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(Dinosaur Dracula)   Looking back at the pinnacle of '80s grade school fashion: Plastic charms shaped like tennis rackets, roller skates and cans of Coke   (dinosaurdracula.com ) divider line
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2013-01-18 09:42:23 AM  
dinosaurdracula.com

hahahaha! What kind of idiot only has a phone with one big button on it?

/ducks, runs
 
2013-01-18 09:47:04 AM  
Hmm. Clicked on link. Read TFA. Thought to myself "Aw fark. Another X-Entertainment wannabe clogging up the ironic nostalgia world of blogs".

Then I read around and realized that it's actually the guy from X-Entertainment, apparently writing an unfunny parody of himself. Tell me moar about your love of Ninja Turtles Matt!
 
2013-01-18 09:54:14 AM  
As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.
 
2013-01-18 09:58:34 AM  
i1247.photobucket.com

What I remember from the 80s....
 
2013-01-18 10:00:26 AM  
Nope. Never saw anyone wearing that crap.
That was the shiat that you would get in those 25 cent gum-ball type machines.
Kid would drop in a quarter, get the 'prize', and stick in a pocket never to be seen again.
 
2013-01-18 10:05:54 AM  

Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.


Trapper Keepers, tight pants, loud colors, my beloved Walter Payton Kangaroos, Frank 'N Stuff hot dogs, and Van Halen. Those are my 80s identifiers.
 
2013-01-18 10:10:30 AM  

Orgasmatron138: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Trapper Keepers, tight pants, loud colors, my beloved Walter Payton Kangaroos, Frank 'N Stuff hot dogs, and Van Halen. Those are my 80s identifiers.


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Girls with big hairy muffs. That's what I remember.
 
2013-01-18 10:16:26 AM  
I went to elementary in both Illinois and Oklahoma and I've never seen these things before. Apparently this fool thought an extremely localized fad was universal.

/pogo ball
 
2013-01-18 10:16:58 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Nope. Never saw anyone wearing that crap.
That was the shiat that you would get in those 25 cent gum-ball type machines.
Kid would drop in a quarter, get the 'prize', and stick in a pocket never to be seen again.


And they haven't gone away, they're just made of silicone now.

Orgasmatron138: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Trapper Keepers, tight pants, loud colors, my beloved Walter Payton Kangaroos, Frank 'N Stuff hot dogs, and Van Halen. Those are my 80s identifiers.


Little-known fact: From 1982-1984, Federal law required all boys aged 9-14 to be issued at least one camouflage shirt and pair of pants (but you were not allowed to wear both at the same time), unlaced white high-tops and one of those coats whose sleeves would zip off so you could turn it into a vest.
 
Ant
2013-01-18 10:39:14 AM  

Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.


Did anyone else's school have a short-lived obsession with ultra-hot cinnamon-soaked toothpicks? (anything soaked in cinnamon extract, really)

What about pencil fighting?
 
Ant
2013-01-18 10:41:40 AM  
Yay parachute pants!

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The more zippers, the better!
 
2013-01-18 10:47:45 AM  
Vuarnet T-shirts, Op corduroy walkshorts, Kaepa sneakers, Bugle Boy pants--I was a walking fashion plate.
 
2013-01-18 10:49:28 AM  

Orgasmatron138: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Trapper Keepers, tight pants, loud colors, my beloved Walter Payton Kangaroos, Frank 'N Stuff hot dogs, and Van Halen. Those are my 80s identifiers.


Piped pants, Capizios, and Ocean Pacific shirts.
 
2013-01-18 10:51:32 AM  
I'm guessing it because the mediakids only knows the movies and this farking guy, plus this shiat.

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tracyhighpsych.wikispaces.com
 
2013-01-18 10:54:04 AM  

Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.


I came in here to say that exact same thing.
 
2013-01-18 10:58:04 AM  

PacManDreaming: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I came in here to say that exact same thing.


