in leather jackets and poodle skirts was the ultimate in uncool, but it was "nostalgia" so it was ok, especially if it was for a dance.
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The Power Rangers, Pokemon cards, pogs, to name a few.
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quote:
Originally posted by CaySedai:
When are the low riding pants going to go away? I saw a guy at college a couple of weeks ago with pants that topped out just below his butt. Who thinks this is attractive? Seriously?

I have a friend who told a story about a speaker at her school (might have been the principal or might have been some random guy doing an assembly) who at some point interrupted himself to say "You know what's really weird to me? The whole "guys wearing their pants low and it being cool" thing. Cause that strikes me as a sort of gay rape thing, to be honest. I mean, you're hanging wide open, you're practically asking for it." As everyone left the auditorium a few minutes later, everyone's pants were firmly attached to their waist.

I'm not sure I'd condone the widespread use of that tactic to encourage fashion sense, but it certainly worked the one time.

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quote:
Originally posted by AirLiteTimeSpace:
The Power Rangers, Pokemon cards, pogs, to name a few.

When I was 8-12 y/o, my dad, every time me and my friends got into his van and were about to go anywhere, would ask "All right, Pokey-men, are we ready to roll?"

Mere words cannot describe the embarrassment.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jon Boy:
quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
Here's the rule -- the more in style something is, the greater the odds that it is hideous. It just takes most people a decade or two to realize it.

And another decade or two to forget how hideous it was and bring it back in style.
Actually, it takes about a decade to realize it's ugly. After all, there's generally nothing more uncool than last decade.

And then it takes another decade or two before the cool people are able to convince the populace that it's cool again.

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quote:
Originally posted by Dogbreath:
quote:
Originally posted by AirLiteTimeSpace:
The Power Rangers, Pokemon cards, pogs, to name a few.

When I was 8-12 y/o, my dad, every time me and my friends got into his van and were about to go anywhere, would ask "All right, Pokey-men, are we ready to roll?"

Mere words cannot describe the embarrassment.

Why is it that no adult could pronounce it Poh-kay-mon, its not hard to do! But then again I could never for the life of get more than three words into the Mmmbop chorus without screwing up.
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quote:
Originally posted by AchillesHeel:
Why is it that no adult could pronounce it Poh-kay-mon, its not hard to do! But then again I could never for the life of get more than three words into the Mmmbop chorus without screwing up.

Based on my dad's comments, I believe he thought a "Pokey-man" was a generic term for a member of some order of Japanese super heroes that we pretended to be, in the same vein as a Batman or a Spiderman. Therefore, calling us the "Pokey-men" was his way of being hip and impressing us kids.

As time goes on, I've begun to suspect he understood the game perfectly. He just found joy in my humiliation.

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It's so amusing to me to realize that there are people on this forum for whom Pokemon was a phenomenon of their childhood.
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I find it rather surprising that these old people have figured out how to use computers.
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Me and a couple of friends decided to recite the Team Rocket theme during lunch.

Half the room joined in at one point or another.

Perfect Day!

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It's not nostalgia if you never stopped in the first place, right?
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http://www.sphere.com/crime/article/killer-hector-quinones-plunges-to-his-death-after-his-pants-fall-down/19287498
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[ROFL]
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quote:
Originally posted by Darth_Mauve:
Parachute Pants.

Damn, you stole mine! How about slap bracelets and Jordach jeans?
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