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15 Massive Fads That We've Already Forgotten About

Whether it's ridiculous perms or Pokémon Go, there are fads we run into while growing up that, for a short span of time, feel like they're just absolutely everywhere. However, they often disappear just as quickly as they came, leading to things that we know we participated in, but don't really remember. Things like...

LiveStrong Bracelets

Live Strong

Because you needed to tell the world that you supported some kind of cause (or in the case of some people, a LOT of causes).



There were so many different kinds with so many different pictures, and you were always trading ones on the playground to get a full set. Don't forget to bring your Slammer so you can play!



Before Japan unleashed Pokémon on the world, we were obsessed with a completely different kind of digital monster that they sent our way. Taking care of these things was practically a full-time job.

Slap Bracelets


All the benefits of a massive, eye-piercingly bright bracelet, but with added noise and pain when you put it on!


They combined shoes and roller skates! We kinda get the feeling these died out when pretty much everybody who used them at school looked absolutely ridiculous.

Irish Dancing


There was a brief period in the 90s where everybody was obsessed with being the next Michael Flatley, and we pretty much all looked like complete goobers while trying.

Airbrushed Vans


Back in the 70s, you weren't cool if you didn't have a massive van complete with a huge airbrushed mural on the side. Frankly we're all for this making a comeback.

Seriously, some of the rest of these fads don't make any sense at all...

Zip-Off Pant Legs

North Face

Because sometimes you need to dress for more than one type of weather! Nevermind that the zippers always broke or poked you in the legs.

Mood Rings


Apparently they were supposed to change color to show your mood, but all they really did was make everyone think you were angry all the time.

No Fear Clothing


Because you needed to show people how much of a badass you were through the medium of shirts.

Crazy Bones


They came in all kinds of weird shapes and sizes, but ultimately the only game you played with them was throwing them at each other. It was like marbles, but BETTER.

Wearing Clothes Backwards

Rex Features

I blame Kris Kross for this one. Seriously, who thought this was a good idea?

The Swing Dancing Revival


For some reason we all got really obsessed with dancing like our grandparents for a few years, probably thanks to all the movies that came out about it.

Chuck Norris Jokes


Remember when Chuck Norris was the singularly biggest badass the internet had ever heard of? Fun fact: the joke actually started as an ironic thing because of Norris apparently being a terrible person to work with.

Frosted Tips


Because the ultimate way to look cool was to look like a Bloomin' Onion. For some reason this is apparently coming back, because we can't get past our garbage past.

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