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My dad and friends look like the cast of Stranger Things (1982)

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8.3k points · 6 months ago

Somebody's there for the stove top stuffing!

2.2k points · 6 months ago

Hold up let me make some phone calls!

In sorry Dave, we werent expecting company... And there isn't enough stuffing to go around...

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466 points · 6 months ago

So I kicked here right in the....

Knew the punchline and still didn’t see it coming

138 points · 6 months ago

THATS why he makes the Big Bucks

When the lights came on and I saw the knuckles I thought “OHHH NOOOO”

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47 points · 6 months ago

So there’s this 18 year old kid I mentor who never heard of Dave Chappelle. Thanks to this joke an instant fan was made that day.

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Ha. Chapelle

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Everything at Timmys house works

They sit in their living room without jackets!

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564 points · 6 months ago

I'm afraid there's not enough stove top stuffing for all.

"Well, I've got an idea!"

👟 🐈

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73 points · 6 months ago

damn mormons with their damnable wives

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AND potatoes not INSTEAD of potatoes.

These kids are definitely my Gen. I was 7 in '82 and it was magic.

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181 points · 6 months ago

Were there any pussies kicked?

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Prove it

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Anyone could have guessed that!

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Bashing microphone on knee repeatedly.

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It would take utter shamelessness to prove it by sharing my personal Netflix veiwing history..

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2.7k points · 6 months ago

This is basically what we all looked like in the 80s.

1.2k points · 6 months ago

Every group had that one black kid ?

From what I understand, yeah, pretty much

1.5k points · 6 months ago

The government gave them out

Stage 2: market saturation

I, too, have been to Baltimore.

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They came with the cheese

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Did you also happen to have a red head tomboy friend who was really good at arcade machines?

Not until season 2.

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Can confirm, just read it in one of the comments above this

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We had a brown kid never got a black kid until high school

58 points · 6 months ago

Did the brown kid have the ability to make you all see things that weren't there?

Unfortunately no but he did have the best GI Joes

No, but he pretty much was the only one with a mustache.

6 points · 6 months ago

Which, now that I think about it, was kinda strange for a 9-year-old.

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Why do you think "token black friend" is such a common term lol

The 80’s started the diversified workplace trend in corporate America. Many men of color were getting promoted to jobs that were higher paying and decided to move closer to work or into better neighborhoods. The promotions often entailed moving to different towns when the headquarters were located away from the manufacturing plants. This brought the children to schools that were traditionally all white as well. Most parents encouraged their kids to make friends with the “new kid” knowing diversification was the wave of the future.

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Yeah that one in the photo. Every group had him. That's why he is looking grumpy.

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3.1k points · 6 months ago

I really like what Eleven has done with her hair.

870 points · 6 months ago



This house is bitchin’

/r/FlashTV is leaking again

At least it's not Arrow

12 points · 6 months ago

They're already 10 steps ahead

Get out Flash

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Mouth breather.

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16 points · 6 months ago

Also I love how that boy has exactly the same haircut as Will

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10.0k points · 6 months ago

Spoiler alert... All kids in the 80s looked like this. That's what makes the show so rad.

And they all had one black friend

4.1k points · 6 months ago

I shook my head at this...and then remembered I did have one black friend, in about 1982 or 83. I was amazed at how white his palms were. He was cool with letting me stare at them.

I was the one white kid toolin’ around with my 4 black friends in 1982. Life was different in the upside down.

1.3k points · 6 months ago

I was the one Asian kid with all white friends when I lived in Ohio, then all black/hispanic friends when I moved to Brooklyn. It was quite a change of pace. And music.

711 points · 6 months ago

In Peru, in the 80s, we always had 1 black guy (el negro), 1 Asian guy (that we called “el chino” -the Chinese- even though he could be of Japanese or any other Asian ascendency) 1 short guy (el chato) and sometimes 1 fat guy (el gordo). This was in almost every kid’s group.

206 points · 6 months ago

What was Peru like in the 80s? And what’s it like now?

