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Are you a child of the 1990s? Here are 26 ways to tell

Best. Decade. Ever.

DID YOU SPEND your formative years in the last decade but one?

Find out with our comprehensive guide. You’re a child of the ’90s if…

1. You know what these are:

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2. You’d know what to do with one of these:

3. And the important meaning of these:


4. Owning a housebrick-sized one of these made you cool:


5. You owned a Hypercolor t-shirt:

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6. You used one of these to call home (and for emergencies):

7. This was an essential tool for rewinding tapes:

8. Sometimes you needed one if the DJ talked over the intro to your song.

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9. Speaking of recordings, you also recorded the MTV awards, and then actually watched them. More than once.

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10. You had a cool friend who went to something like this:

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11. You owned jeans with one of these:

X-Worx? Eclipse? Your choice.

12. And maybe some tear-off pants:

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These were a terrible idea, actually. Bonus if you got chased around the playground by people threatening to tear them off.

13. You had a favourite out of these guys:

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And would fight to the death for him.

14. This was kind of shocking

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But exciting, obviously.

15. This was appropriate headgear if you were a girl:

16. This was appropriate headgear if you were a boy:

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17. You owned a video with 'DO NOT TAPE OVER' written on it

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Possibly containing episodes of My So-Called Life.

18. And you remember the feeling when you rented a video, and the previous customer hadn't rewound it:

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19. You owned runners that either pumped up:


20. Or lit up:


21. These were the best way to spend small break:


22. Unless you had one of these:


23. And these kind of blew your mind:

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24. This was the most frustrating thing in the entire world:

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25. Except for this sound:


26. And this seemed like a really, really big deal:

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Congratulations! You're a child of the 1990s.

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