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October 10, 2008 7:16 PM   Subscribe

We Have Lasers!!!!!! At one point in your childhood, maybe you did too?
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] (16 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
If you have an awesome/tragic old school photo you'd like to share with the crowd, lasers or no, I hope you'll share. I'm going to go scan one right now...
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 7:18 PM on October 10, 2008

My favorite so far, via your FPP and Sexy People.
posted by not_on_display at 7:28 PM on October 10, 2008

No lasers, but this is my worst surviving school picture.

The former version had been pretty bad, so I signed up for re-takes, but then I forgot the date of the re-takes -- which happened to be the day student council wanted us to dress "Hawaiian." So there I am in my dad's Hawaiian shirt, my hair matted from being under a straw hat, with a look in my eye like I am just beginning to figure out that the joke will always be on me, always.

I still knew that all too well two years later, but by then I had learned to write down which day the pictures would be taken.
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 7:41 PM on October 10, 2008 [5 favorites]

The plasma lightning background is just awesome.

My worst picture is currently in one of ten unmarked boxes hiding behind christmas decorations on a high shelf in a closet, so this will have to suffice:

I completely forgot when my grade 7 picture was going to be taken, so I ended up going to school wearing a thermacolor t-shirt that day. It was purple when cold and sort of pale salmon-y pink when warm. I was called to the photographer right after gym class...

Unless you look carefully and notice the crew-neck collar, it looks like I'm shirtless and suffered a tragic childhood accident that resulted in the complete amputation of my nipples.
posted by CKmtl at 7:50 PM on October 10, 2008 [2 favorites]

Oh, man. There's one of me like this. I'll have to drop my parents a line and see if they still have it. AWESOME.
posted by brundlefly at 7:53 PM on October 10, 2008

I just checked this page out. I'm glad I didn't follow his directions. See my profile page for my drivers license picture. Use your inability to remember photo days to your advantage, I say.
posted by not_on_display at 7:54 PM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]

Oh man, I'm at my folk's place, so it's embarrassing photo central. Unfortunately no scanner, but I did manage to upload this one.

I'm on the left. Freshman year of high school, and I'm rocking androgynous-in-the-least-sexy-way haircut with an "ironic" camp kookamunga t-shirt (HA! I never went to that camp!), and and even MORE ironic bowling shirt (HA! My name isn't actually Maggie!).

The kid next to me is not related to me at all, but I had a bunch of teachers ask if we were siblings. I totally get why now.
posted by piratebowling at 8:14 PM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]

I really doubt all these laserpeople's commitment to Sparkle Motion.
posted by WolfDaddy at 8:38 PM on October 10, 2008

No lasers, but we do have concentric hexagons.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 9:21 PM on October 10, 2008 [2 favorites]

My yearbook pictures were all about huge hair, dirt 'staches and thrash metal t-shirts.
posted by The Straightener at 9:34 PM on October 10, 2008

No lasers in my school pictures. Kinda explains how I turned out the way I did, I guess. (chugs another Jack & Coke and sheds a tear at deprived childhood)
posted by The Ardship of Cambry at 10:06 PM on October 10, 2008

You know what is awesome? The 70s brown-rainbow. You know, the rainbow of colours that goes brown-orange-yellow-white. The brown-rainbow is a mark of style quality.
posted by Artw at 10:16 PM on October 10, 2008 [5 favorites]

I'm so happy someone posted this here - We Have Lasers!!!!! is my very own meme-tumblr site! I'm so proud of it and it's SO MUCH FUN to make. One problem, though, I'm running out of lasers. I need more submissions!!! Please pass it around to your friends and get me their lasers!
posted by interweber at 10:17 PM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]

For whatever reason, this reminded me that of the 300-or-so people I graduated high school with, the only two people wearing almost the exact same lighter grey suit, black shirt and black tie, with hair cut and styled almost exactly the same, and holding their heads almost the exact same way, were myself and a guy who I couldn't stand, and who couldn't stand me.

Made me laugh then, still makes me laugh now. I have no idea why.
posted by davejay at 10:35 PM on October 10, 2008

I've submitted it, but here's me, courtesy of my awesome parents.
posted by brundlefly at 11:03 PM on October 11, 2008

I don't really remember if there's pictures of me with lasers, but I did have the dress! Also, I kinda look like her.
posted by librarylis at 11:29 PM on October 12, 2008

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