655 points · 6 months ago

It was great, we used to play outside all the time, without any fears, even though we had terrorism at the end of the 80s, it wasn’t until the 90s that it reached the capital, Lima (where I am from). Even then, every time we lost power due to a bomb destroying a power tower, it was good to spend some time talking by candlelight. It sounds terrible, but somehow, it wasn’t. At school we had bullies, and bullied kids, but was different than what you see today, even the bullied kids were part of the group, no one was ever “isolated”, I think that is a main difference with bulking today. I can’t comment much on Peru now, as I am in Australia since 2006, and just go back for short periods to visit my family. Peru looks a lot better now though, we have more infrastructure and less poverty, terrorism has been replaced by burglars and extortionists, some of them coming from neighbour countries. There are a lot more Venezuelans now in Peru, especially in Lima, but they are mostly good hard-working people, they are just trying to escape from their government. Traffic is terrible in Lima these days. Touristic places like Cuzco, Arequipa, etc. Are relatively safe, and hotels are great. As always, the food is the best, that hasn’t changed ...... All in all, Peru is a great place to live and visit now, if security is improved, it would be one of the best Countries in South America.

316 points · 6 months ago

Hey just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to answer that. As an American, we're often somewhat isolated from other places/cultures and I always find it fascinating to hear about the human experience from other points of view.

Thanks, would try to remember more things and add, life was hard at the time with terrorism and bad governments, but as I said, we had a great time....

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Nothing personal but I have a great story to prove what you are saying here. I know someone who was in America as an au-pair for quite a while, and once he was driving with the parents and the 2 kids to the beach or sth. In the news they said something about South Africa and one kid asked 'mommy where is South africa' and she just said 'somewhere close to Hawaii'.... My friend spend the last week he was there teaching the kids about continents and different countries....

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As Venezuelan, I'm feel really proud of my people there, I always say the peruvians are very very kind with us and really understand our situation, all of my friends who are currently living in Lima, they tell me how loved they feel. Thanks.

I've always wanted to see Peru and this has made me want to go more than ever. I can't wait to visit (From Michigan, US) and I wish you the best of luck down under.

Thanks, you should, it is a great place to visit, and the food is amazing.... I went to Machu Picchu 5 years ago and it was unbelievable. Photos can’t really show how espectacular it is.

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I just remembered a game we used to play with the phones in the 80s in Lima, Peru: at the time the phones were analogue pulse phones (not tone), you dialled a random number (a friend would give you the number he got from someone else) and somehow you ended up with a busy tone or something like that, but you could hear people in the background, we used to call this place “el cruce” which meant “where phone lines cross each other”. Here boys would ask for girl’s numbers, and as soon a girl would release her number, you had to be fast to hung up and call her, if you were the first one to call her, you had a chance to get a blind date. Remember it was the 80s, so this was more likely not dangerous for the boy or girl, usually a harmless blind date. This all ended when the Telco started supporting tones.

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harmful blind date


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Not only Peru. Lots of Mexican kids have those nicknames too.

Yes, it is amazing how much Latin American countries were similar at the time, considering there was not Internet. What I find extremely interesting is how you would know all the popular insults and nicknames of the time, and if you talked to a guy that lived far away, he would knew them too.... again, think of a world with no internet.

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How dangerous are you?

They didn't deal with demogorgons, they dealt with overworked, underpaid, underappreciated working class parents. So approximately as dangerous as the average child of a millennial will be in 10-18 years.

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Did you watch Star Trek and remember that one episode where Spock DIDN’T have the goatee? That was soooo unsettling right!

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I was totally talking about the black people having white palms thing recently to my wife.. in 3rd grade my teacher called me in front of the class to play a game.. I had to look down shielding my peripheral vision, and kids would come up and put their hands under my eyes and I had to let the teacher know when a person I would select in advance would put their hands out. I chose the one black kid, but the teacher had them do it palms up, and I was waiting for black hands like, are you sure thats all of the kids? there isn't ANYONE left? Not even Colin?

Hahahaha. This is pretty great!

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78 points · 6 months ago

I think it was the Carter administration that passed the Token Act making this possible

I have an adopted cousin and was amazed at the same thing. Kids are funny.

My friend Phil (the only black guy in our catholic school) would appreciate this. His parents (who didn't like me so much) probably wouldn't.

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I shook my head at this...and then remembered I did have one black friend, in about 1982 or 83.

Same here (but add 3 years on the date). There were basically two black boys at our school and 1 of them was solidly in our friend group. Rather than normal guy, normal guy's best friend, black guy, fat guy, and girl, my group was me as tall guy, with nerd guy, ginger guy, black guy, and girl.

Who married the girl?

She was a "tomboy," so I'll let you draw your own conclusions how that went.

