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    Faces thrown into shadow by flickering flames, your mouth sticky with the remains of a melted marshmallow (or ten), the night gloom closing in around you as you listen to an increasingly creepy tale about a killer with a hook for a hand and obviously it's not true, but um does anyone have an extra flashlight it just seems kind of dark right now … when it comes to creating visceral childhood memories, is there anything quite like a good old-fashioned campfire ghost story?

    For the sake of nostalgia and passing along this wonderful (and only slightly psychologically damaging) ritual to our own kids, here are 5 of the most memorable and scary campfire stories, perfect for sharing during a campout this summer.

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    Kim Kardashian may have graced the cover of Vogue and attended the Met Gala in Lanvin, but she wasn't always a style icon. In fact, it wasn't that long ago that Kim looked like something out of an '80s video. She posted some pics of herself from a long-ago photoshoot for "Flashback Friday" -- taken before she was world famous -- and woah! Can't you just see her crawling over a car hood, gyrating to the sounds of some hair metal band?

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    As long as there are cars and families, there will be family road trips. And just like in the olden days of our childhoods, there are still those classic road trip moments today that simply have to be captured on camera (and cameraphone and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and ...). Things may look a little different now than in the days of 35mm film, but the need to capture those irresistible pit stops and roadside views from the family vacation remains the same.

    Let's take a look at some of those classic snapshots from then and their modern, must-have versions.

    Happy travels!

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    Acting icon Mickey Rooney has died after a long illness at age 93. At one time, the 5'2" powerhouse was easily the most famous and highest-paid star in the world. Rooney got his start working as a baby with his vaudevillian parents and went on to anchor the immensely popular Andy Hardy film series and co-star with just-starting-out legends like Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, and Jean Harlow. He's also starred in many films that are synonymous with "childhood" and is an important part of many childhood pop culture memories. He may be gone, but he will live on forever. Here are six of Rooney's most cherished moments in film.

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    Not too long ago, I turned 40...

    I was telling a friend that I'd be willing to trade in my Gen X status for that of a 30-year-old hipster who wears black-rimmed glasses (for statement, not vision, purposes). Then, I'd never have to admit that I spent the Saturday nights of my childhood hoping beyond hope that Charo would be the surprise guest on The Love Boat or that somehow, Shari and Lambchop would find themselves in an eerie episode of Fantasy Island where Shari was the puppet. (What, I'm the only one who wished for that story line? I think not.)

    No, I wouldn't know a lot of things like, the pain of seeing Chachi marry Joanie or the name of my first Cabbage Patch Kid or the "awesome" effects of Sun-In, had I not been a poster child for Generation X. Things like this:

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    Happy birthday, World Wide Web! Remember when we still called it that? The Internet turns 25 years young today, and whether you think it's the greatest invention since the light bulb or the entire reason our society is falling apart, you must admit it's difficult to imagine our lives without it. Think about it: many of us wouldn't have met our soul mates if not for the Internet. We'd still be faxing thousands of pages of paper a day at our jobs instead of sending email attachments. Lots of us wouldn't even have jobs, or would have very different jobs, if not for the Internet.

    Still, as someone who celebrated all of my single-digit birthdays before the Internet was born, I'd be lying if I said life is so much better now. Here are 4 things the Internet totally destroyed and 4 ways it made life even better.

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    Drama, drama, drama. You'd think (given that it's what they do for a living) most celebrities would be sick of it. But year after year of salacious Hollywood feuding had proved that it isn't the case. From reality stars to A-Listers and everyone in between, no one is immune from getting their feud on from time to time.  

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    Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind...until the next Real Housewives reunion, that is. As the year 2013 sinks with the setting sun and 2014 rises up before us all shiny and new, we have so many memories to revel in. In the Real Housewives world, most those memories are tinged with vitriol and drama -- which is just the way we like it! 

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    Nothing’s more magical than kids at Christmas, right? Well, that may depend on what stage of parenting you find yourself in on any given year. There’s a huge difference between having toddlers during the holiday season and having teenagers.

    Little kids are mesmerized by everything about Christmas -- the lights, the tree, the sparkles, the elves, The Santa … teens just wonder if they’re getting gift cards or cash this year. They roll their eyes a lot too.

    Here are 10 ways Christmas has changed from then, when they were toddlers, to now that they are teens.

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    Got a former '80s girl on your holiday shopping list? You know the one. She used to eat, sleep, and breathe for mix tapes. She danced around (and maybe still does) to Madonna, Prince, and Culture Club music on a huge boom box? She dreamed of owning Andie's Pretty in Pink Karmann Ghia and fantasized about landing a guy with Sodapop’s looks and Steff's money? Well, we've got you covered in the gift ideas department.

    Over on The Prowl, we put together a totally rad, must-have list of gifts for former '80s girls! Remember, the '80s didn’t end with the era. They’re an attitude and a feeling (what a feeling!) that stay with us, like, forever.

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