Top 10 Signs You Were A 90s kid

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Ah, growing up through the 90s: the decade of cheesy pop music, smooth R&B and trying to catch all the Pokémon. How time flies when you're having fun.
 
But what were the defining features of the decade, which brought us so many incredible TV shows, films, food, fashion and music to look back on now and either cringe (mostly) or remember fondly? 
Spice Girls: one of the most successful girl bands ever
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1. Spice Up Your Life

The Spice Girls are definitely a strong symbol of the 90s, with their girl power message, interesting outfit choices and strong personas. Both girls and boys will remember the band and most of us can easily sing along with pretty much every Spice Girls song ever released by the group.  

Other artists to also dominate the music scene included Britney Spears who burst onto the scene with her raunchy schoolgirl outfit and Baby One More Time debut single, which many still continue to argue about, when it comes to its message. American boy band, N Sync, introduced us to heart throb Justin Timberlake with spaghetti hoop hair and, in the UK, curtain-haired boy-band A1 stole the hearts of young Brit girls everywhere. 
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2. Gaming at your fingertips

Tamagotchis were our first experience of real technological distraction. We  were all guilty of sneaking ours to school in our rucksack and stealthily feeding them under the table in a lesson. You had to or they'd die and, in the 90s, you couldn't just re-set them. Kids with Tamagotchis have it easy these days. The tiny virtual pet taught you life lessons in responsibility – just like that first goldfish you had, who was left forgotten on the back of your desk and your Mum refused to do anything to help you look after it. Responsibility and trauma was taught young!

As well as Tamagotchis, the shrill sounds emitted from Gameboys were regularly heard on buses, at dinner tables and in doctor's surgeries everywhere, as we battled monsters on Zelda, got incredibly frustrated playing Tetris or tried to make Mario jump over seemingly impossible obstacles. 
Never was 'FIGHT!' shouted so much at lunch
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3. Gotta catch 'em all

Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charizard or Squirtle... we all had a favourite from the Pokémon game. The phenomenon of swapping and collecting Pokémon cards began in 1996 and carried through to the 00s, when the popular cartoon series based on the trading cards started up on Cartoon Network. Playtime at school was spent huddled in groups arguing over what to swap your shiny card with to get the best deal. Pokémon probably kick started quite a few entrepreneur brains, as kids learnt how to haggle and get their hands on a special card for their prized collection.

A similar craze included stationery in the form of smelly gel pens, which we all brought to school to swap with classmates so we could have better colours and a range of scents to choose from. Blueberry, cherry and apple were always the most popular and the ones that mysteriously disappeared from pencil cases.
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4. Dream Phone

Who would be on the other end of the line when you played Dream Phone? Would it be Carlos, the suave sophisticated looking guy in the orange walking jacket? (So stylish) Or Bob, who actually looked way too old to be included in the game? (Creepy...) Dream Phone, looking back, was a bit of a cringeworthy way to pass the time, but at the age of 10 girls were just realising that boys actually didn't smell all that bad (well, until they reached secondary school) and so wanted to know which dream guy was on the line and interested in dating them.

To be honest, the game looked like a throwback from the 80s and the girls on the box were probably a lot older than the target audience. However, proving its popularity, the game is still being sold now – we'd quite like to take a look at the updated Dream Guy cards, just to see what young girls now consider attractive. There probably won't be a 'curtains' hair cut in sight. Such a shame!
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5. Turn on the TV

In the 1990s TV reigned supreme, with channels churning out numerous memorable shows. The Disney Channel was a favourite choice for those lucky kids whose parents had Sky and watched shows such as Pepper Ann, Bear in the Big Blue House and Recess. On terrestrial TV, Power Rangers, Hey Arnold, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Rugrats, Arthur, Are you Afraid of the Dark? and Art Attack entertained us after school and on Saturday mornings, as we tucked into our Coco Pops. 

We also enjoyed the antics of Ant & Dec and Cat Deeley on SMTV live on Saturday mornings, which featured high-profile celebrity guests and put the presenters on the map. If your parents allowed it,  The Simpsons on SKY1 was also a popular show to watch in the evenings after dinner. The show is still going strong, as it collaborated recently with Family Guy and continues to regularly put out new episodes, featuring famous celebrities and the antics of Homer and family. 
With 62 books in the original series, how many did you have?
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6. Got Goosebumps?

R L Stine's collection of horror books for kids used to leave us afraid to turn the light off when we went to bed, but also with the ultimate need to keep on reading them well into the night. There was even a popular TV adaptation of the books, which ran from 1995-1998. The books probably felt much scarier though as we sneakily read them by torchlight, under the covers late at night so we didn't get told off by our parents. 
Forgetting to rewind was a sin in the 90s!
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7. Be kind, rewind

You were definitely a 90s kid if you remember your parents waving one of those big bulky video tapes and looking at you in a disappointed way. It's okay, you were just one of many who always forgot to rewind the tape after watching your film or cheekily recorded show from the TV.

The thought of rewinding back to the beginning after watching a movie is now unimaginable, what with DVDs and online downloads, but the introduction of the video tape was a marvel in the 1970s and, by the 90s, most households could afford a VCR to play home movies on. 
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8. Purple ketchup, anyone?

Food in the 90s is something to look back on fondly. Brands were getting more creative and putting out interesting combinations and colours of food. Remember purple tomato ketchup? It looked pretty repulsive but was fun to squeeze all over everything, to gross your parents out. Surprisingly enough it wasn't sold for very long. You weren't cool at school unless you pulled out a Dairylea Lunchables pack, never mind how horrendously expensive they were for your mum, and you wowed your friends with how many crackers and pieces of processed ham and cheese you could fit in your mouth at once.
Tape dispensed bubblegum? Makes sense.
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9. School disco grub

Hubba Bubba was the bubblegum of choice, even though the flavour and ability to chew it lasted around five minutes, but it did come in a cool tape dispenser style packet at one point. There was even a Coca-Cola flavoured version. Push Pops were also very popular and you could make those bad boys last for hours (as well as pretending they were lipstick and making your mouth very sticky in the process). 

At the school discos you'd queue up to buy 10p (now 25p) packets of pickled onion flavoured Space Raiders and brightly coloured plastic cups of Calypsos drinks. You'd stink to high heaven afterwards when your mum came to pick you, and you probably spent all your pocket money, but it was worth it. 
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10. Dialling up...

Remember in the late 90s, when you would tell everyone not to use the phone for the next hour? You would settle down in front of the computer, ready to wait as the piercing noise of the internet dial-up screeched out of the monitor at you. We've come along quite a bit since then, but hearing that noise always brings back fond memories.

As time moved on and you entered those fun teenage years in the 00s, you'd start to use programs such as MSN, MySpace and eventually Bebo, which if you still have your profile you should really go and take a look at. It should be a hilarious experience seeing who you had a crush on at the age of 13, who your top friends were and what bands you were listening to. Cringe. 
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