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40 Times Kids Realized Their Parents Were Cooler Than Them

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Nowadays, lots of people are obsessed with vintage stuff, from clothes to music to generally wishing we had grown up in the 60s. We should never forget that it’s our dear old parents who started all those trends we now admire.

Many internet users are now sharing photos of their parents when they were young and hip, and pretty cooler than us. Maybe it was all the psychedelic rock, Mustangs, and mullets. Maybe it was the fact that, as one user commented, they “played outside and didn’t have memes.” Either way, the days of peace and love certainly look a lot more blissful than where we’re at now.

Scroll down to take a walk back in time.

#1 My Mother Skateboarding Barefoot In California In 1974

#2 I Found A Photo Of My Dad Cooking A Barbecue On Top Of A Moving Submarine

#3 My Dad Sculpting A Bust Of My Mom 1980s

#4 A Friend Of My Father’s, Telling Off A Klan Member. Auburn AL, 1985

#5 My Dad Skateboarding At Hyde School 1982. I Think He Was Cooler Than Me

#6 My Mom At 16 Yrs Old With Her Camaro In 1975

#7 My Dad Being Infinitely Cooler Than I’ll Ever Be (1980)

#8 My Mother When She Was A Tank Instructor In 1984

#9 My Dad, Taken For Surfer Magazine. Peru, 1977

#10 Late 1960’s, My Dad

#11 My Mom In Moscow 1975. From All The Stories She’s Told Me About Her Travels, I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If She Was A Spy

#12 My Dad’s First Car, A 1939 Ford. He Bought It With His Own Money That He Earned Farming (And Drove It Daily). He Was 11 When He Bought It, So This Photo Was Taken In 1948

#13 My Dad Wasn’t Famous, But His Moves Were Pretty Cool (1977)

#14 My Dad In Saudi Arabia In The 70’s Working As A US Military Contractor Diving In The Red Sea

#15 My Dad In The 70’s Doing What He Loves. Father To 4 Boys. More Man Than Myth Or Legend

#16 My Dad Teaching Math In Southern California (Late 70’s/Early 80’s)

#17 My Moms Selfie Before It Was Cool (1989)

#18 My Mom And Dad On Their Wedding Day – 1980

#19 My Mom When She Lived In Alaska With Her Husky Puppy, Okie

#20 48 Beers And A Unicycle. My Dad In The Early 80s

#21 Mom’s ‘Garden’ 1980’s

#22 Me Looking Up To My Fighter Pilot Dad In The Late 1980’s

#23 So I Was Going Through Some Old Photos And I Found This. My Dad Holding Magic Johnson And Looking Incredibly Bad-Ass While Doing It

#24 My Mom Working At Nasa, 1974

#25 My Mom Skating With A Broken Wrist In The Late 70’s

#26 My Dad In Alaska, Circa 1980. I Hope To Be Half The Man He Is One Day

#27 Mom Wasn’t The Pilot, But She Was A Tech On The F-4 Phantom Back In The 80’s

#28 My Mom Winning The Pie Eating Contest By Beating All The Boys, 1950

#29 My Dad In France Is The ’70s (Ryan Gosling Might Need A Paternity Test)

#30 My Father In 1982. When I Asked Him What He Was Doing In This Photo, He Said, “Shooting An Album Cover. Duh”

#31 My Mother And Father Being Young And Awesome On Santorini Island, Greece, 1985. I Was Conceived There

#32 My Dad And His Cousins, Back In The Day. I Don’t Think The Cool Gene Was Passed Down To Me

#33 When My Dad Was 16, He Entered His Name In A Drawing, For What He Thought Was A Sports Jacket, At A Local Shoe Store. The Drawing Was Actually For A 1967 Shelby GT500. He Won

#34 My Friend’s Dad Trained Seals In The Navy. This Was What His Everyday Job Looked Like

#35 My Cool AF Dad At 19 (1973)

#36 My Dad And His Pet Monkey In Vietnam, 1966

#37 My Mom Circa 1986

#38 My Mom Thinks She Is So Hardcore In Her Fleetwood Mac Tank Top At Age 18, 1982

#39 My Dad And Uncle At Their Joint Wedding, 1970’s

#40 Dad In 1969. I’d Love To Know How This Happened