50+ Of The Most Hilarious Childhood Photos People Probably Wish Were Never Taken

It’s impossible to go through your childhood and teenage years without having an embarrassing picture or two. But these pictures just take the embarrassment to the next level. Check out this list that Bored Panda has compiled of the best throwback photographs, and it’s the perfect balance between being cringy and hilarious.

So let’s go down the memory lane with these incredible pictures!


#1 My Parents Weren’t Surprised When I Came Out

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#2 Glamour Shot Blunder (7 Years Old)

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

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

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

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#6 My Legs And Feet Hit Puberty Before The Rest Of Me

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

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

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#9 I Swear It’s Not Square Anymore…

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#10 When You Look Over 40 But You’re Actually 12

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#11 My 10th Grade Year Book Picture

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#12 This Surpasses Even The Fivehead

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#13 2006 Senior Picture

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#14 Give Me The Sassy Grandma Look

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#15 Playing Starcraft On 56k, Strategizing With My Buddy Pre-Bluetooth/Skype

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

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#17 Me And All My Hair In 1988

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#18 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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#19 A Friend Of Mine Gave Me Permission To Post This Gem. Circa Early-90s

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#20 1996 HS Yearbook Picture

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

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

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

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#24 I Was A 40 Year Old Woman At 13

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#25 Look At Me! I’m A Real Fancy Boy!

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

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#27 My Uncle In The Early 80s

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#28 Everyone Knew Me

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#29 My Attire For Homecoming (Male)

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

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#31 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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#32 A Little Known Fact That Prior To Keaton, I Was The Batman

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

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

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

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#36 I Had A Warhol-Esque, Pop-Art Phase In High School. Yes, I’m A Guy

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#37 Try To Contain Yourselves Ladies!!!

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#38 The Coolest Senior Picture Ever?

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

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

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#41 On My Way To Steal Ya Man

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#42 ‘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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#43 My Kindergarten Picture Is Definitely The Most Epic Of All My School Pictures

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#44 12 Year Old Me Thought This Was A Great Everyday Look

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

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#46 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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#47 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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#48 They Wouldn’t Take The Photo Unless I Smiled

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

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#50 I Was Surfing The Web Back In 2001

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#51 Thought It Would Be Cool To Make Knex Body Armor

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

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

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#54 My Very First Job. Spiderman For Kids Parties

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

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#56 I Logged Into Myspace After 10 Years…

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#57 I Went To School Like This More Than Once

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

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

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#60 Senior Prom 2006, Went Stag

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#61 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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#62 Nothing Says Cool Like Matching Sweat Suits And A Stuffed Whale On Your Knee

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#63 6th Grade Going On 60

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

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#65 50% Khaki, 25% Weird Crinkly Tube Top, 25% Platform Sneakers: 100% Confidence

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#66 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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#67 15-Year-Old Me Was Terrified Of Touching These Car Show Models. I Cringe Every Time I See This

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

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

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#70 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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#71 My Chemical Panic At The Disco

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#72 They Called Me Professor Snape

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#73 I Thought Listening To Metal Made Me Cool In Middle School

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#74 Since We’re Digging Through Myspace

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#75 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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#76 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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#77 Nothing Smoother Than Singing The Quadratic Formula

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

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

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#80 My Senior Pic Makes Me Cringe So Good

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

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#82 America Was Always Great

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#83 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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#84 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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#85 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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#86 Just One Of My Yearbook Photos

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

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

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#89 I Was 16 Years Old In 1987

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#90 Reel Me In, Boyz

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#91 That Time I Wore Moon Shoes Into Meijer

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

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

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#94 So, I Graduated In And On 92

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

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

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#97 This Picture Of My Mom And I. This Was 2000

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#98 They’re Almost Texas Beauty Queen Bangs

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

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#100 My Nickname In School Was Spock ?

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

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#102 Get In Line, Fellas

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#103 My First Driver’s License Photo

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#104 In Highschool, I Liked To Climb And Wear XXL Shirts Even Though I Weighed 120lbs

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

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#106 She’s A Maneater

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#107 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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#108 Right Before A Brutal Transfer From Homeschool To Public School Circa 2007

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

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#110 In Fourth Grade All I Wanted Was To Marry Jtt

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

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#112 Sup Ladies… Circa 1997

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#113 I Used To Wonder Why I Was Bullied So Much

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#114 Bowl Cut✔️ Gameboy✔️ Inflatable Furniture ✔️ 90’s Were Awesome

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#115 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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#116 Summer 02 Was Hot Hot Hot!

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

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

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#119 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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#120 Me (In Red) And My Much More Photogenic Older Brother. Probably Around 3rd Grade

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

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#122 Being A Rad Dude Is Serious Business

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#123 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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#124 Myspace Was One Hell Of A Drug. 2007. Age 14

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#125 My Hillbilly Years

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

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#127 12 In 1

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#128 Last Time I Ever Went To Supercuts

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#129 Me 16 Years Ago

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#130 7th Grade With My Mom Glasses

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#131 I Was Bernard The Elf In 9th Grade…

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#132 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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#133 Gloomy Goth In 2007

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#134 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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#135 I Captioned This “My Fricken Sweet Blue Hair” On Facebook. I Was 14

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#136 Live Long And Prosper. I Was 14

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#137 As An Eighth Grader, I Was 2edgy4u

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#138 Double Trouble

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

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#140 My Wife Loved Aaron Carter [2002]

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#141 1986 In Texas, Complete With Pinch- Rolled Jeans And Hi-Top Reeboks

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#142 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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#143 2011. I Have So Many Of These… All On My Facebook

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

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#145 I Had To Dress Up To Do A Speech

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#146 The Time I Went To Egypt With A Cleopatra Style Haircut

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

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