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(Some Guy)   This is what you looked like 20 years ago, America   (howtobearetronaut.com) divider line 377
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2011-03-20 10:09:33 PM  
Ow My Balls: I was talking to a 50-year-old friend at work who had a boom box in 1978 that required 12 Size D batteries.

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like your mom's vibrator
 
2011-03-20 10:22:33 PM  
First thing I notice: fewer fat people. Most Americans today are fat slobs that look like eggs.
 
2011-03-20 10:25:49 PM  

rewind2846: TV stations went off the air after 2am and didn't come back on till 5 every night


Ah yeah that's another memory. Staying up so late that the TV channels sign off the air with the national anthem over the call letters.

rewind2846: they have no idea what this is


Keyhole TV has that the standard image until the live stream is ready. I always wonder how many people have seen it elsewhere...
 
2011-03-20 10:26:17 PM  

GeeksAreMyPeeps: As I was going through the photos, my impression was that half of these looked exactly like the mall near me at that time (Smith Haven Mall on Long Island).

That picture at the end of the kids in the football jackets suggests it might be. My mall was probably the closest to Kings Park.


Im from Long Island and I was born in 1990, and even I can recognize this is Smith Haven Mall.

lh6.googleusercontent.com

This is the plaza in the middle intersection of the mall.

lh6.googleusercontent.com

And this was taken right outside of Macy's. I immediately recognized that brickwork, since I worked there last year.

Seeing these pics makes me remember what the mall looked like when I was in kindergarten lol

/definitely getting a kick
 
2011-03-20 10:26:59 PM  

bandy: I'd also like to point out that most of his subjects are very young. (Yes, I realize that there are very fat young kids now (and there were even a few back when I was a kid, before the Intarwebz were invented))


Back then, most malls did not have rules about groups of teenagers congregating, and the malls actually tried to attract teens with arcades and stores that appealed to them (Spencers Gifts, B Dalton and Waldenbooks, KB Toys, record stores, etc.)

Now it's 5 kinds of foot locker, a lot of women's clothes, a seasonal store or two (calendars, halloween costumes, or something), 5 cell phone kiosks, and a lot of empty storefronts.
 
2011-03-20 10:28:57 PM  

andrew131: First thing I notice: fewer fat people. Most Americans today are fat slobs that look like eggs.


I noticed that, and the fact that the mall was more packed with people then than it is now. It never gets that packed anymore except during the holidays.
 
2011-03-20 10:48:49 PM  
andrew131: First thing I notice: fewer fat people. Most Americans today are fat slobs that look like eggs.

Well, hanging out at the mall and walking around comes closer to exercise than setting in front of your keyboard trolling on fark.
 
2011-03-20 11:42:00 PM  

Oldiron_79:
Well, hanging out at the mall and walking around comes closer to exercise than setting in front of your keyboard trolling on fark.


Must explain why the local news uses neck down shots of people at the mall when they talk about the obesity epidemic on the 10 o'clock news.

Newsflash, I'm not trolling.
 
2011-03-21 12:54:24 AM  

Mentat: Grunge didn't really take over until about 92 or so. This is really more 80's than 90's.

And keep laughing Millennials. Death is coming for you too.


Grunge was very limited until about 94 or so. The majority were big hair types well into the mid 90s. You could even find big hair girls in ripped jeans and tees at grunge shows. Also, major area dependent.
 
2011-03-21 01:02:28 AM  
thumbnails29.imagebam.com

call them fat if you want but those girls are positively svelte in most areas of the US today.

Also, winter clothes make everyone look fat.
 
2011-03-21 01:04:44 AM  

rewind2846: sleeps in trees: Showed my 13 year old son these photos.

Him: Tape Shop? They had a whole store just to sell tape?
Me: No son, we used to record our music on something called a tape.
Him: Why, when you could use an ipod?
Me: *facepalm*

Same type of conversation with my nephew a few years back, only with VHS videotape.
"Why didn't you just burn the movie to a disc or record it on a DVR?"
He's sixteen now.
/headpalm


Funny, my 6 yr old knows the difference between a VHS, a DVD, and BluRay...

Of course, he's also playing the first Age of Empires and Pajama Sam games on the old computer, so retro-tech is not new to him.

/when introducing him to a new piece of tech (for him) we always explain it's age, where it came from and how it works, so he can use it properly and know what to expect out of it.
//we also explain how the data is stored on it so he doesn't accidentally fark it up, lol!
 
2011-03-21 03:22:32 AM  

katfairy: My sister was accused of child abuse because she made her daughter help clean her own room. She was told flat out that making children do any sort of chores was "abusive."

Of course, this was by a woman who allowed her snowflake to walk up to adults and hit them without saying a word- unless it was to the adult who protested.

All the kids in my family did chores, and we whined about them as much as any kid would. We played outside with minimal supervision, and if the oldest kids were around (thirteen or so), then that was considered good enough to walk over the hill to the swimming hole or into the woods. We didn't walk to school because it was four miles away, but we were allowed to bike there once we hit sixth grade. Or fifth, if you biked with others. No computers, no cable TV, no video games until I was a teenager.

/my lawn, get off it


Yep, kids around my old town would do that too back in the day.

