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    Updated on Apr 5, 2019. Posted on Jan 1, 2017

    25 Facts That Might Surprise '90s Kids

    You can blame all those crappy direct-to-video Disney sequels on The Return of Jafar!

    1. Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life and the Taco Bell Chihuahua are both voiced by the same voice actor, Carlos Alazraqui.

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    Carlos is probably best known for playing Deputy Garcia on Reno 911!

    2. Michael Jackson sang backup vocals on “Do the Bartman.”

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    Also Michael did not co-write the song, despite rumors.

    3. The idea for Space Jam spun off from the success of a 1992 Nike commercial that featured Michael Jordan playing basketball against Bugs Bunny.

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    4. Jennifer Aniston HATED her iconic "The Rachel" haircut.

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    Aside from the fact that Jennifer thought it looked ugly, she said the upkeep on it was a bitch, and could not do the hairstyle on her own.

    5. Backstreet Boys got their name from a flea market in Orlando.

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    The market was named Backstreet Market and was a local teen hangout spot.

    6. The Return of Jafar was Disney's first direct-to-video sequel.

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    It was also a huge success: It cost just $5 million to make and grossed $120 million in sales.

    7. Totally Hair Barbie is the best-selling Barbie doll of all time.

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    For the record her hair was 10.5 inches in length.

    8. Earring Magic Ken, which was released in 1993, became a huge seller among gay men, which was mainly due to the way he was dressed — and the fact that he appeared to be wearing a cock ring as a necklace.

    9. There is a banned episode of Tiny Toons where Buster, Hamton, and Plucky get drunk, steal a police car, and die in a drunk driving accident.

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    The episode, titled "One Beer," was meant as a PSA against the dangers of drinking. After airing once it was never rebroadcast. You can watch it here.

    10. When Beanie Babies first launched in 1993, they were NOT a successful toy line. It wasn't until a group of neighbors in suburban Chicago decided to start trading them (with rules) that their popularity grew.

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    Beanie Babies also accounted for 10% of eBay's early sales.

    11. The Rugrats have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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    The characters were a given a star in 2001 in honor of the show's 10th anniversary.

    12. In 1999 the NSA banned Furbies from its headquarters in Maryland, over fears that they would hear top-secret conversations and then repeat them.

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    13. Tamagotchi is a portmanteau of the Japanese words for egg and watch.

    14. Clarissa Explains It All almost got a spinoff series that would have aired on CBS.

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    The series was titled Clarissa Now and would have followed Clarissa's life in New York as a college student and intern at a newspaper. A pilot for the series was shot.

    15. Animaniacs was originally envisioned to be about four ducks named Yakki, Smakki, Wakki, and Dot.

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    They nixed the idea of ducks as the leads after they noticed how many other duck-themed cartoons existed.

    16. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is actually a bit of a spinoff from a 1988 comedic play titled Ladies’ Room — in which Romy and Michele appear as minor characters.

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    Lisa Kudrow actually originated the role of Michele when the play premiered.

    17. Marlon Wayans gets residuals for Batman Forever, even though he does NOT appear in the movie.

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    Marlon had signed on to play Robin (opposite Michael Keaton’s Batman) in what would’ve been Tim Burton’s third Batman film. When Warner Bros. decided against having Burton direct Batman Forever (because the film would’ve had the same dark tone as Batman Returns), they brought in Joel Schumacher, who cast Chris O’Donnell in the role. Per a clause in Marlon's contract he was paid his salary plus residuals, even though he didn’t appear in the film.

    18. Jessie was originally supposed to be addicted to speed not caffeine pills in that classic episode of Saved by the Bell.

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    The show's producers changed it from speed to caffeine pills after NBC's standards department deemed it too dark for a kids' show.

    19. JNCO is an abbreviation of "judge none, choose one."

    20. Family Matters is actually a spinoff of Perfect Strangers.

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    In case you were wondering, Harriette Winslow was a co-worker of Larry and Balki on Perfect Strangers.

    21. In 1991, DuckTales became the first American cartoon series to be shown in the Soviet Union since the start of the Cold War.

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    22. Tickle Me Elmo became a must-have toy after Rosie O’Donnell featured it on her talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show.

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    23. Harrison Ford turned down Steven Spielberg's offer for him to play Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park.

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    24. Nintendo never intended to release another gaming console, but it was forced to create the Super Nintendo after Sega’s Genesis began cutting into its market share.

    25. The Lion King was one of the most successful movies of the '90s; it made over $300 million during its theatrical run, and brought in over $1 billion in merchandise sales in 1994 alone (the year of the film's release).

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