As September creeps closer and kids start heading back to school, we can't help but find ourselves a little nostalgic for our neon-colored 90s education. And while we certainly remember what school was like at that time, it's the 90s commercials that really paint a picture of how funny things were back then.

From Yikes pencils and Trapper Keepers to pizza-obsessed kids and totally lame parents, going back to school in the 90s looks even more ridiculous than we remember. Commercials for just about everything school-related pushed forth some baffling stereotypes, including that all lunch ladies and gym teachers were nightmarish gum-Nazis. And don't even get us started on the talking robot.

Click through our slideshow below for a refresher on what going to school was like when "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?" was the scariest thing on TV and Sunny Delight was considered a healthy beverage. For more "educational" humor be sure to check out 45 back-to-school FAILS after that.

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  • Gym Teachers And Lunch Ladies Were Terrifying

    Ironing underwear or wearing a health department-mandated hair net were obviously big indicators that a person was not cool with you chewing gum.

  • Kids Were Really Good At Giving Impassioned Speeches About Pizza

    And teachers were powerless to stop them.

  • Your Teacher Could Be Replaced By A Talking Insult Comic Robot

    We wish we had come up with that sick horse joke!

  • Yearbooks Gave Better Anti-Smoking Advice Than Your Parents

    If his book is talking to him, he's probably already on dope.

  • Kindergarteners Were As Sassy As Live Sitcom Audiences

    The "Oooh" at the end was usually reserved for whenever Monica or Rachel walked on set in a sexy dress.

  • Pencils Had To Match Your Already-Absurd Outfit

    Back then, you didn't want to be that loser caught using a <em>yellow</em> pencil. You might as well have been taking the SAT!

  • Owning A Trapper Keeper Was A Good Way To Get A Date

    You'd think that owning a "cool binder" would actually be a deterrent to meeting boys, but this commercial shows us that Trapper Keepers were a strong aphrodisiac.

  • Young Girls Treated Bright Stationary Like Crack

    In the 90s, all school girls had an impressive knowledge of Lisa Frank's merchandising schedule and wore big, expressive hats with flowers on them.

  • Parents Would Viciously Taunt Their Children With Fabulous Dancing

    Public display of euphoria like in this overplayed commercial was just one of many ways that parents made their kids feel bad about going back to school.

  • Lockers Were Used To Store Everything You Own (And One Notebook)

    We sort of feel like this commercial implies that he never uses the notebook.

  • Having A Cable Network Slime Your Principal Was Like Winning The Lottery

    That, plus a petty cash box filled with 1,000 wrinkled ones and a visit with the cast of "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?".

  • Everyone On School Buses Got Free Kit Kat Bars

    Now this is just fun!

  • Crayons Reminded Your Parents Of The Inevitable March Of Time

    "Why is mom crying over my finger paintings?"

  • Little Girls Pretended To Be At School When They Weren't At School

    Apparently, teachers hugging their students for answering 1 + 2 correctly was also totally common.

  • College Students Just Sat Around Eating Big Bags Of Chips

    Also Dave called.

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  • Welcome Back Fail

    Lesson number one: spelling.

  • Easy Fail

    Being a reporter is difficult, guys.

  • Bad Wording Fail

    We're just going to hope today never ends.

  • Senior Fail

    To be fair, this wasn't her first senior year.

  • Gift Card Fail

    All the bi-curious students will be thrilled about this one.

  • School Essentials Fail

    Someone's going to get laughed out of Anatomy 101.

  • Placement Fail

    What every girl needs.

  • SAT Fail

    Spelling isn't technically tested on the SAT.

  • Teacher Praise Fail

    At this school they might not.

  • High Standards Fail

    Apparently they aren't THAT committed.

  • Product Inclusion Fail

    Advil and condoms are necessary to survive long school days and longer school nights.

  • Sale Fail

    Are we sending mixed messages?

  • MILF Fail

    Either it's "film week" and some hooligans changed the sign, or someone severely messed up MLK Jr.'s initials.

  • Complete Fail

    Uhh... Yeah...

  • School Sign Fail

    It's new-ish.

  • Pun Fail

    They should have gone with their original idea, "Students need remotes."

  • Acronym Fail

    Let's leave the wordplay up to the professionals.

  • One Letter Fail

    You've really got to get to those kids early!

  • Accreditation Fail

    Where do we even start?

  • Headline Fail

    In the future we see a lot of boys wearing wigs to go here.

  • Teaching Moment Fail

    Hey, he's technically right!

  • School Name Fail

    Have some self-respect, Garinger.

  • Spelling Bee Fail

    Neither Maiesha nor Anamaria wrote this sign.

  • They're Vs. Their Fail

    The game can't solve all your problems.

  • Wine Fail

    "Amiright?"- Any unemployed person who just graduated from college.

  • Always Remember Fail

    To be fair, tomorrow is really hard to spell.

  • Spelling School Fail

    Perhaps they meant the Yiddish "Shul," but probably not.

  • Beer Fail

    More like fuel for detention (juvenile detention).

  • Too Young For This Fail

    "Elbows, Billy! Elbows!"

  • Sign Placement Fail

    Be sure to stock up on folders, binders and machetes before September.

  • Burrito Weapon Fail

    To be fair, it was a VERY spicy burrito.

  • School Supply Fail

    This kid should have no problem making friends

  • Spelling Fail

    Let's hope they're better at science than they are at English.

  • School Necessities Fail

    The 24 pack is for the elementary pong game you saw earlier.

  • Public School Fail

    Oh what a difference one letter makes...

  • Angle Fail

    NOW do you see why schools need more funding?

  • Abbreviation Fail

    This is why you don't make up your own abbreviations.

  • Lingerie Uniform Fail

    Wear these and you'll get an "A" for "Asked to go home and change."

  • Literacy Fail

    They're also teaching a course on irony.

  • Out Of C's Fail

    Sharp Elementary isn't so sharp after all.

  • Literally School Fail

    What they meant was, "Sh! Cool..."

  • Understanding The Dictionary Fail

    They ALMOST had it...

  • Drug Fail

    Worst sign placement ever!

  • "Accept" Vs. "Except" vs. Nonsense Fail

    We think you already lost the challenge.

  • Inappropriate Sign Fail

    Is that like a pervy haiku or something?