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11 Things No One Misses About The '90s

We as millennials are required by law to worship the '90s, but we're glad some things have changed.

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1. Being asked "smoking or non-smoking?" when you walk into a restaurant.

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California was the first state to ban smoking in enclosed places in 1995, and states have since followed suit.

2. Those crappy incandescent lightbulbs that were horrible for the environment.

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We have since switched to LED lights, which use 25–35% of the energy — a bright idea that came from the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

3. Our parents didn't always have sick days.

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It wasn't until the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 that employers were required to give their employees job-protected leave for medical reasons.

4. EVERYTHING had to be saved onto a floppy disk.

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Isn't it weird that floppy disks are still used as the save icon on computers?

5. Way fewer people were graduating from college.

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Since the '90s, more people in America are achieving a bachelor's degree or higher...despite rising costs.

6. Our diets were organized into pyramids.

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In the '90s we worshipped grains like pharaohs. The USDA nutrition guide My Plate was created in 2011 and places greater emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

7. Everyone was disturbingly all right with drinking and driving.

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Before the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century was enacted in 1998, opening a cold one on the highway was considered chill. Now it's illegal in most states.

8. We read books on paper.

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Don't get us wrong: Libraries are great and all, but cutting down on paper saves a lot of trees.

9. Worldwide, sanitation was a lot worse.

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According to UNICEF, since 1990, 2.1 billion people have gained access to either a toilet or a latrine with a slab.

10. Extreme poverty was almost twice as bad.

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According to the UNFPA, the amount of people in the world living on less than $1.25 a day has fallen from 47% to 22%.

11. And of course, we forget that during the '90s, none of us were obsessed with the '90s.

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