These Weird '90s Things Used To Fascinate Us

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You've gotta give it to the '90s — they were a big ol' ball of fun. Everything seemed so exciting during those years. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and there are plenty of things you found fascinating in the '90s and definitely don't now. As a matter of fact, odds are you can't even remember what their appeal was in the first place. You may be thinking I just summed up most of the obsessions we '90s kids had back in the day, and you'd probably be right.

Now that we have the advantage of time on our side, we can examine our past with a critical eye and say, "Uh, WTF?" OK, so time hasn't necessarily made the voice in your head sound any more evolved, but whatevs. The bottom line is we spent countless hours focusing on fads, fashion, trends, toys and more in the '90s that are somewhat inexplicable today. Back then, you knew you'd just DIE if you didn't have them. Today? The only passing thoughts you give them are (a) what was I thinking? and (b) I wonder if they're worth anything on eBay?

And while you can probably find out the latter with a quick Google search, we may never fully understand our fascination with the following '90s fads.



We would practically have traded our eye teeth for Pogs, only to have them collect dust in our lockers or come spilling out of our backpacks in a Pog avalanche at the most inopportune moments.


Garbage Pail Kids

These guys were totally revolting, no? Dear '80s and '90s self, what were you thinking with this? Today, this just makes my stomach turn.



Let's be real: We all played with Gak because we found the sounds of flatulence hilarious. We didn't seem to mind that it actually smelled like rubber farts, too.


The Teletubbies

We haven't the time nor space to get into all of the reasons our fascination with these over-enthusiastic extraterrestrials, but let's start with the fact that they sat around worshipping that bizarro sun baby.



They may have well called this bone crusher for its innate ability to wreck our ankles and shins, and yet we kept right on playing with it.


Frosted Tips

Sorry, JT! That noodle hair ain't doin' a thing for us these days.


Bubble Jug

Who decided it was a good idea to drink bubble gum? And why on Earth did our parents allow it to continue?


The Budweiser Frog Commercial

Were we too young in the '90s to be quoting a beer commercial? Sure. But were those Bud-weis-er frogs adorable? You betcha.


Hypercolor T-Shirts

Hypercolor shirts were not practical. Hypercolor shirts were not durable. But Hypercolor shirts were life.


Beanie Babies

Many a babysitting dollar was sacrificed in pursuit of a comprehensive Beanie Babies collection. And for what? Unless you have that purple Princess Di bear, you probably won't get rich from these anytime soon.



Please tell me I'm not the only one who spent years wearing handkerchief tops, bandana dresses and head-bandanas like J.Lo.


Supernatural Shenanigans

From "Light as a feather, stiff as a board" to the Ouija board, we were all about meddling in the occult.


Bananas in Pajamas

Seriously, though . . . what were we thinking?