People Are Posting Their Most Embarrassing Childhood Photos, And It’s Impossible Not To Laugh (New Pics)


All of us have one or two embarrassing childhood photos that we would go to great lengths to hide away from the world. But these people decided to brave the cruel waters of the Internet and share some of the most cringe-worthy shots from their childhoods and youth days.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of best throwback photographs for the ultimate cringe effect. From odd hairstyles and accessories to questionable fashion choices, the list contains each person’s bump (or perhaps even a trainwreck) on the road of searching for identity. So check them out and don’t forget to vote and comment on your favorites!

My Mum Advised Me Not To Leave The House Like This, Didn’t Listen. That Hair!

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I Often Referred To Myself As Dunderman As A Child. Here’s One Of My Outfits Posing As Such.

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Curly Mullet, Thrift Store Boy’s Anime Shirt, Inability To Look Normal For A Picture: 2003 Was A Cruel Year For This 11yo Girl

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My 18th Birthday. I’m The Goth. Still Great Friends With The Beautiful Girl Next To Me. 🙂

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This Is What Happened When Ten Years Old Me Started Watching America’s Next Top Model

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I Was 11 Years Old. Too Old To Be Doing Stuff Like This? The School Project Was To Make A Mask, We Weren’t Required To Wear It, Or Make The… Rest…

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I Took A “Photo Shoot” With All Photos Like This And Thought I Was So Cool, This Was Also My Profile Picture For Far Too Long

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Picture Was Taken In A Sketch Photo Booth At The Mall, Right After Buying Fake Grillz

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She’s A Maneater

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Sup Ladies….circa 1997

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As A Child I Spent A Lot Of Time Trying To Kill Batman.

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I Swear It’s Not Square Anymore…

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I Had To Bribe The School Photographer To Let Me Do This My Senior Year.

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The Triangle Hair And Fake Mole Completes My Senior High School Photo.

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My Parents Weren’t Surprised When I Came Out

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My Nickname In School Was Spock. 🖖

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When Your “Hardcore Tough Guy Gangster” Picture With Your Homie Turns Out To Look Like The Start Of A Gay Porn Film, But You Post It To Facebook Anyway… Millennial Blunder Years

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Zing! (Made It Myself And Put It As My Fb Profile Pic)

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My (Conservative Christian) College Yearbook Photoshopped My Punk Rock Spikes Into A White Afro

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I Thought I Was At The Peak Of Style. Tipping Fedora, ✔️. Orange Hair, ✔️. Plaid Trench Coat With Suit Jacket And T Shirt Underneath,✔️ . I Was A Female Neckbeard In 2007

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Me 16 Years Ago

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I Thought Listening To Metal Made Me Cool In Middle School

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As An Eighth Grader, I Was 2edgy4u

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Myspace Was One Hell Of A Drug. 2007. Age 14.

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This Surpasses Even The Fivehead

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The Shirt Says, “Team Edward: Because Jacob Doesn’t Sparkle”

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I Used To Wonder Why I Was Bullied So Much.

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1986 In Texas, Complete With Pinch- Rolled Jeans And Hi-Top Reeboks

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Throwback To The 90s. This Picture Describes Me As An Adult.

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My Huge Pants Helped Me Sail Into Y2k, I Was 16 And I Should Have Known Better

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Homecoming 2012. Yes That’s My Real Hair. Yes I Spent An Hour On It Every Day.

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1996, Olan Mills Calls My Roommate Offering A Free Family Sitting. His Family Lived Two States Away, So We Went In To Mess With Them. I’m The Guy On The Right.

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Me And All My Hair In 1988.

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That Time In The Early 90s When I Was 12 Going On 54.

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1990 And 11 Years Old. I Just Showed This To My 10 Year Old Daughter And Thought She’d Laugh. Nope. Only Fear.

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Me As A Goth Making Fun Of Goths Circa 1995.

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After Kris Kross Released Their First Album In The Early 90s, I (Female) Decided To Have A Cross-Dress Themed Birthday Party. The Boys Really Went All Out!! It Probably Wouldn’t Be As Laughably- Received Today.

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My Hillbilly Years

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Unfortunately My Parents Let Me Wear Whatever I Liked As An 11 Year Old Lesbian. I Thought I Looked Like The Cool Boys In The Target Catalog…

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My Stunning Wife When She Was 13 Going On 30.

