he '90s was a magical decade filled with Lisa Frank rainbows and Lisa Frank unicorns. (There was a lot of Lisa Frank.)
It will also go down as one of the most transformative decades in American history. We have the Internet to thank for that. And Al Gore. (Thanks for the Internet, Al Gore!)
There's a lot about the '90s to love — if I had it my way, mom jeans would be in style forever — but there were also a bunch of things about the decade that looking back, were totally bonkers. We thought these moments in pop culture and news and politics were normal at the time, but hindsight is 20/20, and it's a good thing because now we can see how bats*** we were. Ah, the '90s.
Beanie Babies Obsession
Grown men and women purchased hundreds or even thousands of tiny stuffed animals because they thought they’d be worth millions of dollars someday.
It’s amazing, but we all really did go collectively insane when Beanie Babies hit the shelves.
How we ever thought chat rooms were a good idea, I’ll never know. Sure, now there are dating apps and sites, but somehow those feel different, less anonymous, less insidious. Do you remember what happened if your parents found out you were hanging out in chat rooms? Weeks of TGIF, gone in the blink of an eye.
I can’t believe we would spray something called I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter on our food and then eat it. It was simultaneously amazing and terrible.
We really thought the world might end.
We were so dumb.
The caption for this Getty image of Donald Trump on Jay Leno’s show refers to Trump as a “TV personality/investor.” If only that’s still what he was. If only.