28 Essential "Life Skills" That Millennials Had To Learn Growing Up That Are Totally Useless Today

1.Being able to run to the bathroom during a commercial break and make it back before whatever you were watching came back on.

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2.Knowing just how much frosting you could put on each Dunkaroos cookie so that you wouldn't run out before finishing your cookies.

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Betty Crocker

3.Being able to find the hidden image in 2.5 seconds when looking at a picture from a Magic Eye book.

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Andrews and McMeel Publishing / Via

4.Knowing how to program your VCR — and possibly being the only person in your house who knew — so that you'd never miss a show or TV movie you wanted to watch.

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Axeiz77 / Getty Images/iStockphoto

5.Knowing the trick of how to gently pull the Chuck E. Cheese tickets you won from the Skee-Ball machine so that you could pull out a lot more than you actually earned.

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6.Being able to leave the perfect message on your friend's parents' answering machine so that they could call you back.

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7.And being able to sense if someone was listening on the other line if you were talking on the phone.

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8.Being able to read the back of the same damn cereal box during breakfast every day and not get bored.

9.Being able to be as quick as a ninja when secretly passing notes in class.

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10.Being able to pretty quickly figure out the lyrics to a song (if they didn't come in the CD's liner notes):

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11.Being able to look at the name and the size of a LimeWire MP3 and know whether it was real or not. An MP3 named "uGOTItB@d_Ush3R(REAL_not_a_blend).mp3" that is only 1.5MB...probably not real.

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12.Being able to just escape ~everything~ by looking at the Windows Media Player's visualizations while listening to music.

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13.Being able to eat and enjoy an entire plate of Bagel Bites despite the fact that the first one you ate gave you a "third-degree burn" on the roof of your mouth.

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14.And being able to eat and enjoy your entire Kid Cuisine even though — no matter how long it was microwaved — one of the sides would be still frozen in the middle.

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augustv123 / Via

15.Being able to taste the difference between regular ketchup and green or purple ketchup, even though they were the exact same thing you could TASTE the difference.

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16.Knowing how to blow just right into your Nintendo cartridges in order to get them to work.

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PBS Game/Show / Via

17.Being able to sleep through your Furbies talking randomly in the middle of the night. That one took a few frights before you got used to it.

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18.Being able to pick a random movie to rent — because Blockbuster didn't have the one you wanted in stock — in less than five minutes and based on the just the cover art.

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19.Somehow being able to see and make out lots of little details in the VHS movie you were watching on your 13-inch tube TV.

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@PopCulture2000s/ Warner Bros. / Via Twitter: @PopCulture2000s

20.Being able to learn the choreo to a music video by just watching it a couple of times on MTV.

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21.Knowing an encyclopedia's worth of random trivia because you watched a bunch of music videos you NEVER would have watched* otherwise on Pop-Up Video .

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22.Knowing that if you were watching something you weren't supposed to to set your "last channel" button to Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network on your remote — while keeping one finger on the button — in case your parents walked in:

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23.Knowing the skill of how to take perfect selfies with a non-front facing digital camera or a flip phone.

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24.Being able to quickly do T9 texting — and without looking, too.

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25.Knowing how to do HTML code — but just so you could customize your Myspace page.

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26.Being able to peacefully zen out whenever you needed to clean your mouse.

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27.Being able to turn your desktop computer on or off without even bending down.

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28.And lastly, being able to adjust your eyes to decipher what was going on on the scrambled channels:

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Obviously, these aren't serious — so don't come at me in the comments about "how this doesn't apply to just millennials!" But tell me what millennial "important life skill" should have made this list?