In NYC between '85 and '86 these were all the rage.  I remember going to the New Music Seminar in 1986
and George Clinton was giving out plastic chains with skeletons on them as a promo. I still have it
somewhere in the Vault of Eternal Darkness (aka my basement).
 
2013-01-18 11:22:30 AM  

Orgasmatron138: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Trapper Keepers, tight pants, loud colors, my beloved Walter Payton Kangaroos, Frank 'N Stuff hot dogs, and Van Halen. Those are my 80s identifiers.


Ooooh...Trapper Keepers. Weren't you fancy! We had to make do with Pee-Chee's and LIKE it!

/Love is a pee chee but sex is an all season sport
 
2013-01-18 11:34:18 AM  
It seems I'm one of the few here that remembers these. I was big into a toy series called Charmkins, then after those hit the individual charms hit. I had a pink necklace length charm chain full. However, these hit closer to '83-'84 in my neck of the woods.

/I was also addicted to the plastic scent of these items
//younger kidlette's Strawberry Shortcake doll smells THE SAME as mine did in the 80s
 
2013-01-18 11:34:32 AM  

Orgasmatron138: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Trapper Keepers, tight pants, loud colors, my beloved Walter Payton Kangaroos, Frank 'N Stuff hot dogs, and Van Halen. Those are my 80s identifiers.


"child" being the key word, you sillybeans. a child of the era would remember these tiny treasures. not a young adult. not a teen. meanwhile, i suspect the both of you grew up in small towns or rural areas, as many of the items you've listed were late 1970's fare in the populated world.
 
2013-01-18 11:40:27 AM  

KrispyKritter: Orgasmatron138: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Trapper Keepers, tight pants, loud colors, my beloved Walter Payton Kangaroos, Frank 'N Stuff hot dogs, and Van Halen. Those are my 80s identifiers.

"child" being the key word, you sillybeans. a child of the era would remember these tiny treasures. not a young adult. not a teen. meanwhile, i suspect the both of you grew up in small towns or rural areas, as many of the items you've listed were late 1970's fare in the populated world.


Damn. That's some Sherlock Holmes stuff right there. Ahtanum, WA. Population about 500 IIRC.
 
2013-01-18 11:51:51 AM  
Holy f*ck, f*ck off with the 80's sh*t.
We've endured an entire decade of nostalgia about it. Enough already, for the love of gawd.

It's about the 90's now, please 80's, f*ck off and die. The nostalgia trend is always 20 years. Get over it. The 80's sucked ass and no one cares.
 
2013-01-18 12:25:35 PM  
KrispyKritter:

"child" being the key word, you sillybeans. a child of the era would remember these tiny treasures. not a young adult. not a teen. meanwhile, i suspect the both of you grew up in small towns or rural areas, as many of the items you've listed were late 1970's fare in the populated world.

I was a child in the '80s, and I remember girls wearing these, but I don't remember spending even two minutes thinking about them. Transformers, sure. G.I. Joe, absolutely. Even Thundercats and Voltron. Garbage Pail Kids cards.

But shiatty plastic charms? Nope.
 
2013-01-18 12:25:55 PM  

Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.


Just like every other generation, what I remember is REALLY REALLY shiatty music mixed with REALLY REALLY good music ...and, of course, cocaine.
 
Ant
2013-01-18 12:39:18 PM  
How about girls with feathery roach clips in their hair?
 
2013-01-18 01:05:56 PM  

sure haven't: Holy f*ck, f*ck off with the 80's sh*t.
We've endured an entire decade of nostalgia about it. Enough already, for the love of gawd.

It's about the 90's now, please 80's, f*ck off and die. The nostalgia trend is always 20 years. Get over it. The 80's sucked ass and no one cares.


The 80s stole your girlfriend, didn't it?
 
2013-01-18 01:14:44 PM  

Ant: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Did anyone else's school have a short-lived obsession with ultra-hot cinnamon-soaked toothpicks? (anything soaked in cinnamon extract, really)

What about pencil fighting?


