What was a HUGE trend that everyone has forgotten?
By - _somename_
Poo. A few years ago everything had the poop emoji in them. Toys, clothes, pencils, everything.
I was working in a clothing shop at the time and I always wonders what kind of parent dresses their child in googly eyed shit.
And the poo plush. Why would you want to cuddle or display that?
That weird period in like 2013 where everything was bacon flavored. There were bacon costumes, toothpaste, candy, everything.
I feel this coincided with the peak of Epic Meal Time on youtube.
Mustaches on everything from upper lips to t-shirts to finger tattoos
Something tells me the people with finger tattoos didn't forget.
That was such an odd trend
Cupcake bakeries popping up everywhere about 15 years ago.
"Tattoo" chokers in the 90's and then they were popular again about 7 years ago.
Scrapbooking and cricut machines.
Diamond grills on your teeth.
Scaring your cat with a cucumber and recording it.
the cupcake stores turned into vape shops.
Before that, they were ink cartridge refill stores.
I always got a chuckle out of the fact that my suburban town's ink cartridge refill store didn't change names when it became a tattoo parlor - "Ink Solutions".
Second Life, the 'multi-user virtual world'. I swear for a couple years there were daily articles about how it was taking over the world. Is it still even available?
I'm thinking it's SO forgotten you'll need a link -
OMG - apparently it still exists: https://secondlife.com
Interesting Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Life?wprov=sfti1
My college went ballistic about it. Teaching at length on the evolution of life and what does this mean for the self and all these dichotomies. Life as art, instant content. What do avatars mean about the self? It was changing life as we know it, they guaranteed a life completely driven by second life.
The insanity was kind of mostly driven by the name, in my opinion. If it was called The Sims, nobody would have cared.
My sister was one of the early members - Like did some coding and testing. She's STILL active.
She has chronic fatigue and horrible depression. She said it's a life saver for lonely, disabled people. She can "travel" and interact with people.
She even ran a "shelter" for newbies and it meant a lot to her.
I could never get into it, but she says it's one of the reasons she's still alive. So, I hope it sticks around for a while.
And some TV shows had an episode or two take place in Second Life.
Oh I forgot about that. My mom almost ran a dumb kid over. 10 pm in a dark movie theater parking lot away from the street lights.
Kid was playing Speed Bump instead
Live strong bands
And every business and organization making their own version
I had a whole set with cups, timer, and mat. Best part was the cups glow in the dark lol. Would always take my cups outside and the rush to my room and stack with the light off
I had one of those sets and it came with this video about a bunch of cup stacking “champions” and stuff.
We used to watch it religiously for some reason lmao
There were tournaments. How did it ever get that far?
Because when there is something that you can be the best in the world at, you can be sure as shit there will be tournaments for it
Frost tips in the early 2000's
Still popular in Flavortown.
Juicy Couture. When I was in high school it was common to see whole packs of girls wearing those velvet tracksuits and then it just stopped.
Yep and Victoria’s Secret PINK pants + colorful UGG boots
Ugg boots with dangly pom poms on them for winter.
And the velvet purses. I was so jealous of the girls who had those
How’s no one talking about slap bracelets?
Because obviously those still *slap*…
That three wolf moon t-shirt.
One of my favourite ways to waste time is looking up really old flash mobs, not even necessarily big or famous flash mobs but ones from reeeally early on. The astonishment on spectators' faces is priceless. I think one of my favourites is Antwerp central station to Do Re Mi from The Sound Of Music and it's so great because the mob was DEEP-planted within the station audience, reacting with shock and awe for almost all the way through the song and then suddenly busting perfectly into the choreographed moves because they were in on it all along. Love it.
Edit: thanks for the comments and awards!
Edit 2: I can't reply to everyone who commented but please know that I read them all and I'm so happy to share in the joy of this video with you. Flash mobs may have become outdated and cliché or maybe inconvenient to passers-by, but I think this one has succeeded in bringing simple joy to so many audiences over time, and I cherish simple joy. Witnessing your simple joy has made my day so thank you.
