Our Personal Chicken Nugget Tally & Other Things 1980s Adults Can’t Admit To

Generation Why

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If you were born in the early 80s, you are currently in your late 30s. You’re not a Millennial, not yet 40. You are of the only cohort on the planet that remembers being a teenager with the internet, and without. No other childhood can boast such a claim.

But they’re not all badges of pride, our truths. Some of them are unfortunate, rippled with shame like a fancy pint of ice cream, or just downright unhealthy. Good god we did things that would make modern parents keep their children in glass casing.

The thing is, we made it. We’re here. We all brought peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to school and everybody still made it to graduation. And in the spirit of our triumph, in celebration of the fact that we’re all alive and thriving despite the existence of Fun Dip, I’ve decided to take an accounting of all our wonderful, horrible, corn syrup-covered secrets by revealing everything we, as early 1980s adults, can’t admit to. Bike down memory lane with me, without a helmet.

Did I miss anything?

NPR once called me a humor essayist, let’s go with that. Host of A Single Serving Podcast. shanisilver[at]gmail

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