Yes and yes. Did you ever remove your eraser and bite down the remaining metal into a sharp point? As though it would somehow be superior, even though that wasn't the part that struck the other pencil.

Also, hyper-color shirts. Anyone?
 
2013-01-18 01:17:31 PM  

Skyd1v: KrispyKritter: Orgasmatron138: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Trapper Keepers, tight pants, loud colors, my beloved Walter Payton Kangaroos, Frank 'N Stuff hot dogs, and Van Halen. Those are my 80s identifiers.

"child" being the key word, you sillybeans. a child of the era would remember these tiny treasures. not a young adult. not a teen. meanwhile, i suspect the both of you grew up in small towns or rural areas, as many of the items you've listed were late 1970's fare in the populated world.

Damn. That's some Sherlock Holmes stuff right there. Ahtanum, WA. Population about 500 IIRC.


Kind of. Quad Cities, IA/IL. Combined population of the area is almost 400,000.
 
2013-01-18 01:18:31 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: Orgasmatron138: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Trapper Keepers, tight pants, loud colors, my beloved Walter Payton Kangaroos, Frank 'N Stuff hot dogs, and Van Halen. Those are my 80s identifiers.

Piped pants, Capizios, and Ocean Pacific shirts.


Ocean Pacific, holy crap. Yep, had those.
 
2013-01-18 01:23:57 PM  

themanuf: Ant: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Did anyone else's school have a short-lived obsession with ultra-hot cinnamon-soaked toothpicks? (anything soaked in cinnamon extract, really)

What about pencil fighting?

Yes and yes. Did you ever remove your eraser and bite down the remaining metal into a sharp point? As though it would somehow be superior, even though that wasn't the part that struck the other pencil.

Also, hyper-color shirts. Anyone?


Yup to both of those. Plus the "thug" shirts which were freakishly large but had cartoon characters like mickey mouse on them. JNCO's, Crystal Pepsi..hmmm what else.
 
2013-01-18 01:37:52 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: sure haven't: Holy f*ck, f*ck off with the 80's sh*t.
We've endured an entire decade of nostalgia about it. Enough already, for the love of gawd.

It's about the 90's now, please 80's, f*ck off and die. The nostalgia trend is always 20 years. Get over it. The 80's sucked ass and no one cares.

The 80s stole your girlfriend, didn't it?


I don't wanna talk about it *hrmph*

/but seriously, the 80's sucked ass, enough, I'm dyin' over here
 
2013-01-18 01:44:20 PM  
Fwiw, these were popular enough in Alaska during the 80s. I wasn't personally into them, but they were definitely all over the place. And, while they were mostly with girls, I'm a bit surprised I didn't bite on the trend considering my packrat/collector tendencies.
 
2013-01-18 02:24:26 PM  
We had these in school in central TX, I seem to remember these around '84 to '86, right before the Lightning Bolt t-shirts and Pogo Balls were big.

I don't think any of us guys had these charms but I remember the girls in class had buckets of them. I always liked the tennis racket ones for some strange reason. The mini-Pepsi bottles I thought were dumb. I remember some girls used to combine these with their Homecoming mums. Yes, our town was stupid with the mums, even girls in elementary school wore them.
 
2013-01-18 02:47:16 PM  

themanuf: Ant: Skyd1v: As a child of the 80s, I gotta say...I don't remember any of this shiat about charms.

I remember hair mousse, and Vans, and "parachute pants", and gathering on the schoolyard to see who could eat a packet of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid without puckering up. ( and so much else. I saw shiat that would make you turn white!)

But not this.

Did anyone else's school have a short-lived obsession with ultra-hot cinnamon-soaked toothpicks? (anything soaked in cinnamon extract, really)

What about pencil fighting?

Yes and yes. Did you ever remove your eraser and bite down the remaining metal into a sharp point? As though it would somehow be superior, even though that wasn't the part that struck the other pencil.

Also, hyper-color shirts. Anyone?