That one kid is still a cold case with the local PD. Paper ran a quick story about him a few months ago. Walked down the wooded road to a friends house and was never seen again.

/not a CSB...
 
2011-03-21 03:37:51 AM  
The shopping mall was like the internet before computers. You could get anything you want, tons of commerce occurs everyday, it had awesome video games, you could check out the latest movie, but most people there are actually just hanging out, wasting time.
 
2011-03-21 08:36:03 AM  

Cerwin3302: LAY OFF ME! I'M STARVING!!!!


/RIP Chris Farley


winner
 
2011-03-21 11:17:02 AM  
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

/Wear Sunscreen
//Mary Schmich-Chicago Tribune
 
2011-03-21 11:24:42 AM  
i was born in 1972. that means I was a kid right in the smack middle of the 80's, and I will tell you this-

FAT PEOPLE WERE EVERYWHERE THEN, TOO.

come on, people. Stop acting like obesity was created in 2001. Hell, my aunt was so fat she broke most recliners that she would sit in. Tons of fat people trolled the mall. Nobody seriously worked out, but tons of people wore work out clothes. Hell, few people actually surfed but lots wore surf clothes, for christ's sake. Anywho. Fat people. There were lots.
 
2011-03-21 11:28:43 AM  

frepnog: i was born in 1972. that means I was a kid right in the smack middle of the 80's, and I will tell you this-

FAT PEOPLE WERE EVERYWHERE THEN, TOO.

come on, people. Stop acting like obesity was created in 2001. Hell, my aunt was so fat she broke most recliners that she would sit in. Tons of fat people trolled the mall. Nobody seriously worked out, but tons of people wore work out clothes. Hell, few people actually surfed but lots wore surf clothes, for christ's sake. Anywho. Fat people. There were lots.



indeed:
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2011-03-21 11:35:17 AM  

spillthecat: frepnog: i was born in 1972. that means I was a kid right in the smack middle of the 80's, and I will tell you this-

FAT PEOPLE WERE EVERYWHERE THEN, TOO.

come on, people. Stop acting like obesity was created in 2001. Hell, my aunt was so fat she broke most recliners that she would sit in. Tons of fat people trolled the mall. Nobody seriously worked out, but tons of people wore work out clothes. Hell, few people actually surfed but lots wore surf clothes, for christ's sake. Anywho. Fat people. There were lots.


indeed:


hehe. favorited.
 
2011-03-21 12:00:20 PM  
Best part of the 90's was we had Clinton
 
2011-03-21 12:37:22 PM  
Dad?

lh3.googleusercontent.com
farm2.static.flickr.com
 
2011-03-21 01:46:08 PM  
Yes. We had goths back then too.
 
2011-03-21 06:52:20 PM  

ScottRiqui: aerojockey: farked

/man did I hate mall hair


It might have just been a 1980s Texas/Oklahoma thing, but I remember the girls in high school using "Mane N' Tail" horse shampoo, back when you actually had to go to a tack shop to get it. It's still around, and I see it in beauty supply stores even here on the East coast, so I guess it went mainstream somewhere along the line.

Oh, and I see your "mall hair" and raise you this - here's my better half from our senior year of high school (1988):


That was when "nice girls" skipped the whole rebellious "mall hair" thing and went straight to "grandma at the mall" hair.
 
2011-03-21 06:54:38 PM  

EighthundredmillionthFarker: ZeroCorpse: Those were the days. In 1990, I had girls fighting over me, and I even got paid to f♥ck every once in a while.

Man, I miss being young and desirable. When I hit 36, I just became f♥cking invisible to women. It's a bitter pill, man. A bitter f♥cking pill.

I actually miss these 80s chicks with their big hair and big glasses and legwarmers, dammit! I miss the alternative crowd I hung with even more.

You're not invisible to them, they're just averting their eyes.

As someone whose stayed in shape, 36 was around the age where women really started noticing me. Don't see the end in sight, either.

Okay, maybe 59.

Did I mention you sound fat?


Sure, whatever. Say hi to your mom for me!
 
2011-03-21 07:19:18 PM  

AshCampbell: Dad?


*shakes fist* You got it before me, these look like 80s Goth Kids (the good old days, before the fake vampire crap).

/I can has The Mission UK and NOT Marilyn Manson?
 
2011-03-21 08:18:12 PM  
What Godforsaken midwestern state was that taken in?

That's not what things looked like in 1991. The bright colors and the high-waisted stuff was still around, but the hair had deflated somewhat by that point in most civilized places

Unless you were in Iowa or somewhere several years behind the times....
 
2011-03-21 09:34:49 PM  

Sulfus: andrew131: First thing I notice: fewer fat people. Most Americans today are fat slobs that look like eggs.

I noticed that, and the fact that the mall was more packed with people then than it is now. It never gets that packed anymore except during the holidays.


What mall is not packed?
It costs nothing to stroll the mall.
And I see people with bags and bags of purchased (or stolen) stuff.
 
2011-03-22 11:12:16 AM  
This...
lh5.googleusercontent.com
Reminds me of this.
lh3.googleusercontent.com

/hot like 1980's Sara Jessica Parker (not now)
//Compliance!
 
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