The technology was nowhere near what it is today, but we didn't really complain about whipping out our encyclopedias to complete an entire book report. It was a way of life — and you couldn't survive school without your Encyclopedia Britannica at your fingertips. A library card was a right and a privilege that was worth its weight in gold.
Bug Pops were absolutely delicious — it almost makes you wonder why they ever got discontinued. Why did we crave these peculiar popsicles? Better yet, why did marketers think it was good to tell us to chow down on some bugs? It doesn't matter; these pops were addicting AF.
3. Your Entire Existence Was Kept On A Floppy Disk
Floppy disks were the information lifeline of the '90s. You could keep a disk for every occasion, including book reports, school notes, and even confidential files. Why did the floppy era ever have to end? Technological advancements are bittersweet for sure.
Solitaire and Minesweeper were the games that every Microsoft computer came equipped with and in the pre-internet era, these were absolute lifesavers. How would these games entertain us for hours on end? The only computer feature in the same league as these guys would be Microsoft Paint — no questions asked.
Anyone that tells you not to play with your food has never worn some fabulous snack-time nails. Bugles are a salty, savory chip that doubled as a fierce fashion statement in the '90s. Have you ever seen a manicure so crisp?
Want to make art while exercising your lungs and exhausting yourself? BLO pens made some pretty awesome effects on paper, but it's hard to see how long you could possibly go along with the charade of losing your breath to create your art. Most of us found it well worth the effort.
Whether it was Sill Putty or Floam, the '90s were a time to appreciate the slimy toys in all their glory. What was with our obsession with playing with anything borderline gross? We might never get that answer, but we had fun exploring past the realm of Play-Doh.
8. Nintendo 64 Cartridges Were Good As New With A Little Air
This may be a valid example of the Mandela Effect, but everyone who's ever played a game on Nintendo 64 has blown on a faulty cartridge to make it work. How did we all come to the conclusion that this method was the way to get your game on effortlessly? It doesn't matter because clearly, it was full-proof.
Heinz EZ Squirt ketchup was a real sight to see. A green and purple condiment on top of a bed of fries doesn't settle well in some of our stomachs, but '90s kids ate it all up. Although it was discontinued in 2006, it will definitely never be forgotten.
Once AOL Instant Messenger began to pop up on computers everyone, it became the only way you would ever want to communicate, ever. If you didn't put the coolest song lyrics in your away message you weren't with it. Not to mention all of your friend's initials HAD to be listed, or else it was practically a federal offense.
We couldn't take care of ourselves but to keep a Tamagotchi healthy was a no-brainer. Hours of diligently watching it eat, sleep, and even defecate were what we lived for. Becoming a caretaker was so fun it was commonplace to have more than one hanging from your backpack.
12. Everyone Could Be A Fortune Teller With Some Construction Paper
These things were incredibly intricate, and we based our young lives off of them. This little piece of origami held all of the childhood wisdom, and we were forever changed because of it. All it takes is your favorite color to reveal a cryptic message, that probably resembles who has a crush on you. Can't guarantee it, but probably.
13. Playing With Boogers Was Seen As Acceptable Playtime Fun
The Creepy Crawlers Bug Maker Oven is the epitome of the '90s fascination with things of the less tasteful nature. These things were flying off the shelves nonetheless, and you can almost remember the television commercial if you dive through your memory bank. This was the Easy-Bake Oven redefined, in the strangest of ways.
Ren and Stimpy was a show on Nickelodeon that everyone can vaguely recall. If you watch clips of it now you'd question how it was allowed on the air. But '90s Nickelodeon was practically a religion, and those quirky cartoons beat anything on television now.
Writing in bright and flashy colors was all the rage. This beautifully accompanied our Lisa Frank obsession, but this trend has since faded out. It's too bad that we can't embrace these colorful signatures in our professional lives, but fuschia may be frowned upon on your resume.
It was like a rite of passage for '90s pop culture. We watched from our screens as our favorite celebrities or random Nickelodeon game show contestants awkwardly stood under a steady stream of slime. It was the best of times, it was the most bizarre of times — but we all still love the '90s.