1. Slap Bracelets
The popular fashion accessory/weapon was first introduced in the 1980s.
2. Bubble Tape
Bubble Tape was first introduced by the William Wrigley Jr. Company in 1987.
But, those “It’s the Truth” Bubble Tape commercials are pure ’90s.
The oh-so-delicious Ecto-Cooler was first introduced in 1987, as a tie-in product to the popular cartoon series, The Real Ghostbusters.
Funnily enough, Ecto-Cooler outlived the The Real Ghostbusters – the series was cancelled in 1991, while Ecto-Cooler was discontinued in 2001.
4. These movies:
While the popularity of both Labyrinth (1986) and The Dark Crystal (1982) extended well into the ’90s, they are in fact quintessential ’80s Jim Henson films. In fact, Labyrinth was the final film Henson directed before his untimely death in 1990.
The Land Before Time actually started making kids cry in 1988. But for the record, all the subsequent straight-to-video releases were released in the ’90s and ’00s.
5. Lisa Frank
Lisa Frank established her trippy pre-teen stationary empire in 1979, and was first embraced by sparkly unicorn loving ’80s girls around the world.
The popular drinks became a huge fad among kids when they were first introduced by General Mills in 1987. In fact, many schools banned them early on as the empty containers were repurposed as water guns.
7. Getting slimed on Nickelodeon.
Being “slimed” dates back to 1979 when the popular Canadian kids’ television show, You Can’t Do That on Television started it as a running gag on the show.
Of course, You Can’t Do That on Television also ran as one of Nickelodeon’s first programs (it was also the network’s first successful series) and the gag eventually carried over into other Nick shows like Double Dare.
8. Blowing into your Nintendo cartridge.
This trick to get your game cartridge to work is as old as the Nintendo itself; which was first introduced in North America in 1985.
Also, it turns out it that blowing into your cartridge probably didn’t help and might have actually prematurely ruined the game.
9. Push Pops
The popular lollipop that taught us all to say, “Don’t push me, push a push pop,” dates back to 1986.
10. Mr. Sketch scented markers.
The scent of Mr. Sketch markers may instantly bring up memories of sitting in the backseat of your parents’ van in the ’90s, while you doodled and listened to Radio Disney. But Mr. Sketch markers have been around since at least the early ‘70s. So some ‘70s kid somewhere might have the same memory — well maybe of sitting in a station wagon while listening to an 8-track.
Let’s be honest, Lunchables were the coolest lunch any ’90s kid could have. But, they were actually first introduced by Kraft in 1988 and became a hit among kids.
Yes, this ’90s kids staple is also from the ’80s! Betty Crocker first introduced them in 1988.
14. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s relationship
The two first confirmed they were dating in 2000.
While it might have seemed like the two were together for a long time, it was only two years. They dated from 2000-2002.
Also, while we’re at it, the photo above is not from the ’90s! It was taken in 2001 at the American Music Awards.