Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Ways You Amazingly Survived the 80's


Okay, let’s face it. The 1980’s were an interesting time for history, music, movies, and culture. It’s the only time when Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Weird Al Yankovic could all have number one hits, when robots, Gremlins, Ewoks, and the Smurfs were considered super cool, when the best movies were about confused, misunderstood teens, when our nightmares were about clowns or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and when everyone knew the phrase “I want my MTV.” (If you know everything that I’m talking about, then you were a child of the 80’s. And if you’re smiling about everything that I’m talking about, then this top ten is for you 80’s lovers at heart.)

Here are the top ten ways you (and me included) amazingly survived the 80’s.
10. Your best friend accidently hit you over the head with her metal Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox. Thankfully, it only caused a lump the size of a goose egg but no concussion.

9. You spent ten years in the girl’s bathroom inhaling the toxic fumes of Aqua Net’s aerosol hairspray. The smell made you gag, but it did wonders for your incredibly high mall hair.

8. You scorched your tush and the back of your legs on that blasted vinyl car seat again. Luckily, it just singed your skin a little, but it didn’t leave a third degree burn. (If only you had remembered to place your Star Wars towel down first.)

7. You almost snapped your neck after trying to impress all your friends with your break-dance moves—you’re especially gifted at doing the worm, popping, and spinning on your head and back.

6. Your school playground—with its tall, narrow, metal slides, its cracked plastic swings, and super high, metal monkey bars—was an emergency room visit waiting to happen; fortunately, you only had to get stitches twice.

5. You surprising didn’t suffer any hearing loss even though you carried around a boom box the size of a large crate and placed it on your shoulder directly near your ear. (You’re also quite surprised you didn’t suffer from any back injuries either.)

4. Somehow you dodged getting Carpal Tunnel from all those years of playing Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and Pitfall using the Atari Joystick.

3. After all these years, you only have a few emotional scars left over from those old Polaroid pictures of you sporting your 80's wardrobe. (You still don't know why it was the rave to wear banana clips, plastic bangle bracelets, parachute pants, vinyl/pleather miniskirts, Members Only jackets, high top sneakers with fat, fluorescent shoe laces, and skinny ties.)

2. There were multiple times that you almost suffered a major injury because you didn’t own helmets, knee pads, shin guards, or wrist guards. When you fell off your bike or collided into a tree on roller skates, it was simply you against the elements.

1. Even though you binged on Cool Ranch Doritos, Oreo Cookies, gummy bears, Pixy Stix, Nerds (candy), and effervescent Cherry Coca-Cola everyday, you still kept your weight down because you were kicked outside to play all day long in the neighborhood with other kids.

And finally, I have one more bonus to offer:

After playing all day in the neighborhood without parental supervision, you still managed to make it home for dinner (even without a cell phone or GPS tracking device).

For more Top Ten Tuesday Fun, please feel free to check out my other posts: Top Ten Ways You've been Abducted by Clutter or Ten Clues Your Life Has Been Overrun by a Toddler.

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  1. Lol my BFF and I were just talking about banana clips yesterday - why did we ever think that looked good? Did you see the latest style to come out? Apparently socks under your sandals are now "in" again. I'm not falling for that again!

  2. I love it!!! This is my childhood :o) Funny how we turned out just fine despite all the dangers lurking all around us LOL!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you back and can't wait to read more :o)

    Have a great Tuesday!!!

  3. LOVE IT!!! That is so funny!! You always have the best Top Ten lists and this one has to be my favorite!

  4. I totally love this! I am following from follow tuesday!

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  6. That is soooo me! That cracked me up, and was a great stroll down memory lane too!!

    I stopped by from FMBT and am so following your blog now!!!

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  8. haha brought back some 80's memories. Aqua net, strawberry shortcake, donkey kong hehe love it! And you're so right back in the 80's and worse in the 70's there were no safety laws!

  9. this is a really nice post! i enjoyed it a lot... LOL at number 9..i'm now a follower and i'm glad to be one! =)

  10. I <3 the 80's! Lol.

    Thanks for commenting & following my blog, I'm following back!


  11. LOL, I loved this list! Seriously MTV used to be so cool! Now they don't even play music. I loved head bangers ball, I think that's what it was called LOL!

  12. Thanks for the awesome comments. You girls rock! No seriously, I love reminiscing about the 80's right along with you, and yes, Hannah, I do believe it was called the Head Bangers Ball.

  13. Hi there, I am your newest follower from Tuesday Blog Hops. I love that...I love the 80's. It was the best decade in my opinion. Hope you get a chance to pop on over to my own blog sometime as well. Thanks.

    Marie The Things We Find Inside

  14. This was a great walk down memory lane! Although, there are some days I feel like I'm reliving that decade... like when I come home to see my husband teaching our daughter to moonwalk while listening to Cyndi Lauper. The 80's are still alive an kicking around here.

  15. This is fantastic,you got it so right! Strawberry shortcake, 80s fashion, no helmets, etc...oh yes you captured the 80s! Love it!

  16. Hi There! :)

    I'm a new follower from TTA. I hope you'll stop by and follow me too. Also, while your there feel free to join in my new blog hop; Wobble Over Wednesday! It's a great way to get new friends and new blog followers.

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  17. Aaaaah...I loved this post. I think I'm going to print it, frame it, and reread it every day. It made me totally nostalgic. I knew everything you were talking about, and actually got an imaginary wiff of Aqua Net hairspray which I used so often, I still have glue remnants in my hair...but man, I had the biggest, bestest 80s hair ever!

  18. As, I'm reading, I'm going yep, yep, yep right on down the list! Fantastic list!! Thanks for linking up to Word Up, YO! It's fun, isn't it?!

  19. This. Was. HILARIOUS. I was nodding along to all of it. Awesome post.


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