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normal guy


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Is it like sheep wool? Lemme touch it

"his hands were made of wood"

Another child lost to deforestation

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I was that black friend.

Except no one knew each other was different races at that was cool.

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I remember my little brother asking my mom "Why is Waheem brown?". Waheem was his best friend, he was just curious.

Technically we were brown too being latino but he just saw there was a difference. No concept of race when you're that young. Kids just look different but that's the end of it at that age.

I yelled in Walmart "there's a chocolate man!" the first time I saw a black person. My mom apologized profusely but the guy thought it was funny and knew most of the kids in that area had never seen a black person. This was a super rural area in the early 90s.

i called white people 'clear' when i was little 😂

17 points · 6 months ago

Technically those are Irish people.

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I did exactly the same thing in a rural town in the early 90s. I don't think I've ever told anyone about it though because I'm still kinda embarrassed!

I've had two black acquaintances tell me stories of times white kids would ask them "why are you chocolate?". Apparently it's not too uncommon, although I wouldve though my with TV that white kids even in super white areas would've seen plenty of black folks.

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My family moved to Silver Springs, MD in about 1972 right across the street from a big park. I was probably 15 and my brother was 6. He made friends at the park with this black kid his age. They played together all summer, spent the night at each other's houses. I occasionally babysat. Sept came around and they started first grade. My mom and the kid's Mom decided they would take turns walking them to & from school. The first time it was the other Mom's turn, when it came time to cross the street she took their hands. My brother looked down when they were across and blurted out, in awe, "Hey! you're BROWN!" The other Mom cracked up and we all do when we tell the story. My Mom raised us right, too.

This right here is what I find crazy! My school was about 1/3 rednecks, 1/3 preppy white kids, and 1/3 black kids. We all got along famously up until about 8th/9th grade. Then groups started forming and race became a thing. It was dumb.

57 points · 6 months ago

It just goes to show that racism is a learned trait rather than anything we are born with.

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It never occurred to me that the two kids we played with from down the road were black and we were white. We were friends, we got into shenanigans and ride around on bikes.

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I am about the age the kids in this pic would be now. Even up to a few years ago I actually thought racism was gasping its last breaths.

Hard to believe how naive I have been my whole life.

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I spent the first six years of my life living in a city with a respectable amount of diversity. My best friend during the first year of school was a Chinese boy who didn't speak a word of English, it's incredible how you just get along at that age regardless of differences.

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Not where I grew up. In my part of CA, the standard issue 80s crew was three white kids (one of whom is required to be Jewish), two Asian kids, and one Indian kid. Black kids were only on TV.

The Indian kid takes the place of the black kid. I also grew up in Cali. If you managed to get an Indian kid and a black kid which we had it was intense. Poor Jithu, she kept getting confused with me even though we looked nothing alike.

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29 points · 6 months ago

So, for everybody keeping track at home:

1 Indian + 2 Asians = 1 Black


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East Indian or Native American?


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Can confirm, my best buddy at primary school was the only black kid. Sadly died of kidney failure when he was 18 after being accepted to study to be a doctor (like his parents) at Oxford. Still miss him and think about him every Christmas!

jesus that's sad.

Yeah. We drifted apart at hight school. He joined my primary school late, when he was about 8 years old. My mum reminded me, whilst I had a little cry when I found out about his death, about my first encounter with him...

She saw me and him through the window of the classroom when she was waiting to pick me up. When I came out she asked if I had a new friend, and I said "yes". She asked me what he looked like and I replied "he's tall with curly hair". She said she knew then that she's raised me right because I never mentioned his skin colour, not once. Unfortunately he got called all sorts of names at school, and I simply didn't understand it. He was literally just shy of 6ft at 10 years old and got bullied. Great lad, the world lost a good one when he went... Sorry to ramble. Just nice to remember him so fondly.

I enjoyed reading about your friend. Ramble on :)

Thank you. I really enjoyed being his friend. We had some fun. 😔

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Can confirm. I WAS that one black friend.

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Checking in as the 'one' black friend. There was only one instance while growing up in a white neighbourhood when another fellow black entered the group. Everyone would compare us and ultimately led to silent declaration of alliance between the group. There could never be both of us in the group. Was there a quota on black friends everyone had?

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Im in Norway and even we had one! We were a group of four friends in primary school, one of whom was black (I presume he still is. Spoiler: childhood friends drift apart). He was adopted, from Indonesia. He also had an adopted sister, though not from Indonesia, from Korea or something, who grew up to be mindblowingly hot.