My absolute favourite is this one of the [Hallelujah chorus at a food court.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE) I think all the elements came together perfectly, it was Christmas so everyone was in a good mood, the people performing had amazing talent, and it was early enough that people weren't sick of it yet
This is like a flower growing out of a sidewalk
[Flashmob Nürnberg 2014 - Ode an die Freude](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a23945btJYw)
Still makes me cry a bit. I am in the video, singing.
Edit: Thank you for the reward!
If it makes you feel better I also cry and this is the first time I see this video. It's beautiful.
I know that there's a trend to hate flashmobs, but they always get me emotional because it's heartwarming to see people come together one by one to make something bigger and beautiful just to make someone else day better.
Everyone wanted a hoverboard but then it just flopped
Bc they kept bursting into flames
Shoot, I'd buy a hoverboard that burst into flames if it could actually hover.
they didn't even hover.
They were basically mini Segways
Blackberry Messenger. At least in my country.
Tamagotchi. I still got the recent Tamagotchi On, but its novelty isn’t the same as it used to be. Pretty nifty keychain though.
Worked at a store in 90s as a buyer. We ordered loads waited *months* for those precious tamagotchis to arrive, as they were out of stock everywhere, such was the demand. I swear THE EXACT DAY we received our supply, the craze just ended. We were stuck with 100s of the fuckers and just couldn't sell them
Saw the same thing happen to fidget spinners.
In New Zealand we had this company release a chocolate milk. People went fucking bonkers. It was in the news every day, people lined up outside grocery stores to get it, mass shortages everywhere. About 2 weeks in it just……..stopped.
The milks still there, people just gave up on the craze seemingly overnight. It was weird.
The milk is good, as good as chocolate milk can be I guess. But yeah.
Same thing in Australia over golden kitkats. I had people from the country message me to buy them a couple of boxes if I found them because I worked in a metro woolies. It was made worse because they were "limited edition". That was over 2 years ago and they are still on the shelf
Is that the one from Lewis Road creamery?
I live in the South Island and because it wasn’t sold down here, people would pay $30 for a 500ml bottle that someone had brought down.
Ed hardy clothes.
In my mind this is the beginning of a series of ostentatious clothing evolving over time. Ed Hardy -> Affliction -> some brand I can't remember -> American Fighter
Don’t forget Tapout, only worn by the douchiest of douchebags
tapout, the brand preferred by people that have never been in a fight but want you to know they spend hundreds of dollars on UFC pay-per-view.
Remember when girls cared about Taylor Lautner
Remember when Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift briefly dated in 2009? That was peak 2009.
To me, peak 2009 is Black Eyed Peas. 3 #1 hits that year.
They recently put twilight on Netflix. My wife has watched all of them again. Much to her dismay my 9 year old daughter is very uninterested
my entire arms were covered, good times, shit that was about ten years ago too damn
I bought a packet that claimed to be animals but turned out to be Catholic symbols like doves, crosses, etc. I just wanted like a giraffe
I too was conned into this packet. I did get a bunny!
My coworker has been trying to get us onboard to do the Harlem shake during our awards ceremony.... im so glad that plan didn't go through
I'm assuming they recently awoke from a coma they've been in since 2014?
They've just been doing a really good mannequin challenge the last like 7 years
Crazy to think that Filthy Frank was the spark to the trend.
And that he's now a billboard top artist
It's crazy to me when I meet a Joji fan who has no idea about Filthy Frank.
your breakup song is slow dancing in the dark, i was forced to watch vomit cake, we are not the same (my older brother showed me a lot more but dear god, vomit cake stuck in my brain)
In the US, there was a fad in the 50s of trying to cram as many people as possible into telephone booths for some reason.
This is mentioned in my grandpa’s circa 1950 yearbook quote: “Floor walker in a telephone booth! How about that!”
I have no idea what it means.
Mood rings. All of the girls at my school had them.
At least in my region, everyone was huge into Gregorian chant for a couple months. I recently found one of those CDs when I was cleaning.
Maybe early or mid 90s?
There was a song released, basically chants with beats and a bass line added that started it.
Watching the game, having a bud.
I saw someone make that reference recently and everyone's response was "that movie was classic." As the only person who seemingly remembered it when it was a commercial, I instantly aged 100 years and died.
