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The '90s Are Making A Comeback, But These Things Can Stay In The Past

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For the past few years, everything '90s has been becoming cool again. So many things that we loved and thought were gone forever have been making a comeback. Most of our favorite drinks, snacks, shows, movies, and fashions from when we were kids are finally getting introduced to a new generation.

'90s kids reacting to all the awesome things getting brought back.NBC

But for all of its greatness, not everything in the '90s was totally awesome. There were some things that we all did that, honestly, should probably just stay in the '90s. We might have loved them once, but that doesn't mean we want to see them ever again.

Rattails

Just...why?Pinterest

There were plenty of terrible hair choices we all made in the '90s (and yes, there are more than just one on this list), but none of them can really hold a candle to the "Rattail."

I hate literally everything about this.Hairstyle Camp

Rattails are what happen when you want the fashion statement of a mullet, but instead of "party in the back" it's more "sad small gathering in the back." It's not a good look for anyone, so let's just go back to pretending we never thought it was a good idea.

Laugh tracks

Please, God, no.NBC

While laugh tracks weren't invented in the '90s, it was really the last decade to use them consistently. I guess after decades of being told when to laugh, we had finally learned how to laugh for ourselves.

We've finally learned how to have a sense of humor again.Citizen Sociolinguistics

Now hearing that sound of canned laughter while watching TV gives us the same feeling as nails on a chalk board. Laugh tracks have become more and more rare in recent years so hopefully soon we'll live in a world where the only time we hear one is in our nightmares.

Inflatable furniture

Not featured: the horrific squeaky fart sounds that would happen every time you moved.Buzzfeed

Inflatable furniture was the ultimate accessory for any '90s bedroom. Seriously, who didn't dream about sitting in their inflatable chair and chatting with their friends on a clear phone by the oozy glow of a lava lamp?

What could be more comfortable than a wrinkly bag of air?The Mind Circle

The reality was not at all how we imagined. Inflatable furniture, as it turns out, is a terrible idea. It was always losing air, they would make truly awful fart sounds if you shifted at all, and if you made the mistake of wearing shorts while sitting in one you would almost immediately become temporarily fused to it. Just getting a regular bean bag chair is a much better option.

Tear-away pants

Truly the height of athletic fashion.Pinterest

It's easy to see why these would become popular. If you were sporty, it was so handy to be able to go from "warm up outfit" to "ready to play" without having to fight with pulling your track pants over your shoes. And if you weren't sporty, those little snaps made being lazy so much easier since you could just whip your pants off whenever you pleased.

Such class, such grace.coolthings.com

But now we know better. Not only do you look like a pervy lunatic when you rip your pants off, but tear-away pants also made it 3000% easier for other people to pants you. Just keep your pants on like a normal person.

Bowl cuts

And to think, we all had a crush on him at some point.Super Pop Magazine

While not nearly as eye-gougingly awful as a mullet or a rattail, the bowl cut is definitely an example of a hair cut that looks flattering on absolutely no one.

"It looks even better with a center part," said no one ever. Buzzfeed

Almost every '90s kid was subjected to this monstrosity at one point in their childhood. While we're all terrified of the day that those photos of us get discovered, we can at least rest easy knowing that literally everyone else from our generation also has equally awful bowl cut photos somewhere out there.

Puka shell necklaces

Oh lord, not these things again.Amazon

Both guys and girls loved wearing Puka shell necklaces back in the day. What better way to show the world how cool you were? With one of these around your neck it was obvious to everyone that you were just a super laid back person, who probably just returned from surfing some sick waves at the beach.

Is this really something we'd like to go back to?DeMarge

Truth is, these looked stupid on pretty much everyone. We should really just leave the "surfer vibe" to people who actually surf.

Shell suits

I...don't even know what to say...Blue 17

While these were technically a gift from the '80s, we all had at least one pair of super stylish, matching windbreaker and pants. The brighter and crazier the pattern, the better.

It really didn't.Throwbacks Facebook

While wind was apparently a big problem in the '90s, the only reason to be rocking a shell suit now is if you're headed to a '90s costume party. Because while the shell suit fabric might feel awful, it's at least a comfy outfit.

Smoking

Everyone in the '90s, apparently.New Line Cinema

While it wasn't quite as hardcore as the '80s, smoking the '90s was considered both completely normal, and totally acceptable. Everyone smoked pretty much everywhere, and while we knew it was dangerous we were too cool to worry about something like dying of lung cancer.

Not even the kids were worried about it.New Line Cinema

Luckily times have changed and no one really thinks smoking is cool anymore. Let's keep it that way.

JNCO jeans

God forbid anyone ever see our shoes.JNCO

For a while in the '90s, the wider your pants, the cooler you were. We didn't care that it made our legs look wider than they were tall, we were cool, dammit!

No way we could have foreseen this problem Imgur

Turns out wearing comically large pants can cause all sorts of issues. Like gross frayed hems from where they drag on the ground, or how it became impossible to walk as soon as it rained for more than 5 seconds. As bad as today's absurdly tight skinny jeans are, JNCOs were so much worse.

Dial-up internet

Ah, the good old days.Giphy

In the early days of the Internet, we were just so excited at the possibility of the world wide web that we weren't too bothered by how slow it was, or how we had to log off if anyone needed the phone.

How did we ever survive such hardship?Imgur

Luckily, technology has changed a lot since then, so we'll never have to hear that ungodly screech that would happen while you were connecting.

Try not to screech yourself when you see what else is on this list...

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