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.
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.
Being a reporter is difficult, guys.
Bad Wording Fail
We're just going to hope today never ends.
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.
What every girl needs.
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.
Are we sending mixed messages?
Either it's "film week" and some hooligans changed the sign, or someone severely messed up MLK Jr.'s initials.
School Sign Fail
They should have gone with their original idea, "Students need remotes."
Let's leave the wordplay up to the professionals.
One Letter Fail
You've really got to get to those kids early!
Where do we even start?
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.
"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.
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
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...
NOW do you see why schools need more funding?
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."
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...
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?