O how time flies by! It still feels so yesterday to most of us, yet its two decades ago. Of course there have been many changes, but the memories still last, treasured somewhere deep in our minds. Recall that time when one would have loved to send a friend who lived miles away a text? They would have to scribble down the message on a piece of paper, fold it up and send it through post; then probably wait weeks for a reply.
Or when one’s daily Newsfeed was restricted to only the daily gazette? A lot has changed, probably to make life a little easier and convenient, but still we can never forget the “Good old 90s”.
Here are 16 pictures to remind us of those golden times we cannot forget.
1. Book Fairs
This was one of those memorable days that made education fun. It was like entering into a“mini mall” of everything reading and writing. Not only would there be books on display, but also writing materials from pencils to paint brushes. Most of us were guilty for starving ourselves while trying to save up as much as we can to purchase stuff when the day would dawn.
While we waited for the next book fair, these flyers would sooth the anticipation. They came brightly coloured with books and other material flashily printed. The best part was that most of the portrayed materials, came with a toy. We definitely had to buy those.
3. Reading Captain Underpants
Just thinking about this, is laughable; but this could have been the first comic book you too could have fallen for as you grew up. There too was “Flip-o-rama”. I’m so certain you could have tried to produce your own at some point?
4. Playing The Sims and writing down all the cheats
This was definitely one of the most popular games in the 90s. A player had to create virtual people and place them in pre-constructed housed or have them build one themselves. And would direct them as desired. Although, some impatient players could have had a list of cheat-codes on the side to help them through difficult tasks.
5. Math Circus
Either the team who came up with the title were out of titles or they just couldn’t come up with a conclusive one that matched the game; because up to now, I still can’t figure out the maths in this game. The best game could have been that with Bigfoot and the witch. One could not just beat that level—probably that’s where the math was but could not comprehend it.
6. Sketch Scented Markers
The sweet fruity scents from these colored markers could drive one’s mind to another galaxy. They surely could have passed as a drug, because they served less of their literal purpose, as buyers purchased them for their scents.
These were electronic toys that displayed an image of an animal which the handler had to treat as a pet. Think of them as the 90s attempt at virtual animals. Therefore if your parents wouldn’t allow a dog or cat in the house, these came in as a perfect substitute and they required no physical food, cleaning or grooming
8. Hand Gluing
This in itself was therapeutic. The cool feeling as a breeze drifted across your palm and hands while you peeled off the dried glue flakes could have been ecstatic. It is for this reason that mother could have replaced the liquid glue with a solid glue stick.
9. Needles through the finger tips skin
You could have done this any chance you had a needle. The satisfaction from the painless process could make you feel incredibly perpetual.
10. Crayola Marker Swords
I think the designers of these markers had this in mind, so as to up their sales. All you had to do was to stack the markers together, cap to bottom, to create one long series. Pretty innovation, right? Only that every time you took a swing, they wouldn’t hold.
11. Typing words on a calculator
I was fond of this; from the time we were limited to a basic “adding machine”—as we called it— to when we upgraded to a more complex scientific calculator that provided a greater range of words we’d come up with. The most popular word was “HELLO” which involved keying in the number ”07734” and by turning the gadget upside-down, hELLO!
12. Scooter Boards
These were a “must have equipment” as a kid while at the gym. Gym class was not it without these bad-boys; and every time you instructor piled them up, you had to be at your best behavior so as to be granted access to one.
13. The Graphic “S”
Either inspired by superman, or just an obsession with the Letter “S”, we really had no reason as to why we sketched this Super-letter; but for some reason, every cool kid in class had inscribed it somewhere in their class book.
14. The Scare meme
this was the best—or rather worst—way to scare the hell out of even the strong hearted. Till date, most people still fall victim of this scare tactic that involves a curiosity video playing on a screen, then all of a sudden, a scary ghost or zombie face flashes up on the screen, letting your entire body blow up in a traumatic frenzy! The scariest bit of it was in the audio that accompanied the face!
15. Crawling under a wavy parachute
This could have been the fun part and climax of gym class. For some reason, children would grip on a round colorful parachute or blanket and wave it haphazardly, while otherS crawled under it.
Recall Fruit-Roll-Ups, Sunny Ds, Dunk-a-Roos and Fruit Gushers? Sweet, right? Betty Crocker’s Dunk-a-Roos were the most popular 90s snack. They featured cookies and icing on the side. The best part of these was the icing, which one would never let another touch. If a friend needed a share of it, you would not even let them take the dip by themselves.
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