Oof. I feel ya, Bud.
It was a [short film](https://youtu.be/rAEetITEmvg) before it was a Budweiser commercial
Those pictures you had to stare at to see what was ‘in’ them.
Someone posted a magic eye on reddit a few weeks ago and it actually works in phone form too. I felt very good about myself.
I don't think there was ever a time I looked in a Magic Eye book and saw what I was supposed to see. But I had to pretend I did, so the other kids wouldn't think I was dumb.
I could never see anything.
It’s a schooner!
Haha you dumb bastard, it’s not a schooner it’s a sailboat
A schooner IS a sailboat stupid head!
YOU KNOW WHAT! THERE IS NO EASTER BUNNY! OVER THERE THAT IS JUST A GUY IN A SUIT!
AND THAT KID IS PLAYING ON THE ESCALATOR AGAIN!
Power Balance wristbands
When girls used to put those weird long thin feathers in their hair as extensions.
Fly fishermen were fucking pissed about it. Feathers they used went from dirt cheap to absolutely insane markups.
Those Lisa Frank trapper keepers covered with brightly colored, ultra flamboyant, psychedelic fever dream inspired illustrations of dolphins, unicorns, rainbows, etc. They were so in your face that you pretty much had to respect them no matter what your attitude towards that kind of art was.
I remember a time when it seemed like virtually every girl in elementary school had one of them.
Just had to Google these because I'm not American and sweet baby Jesus you ain't wrong. It's like someone put a picture of a unicorn on the highest possible contrast setting and then did that four more times.
Pretty sweet, eh? Imagine bringing one of those folders to the next board meeting.
I work as an industrial designer (and am a 22 year old man) and exclusively use Lisa Frank folders. Way easier to find than the plain black folder every other designer uses and definitely gets compliments.
Do you have any of the ones with Velcro?
I am dying laughing imagining you sitting down to a serious meeting, laying the folder on the table and then breaking the silence with a big “SSSKKKRRRIIIKKKKK” of pulling the Velcro apart lmao.
I currently have a purple cat folder, a pink unicorn folder, a pink fish folder, and a green zip pencil pouch. All sparkly of course. Definitely going to keep an eye out for a trapper keeper though lol
I LOVED my trapper keepers in elementary.
And now they're back! Walmart carries them
Party Rock Anthem
I want an acoustic version of park rock anthem played at my funeral and I keep telling them but my family doesn’t take me seriously
I had a friend die during the time of that song. He was a fun loving guy, and his wife asked me to put together an edit that started with the first few seconds of Amazing Grace and then abruptly cuts into Party Rock Anthem to be played at his funeral.
Thank you for adding to my list of funeral ideas that will make my daughter & brother laugh, but make my grandmother horrified.
LMFAO was mandatory house party music for a few years. They even had that Shots song if the party started to drag.
We called them scoobies, don’t know what they were called elsewhere. Those little rubber strings that you could wind/plait in different patterns to make one big cord. Then you’d give them to your parents to hang on their keys and that was there only real purpose..
Yes ! I remember those ! I used to make square ones , round ones. Ended up buying a book to make different shapes like hearts , helicopters and covers for pens & pencils
For me it was the pen covers. Every single pen in the house was covered with thise plaited plastic strings. They were soothing to make, fun to look at at first, but they collected so much grit from the fingers 😅 after a month of use they would be soooo dirty.
In France they're called "scoubidous"
Man we had those back in the nineties. We called them lanyards, but I think the real name is “plastic laces”
iirc the lanyards were what the finished product was called, but a lot of kids didn't know the name of the material so we just called em "lanyard making stuff"
In my part of the US, they were called [gimp](https://skillfulmeeple.com/2020/07/06/gimp-bracelets-a-throwback-to-the-90s/).
New England, USA?
Can confirm. Live in New England and used to use Gimp at summer camp.
Gimp! Now I know what we’re talking about. Yeah. Made them all the time at summer camp in New England. Camp Yomechas!!
Yeah we called them “scoobiedoos” here in Italy! Good times.
