Serving up this steaming pile of
Celebrity Gossip
Gay Politics
Gay News
and Pointless Bitchery
Since 1995

Hello and thank you for being a DL contributor. We are changing the login scheme for contributors for simpler login and to better support using multiple devices. Please click here to update your account with a username and password.

Things From Your Childhood That You Remember But No One Else Does.

Are there things you remember from your childhood that no one else seems to? I remember in the early to mid-1980s there were these plastic balls that in one side (that I think was transparent) was candy that looked kind of like multicolored pellets and then sealed off in the (solid colored side) was a toy that you had to assemble yourself, two of the toys I remember was this weird blue doll that's pieces snapped together and a metal car/jeep that you had to pop the wheels onto.

by Anonymousreply 2904/14/2019

OP, sounds like the type of thing you'd get out of a vending machine at Cici's.

Mine is barometers. All of my elementary school teachers had barometers in their classrooms, supposedly because the kids acted up whenever the barometric pressure dropped. I took this to heart, and would frequently check the barometers at school. This went on for years.

No one I went through K-12 with that I've mentioned it to since remembers the barometers at all.

by Anonymousreply 104/11/2019

I remember my cousin and I (aged about 10) tormenting our mother's sister unmercifully for weeks on end. One of us would use the swing located outside the kitchen window saying the most nasty things whilst the other acted out it out. We also did mock interviews on a tape recorder (me as the interview and my cousin who is female pretending to be our aunty) saying lewd disgusting things. We would them play the tapes in hearing distance of her. Eventually she broke down into tears and my mother came out in the backyard and smacked the shit out of us. Never mind the fact that my mother or my cousins mother didn't even pay any attention to what we were doing - they were both there the whole time. I recently reminded my mother of this but she doesn't remember, though she said if we had done it to her she would have slapped us until we were blue. This aunty that was the victim of two children making fun of her is not bright at her - she can't even read. One of our favourite games was 'And Doris ran up the pole' - it was that game that broke her into tears.

by Anonymousreply 204/11/2019

My sister vividly remembered all kinds of incidents from our childhood that neither I nor anyone else had any clue about. At first I thought she had an exceptional memory, but as the stories became more at odds with my own and the recollections of others, the consensus was that she had conflated her thoughts and dreams with her memories.

by Anonymousreply 304/11/2019

I don't want to jinx it, but wow does this thread have a fuckton of promise. Only 3 posts in and quite fascinating. More!

by Anonymousreply 404/11/2019

I remember a tv show I used to watch in NYC when I was 3, it was called "Magic" and I was really too young to understand any of it, which was true of most shows not geared towards little kids. No one I've asked seems to remember it.

by Anonymousreply 504/11/2019

Oh, I should have mentioned it would have been in 1969 0r 1970.

by Anonymousreply 604/11/2019

I watched a tv movie when I was a kid in the 70's. In it a woman dates a man who ends up killing somebody and at their engagement party they are having a luau and the meat they are eating from the BBQ is the person the man killed. Does this ring a bell with anyone? Maybe it was some kind of creature feature late at night?

by Anonymousreply 704/12/2019

r7 here, this is so silly I should have tried to look it up long ago. I found it:

In Luau, an ambitious literary agent, Auriol Pageant (Kim Novak), lasciviously courts new client Kimo (Michael Petrovich); he shows more interest in her beautiful young daughter Ginny (Mary Tamm). Auriol plans a sumptuous luau for him; when the plans fall through, Kimo's associate Keoki (Leon Lissek) takes over. The luau, as organised by Keoki, is actually a ceremony to assure Kimo's dying mother Malia (Zohra Sehgal) passage to "heaven" by appeasing a Hawaiian god, and a requirement is that he consume the flesh of a virgin: Ginny.

by Anonymousreply 804/12/2019

I recall a haunting tv show opening credits/pilot that I cannot find the merest mention of anywhere online, even in specialised forums.

I would have aired sometime between 1995-9 on British terrestrial television sometime during the day. I'm not sure if it was a childrens' programme or not, but if it was it was extremely dark and menacing in tone for that demo. I remember the music of the opening theme stared with organ scare-chords in a 'Do-Mi-So-Ti' crescendo, followed by spoken-vocal runs of a choir in sotto-voce over a chirpy but creepy hammering piano loop. The visuals were of a stormy night with audible thunder and lightning crashing over a rural wasteland (probably in England?), with two strong images bookending this setting; one of rats scurrying over rubble and barbed wire and muddy fields in the dark , and one of the inside of a stone tower which was lined with glowering owls on their perches with huge flashing eyes. Both lots of animals were animatronic puppets or cartoon cell animation, not sure which.

I distinctly remember seeing this sequence more than once on the tiny tv in our home as a child, but no-one my age or older that I've asked has a clue what I'm talking about. My mother, who watched tv with me when I was that little, doesn't remember it either (yet she can recall every plot and character backstory of HOME & AWAY with perfect clarity). I've scoured the archives of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and so on but there's nothing fitting. Sometimes I even dream about this weird gothy piece of film and it plays on my mind. Maybe it was part of an art/student/experimental movie compilation on Channel 5 that I accidentally switched to while looking for ART ATTACK, or something?

by Anonymousreply 904/12/2019


by Anonymousreply 1004/12/2019

I really want to see the creepy kids show R9 is tasing about. Sounds interesting,

by Anonymousreply 1104/12/2019

R1 I remember they were sold in display boxes just like novelty candy is sold now, they were kind of like Kinder eggs and I think around Easter the balls were actually replaced with plastic eggs, They were like Wonder Balls but they came before those.

by Anonymousreply 1204/14/2019

Really bad 80s WTBS-produced sitcoms like Down to Earth, Safe at Home, and Rocky Road.