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I Was Surfing The Web Back In 2001

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My Best Friend And I Gearing Up For Puberty In The Late 90’s

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Dancing Queen, Young And Sweet, Only 4 Or 5

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Thought It Would Be Cool To Make Knex Body Armor

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Why Yes!! My Vest Was Homemade! Pm Me For Orders!!! 😉

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When My High School Marching Band Was Performing At The Liberty Bowl And I Ran Into Two Guys Who Looked Vaguely Like Me (I’m In The Middle)

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My Senior Yearbook Photo.. It Was 2002, Frosted Tips And N*sync Were Actually Cool..

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I Was A 40 Year Old Woman At 13

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‘ginger Hair? Freckles? Pale Skin? This Kids Going To Be Too Popular At School. Can You Level The Playing Field A Bit?’ – Parents To Hairdresser

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Right Before A Brutal Transfer From Homeschool To Public School Circa 2007

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I Grew Up In A Small Midwest Town, My Mom Convinced Me To Take “Urban Hip-Hop” Dance Classes.

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The Blunder Brothers, Circa 1994. I’m In Purple.

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My Legs And Feet Hit Puberty Before The Rest Of Me.

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Glamour Shot Blunder (7 Years Old)

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The Time In Sixth Grade When I Thought It Was Cool To Wear My Naruto Headband Everywhere – Even To School

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My Attire For Homecoming (Male)

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My Senior Pic Makes Me Cringe So Good

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I Was 16 Years Old In 1987

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Its A Pillow, Its A Pet, Its 8 Years Later & Im Full Of Regret

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Get In Line, Fellas

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Bitch, America Was Always Great.

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I See Your Uncle From The 80s And Raise You My Father’s Hair From The 80s

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I Still Don’t Understand Why Girls Just Wanted To Be Friends In High School (2002)

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My Very First Job. Spidermang For Kids Parties.

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Bowl Cut✔️ Gameboy✔️ Inflatable Furniture ✔️ 90’s Were Awesome.

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Not Only Did I Take A Mop To Prom, I Wore Icp Face Paint On School Picture Day In 2002

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15-Year-Old Me Was Terrified Of Touching These Car Show Models. I Cringe Every Time I See This.

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My Kindergarten Picture Is Definitely The Most Epic Of All My School Pictures.

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First Day Of High School, I Was Apparently Going For The 70 Year Old Man Look

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Playing Starcraft On 56k, Strategizing With My Buddy Pre-Bluetooth/skype.

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In 4th Good Grade, I Was Too Badass For Just One Wristwatch.

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I Wore This Everyday In Winter In 2013 The Worse Part Is Was 27

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This Is What Happens When Dorks With Cartoon Obsessions Are Allowed To Bring Props To Their Senior Photo Session. Loved Marvin So Much I Used To Joke He Was My Real Dad, The Cringe Factor Is Astronomical.

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When You Look Over 40 But You’re Actually 12

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My Uncle In The Early 80s

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My All-Time Favorite Christmas Blunder (I’m Top Left)

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For My 2nd Grade Photo I Vouched For The Satan’s-Child-Lawyer Look.

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I Was 14 In 2004, My Mom Let Me Buy That Shirt, My Friends Let Me Have Hair Like A Penis.

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The Coolest Senior Picture Ever?

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Just Found My Glamour Shot From 1995. I Was A Sassy 45 Year Old In 7th Grade, Apparently.

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Permission Has Finally Been Granted To Share My Wife’s Glorious Childhood Perm/greatest Soccer Pic Of All Time. Enjoy!

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Age 13 And My Life Goal Was To Lead A Myspace Follow Train

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I Was 12, Misunderstood, And Forced To Go To A Nascar Race With My Family. I Wore This In The Sweltering Heat.

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Nothing Smoother Than Singing The Quadratic Formula

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They Wouldn’t Take The Photo Unless I Smiled.

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Everyone Knew Me.

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Sexy Teens In Your Area

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Visiting My Family After Several Years And Going Through Albums. Me At About 12. I’m A Girl.

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Parents Thought I Was Gay. Can’t Say I Blame Them…

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Highschool Prom.

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“Promo Shot” For My First Band’s Myspace Page. I Was 16 And Wore Women’s Clothing.

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Give Me The Sassy Grandma Look

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We Thought It Was Funny To Wear Thrift Store Suits To School… Every. Single. Day. (I’m On The Right). 1999

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They Called Me Professor Snape.

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This Was My Senior Photo 1993.

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2006 Senior Picture

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It Was 1996. I Was Obsessed With Vampires And Phantom Of The Opera…behold My Embarrassing Senior Picture.