I actually bought some last year and made a few due to lockdown boredom and nostalgia. Forced my partner to put one on his keys lol
[Do people still have those skateboarding **fingerboards**?](https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB12FUTXl_85uJjSZPfq6Ap0FXab.jpg)
Tech Decks ?
I went grocery shopping the other day and saw a Tech Deck on sale for £2 and bought it instantly, reliving my nostalgia
Yes, they’re coming back.
Source: am a high school teacher tired of distracted students skateboarding during class.
This is such a great comment (I'm also a high school teacher) but I'm mainly enjoying taking your comment out of context and just imagining like Rocket Power all over in your classroom!
Oh my god, this was literally everywhere in my school. It just went, didn't it?
My daughter still uses hers and I find those fucking rubber bands everywhere
You know I was listening to a bunch of popular R&B from around that time on YT and it came up as a suggestion. I have no particularly fond memories of the song, but free of the hype and the oversaturation...
Its a fucking banger, it deserved its success.
HEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYY SEXY LADY
Ice bucket challenge
And pretty much every subsequent challenge that tried to take off. At least a lot of good came from the Ice Bucket Challenge. I don't recall any of the others faring well.
Cinnamon challenge was the only other one that I remember getting some ground, but A) it wasn’t for any cause, and B) it was stupid and dangerous
The Ice Bucket Challenge actually pulled in a ton more money for the ALS Association than they normally would get in a given year. All of the money went to research, and, since then, some breakthroughs into the causes of ALS have been discovered as a direct result of all that extra cash. So, yeah, while it was EVERYWHERE for a while, this one was actually a good one that hopefully will lead to better treatments and maybe even potential cures for various causes of ALS. (My mom died from ALS the year before the Ice Bucket Challenge happened, so I paid pretty close attention to it.)
Thin scarves you wore indoors.
The infinity scarves were everywhere
I *still* wear those on cold days here and we get them (and I see them sold) at winter time so I think it's become a permanent fixture of cold weather. It doesn't snow (sadly) during cold months but the wind is murder here so infinity scarves work well. But yeah I remember they everywhere on everyone.
those Kanye West shutter shades that made no sense lmao
I was around when they became popular in the 80s. See Macho Man Randy Savage.
It’s funny, I don’t really remember seeing those back then and yet I can clearly picture Macho Man wearing them. I guess it never occurred to me that anyone would wear them outside of a professional wrestling costume.
2007 was something else
What ever happened to the Wii theme? We literally played it at a school dance once.
[This](https://youtu.be/Um4OQ6KP1m4) is literally running on its own channel in the back of my mind 24/7 and I genuinely wish I was exaggerating. It’s always there. I can have another song stuck in my head but right behind it is still this godforsaken tune
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Our obsession with mustaches… to the point where we’d get mustache tats our fingers??? Lol
and Lyft drivers had to put a pink one on the front of their car
The trend was over by the time Lyft got in on it. That was like the equivalent of parents picking up outdated slang terms from their kids.
Omg yes I still wonder what the heck was that lmao owls and mustaches on everything
My fucking cousin and his wife still have the mustache tat on their fingers and their wedding had mustache themes everywhere
Yo yo’s. (Showing my age). Also, yo yo demonstration teams that toured around primary schools, usually sponsored by Coke.
That was the old Sparkle.
Get your asses in the van, we got 6 more schools to visit.
“I ‘heart’ Boobie” Bracelets
Do it for the vine
Vine compilations were legit entertainment on YouTube
Vines that butter my croissant
rare vines that stop me from ending it all (part 6)
vines that cured my depression (part 20)
Fidget spinners lmao
Yep. Water bottle flipping, necking unfortunate victims, 2016 and 2017 time period. Scary clowns too, but I couldn't experience it for myself, as I moved out of the area before I could, because my parents wanted to move to florida. Apartment neighborhood with no trick or treating, not specifically for the scary clown event though.
Scary clowns abruptly ended in South Carolina after one of them got shot by a redneck, which I suppose was inevitable.
Using "nick names" on text messages, still miss seeing stuff like "xXcrazy4bowsXx" on the bottom of my messages
Obsession with everything bacon
That was part of the "quirky" phase the internet went through a little over a decade ago. Epic bacon ninja pirates zombies. Just, all of that shit.
