25 Things That Were Supposed To Be Big But Weren’t

Whether it was a political ideology, a sports star, a software application, a language, a video game platform, or a fashion trend, there are numerous examples of things that people expected to get huge but only ever amount to failed expectations (sometimes this was for the better). Today we’re going to take a closer look at some of them. These are 25 things that were supposed to be big but weren’t.

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Second Life

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It was all over the news for a while and was even supposed to replace Skype. But it just didn’t live up to the hype.


Target in Canada

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It rolled out pretty strong with over 100 stores but due to inventory problems and a lack of market understanding, Target had to back out (and most likely won’t ever return to the land of maple syrup)


CD Encyclopedias

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These were the successors to those massive 26 book encyclopedia libraries that your mom got duped into buying (World Book anyone?). At any rate, Encarta lasted for few a short years, or long enough to do a few middle school projects and now we use Google.


Comet ISON

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People were saying how it would be the brightest comet EVER! You’ll be able to see it in the DAYTIME! And then it broke up as soon as it rounded the sun.



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Everyone ran out to buy their 3D TVs with the 3D glasses. Today nobody watches TV wearing 3D glasses

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