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fuck..I only had one black friend too, and an asian friend he was cool..of course he reminded me of Data.

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That one Asian friend is always pretty cool and tech-y.

17 points · 6 months ago

This is funny because I was the techy Asian kid in the group and some of them called me Data

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I wish. There were no black kids in my community in rural Ohio. I guess they probably realized Ohio sucked.

18 points · 6 months ago

Dude... it sucked in my neighborhood on the south side of Chicago too. Last place you’d expect, but the evolution is far from over, and it wasn’t nearly as far as it should have been even in the 80’s. My earliest memory of racism is a black brother and sister walking to jr. high along our route. Some of the kids took to throwing rocks at them. My friends and I took to protecting them and throwing rocks back. The family moved out of the neighborhood after a few months, but my friends and I never understood. To this day I still can’t say I understand, but I accept. Some people are just rotten to the core. I can’t be happier that my friends and I were never raised to find ourselves thinking like that. But I’m still amazed to this day when I think about how we were actually the minority thinkers in our calm, suburban Chicago area.

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27 points · 6 months ago

Add a few more years and this could be half the cast of a Sand Lot movie.

I was just going to say, as a kid in the 80s we all looked this way that's the point.

Born in the early 80s, can confirm. We all looked like this.

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You just know there’s a pile of bicycles outside.

Next the the big, loud, green, electric transformer box that was always 30 degrees warmer than the current temperature....

Damn. I hadn’t thought about those boxes for a very long time. The 3 on my street were the meetup place for all the kids. Riding bikes, building forts and ramps, and drinking iron flavored water out of neighbors hoses.

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And a Demogorgon who just escaped the upside down waiting to abduct them.

I’m kids not ride bikes to their friends’ houses anymore? Is this a novelty of the past...I’m way out of touch obviously.

I’m 16. I’ve never rode a bike to any of my friends houses and vice versa. We usually get car rides from one of the parents.

Shit, I have a bike and get driven everywhere. I need to take responsibility for myself..

I should invest in a bike lock.

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You get a parent or older friend/sibling to drive you

19 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

I’m 14 and thats literally all I do with my friends. Ride bikes, play video games, climb things, and talk for an endless amount of hours

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Must be small town? I moved to the city and I never see kids doing things now.

Edit: typo

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How old are you?

Original Poster929 points · 6 months ago

18; dad's 45

937 points · 6 months ago

I'm 37 and couldn't wrap my head around these 1982 kids having Reddit-aged children.

I read your comment and now want to peacefully die.

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My husband is turning 40 in a little over a month. I'm 34. My actual reaction: "Wow, that kid is very articulate for a small child."

Then I remembered my nephew is 18 and died. Ghost redditing.

38 points · 6 months ago

How's wi-fi in the afterlife?

It's a little slow, but at least it's open and free

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36 here, came for same clarification, I am done with reddit today.


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I'm 24 and my dads 43, its weird but kinda cool growing up with such young parents. He's always seemed more like an older brother who became my legal guardian than my dad, in comparison to my friends parents at least. In high school my friends and my dads friends would all hangout/drink together

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Man I’m 25 now and I could not imagine having a 10 year old of my own. Can barely look after myself.

Facts. 27, no known children. Say this exact shit all the time.

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51 points · 6 months ago

It is hard to imagine, but if you found yourself in that situation, you'd have no choice but to man up! I know because I'm 25 with a 3 year old and had no choice but to man up. I went from lazy stoner to working professional in the short amount of time she's been alive. Amazing what responsibility can do for you.

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I'm nearly 38 and got freaked out when I realised one of my colleagues could legally be my child. She's an adult for crying out loud!

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I had my first when I was 20. She's 9 now and I wonder what it'll be like when she's an adult. My parents are 30 years older than me so there was a much bigger generation gap.

Something cool I never considered till lately is that me and my dad (and you and your daughter) will be able to grow old together. Like, me and my dad are close enough in age that we could live in an age care home together, so weird but cool

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Mother gave birth to my eldest sister at 16 and had me at 39. And I'm only 7 years older than my niece. It's wild.

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I'm 20 and mom's 43. She looks young for her age and I look old for my age (dad's gene). Now some people call us sisters. One even twins.

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My dad retired the year after I finished high school. To him, my friends' parents were annoying kids. There were difficulties.