Cabbage Patch dolls and Garbage Pail Kids
Cabbage Patch dolls traumatized me. So my mom bought me one that ate. Now these didn't just have that plastic inside their mouth painted pink so it looked like a gullet. No, the geniuses actually gave the dolls a gullet. You'd put plastic food in their mouth and it would go down their gullet and into a backpack. They'd start eating whenever a sensor detected anything near their mouth.
The first day I owned it I decided to hug my doll, I had long hair. It began eating my hair! No matter how hard I pulled I couldn't get my hair out of it's mouth. I ran up the stairs screaming while this doll maniacally climbed my hair using it's mouth. My mom was thankfully in the kitchen, grabbed a kitchen knife and just sawed off the portion of my hair being devoured. We both stared in horror as the doll now on the floor, continued to consume my hair.
I was lucky, before it got recalled there were a good number of kids who were scalped by that atrocity.
That dress… was it blue/black or white/gold?
That stupid fucking meme got me broken up with. Argued about it drunkenly in a bar with her. Brought out some other problems about our relationship.
...so did you see it blue/black or white/gold?
Those damn balance bracelets. No dude, I’m not going to push you. Stop making me have to justify your poor finical decisions.
- Having emojis on clothes was cool.
- Fucking mustaches and owls on everything.
- Galaxy print on clothes.
As someone who loves space, owls and the colour teal/turquoise i personally thrived in that phase.
- Dane Cook
- Talking about what a shitty comedian Dane Cook is
When I was in middle school we had to do that stereotypical "Play different types of music for plants and see which one grows the best" experiment. Well I did the usual ones, classical, metal, country, pop, rock, ect. But to add an extra spin on it, I played nothing but Dane Cook skits for one of the plants.
I came home from school one day and that specific plant bad fallen off my shelf. All the others were fine. I recorded in my experiment notes that the Dane Cook plant committed suicide. The science teacher thought it was funny at least.
Someone in your family hates Dane Cook.
No one ever remembers this when I bring it up but vests got HUGE seemingly overnight in like 2000/01 and literally everyone was wearing them. It came and went in a matter of months but I’m talking those vests like Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future, it always stood out to me and no one seems to recall it
Oh my god, I’ll never forget I had a Western Civilization course for undergrad, and this overly enthusiast frat boy asked the teacher if he could explain Kony to us. He gives this emphatic speech about the importance of awareness and then plugs his frat leader’s nomination for homecoming king. I hated this guy. He used the word “advantageous” constantly too.
Game of thrones
Edit: thanks for the silver, most kind
God damn, this. Lots of shows have captured the nations attention, but GOT was international and hit some amazing nerve. The fact it died so hard is a testament to how badly they fucked up the last season
I can’t even imagine how much potential syndication revenue was basically torched by that last season.
The precursor to social media, AOL chat rooms.
My grandmother used to hoard the shit out of those sons of bitches.
She gave each of her grandkids one. I think mine was a panda. Me being a kid, I didn't give a fuck about the collectible status off it, tore the tag off to play with it. My mom and grandma freaked out because it was so valuable! Then I dunno, maybe don't give it to a *ten year old.* They knew I loved playing with my toys, my stuffed animals and whatnot. How did they not see this coming?
You were more correct about the long term value of beanie babies than they were lol, they did not hold value like some people intended lmao
Those sarcastic bunny stickers.
HAPPY BUNNY!! yessss
The mannequin challenge, whip nae nae, hit the juan, juju on that beat. Pretty much all Musical.ly trends.
It's hard to believe that the kid who made the whip nae nae song is now in jail for murdering his cousin.
Edit Sorry for no source, I thought this was common knowledge: [https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-55900380](https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-55900380)
Reminds me of when the peanut butter jelly time guy died in a police shootout
Wasn’t that guy related to Snoop Dogg? That whole story feels like a fever dream
Yeah I think they were cousins too
Brothers in law, which is arguably even weirder.
Nae Nae’d his cousin
Sometimes I go on YouTube, search for Harlem Shake, and limit the search to "last day". There's always a few videos, some will be reuploaded from 2012, but some are new. Then I like the video that I feel deserves it the most.