The world is a lot different than it used to be. That goes without saying. These days it seems like everything just moves so fast. The 90’s almost seems like a different century. Wait a minute…yes, it seems fitting for a list such as this. They really were a different century. So much has changed since then. The clothes you wore to high school? No longer cool. The things you collected? No longer cool. The music you listened to? No longer cool. It’s all different now! So if you want to catch up, we’re here for you. That’s what we get paid for – imparting extremely trivial knowledge on to our readers, viewers, and listeners.
Today is going to a marvelous trip back through history. All those things that are no longer cool, no longer true, or just no longer exist…that’s what we’re going to be looking at. There may be some nostalgia, but there may also be some relief. Seriously, who ever thought that Beanie Babies were a good idea? Those stuffed little critters turned every other mom into a rabid stuffed critter collector. Okay, over exaggeration, but jokes aside, these are 25 Things People Actually Believed In The 90’s.
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The future would be better than the past
From the end of the Cold War right up until 9/11, the 1990’s boom made western civilization think that everything would just keep getting better. That optimism was short-lived.
The housing market can only go up
That babies wouldn't remember anything anyway, so we shouldn't use anesthesia
Although anesthesia is always dangerous, research began to show that operating on fully conscious babies was not a good idea.
One day you would take your kids to Blockbuster
Or you would just watch Netflix. That’s cool, too.
When you grow up you, won't just walk around with a calculator in your pocket
Said every math teacher ever.
You need to learn cursive. In college everything will be in cursive.
Said every English teacher ever.
Only weirdos thought the government was tracking us.
Only weirdos think the government isn’t tracking us.
You would never be able to fill up more than 512mb
When Google announced Gmail with 1GB of storage in 2004, people thought it was an April Fools joke.
Beanie Babies were a good investment, and they would make you rich
They were cute though.
That Jeeves would always be there to answer questions
Google handled that.
IT means job for life
The IT industry has always favored younger workers. The skill set just changes too quickly.
Interested in learning more about the 90’s or reliving your childhood? Here are 25 reasons you know you grew up in the 90’s.
Body wash is for women
Some of the early Old Spice bottles even had phrases like “Won’t wash away testosterone” on them.
The food pyramid
In 2011, it was updated to MyPlate (the Harvard version is better though).
Birds are not dinosaurs
Birds are dinosaurs.
Phones would keep getting smaller
Until they disappeared.
Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis
If anybody still believes this, tell them to look up Donald Unger.
That mini-discs were the future of music
They were gone faster than you could say “iPod.”
That Apple would go bankrupt
Rolling Stone article in 1996 – The Rise and Fall of Apple Inc.
Africanized honey bees were going to take over the country
It seemed like every documentary about bees ended with the apocalypse.
That cell phones would blow up gas stations
Yes, the stickers are still on the pumps, and many people still believe this, but no, mobile phones will not ignite the gas station. There has never been a verifiable case of this happening (other than sensational news stories and youtube videos). Researchers have not found a legitimate way to re-create a gas station explosion with a cell phone, so if you do,you might win an Ig Noble Prize or something. And a Darwin Award.
Note: Static from your clothing is more likely to ignite the pump
Parents need to check their kids' Halloween candy for poison
All because of some creepy dude who made the news.
That getting a degree will land you a good job
More like a lot of debt.
That Starter Jackets were cool
You could get mugged for one of these.
Y2K would end the world, and planes would fall from the sky
Pluto is a planet
Not any more.