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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Truth is, these looked stupid on pretty much everyone. We should really just leave the "surfer vibe" to people who actually surf.
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.
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.
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.
Luckily times have changed and no one really thinks smoking is cool anymore. Let's keep it that way.
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!
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.
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.
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...
We all thought the idea of a shirt that changed color when you touched it was the coolest thing since sliced bread. It was like a mood ring, but as a shirt!
Unfortunately that not only encouraged people to basically manhandle you, but the second you began to sweat at all anyone with eyes is going to know about it.
The word "phat"
There was all sorts of weird and crazy slang in the '90s, lots of it we wish we could still get away with using. One word we're happy to be rid of is "phat." Depending on who you ask, it either means something cool or "Pretty Hot And Thick/Tempting." But really there's no way you can say it out loud and not sound like an idiot.
If there's one '90s slang word that's definitely not all that and a bag of chips, it's "phat."
Patterned button up shirts were all the rage in the '90s, but there was one pattern that was a must-have for anyone who felt like they were too cool for school: Flames.
However, the old "flames on black" thing haven't really aged well over all these years, so unless you're Guy Fieri, maybe just don't.
Pogs were one of the many massive fads that we all became obsessed with during the '90s. The story of how they came to be is pretty wild, but it led to all of us collecting them obsessively, then forgetting them entirely within a few years.
But when it's all said and done, pogs were actually pretty useless. Most of us either didn't know how or couldn't be bothered with playing the game, so they were little more than cardboard disks taking up space in our childhood bedrooms.
We didn't call them "mom jeans" back then, and they weren't just worn by moms, pretty much everyone was rocking the high-waisted jeans in the '90s.
For some reason, people have been trying really, really hard to bring back high-waisted jeans. I guess having no butt and looking like you're wearing a diaper is cool again. Sir Mix-A-Lot would be very disappointed.
Ah, yes, the song that guys who think they can play guitar will always bust out at parties to try and impress girls by showing them how "deep" and "sensitive" they are.
Even if you actually liked this song (which I did), it's become enough of a joke that it's hard to listen to it without wanting to roll your eyes so hard they fall out. Anyway, here's "Wonderwall."
If you were a girl growing up in the '90s, you 100% had at least one of these (but probably more). They started appearing in the rave scene, supposedly to keep you from chewing your tongue while you were on drugs, but their popularity quickly spread to the mainstream.
Let's be real, using anything meant for babies as fashion accessories is more than a little weird. Unless you're actually still a baby, it's probably time to grow up.
Remember the first time you got one of these CDs in the mail? It was actually kind of exciting, because who wouldn't want some free access to the internet? At a time when a lot of people thought the internet was just another fad, having AOL's discs just show up in your mail was actually a pretty clever marketing idea to get people to sign up.
But the novelty wore off pretty quickly, and soon it started to feel like there was another disc arriving every single day. While they're apparently pretty valuable now, considering CDs themselves are almost obsolete, it's better to leave these in the past.
This is possibly one of the more controversial things on this list, probably because they weren't always terrible. But when they were bad, they were truly awful.
The '90s can keep its weird ramen hair, because we don't want it back.
They seemed like such a great idea. You would always be ready for whatever weather got thrown your way. Too hot? Just unzip them into shorts. Too cold? Just zip the legs back on. So practical!
Truth is, as convenient as these pants may have been, they always looked ridiculous. What were you supposed to do with the "legs" once they were off? Stuff them in your pocket? While we didn't have weather apps in the '90s, we do now, so just check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. You'll be a lot more comfortable and you won't look like an idiot.