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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    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).

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

    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.

    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.