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7 points · 6 months ago

But... but the 80's were like 20 years ago?

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My moms 1977 and I’m 22.

326 points · 6 months ago

What are you guys going to do for the 2000th birthday

Hopefully by then mummy will finally stay put in her tomb.

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Yep, they all look about as annoyed as the ST gang would if they had to pose for a picture during the middle of a meeting.

Eleven looks so excited though!

It’s Mad Max not Eleven.

Just missing the dungeon and dragons

Can someone add this in please

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I was born in 1985, so I always feel like I'm a hybrid of an 80's kid and a 90's kid. Then I look at pictures like this, and I realize my childhood was almost purely 90's because these kids don't look anything like the kids I knew in the early 90's. No acid wash, no neon colors, no Batman or Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle shirts. Also the girl isn't wearing a scrunchy and her hair does not look as though it's been permed and sprayed with 15 layers of hairspray.

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82 here too. Same here; I remember my friends and I looked like this but I also remember being a part of the 90s

86 here and I'm all 90s in my childhood memories....i loved the 90s catwalks on tv , fashion tv channel the opening song " your my obsession ...." keyboard synth out...oh yea and the spice girls lol covered my self in stick on tattoos of their faces from double bubble for a whole summer I had spice girl head tattoo sleeves....readin' some betty and veronica...circa ye I was cooo

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It scares me that there’s a dad only a year or two older than me with offspring old enough to be capable of posting this. My sperm’s developmentally challenged.

Going off the OP, the dad is 45 and was therefore born in 1972 or very early 1973. If the OP is late teens or early 20's like I think they were, that means they were born around 1995 to 2000. That would make the dad about mid-to-late 20's. Totally reasonable.

My sister was born in 1977, and her daughter was born in 1994 and is 23 now.

I went to school with a girl who is now a grandmother to a two year old and also has a two year old of her own. I'm 41.

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Got knocked up at 16? Damn.

Happens all the time. My mom was born in '75 and I was born in '92; she was 16 when she had me. She's 42 and I'm 25.

Happens a lot less now.

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Hey- I was born in 1978, my son was born in 1994. Sometimes that’s how it goes.

27 points · 6 months ago

At least you were a saintly child

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HOLY SHIT...I didn't even put 2 and 2 together.

Granted I was -1 when this photo was taken but these kids are like 7 at 42 now...I hang out with people 42 years old.

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146 points · 6 months ago

kid on the left looks like that lil titty sucker from the eyrie

Fuckin' LOL man. Thats Lord Robin "Sweetrobin" Arryn, Lord of the Eyrie, Defender of the Vale, and Warden of the East to you! (Robert in the books tho). Any more sass from you and I'll make it seen you get sent out the moon door!

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He'll make you fly!!

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Every 80s family had that couch too.

Everyone in the 80's had that velvet orange couch.

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Now add a Steve

Who do you think took the picture?

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67 points · 6 months ago

Your dad needed one of his friends to get a perm and put on a little weight

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30 points · 6 months ago

I miss the '80's. Cool decade. 70's were badass too.

80’s were the best!

31 points · 6 months ago

I miss the 90's. It was like the decade of calm before everything went to shit.

People have been saying shit like this since the romans

I miss 200 BC.

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20 points · 6 months ago

Kids played outside. It was weird.

Parents were more concerned about “this weekend’s party” than they were about their kids. So much freedom. The shit we got up to was crazy and hilarious.

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15 points · 6 months ago

Yup, they had their world and we had ours. My only rule was to be back by sundown.

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11 points · 6 months ago

Wait...someone who's dad was about 8 years old in 1982 is old enough to post on Reddit?

I feel old.

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14 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Geez how old are you?

Edit: I just did the calculations and realised that 1982 was 36 years ago and he's probably at least 8 years old there. Geez now I feel old.

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27 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Oh the shit they're about to go through...

plot twist: your dad and his friends were the stranger things kids.

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Your dad's group looks like the kids in stephen king's "it"

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37 points · 6 months ago

Farthest right looks eerily similar to Will.

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Thanks s pretty cool. Also sings praises to the wardrobe department over at Netflix. Really nailed it.

Can we take a minute to recognize how dope that kid’s hat is?

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Cute! I feel so damn old when I see redditors posting childhood / teen pics of their parents from the 80-90s. My dad was that age in the early 1950s. 😛

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