31 Weird Things Millennials Did As Kids, Not Gen Z

You probably still do some of these.

In the days before kids could play games on their parents’ phones or ask Alexa to play “Baby Shark” on repeat…

…some of our ideas of what fun was were a little more…out-of-the-box than others….

…yet so many of those weird things we did as kids were universal experiences, like:


Playing with the rubber door stopper.

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The only musical instrument you were good at.


Drawing pictures in that kind of carpet/upholstery.

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Your grandmother’s living room was your canvas.


Convincing yourself you were creating a masterpiece on the Etch-A-Sketch right before you dropped it.

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It belonged in a museum, but it lives on in your memory.


Learning a horror version of the Barney theme song on the playground.

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Where did this even come from? What did Barney ever do it us?


Purposefully dropping your friend during a trust fall.


Picking crab grass and dandelions to make a “salad.”

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You always wondered what it tasted like, too.


Spinning in a rolling chair any chance you got.

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Pinching your fingers/mouth/nose with a claw clip.

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Why was this so much fun?


Seeing how far you could jump off the swings.

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This should be an Olympic sport.


Going through a horse phase.

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Bonus points if it coincided with your Little House on the Prairie or Boxcar Children phase.


Asking your friend to burn you a copy of their new movie or CD.

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This was basically the precursor to sharing Netflix passwords.


Trying to roll your eyes back far enough to see inside your brain.

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I’m still disappointed it never worked, tbh.


Drawing the D in the Disney logo to figure out how it wasn’t a G.

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Forget Walt’s frozen head, this is the greatest Disney mystery.


Getting unnecessarily angry about the results of your MASH life.


No one wants to live in a shack with their husband the Jolly Green Giant.


Staring out the car window and pretending you’re in a music video.

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Especially when it rains, for the *drama*.


Using one of these hairbrushes as a microphone.

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Who needs a karaoke machine?


Stealing the kitchen chairs or the couch cushions to build a fort.

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Figuring out you could use twine to help hold up the blankets was a GAME CHANGER.


Mixing “potions” with every random product in the bathroom.

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Sabrina the Teenage Witch much?


Nibbling on Play-Doh.


Jumping to slap the top of a doorframe at school.


Giving yourself a tattoo with a pen.

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You just wanted to be cool.


Desperately wanting to pick the Styrofoam cranberries off decorations like this.

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Kids today are so lucky with their squishies and slime.


Sniffing those scented markers.

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Mr. Sketch could make it big as a candle company.


Dipping a paper clip/a pen cap/your finger into a candle warmer.

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Then you pulled the wax off to create art.


Making jewelry out of paper clips.

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Cartier who? I only know Clippier.


Holding your hand over the TV to feel the static.


Taking the dead batteries out of the remote and rubbing them on your clothes to “recharge” them.

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Looking for new batteries was such a waste of time.


Trying to figure out how those magic baby doll bottles with the disappearing juice worked.

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I feel like you’d need an engineering degree to understand.


Keeping the tags on your Beanie Babies so they could make you rich one day.

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Those little bears were supposed to be your college fund.


Fitting as much of that measuring tape gum into your mouth as possible.

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I wonder what the world record is…


And finally, mushing up all your lunch leftovers and daring your friends to try a bite.

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This could be a sabotage on Cutthroat Kitchen.

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