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    People Are Sharing Huge Trends That Everyone Forgot About, And They Feel Like They're From Another Lifetime

    How many do you remember??

    Remember when this "year" started approximately a millennium ago? Turns out, there was a time before the dumpster fire that is 2020 — full of forgotten fads and trends that feel like they're from an alternate universe.

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    Whack, I know.

    If it's all just a blur to ya, don't worry. Redditor u/Alternative_Ad_9598 recently asked, "What was a huge trend everyone forgot about?"

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    And here are some of the biggest blasts from the past, like, ever:

    1. The "clear" craze:

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    "We saw lots of clear drinks and products in the late '80s and into the '90s, including Crystal Pepsi, Tab Clear, and, of course, Zima."

    u/kickstand

    2. Silly bands:

    Kids wear silly bands on their wrists and hold up an unworn silly band in the shape of a unicorn
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    3. Crackle nail polish:

    A hand showing nails with white acrylic paint and a black crackle finish
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    "Why did we do that?"

    u/luxiibb

    4. Yik Yak:

    A smartphone opened to the app download page for Yik Yak
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    "Yik Yak was the shit. Everyone knew what was going on on campus within seconds. People within the same classes used it to shit-talk professors and cheat on tests. It’s too bad that people had to ruin it with death threats and such, which kind of forced Yik Yak to make it nonanonymous and killed the appeal it had in the first place. For me as a commuting student at the time, it was key to keeping up with the happenings and drama around campus."

    u/Nikflame

    5. Trapper keepers:

    A Lisa Frank trapper keeper
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    "I'll go one further: Lisa Frank trapper keeper. That was the shit."

    u/chapstikcrazy

    6. Cup stacking:

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    "What was that all about?"

    u/Emotional-Fruit

    7. Yo-yos:

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    "Who was that guy that came to my school? And why did he do a sales pitch for yo-yos? And why did so many of us buy them?"

    u/istilldontreddit

    8. Creepy clowns in 2016:

    A clown standing in the middle of the woods
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    "That one weird summer of 2016 when clowns randomly appeared out of nowhere and creeped us all out."

    u/ElectrifyingJabroni

    9. Neopets:

    A Neopet sitting against a tie-dye background
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    10. Chatroulette:

    The default instruction screen for Chatroulette
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    "And Omegle."

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    11. Heelies:

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    "Those shoes with the wheels in them."

    u/PiratesLoveBoxes

    12. Kony 2012:

    The movie poster for KONY 2012 depicting Joseph Kony in blue and red
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    u/9c9bs

    13. Tamagotchis:

    A person holds an older Tamagotchi model in their hands
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    14. Pokémon Go:

    A hand holds out a smartphone showing a Clefairy via Pokemon Go amidst a crowded walkway
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    "I’ll never forget the summer when Pokémon Go came out. Everybody and their grandparents were playing it. All the parks were full of people just talking and meeting each other. I hate to sound boomer-y, but it made me remember what life was like before smartphones, which is ironic, I guess, because an app made it happen. I wish more technology had the goal of getting people active and outside and interacting with others."

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    15. Tebowing:

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    16. "Gangnam Style":

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    17. Rainbow Looms:

    Someone makes a bracelet on a Rainbow Loom while also wearing Rainbow Loom bracelets on their wrists
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    "Those bracelets that you made with rubber bands on that loom thingy."

    u/unethical_goose

    18. "WAAAAZZZAAAAAP!"

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    19. "I ♡ Boobies!" bands:

    A stack of "I heart boobies" bands
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    You can actually still get a pack of 30 bracelets and support the nonprofit Keep a Breast Foundation for $25.

    20. Furbies:

    A woman holds up a Furby
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    "I absolutely needed to have one, and when it woke up in the middle of the night, I was over it."

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    21. The mannequin challenge:

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    "That was very weird, to be fair."

