Seeing as it’s Thursday, we thought we’d throw it back to the noughties, and relive some serious nostalgia from our childhood and reminisce over classic moments and memorabilia from the decades that you maybe forgot about (or at least tried to purposely forget about because it’s too cringeworthy). Here’s a list of some of our favourite memories (side note, if your girl reads this and can’t remember anything on the list she’s probably too young for you bro).
1. Pokemon Cards
Nothing would test your friendship more than trading Pokemon Cards in the playground at lunch time. These also got banned from some schools in the UK because they were starting too many arguments between kids in the playground.
Good news now though, if you still have your Pokemon cards they could be worth a lot of money; some rare cards are going for as much as £70,000. JME is known to be an avid collector, even swapping his album for shiny Charizards!
These things started an absolute riot in primary schools all throughout the UK in the late 90s/ early 00s. So much so that many schools actually banned their pupils from playing on them in the playgrounds and even bringing them into school.
Nothing prepared you more for parenthood at 6 years old than the stress of trying to keep your tamagotchi pet alive for more than 24 hours.
3. Alien babies
These little slimy creatures for many 90s babies were the first real taste of an unhealthy obsession for a toy. The hours spent frustratingly waiting for your two alien babies to make a baby of their own if you stuck their backs together, or their heads together, or put them in the same egg case, are hours us 90s lot will never ever get back (seriously, who even made that rumour up?).
4. Merlin Stickers
Along with Pokemon cards, trading football stickers was vital to the playground black market economy. Trying to be the first to fill your favourite team in your sticker books, and getting those all important shinies was a surefire way to become a top boy in school.
5. Hubba Bubba / Toxic Waste / Sour Pops
If you grew up in the noughties you know that these sweets would move faster than a B class drug at a festival back in secondary school.
There was always someone that bought these in bulk in the morning before school ready to shot five for three at lunch time, and clean up everyone’s pocket money.
Forget reading your daily horoscope, these bad boys were able to tell you your whole future life from the name of the person you were going to marry to what country you’d end up living in, all with a piece of A5 and a sharpie.
7. Scooby doos
The equivalent today of buying your girl a Michael Kors watch (kind of….. not really), these plastic strings were the must have accessory of every noughties child.
If you were advanced you’d know how to mix four different coloured strings into one pattern, and if you were an expert you could make them in any shape.
8. That’s So Raven / The Jonas Brothers / Lizzie McGuire / The Suite Life of Zack and Cody / The Proud Family / Hannah Montana / Drake & Josh
We couldn’t choose just one because all of these shows were so epic. Missing an episode of any of these shows was like how you feel when you miss an episode of Love Island today. RIP the best era of The Disney Channel.
9. Claire’s Accessories
The haven of all teenage girl jewellery. We don’t know a single female born in the late 90s that didn’t own a pair of hoops from Claire’s or one half of a best friend necklace (the other half you obviously gave to your bestest bestie who you probably don’t even follow on Instagram now).
Some of you millenials might not believe this but there was a whole other world before Instagram. We were captioning pictures with emotional (completely unrelated) song lyrics on Bebo way before Instagram.
Back then it wasn’t about wondering when your crush is going to post you as their #MCM or #WCW, it was stalking their Bebo homepage daily to see if you made it onto their Top 16.
11. The Sony Ericsson W610 Walkman
The roadest of all roadman phones, back when “how loud is the speaker?” was a legit question you asked before copping any phone.
The W610 was the original make-shift speaker/boombox, no bus ride home from school was complete without turning the whole upper deck into a shubz blasting tunes out off this bad boy phone.