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The 8 Worst Lessons We Learned From Home Alone

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    Home Alone has been giving kids the wrong ideas for 25 years. And the unfortunate lessons go way beyond "DIY death traps are better than calling the police."

    Home Alone
    , and its even more concerning sequel, imparted a variety of terrible notions to the unsuspecting youth of the '90s. Like, absolutely talk to strangers. Go to a second location with a stranger. Sneak out to give said stranger a present that was given to you by another stranger after you were finally reunited with your family. Not to mention all the faulty implications about the crystal-clear sound given off by '90s TV sets. And stair sledding.

    It's amazing that this many generations have survived the influence of Home Alone. But of course, we'll all be showing it to our little cousins and nieces and nephews this year. It's tradition.

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    A Teenager Delivering Pizzas Needs To Be Tricked
    If the Little Nero's guy is willing to leave the pizza on the doorstep, he would totally accept cash from a little kid. You don't need to call out to your nonexistent significant other if you get takeout for two. He doesn't care. Just enjoy your Pad Thai without the dinner theater.

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    You Cannot Kill A Human Being With Household Objects
    It's become pretty common to joke about little Kevin being a budding psychopath hell-bent on maiming and killing these two crooks in creative ways. And maybe he knows that you don't walk away from getting an iron dropped on your head, but thousands of '90s kids learned that if you want to comically injure your opponent in a pillow fight, a swinging paint can is the way to do it.

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    It's Okay To Launch Family Death-Stares At Elementary School Kids
    Times when it's okay to rally the entire fam to shoot daggers at one member: when your uncle says something racist. Or sexist. Or homphobic. Basically when the object of rage is an adult saying something awful. When a kid misbehaves, you send him to his room, you do not allow multiple people to call him names while looking at him like he spoiled the end of Lost.

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    TV Sound Systems Sound Just Like Real Life
    Maybe you could trick someone with a movie clip playing on the surround sound of today. But a set from the early '90s wouldn't have anyone ducking for cover.

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    Burglars Don't Carry Weapons
    "I can totally handle home invaders, they'll be armed with nothing more than crowbars and a bad attitude," says the '90s kid in his first apartment.