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    22. Planking and YOLO:

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    23. Livestrong bracelets:

    A yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet
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    24. Rage comics:

    A rage comic showing all the typical meme characters sitting around a table
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    "In 2011, 90% of my Reddit feed was rage comics. Now you never see them."

    u/haddock420

    25. Ask Jeeves:

    A computer screen shows the homepage for Ask Jeeves, with Jeeves standing next to the search bar
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    26. The Harlem Shake:

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    27. Beyblades:

    Two young boys hold up their Beyblades before letting them rip
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    28. WWJD bracelets:

    A boy wears a WWJD bracelet
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    "WWJD bracelets were EVERYWHERE. I would see WWJD merch all over the place, even WWJD board games."

    u/moofma

    29. LMFAO:

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    "LMFAO may be a total train wreck of a music group, but they were also everywhere in 2011 to 2013. You couldn't turn on the radio without hearing, 'I'M SEXY AND I KNOW IT!' played five times in the span of 30 minutes, and 'PARTY ROCKERS IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT!' was a line scream-sung at any nightclub."

    u/LittlestSlipper55

    30. Jelly shoes:

    Hot pink jelly shoes
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    "When I was a kid, every little girl’s 'dress-up' shoes were jellies, and they all wore them to church, even though they hurt. Only one movie I’ve ever seen has included jelly shoes."

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    31. Hypercolor clothing:

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    "I was a huge nerd in elementary school, and I thought I was gonna be super cool when my mom bought me an off-brand Hypercolor shirt. I wore it to school, and one of the kids who bullied me realized that it would change colors if he spit on it. Then he showed lots of other people. It was the worst day of my elementary school life."

    u/gurft

    32. Fidget spinners:

    A hand holding a fidget spinner
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    "Remember all those pop-up stalls in shopping centers selling fidget spinners? I sure hope they got their money back."

    u/LittlestSlipper55

    33. Cellphones that worked like walkie-talkies:

    A walkie talkie phone by Motorola and Boost Mobile
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    34. Game of Thrones:

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    "Never seen something go straight from the forefront of pop culture to forgotten about so quickly."

    u/Da1m0n1

    35. Pet Rocks:

    A rock in a nest next to a Pet Rock box
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    "I have been breeding them for years."

    u/arachnidtree

    36. "What Does the Fox Say?"

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    37. Myspace:

    A screen showing the myspace logo
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    38. Butterfly clips:

    Lizzie McGuire, played by Hilary Duff, wearing butterfly clips in her hair
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    39. Alvin and the Chipmunks remixes:

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    40. Slap bracelets:

    A young girl showing her snap bracelets on her wrist, with more on the floor
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    "Very popular in the early '90s."

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    41. The cinnamon challenge:

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    42. Swatch watches:

    Seven different colored Swatch watches laid out
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    "I remember being envious of the kids who had those back in the third grade."

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    43. Pogs or Crazy Bones:

    A bunch of pogs with different images
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    "They were around so much in the '90s and early 2000s but just disappeared into nothingness."

    u/UnclSlow

    44. Ty Beanie Babies:

    Two Beanie Babies bears sitting on a table for a 10-year Beanie Babies anniversary celebration
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    45. Second Life:

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    "The virtual reality 'game,' or whatever it was. There was a time when every self-respecting global company just had to have a place there. When people paid real money for its virtual real estate."

    u/Spidron

    46. Slime:

    Plastic containers full of slime
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    "Thank fucking goodness."

    u/ImplementNational165

    47. The Budweiser frogs:

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    "Everyone was going around saying, 'Bud.' Someone else would say, 'Wise.' And someone else would say, 'Er.' I even had a couple of different shirts with the sayings on them lol."

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    48. The bacon, mustaches, "Keep Calm and ______," and epic fail obsessions

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    49. And, lastly, of course — the dress:

    The infamouse blue/black or white/gold dress that went viral
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    "People claimed mental breakdowns over it, personality tests showed up out of nowhere for it. Oh, and the whole 'Yanny or Laurel?' thing, too."

    u/HoagieBun12

    Did any of these jog your memory? Make you nostalgic? Make ya cringe? Let us know what other huge trends have been forgotten about in the comments below!

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