Jeez people. Pencil fighting was so 70s. Get with the times. The 80s were fought with mechanical pencils. Those battles took a while.
 
2013-01-18 02:53:19 PM  
tossing pencils up into the ceiling tiles...
well, timeless, but is a fun 80s memory.
 
2013-01-18 04:32:33 PM  
I was a kid in the 80s...I don't recall these at all.
 
2013-01-18 04:51:26 PM  
I definitely had a ton of these.
 
2013-01-18 07:47:18 PM  
If you don't remember them then you weren't young enough at the time or a boy who didn't have a sister and never spent much time around the girls. I recall Jelly bracelets being a bigger thing. I also remember how there were stories about how a kid accidentally slit their own wrists with a slap bracelet whose material had worn out enough for the metal bit to poke through.
 
2013-01-18 09:21:25 PM  
As many fine Farkers have already said, Subby seems to have confused decades. This is not 80s stuff.

This is the stuff my brother's kid had. This is late 90s to early 2000s.
 
2013-01-18 10:28:23 PM  
Things I remember from being in elementary/middle school in the early from '82-'90 (aside from some of those already mentioned)

Hypercolor
Pogo Bals
500
Smear the queer
Jams
plastic friendship bracelets
discovering Iron Maiden
 
2013-01-19 12:19:06 AM  
beaded pins and jewelry like this were big in my neck of the woods. I think we kept Ben Franklins in business buying all those cheap plastic beads.
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and yeah pencil fights and marbles were also huge. I remember our school had a pencil vending machine that dispensed Atari and other themed pencils. So evey kid would always have a big pack of them wrapped in a rubberband to use for the fights. The bigger your pack the cooler you were...
 
2013-01-19 02:13:24 AM  

Krowdaddy Chixdiggit: [i1247.photobucket.com image 600x401]

What I remember from the 80s....


I am Governor Jerry Brown!
My aura smiles and never frowns!
Soon I will be president!

Hahaha yeah, woo-hoo, the 80s, with Jerry Brown as governor of California. Those were some good times, heh.
Wait, what? You're shiatting me! Wasn't he term-limited? No?
Well chop off my legs and call me shorty!
 
2013-01-19 02:29:33 AM  
As a sufferer of the 80's while in junior high....

Jelly bracelets were big.... and mainly found in bubble gum machines and at flea market-type places.  So to find the "coolest" ones (such as glittery ones or multicolored), it was almost like hunting.  Bracelet hunting.

I remember these clip-on charms briefly.  Some kids would have one or two hanging from their backpack or in their locker, but they weren't as important as the almighty jelly bracelets.  Friendship bracelets were also still popular.  I spent many wasted hours making those damned things.

The 80's were scary.  I HAD to have a cool Trapper Keeper every year (gosh, they were so oversized and cumbersome).  All the fluorescent crap, head to top..... which seems to be reappearing in malls now..... like some 80's warehouse exploded.  Belts with studs or spikes on them.  Hightop leather Nikes with either no laces or numerous pairs of wide laces on each shoe.  Ultra feathered hair (to the point of looking clownish).   Lots of jeans that were tight, ill-fitting and plastered with gaudy trim and designs (Jordache was queen).

The weirdest phase (which may have just been regional) was the wearing of a black Members Only jacket  with a purple hooded sweatshirt underneath it.  Stupid as hell, but had to wear it to be cool.  I sadly fell into this one.   Later was the denim jacket covered with beaded pins and band-related buttons/pins.


/Bubblicious!!!
 
2013-01-19 08:33:17 AM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: Things I remember from being in elementary/middle school in the early from '82-'90 (aside from some of those already mentioned)

Hypercolor
Pogo Bals
500
Smear the queer
Jams
plastic friendship bracelets
discovering Iron Maiden


I think we had very similar childhoods.

/1st tape was Somewhere in Time
 
2013-01-20 01:57:57 AM  
I had a ton of these charms. It was fun to be an 80's kid...
 
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