90s Throwback: Pogs, Skip Its, & Topanga

I just read this write up with my roommate and want to share it with the world, it’s THAT fantastic. If you grew up in the ‘90s, chances are you will wholeheartedly agree with me. Prepare for some serious throwbacks. [Note: this has very little to do with art or design, so excuse the tangent.]

I’m a real sucker for nostalgia – looking through old photos, watching home videos, sifting through my drawings of giant heart-shaped smiley faces with stick figure bodies – these things bring back a flood of memories otherwise filed deep in my brain. It’s always with great happiness that I recount stories of my childhood, but what makes these stories even more thrilling to share is reliving them with people who were there too. Many involve family and friends, but some of the very best are cultural memories. The things that defined my childhood, but also so many other people’s childhoods, like Pogs, Skip-Its, and the release of Britney Spears’s first CD (if you just made an audible “awww” sound, raise your hand). These memories belong to a whole generation of kids, connecting us in a weird but sort of awesome way.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce, “10 things 90s kids will have to explain to their children.” Here is a sneak peek of what’s to come:

While most things we experienced as tots in that headiest of eras seems pretty self-explanatory (plaid was everywhere, Leonardo DiCaprio was the molten ball of light around which the solar system turned, and there was no color too bright for your sweatpants) there are some things that will be a bit harder to explain. Here, a primer for when your future children want to know what the hell you were doing with your boxy, multicolored electronics.

1. Topanga was at some point in human history considered not only a legitimate first name for a human being, but the kind of name that would inspire in malleable teenage boys a life-long infatuation…

Read on and enjoy!

What other things would you add to this list, my fellow 90s kids?

Laurel Marcus

...is a design and technology enthusiast. In real life, she is a Senior Manager of Data Insights and Analytics at Tank Design in Cambridge, MA. In her spare time, Laurel likes to cook, play volleyball, bike, listen to This American Life, StartUp and How I Built This podcasts, and look for coffee shops that serve café con leche.


  1. Not of that generation, but I do remember devil sticks collecting dust under the bed and all those stickers in the sticker books–especially the squishy ones!

    • Good ones! Those devil sticks were definitely a hit (even though they did eventually find a place under the bed). And the sticker collections were all the rage in 1st and 2nd grade, especially the squishy ones which I think we called Oilies.

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