I loved them as a kid, but am well aware in my 40s that they were complete shit.

No one else my age seems to have ever heard of them.

by Anonymousreply 1304/14/2019

Does anyone remember that weird PBS educational show Math Country that starred a young Jason Bateman and that actress who always plays an uptight mom?

by Anonymousreply 1404/14/2019

Do you remember pussy willow theater?

by Anonymousreply 1504/14/2019

OP, I vaguely remember what you're describing. I think we got them in our Easter baskets a couple times. I can't remember if the candy was chocolate like a bad imitation M&M or fruity like a Skittle.

by Anonymousreply 1604/14/2019

[quote]I remember my cousin and [bold]I[/bold]... This aunty that was the victim of two children making fun of her is not bright at her - she can't even read.

by Anonymousreply 1704/14/2019

I vaguely remember Down to Earth. Something about an alien coming to live with a family right? I wasted many hours of my childhood parked in front of the tv, watching old cartoons and reruns like Brady Bunch, as well as whatever sitcoms were popular like the Cosby Show, Family Ties, Golden Girls, etc. Now I could care less about tv shows and Netflix shows.

by Anonymousreply 1804/14/2019

I remember a filmstrip they used to show us in elementary school in the 70s on Valentine's Day called "Happy Valentine, Miss Balentine" (not sure of the spelling.) I'm almost positive it was a filmstrip with audio and not an actual movie. The cartoon stills were reminiscent of Amelia Bedelia. The story was something involving a single teacher and her students helping her find love on Valentine's Day. There was an earworm children's chorus theme song which is probably why it's stuck with me all this time. (Happy Valentine, Miss Balentine! Happy Valentine to you!...) But I've googled the title with no luck and no one I've ever mentioned it to knows what I'm talking about.

by Anonymousreply 1904/14/2019

R16 If I'm remembering correctly they were filled with that kind of cheap hard but powdery candy and it was shaped almost like rounded pills.

by Anonymousreply 2004/14/2019

The movie and book called Eric, based on the true story of Eric Lund. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1970 when he was a teenager and died 4 years later.

by Anonymousreply 2104/14/2019

This is from the mid-60s, I was about 8 or 9. I remember walking into the living room where the TV was on, and there was a scene playing of a man and woman dancing in an elegant nightclub or restaurant, sort of like a Fred Astaire movie. It seemed to be high up in a skyscraper, with large windows all around. They were the only people in the place, and they danced between the tables, and then across the tabletops. The dance progressed in intensity, the dancers spinning around the room, until their final leap from a table — and out a window. The end.

I’ve searched the web to find this scene, or any clue as to what it’s from, to no avail.

by Anonymousreply 2204/14/2019

Maybe a parody of a Fred Astaire movie from a comedy?

by Anonymousreply 2304/14/2019

It didn’t seem funny to me at the time R23, pretty horrifying actually, like a Twilight Zone or something.

by Anonymousreply 2404/14/2019

Stax Cereal, it was a pretty good tasting cereal but their advertising campaign killed it. They advertised it as a cereal you could stack, no mother is going to buy a cereal that the kids are going to stack all over the table.

by Anonymousreply 2504/14/2019

Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land, a film the teachers showed each year. I don't know how they coordinated it, but somehow we saw it each year, toward the end of the year, like a treat, no matter which grade we were in.

Showed math in the everyday world and history-Pythagoras, etc.--including tips for using math when playing pool. I loved the shit out of this, and I've never met anyone whose school had it as a tradition like my did.

by Anonymousreply 2604/14/2019

Classroom valentines. I sent nice Hallmark cards to the little boys I liked and cheap boxed ones to the ugly disgusting boys.

by Anonymousreply 2704/14/2019

When I was very, [italic]very [/italic]young, I went to some kind of kiddy day-care center for a few weeks in an older residential neighborhood. Years later, I asked my mom about why I'd had to go there and she had no idea what I was talking about. I described the house in full detail and also told her about the woman who ran the center. Unfortunately, I didn't remember her name. Still no recollection from my mom.

Segue to some 30 years after the fact. My partner and I take mom out to breakfast one Sunday and decide to go to an advertised estate sale in a part of town I never have occasion to visit. As we get closer to our destination, I see a particular house in the middle of the block and immediately whip the car over to the curb.

"THAT'S THE HOUSE!" I said. "That's where I went to preschool!"

Recognition finally clicked in for my mom. "You know, you're right," she said. "But how could you possibly remember that? You had only just turned two."

I dunno, but I felt vindicated. Turns out that that particular day-care center was too far from our house, so we found one that was closer to home. Never underestimate what a child can or cannot remember.

by Anonymousreply 2804/14/2019

there was a fun little book about stuff from childhood; mostly 70s stuff.

by Anonymousreply 2904/14/2019
Need more help? Click Here.

Yes indeed, we too use "cookies." Don't you just LOVE clicking on these things on every single site you visit? I know we do! You can thank the EU parliament for making everyone in the world click on these pointless things while changing absolutely nothing. If you are interested you can take a look at our privacy/terms or if you just want to see the damn site without all this bureaucratic nonsense, click ACCEPT and we'll set a dreaded cookie to make it go away. Otherwise, you'll just have to find some other site for your pointless bitchery needs.


Follow theDL catch up on what you missed

recent threads by topic delivered to your email

Become a contributor - post when you want with no ads!