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In Fourth Grade All I Wanted Was To Marry Jtt

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This Photo Was Taken In 1996, Dora The Explorer First Aired In 2000

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12 In 1

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The Look Of Disappointment On My Mom’s Face As I “Egyptian Dance” With My New Haircut (Because Of Lice)

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In A Hurricane Simulator, 30 Seconds Before My Bright Green Maxi Pads Flew Out Of My Bag And Swirled Around My Head.

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I Looked 70 When I Was 13

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Painful To Share But I Thought I Was A Badass In Middle School

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My Best Friend’s Birthday Party After She Moved And Got New Friends (Guess Who I Am)

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I Just Discovered This Sub. This Picture Of My Mom And I Immediately Came To Mind. This Was 2000 Lol

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I Logged Into Myspace After 10 Years…

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Look At Me! I’m A Real Fancy Boy!

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Try To Contain Yourselves Ladies!!!

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Senior Photo With Model Cars That Was Supposed To Be ‘Just For Mom’ – Ended Up In Widespread Circulation.

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Allllrighty Then

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I Was About 18 Years Old, And Heading Out For A Night On The Town. Please Note The Nose Ring- It Was Stuck On With Superglue

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They’re Almost Texas Beauty Queen Bangs

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My Sister Has Been Doing Her Best To Embarrass Me With Photos Of My Teenage Goth Years. I Regret Nothing. I Was So Cool.

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On My Way To Steal Ya Man

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Senior Prom 2006, Went Stag

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50% Khaki, 25% Weird Crinkly Tube Top, 25% Platform Sneakers: 100% Confidence

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This Gem Is Hanging In My Mom’s Hallway, Reminding Me Every Time I Visit Just How Cringeworthy I Was In 2005.

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Last Time I Ever Went To Supercuts.

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My Fiancé Got This Leather Jacket When He Was 14. So Naturally He Got His Mom To Do A Photoshoot In His Room.

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Titanic, Western, Newscaster Glamour Shots: 1998 In A Nutshell

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I Peaked At 14 When I Was 45 Years Old.

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I Was Pretty Much The Typical Neckbeard In Middle School. Fedora, Bad Fashion Sense, Unironic Use Of “M’lady”, The “Inquisitive Mind” Pose, And Glasses With Flaming Skulls On The Frames. Yeesh.

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I Took A Mop To The Prom In 2004

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Had My Grandma Take This Pic Of Me In 99/00 For My “Gf” I Met In An Aol Chat Room.

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I Thought The Other Kindergarteners Were Calling Me “Becky.” It Was “Bucky.” Thank God For Braces.

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I Was Obsessed With American Idol And Believed All Of The Piano And Singing Lessons I Took Would Make Me Just Like Kelly Clarkson

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First Time I Made It To Second Base

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2011. I Have So Many Of These… All On My Facebook.

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Being A Rad Dude Is Serious Business.

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Double Trouble

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I Was Always The Most Photogenic Of My Friends ~2008

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Why Why Why? Am I Boy Or Girl? Why The Balloons? I Made That Shirt. Holy Hell 😂😂

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My Mother Loves This Photo Of Me So Much That She Had It Printed On A Canvas, And Has It Hanging Over Her Fireplace. No Visitor Is Allowed To Leave Her Home Without Being Forced To Acknowledge It.

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Was Told You Guys Might Appreciate My Boy Greg’s 1992 Year Book Photos.

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Summer 02 Was Hot Hot Hot!

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Got Permission From Gf To Post Her Scene Days –“Please Tell Them I Clean My Mirror Now”

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My Chemical Panic At The Disco

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For My 30th Birthday, Figured I’d Share My Senior Photo. Class Of 05 Represent!

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For My 30th Birthday, Figured I’d Share My Senior Photo. Class Of 05 Represent!

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A Friend Of Mine Gave Me Permission To Post This Gem. Circa Early-90s

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That Time I Wore Moon Shoes Into Meijer.

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(2010) Apparently 12-Year-Old Me Thought Tying A Shoelace To A Cassette Tape And Wearing It Around My Neck Was Fashionable

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I Was The Spokesperson For Flavortown Back In 5th Grade.

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8th Grade. I Wonder Why My Grandma Didn’t Ask For One Of These.

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I Used Broken Rings As Fake Lip Piercings In 6th Grade…. This Was Me At Church

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I Was Allowed To Go To School Like This And Was Adamant I Needed The Liam Neeson Beard (2001 Ish)

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Curly Hair Doesn’t ‘Feather’ Like Farrah’s Did. Also I Miss That Neck. Ahh The Early 80s…

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A Little Known Fact That Prior To Keaton, I Was The Batman

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We Were In A Band… Played Green Day, Blink 182, And Good Charlotte Covers.

