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    29 Extremely Specific Late '90s Things That Basically Every Millennial Has Forgotten About

    No, the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards weren't just something you imagined.

    1. The whole Tickle Me Elmo mania:

    A Tickle Me Elmo doll in its package with a yellow background
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    2. The Michael Graves section at Target, which had full home accessories that were just so chic:

    The home section of a Target with a entire shelf displaying Michael Graves products
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    3. Ed O'Neill's 1-800-COLLECT commercials:

    A screen shot of Ed O'Neill's face inside of a logo with Phone Patrol and 1-800-Collect written around him
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    4. Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" single, which everyone owned a copy of:

    A CD of Candle in the Wind 1997 which features a white rose with a blue background on the cover

    5. The old Comedy Central logo:

    A planet with three skyscraper on top and Comedy Central wrapped around it
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    6. MTV's 10 Spot programming block:

    Screenshot of MTV 10 Spot line-up
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    7. McDonald's gift certificates that you would get from relatives who had no idea what to get you as a gift:

    Two different one dollar McDonald's gift certificate

    8. Brandy's CoverGirl commercials:

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    9. RuPaul's late-night talk show, The RuPaul Show, which used to air on VH1:

    Logo for The RuPaul Show

    10. The large cardboard 3D cutouts that stores would display for VHS releases:

    Titanic video promotional cutout inside of a Tower Record
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    11. Restoration Hardware stores that were light and bright (painted with mint green walls) and sold kitschy throwback stuff:

    Woman shopping in a Restoration Hardware
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    12. The Old Navy commercials that starred Tia and Tamera Mowry:

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    13. Columbia House, which everyone would order CDs from and then never pay for them:

    Columbia House brochure

    14. Rebecca Romijn as the host of MTV's House of Style:

    Rebecca Romijn laying on a bed with a green cover
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    15. TV cabinets with glass doors that were held in place with magnet holders — and also always felt like it was one rough close away from breaking:

    TV on cabinet with an old '90s TV on it and playing Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    16. Kids in the Hall, which for some reason felt like it played for six hours a day, every day on Comedy Central:

    Kevin McDonald, Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, and Mark McKinney wearing house dresses in a promo photo
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    17. Dolly the sheep (the world's first cloned mammal):

    Photo of a sheep
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    18. That oh-so-'90s font that Starbucks used to use on their menus:

    Starbucks menu in a drive-thru
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    19. Those :08 Min. workout videos:

    A VHS copy of 8-minute abs and 8-minute Arms

    20. Real California Cheese commercials (that featured this logo):

    Screenshot of cheese spelling out "It's the cheese"
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    21. The old AOL logo:

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    22. The yellow video game tickets you'd give the cashier at Toys "R" Us in order to buy an item:

    23. The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, which were a legit awards show:

    Vanessa Williams backstage at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
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    24. Rosie O'Donnell's house band, John McD and the McDLT's, on The Rosie O'Donnell Show:

    John McDaniel and Rosie O'Donnell during A Tribute to Kander & Ebb at The Supper Club in New York City
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    25. When record stores would arrange their singles and albums based on chart placement:

    Girl pointing to CDs in a shelf organized in chat order
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    26. Sam Goody with its so-late-'80s store designs:

    Two woman looking for CDs at Sam Goody's
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    27. The giant and heavy TVs they would put on display endcaps inside of stores:

    A bunch of kids playing PlayStation in a display at a Best Buy
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    28. Beanie Babies handbooks, which were mainly just to tell you the "value" of your collection:

    Book titled The Beanie Baby Handbook

    29. And lastly, the Levi's "I Think I Love You" commercial, which epically told an entire love story in a minute:

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