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The Good, The Bad & The Hilariously Awful Moments In '90s Pop Culture

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    Editor's note: This story was originally published August 28, 2015.
    Alright, internet we get it: If it’s about the '90s, you’re in. So, a few of us got to thinking. Considering that we've been inundated with the decade’s best and brightest via everything from essays to listicles to YouTube rabbit holes, we figured it would be cinch to name 30 things that shaped the 10 years we can’t stop talking about.

    But obviously, narrowing down the contenders was a struggle. Brainstorming, email threads, and pure frustration (honestly, good luck getting the Budweiser commercials out of your head) gave way to even more brainstorming, email threads, and pure frustration. Finally, we separated the defining aspects from the fleeting. We whittled it down until we were left with 30 things from the final decade of the 20th century that we've sort of forgotten...and when we remember them, we shudder, cringe, giggle, shake our heads...or all of the above.

    Behold, that very list. It's pretty much guaranteed that you’ll think we left something off. That'll be all the more reason to make another list down the road — and begin this whole process again.



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    2. The Budweiser Frogs
    Nearly 20 years later, and we still can’t look at frogs the same way.

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    3. Y2K Hysteria
    On the precipice of the new millennium, a paranoia broke out over the future of our society/planet/existence. Why? Because according to experts, the world’s computers weren’t programmed for the turn of the century, since years were being documented only by the last two digits. This meant that computers would assume — upon hitting 2000 — that the year was 00. And because computers and technology didn’t exist in the year 00, everything would implode and we were all going to die.

    So, everybody bought a lot of bottled water.

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    4. The Blair Witch Project
    Before YouTube, there were “found footage” movies. The first? The Blair Witch Project, a movie about a bunch of young people who get lost in the woods, get “so scared right now,” and finally meet their maker in the form of a witch we never actually see. I still don’t really understand this movie — but I know it’s one of many reasons I avoid camping.

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    5. The Macarena
    One dance, one legacy, one way to ruin a wedding.