15 Things Only A True 70s Kids Would Recall

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Ah, the ’70s – a decade of disco balls, bell-bottoms, and groovy tunes. While modern times may be fast-paced and digital, there’s something uniquely charming about reminiscing on the joys of yesteryear. Let’s take a trip back in time to revisit 15 things that only a ’70s kid will remember.

8-Track Tapes

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Before the days of Spotify and streaming services, you jammed out to our favorite tunes on chunky, clunky 8-track tapes. Despite their tendency to warp and wobble, there was a certain charm to the sound of a tape deck clicking and whirring its way through an album.

Rotary Phone


Every household typically possessed a single rotary phone stationed in a central spot, limiting mobility with its cord. When one family member monopolized the machine, others had no choice but to await their turn. This scenario often sparked sibling squabbles over its usage, adding a touch of familial drama.

Waiting Until Saturdays For Cartoons


Waking up early on Saturday mornings wasn’t a chore but a ritual. Unlike today’s instant access, there was no magic button to binge-watch every cartoon. Catching your beloved cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny or Fred Flintstone was a once-a-week affair. If you missed the airing, tough luck!

Atari Consoles


These gaming consoles held a sacred spot in the hearts of every ’70s kid. They may seem ancient by today’s standards, but were perfect for immersing in pixelated worlds, navigating through the blocky terrain of games like ‘Pong’ or ‘Space Invaders.

Pet Pebbles

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Who needs an actual pet when you can have a pet pebbles? These smooth, sedimentary sidekicks were all the rage in the ’70s, providing companionship without the hassle of feeding or walking.

Star Wars

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In 1977, George Lucas’s vision leaped from imagination to the silver screen, marking the birth of a cultural phenomenon. Little did anyone know then that it would become a cornerstone of American film culture for over 40 years. Overnight, every stick in the yard transformed into a lightsaber.

Shag Carpeting

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Odds are, your folks opted for shag carpeting in at least one room. Some may argue it’s an eyesore, but there’s no denying the plush comfort it offers underfoot. Do you recall foot-rubbing sessions on that soft rug and getting zapped by a static shock?

Mood Rings

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Mood rings were all the rage, crafted with a liquid crystal thermometer that supposedly gauged your emotions. Actually, it reacted to body temperatures. Yet, countless teens believed the colors genuinely shifted according to their emotional state!

Roller Discotheque Parties

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Roller Discotheque parties epitomized the social scene of the 1970s, with bell-bottomed revelers, glittering balls overhead, and the infectious beats of ABBA pulsating through the air. The rinks transformed into dance floors, with wheels becoming dancing shoes.

Stretch Armstrong

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Have you or your little ones ever caught the 2017 Netflix series “Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters”? Its origins trace back to the unbreakable action figure doll of the ’70s. Twist, pull, bend, tie him in knots, it was simply indestructible.

Pop Rocks

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Picture this: rocks that popped when kids popped them into their mouths! Pop Rocks debuted in 1975 and were the most groundbreaking candy to hit the scene. Their vibrant color, tingling sensation, and delightful popping sound made them an instant favorite among kids everywhere.

TVs Going Off-Air

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Back in our childhood, television didn’t run around the clock. By around 1 or 2 a.m., most TV stations would sign off for the night, airing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before bidding farewell with a test card displaying color bars.

Saturday Night Live

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If you weren’t quite old enough to stay up late and catch the debut of SNL in 1975, chances are you had an older sibling or parent who did—and boy, did they! Remember the clay figure named Mr. Bill?

Farrah Fawcett Hair

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Every girl wanted to replicate Farrah Fawcett’s iconic feathered hairstyle. With a can of hairspray and a trusty comb, they attempted to achieve that perfect balance of volume and bounce – with varying degrees of success.

Smashing Clackers

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The children adored this toy—a pair of hefty acrylic spheres tethered by a string. What’s surprising is that it took years before anyone realized that clackers could potentially produce a lot of shrapnel. 


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