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Updated on Aug 6, 2020. Posted on Aug 3, 2020

25 Very Specific 2000s Things That Millennials Haven't Thought About In 10 Years Or Maybe Even Longer

Remember when you needed like seven CD-ROMs to install one game onto your PC?

1. Walking into a Hot Topic and having the entire front half of the store be filled with Twilight merch:

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2. When you'd install a game onto your PC and it required four or more discs for just ONE basic game:

A open case for the Sims 2 containing four CD-roms.

3. Crossing Over With John Edward — which would always creep you out whenever he'd communicate with a dead relative of someone in his audience:

A screengrab of John Edwards in leather jacket on the set of "Crossing Over with John Edward"
John Edward / youtube.com

4. The flat EarPods that came with iPods:

Picture of an iPod Nano, an iTunes Music Card, and iPod headphones on top of the keyboards of Macbook.
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5. iPod socks, which always seemed like the flimsiest protection for your precious player:

A row of iPod Socks on the shelf of an Apple Store.
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6. iPod transmitters that never really ever worked:

A white iTrip iPod transmitter.

7. Hilary Duff's Stuff clothing line, which she sold through Target:

Hilary Duff in a pink poncho standing in front of a rack of her Stuff clothing at a Target in 2004.
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8. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's clothing line that they had at Walmart:

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9. The two or three "Geek Squad" Volkswagen Beetles you would always see parked in front of Best Buy whenever you'd go there:

A black and white Geek Squad Volkswagen Beetle parked outside a Best Buy.
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10. Linens 'n Things, which was the other store your mom would go to when she couldn't find what she was looking for at Bed Bath & Beyond:

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11. Microsoft's Zune player, which your one friend who owned one would always tout 'cause you could share music through "tapping":

A brown Zune player on it's side playing a video.
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12. Cellphones that supported iTunes — which was a big sell before the iPhone existed:

Girl holding a Motorola phone with iTunes on home screen on it.
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13. Abercrombie & Fitch's upscale sister store, Ruehl No. 925, which — aside from managing somehow to be darker inside than both A&F and Hollister — sold basically the exact same clothes:

A very dark interior of a hallway of a Ruehl No. 925 store.
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14. Sarah Jessica Parker as the spokesperson for the Gap, and the delightful commercials she did for them:

A screengrab of a Sarah Jessica Parker in a commercial for the Gap.
Gap Inc.

15. P. Diddy as the spokesperson for Proactiv, and claiming that it would "moisturize my situation and preserve my sexy":

A screengrab of P. Diddy in the Proactiv commercial.
Guthy-Renker

16. How EVERYONE was doing Sudoku puzzles:

A stock image of a person doing a Sudoku puzzle.
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17. Da Vinci Code mania and all the History Channel specials it inspired:

A bookstore window front displaying The Da Vinci Code.
Tim Sloan / Getty Images

18. When 7-Eleven stores around the country were converted into Kwik-E-Marts to promote The Simpsons Movie...

A exterior of a 7-Eleven store converted in a Kwik-E-Mart with a cardboard Milhouse and  Bart sitting on the roof.
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19. ...and the food products seen on The Simpsons that you could buy inside them:

A shelf inside a 7-Eleven selling Krusty O's and Buzz Cola.
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20. Emeril Lagasse and the "BAM!" catchphrase he would say on Emeril Live:

A screengrab of Emeril Lagasse standing behind a stove on the set of Emeril Live.
Food Network

21. Those portable DVD players that you would attach to the backs of car seats:

A portable screen attached to the back of the drivers seat.
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22. The tickets you would have to get and take to the front counter in order to buy a video game at Toys "R" Us:

An empty video games aisle at Toys "R" Us.

23. The branded microwave popcorn that Blockbuster had in its checkout line (that everyone ended up buying):

A popped bag of Blockbuster microwave popcorn.

24. Livestrong bracelets in this plastic packaging — that were usually put in large, clear bowls at the checkout counters of Foot Lockers:

A LiveStrong bracelet in the clear package.
Robbin Goddard / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

25. And, finally, those Girls Gone Wild commercials that played at midnight (usually on MTV, E!, and Comedy Central):

A screengrab of girl flashing the screen and being covered by two large DVD cases in a "Girls Gone Wild" commerical.
Girls Gone Wild

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