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Nothing Says Cool Like Matching Sweat Suits And A Stuffed Whale On Your Knee.

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I Went To School Like This More Than Once

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My Mom’s Boyfriend In Eighth Grade, Sporting A Mullet/bowl Cut.

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Recently, My Mother Found This Senior Photo Of Me From 1994. I Looked Like Nathan From South Park.

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Caught Somewhere Between The “Emo” Phase And The Boy Band Phase- Here’s Me On My Way To A Jonas Brothers Concert. (2008)

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6th Grade Going On 60

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That Time I Wore A Homemade Naruto Outfit To Church Youth Group

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My Parents Paid Actual Money For This Haircut.

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I’m The Monstrosity With The White Bandana.

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I Captioned This “My Fricken Sweet Blue Hair” On Facebook. I Was 14.

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Tie Dye? Check. Huge Glasses? Check. Smelled Like Teen Spirit? Check.

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My First Driver’s License Photo.

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Me In 2003 In Third Grade. Photographer: “Smile, Turn Your Head To The Left, Open Your Eyes More, Nod A Little” It Was Too Much For Me

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12 Year Old Me Thought This Was A Great Everyday Look.

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And We Thought Our Family Portrait From Walmart Actually Came Out Good. Circa 2003

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Back In 2011 When I Thought Wearing The 3d Glasses Without The Lenses Was The Cool Thing To Do

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Since We’re Digging Through Myspace.

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In Junior High I Shaved Most My Head Into Two Front Horns Like The Bass Player From Mudvayne. Chimaira Hoodie For Bonus Points.

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The Time I Went To Egypt With A Cleopatra Style Haircut

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In Highschool, I Liked To Climb And Wear Xxl Shirts Even Though I Weighed 120lbs.

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So, I Graduated In And On 92.

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I May Or May Not Have Looked A Tad Like Bobby Hill As A Child

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You Just Can’t Find A Good Denim Bucket Hat These Days (1998)

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7th Grade With My Mom Glasses.

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Me (In Red) And My Much More Photogenic Older Brother. Probably Around 3rd Grade.

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She Had A Disability. Some People Thought I Had One Too.

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Thought It Would Look Good To Have Cornrows But It Got Too Painful About Halfway Through.

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Taking The Whole Class To Flavor Town…

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Reel Me In, Boyz

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My Friend When He Was Younger. Unfortunately He’s Lost His Sense Of Style Since Then.

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I Had A Warhol-Esque, Popcart Phase In High School. Yes, I’m A Guy.

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That One Time I Met Fabio

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I Was Bernard The Elf In 9th Grade…

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Two Questions: Have You Accepted Jesus Christ As Your Lord And Savior, And Are You Interested In The Deal Of A Lifetime On A 1987 Plymouth Mercury?

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Guitar Guy At Party: Check. Tortured Angst: Check. Wolf T-Shirt: Check. Ignored By Girls: Check. Hole In My Crotch That I Only Noticed Now: Check. Real Life, 1995.

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I Had To Dress Up To Do A Speech

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My Hair Was An Actual Triangle In 1987. 🔼

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My Christmas Gift To This Group, My Pleather Jacket At Homecoming In 2002

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Live Long And Prosper. I Was 14

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Living It Up Through The Memes In 8th Grade…

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Just A Girl On A Spring Communist Demonstration In Lviv, Ukraine, 1968

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2003 Was A Rough Year.

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Right Before She Took This Photo, Mom Told Me To Quit Taking Myself Too Seriously. I Told Her She Could Never Understand My Mind. The Teenage Edge Cuts Like A Knife.

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My Wife Loved Aaron Carter [2002]

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Gloomy Goth In 2007

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My Girlfriend Was The Coolest 8 Year Old

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They Gave Me A Choice For Our School Picture- Post And Rail Fence, Or Carousel Pony…

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We Were An Awesome Band…yeah…we..we Were Cool Damnit…

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Facebook Just Reminded Me That While You Were All Having Premarital Sex I Was Too Busy Studying The Hat-Tip.

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My Mom Wasn’t Thrilled That She Had To Pay Lifetouch For This Documentation Of Her 8th Grader’s Pokémon Love

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1996 Hs Yearbook Picture

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My 10th Grade Year Book Picture

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In 5th Grade I Was Worried I Would Blink And Mess Up My Year Book Photo.

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Just One Of My Yearbook Photos

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