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    23 Facts About The '90s That Might Make You Look At The Entire Decade Differently

    Did you know that a magazine came up with Spice Girls' nicknames?

    1. Baby Spice (Emma Bunton) was not an original member of the Spice Girls.

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    Emma was brought in to replace a singer named Michelle Stephenson, who decided to leave the group in 1994.

    2. The Spice Girls did not come up with their nicknames, it was actually a magazine editor and his staff that came up with them as part of a feature they were running on the group.

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    According to Scary Spice, the journalist who wrote the feature (for the UK's Top of the Pops magazine) was "too lazy" to remember their names and just gave them all nicknames.

    3. Alicia Silverstone got the role of Cher in Clueless 'cause the film's writer-director, Amy Heckerling, wanted the girl from the Aerosmith music videos.

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    4. The Notorious B.I.G. lived a lot of life in the short amount of time he was alive — he was only 24 years old when he was killed.

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    5. And the same could be said about Biggie's rival, Tupac Shakur, who was only 25 years old when he was killed.

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    6. Ross and Rachel were never meant to be the central couple of Friends, it was supposed to be Monica and Joey.

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    The writers for Friends developed the storyline after noticing the chemistry between Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer.

    7. The creators of Friends auditioned a lot of actors for the roles — with the exception of the character of Ross. They actually pursued David Schwimmer for the role.

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    David had done a pilot for the creators of the show the year before and they kept him in mind when they were casting Friends.

    8. Oasis' "Wonderwall" actually borrows its name from George Harrison’s debut solo album, Wonderwall Music.

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    Also, "Wonderwall" was originally titled "Wishing Stone."

    9. By the mid-to late-'90s, MTV was not doing well (ratings wise) and its biggest draw was Jenny McCarthy.

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    Once Jenny left the network MTV executives needed to find a show that would draw in younger viewers, which is why TRL was created.

    10. TRL was actually a combination of two shows that had run in the summer of '98: Total Request and The Carson Daly Show.

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    The two shows were experiments and an executive thought combining them, and making it live in front of an audience, would make for a good show.

    11. Drive Me Crazy was actually named after the Britney Spears song of the same name.

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    The movie was based on the novel How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, but was actually titled Next to You. The name was changed when Britney's song was added to the soundtrack as way to ride on her popularity.

    According to Melissa Joan Hart, she was mad about the name change and tried to fight the studio on it, because she thought Britney was going to be a flash in the pan that nobody would remember in five years.

    12. Batman Returns was written by the same screenwriter who wrote Heathers.

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    The screenwriter, Daniel Waters, actually got the job to write Batman Returns after pitching Tim Burton a sequel to Beetlejuice.

    13. Tim Burton was supposed to direct a third Batman movie, that was reportedly called Batman Continues. The movie would have featured Michael Keaton as Batman, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, and Billy Dee Williams as Two Face.

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    Tim was asked to step down by Warner Bros. from making a third Batman movie after parents complained about Batman Returns being too dark.

    14. Kurt Cobain was inspired to write "Smells Like Teen Spirit" after Bikini Kill's lead singer, Kathleen Hanna, wrote "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the wall of his apartment in Sharpie.

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    Also, Kurt didn't know Teen Spirit was a brand of deodorant.

    15. John Cameron Mitchell (who is probably best-known for writing and starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch) was the voice of Sydney, the Dunkaroos mascot, in the commercials.

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    FTR, John is not Australian.

    16. In 1995, Selena broke the attendance record for a concert at the Houston Astrodome — more than 66,000 people came to see her.

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    Selena actually broke her own record, which she had set the year before.

    17. In 1995, Princess Diana created an "it bag" frenzy after she was gifted a Dior bag by the first lady of France, Bernadette Chirac. The bag became so popular because of Diana that Dior named it after her: the Lady Dior.

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    The bag was originally named the Chou Chou, when it debuted in 1995. The following year, Dior changed the name to the Lady Dior in honor of Diana making the bag so popular.

    18. "Closing Time" by Semisonic is actually about childbirth, and NOT last call at a bar.

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    19. There were no openly gay teen characters on TV until 1992, when Ryan Phillippe played the first one on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live.

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    Later, Wilson Cruz would play the first openly gay teenage character on primetime network TV on My So-Called Life.

    20. The Taco Bell Chihuahua, while voiced by a man, was actually played a female dog named Gidget (who also played Bruiser in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde).

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    21. In Friday, they actually say "Bye Felisha!" NOT "Bye Felicia!"

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    As Rolling Stone magazine pointed out, "The character's name is actually spelled Felisha in the film."

    22. Britney Spears was supposed to have a three-episode story arc on Dawson's Creek. She also signed a TV-development deal with the production company that made the show to develop her own TV series.

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    In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Britney actually revealed that she loved the show, and confirmed when she would be filming, and that she would be playing a dork.

    23. And finally, James Cameron did not want "My Heart Will Go On" to be in Titanic because he thought the movie was too epic and didn't need a pop song in it.

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    Also, Céline Dion never wanted to sing the song and, in fact, she actually hated it (but, her late husband René Angélil persuaded her to do it). James decided to put it in the movie after being won over by the demo that Céline recorded.

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