If you’re an avid car fanatic or an experienced mechanic, you’re likely inclined to enjoy experimenting with your car from time to time. Sometimes these can involve grueling and lengthy modifications that require a great deal of skill and know-how and help to increase the performance of your vehicle a great deal as you race along. Sometimes they’re only superficial modifications or upgrades that still require a great deal of precision, but only help your car to stand out more, if anything.
However, every now and then, there are modifications that totally flip everything on its head! They exist purely to make us laugh, cry or simply wonder – why? When Youtube user Bug BMX decided to try his hands at a zany experiment, he had no idea how viral his video would become.
The concept was simple: replace the pre-existing 24-inch wheels that he had on his Ram pickup truck with the tiniest possible wheels that he could find. The result is utterly hilarious. The 12-inch wheels with which he replaced the original tires look as though they came off a utility trailer and could easily fit inside the rim of the original wheels themselves. Just looking at this thing reminds one of some kind of surrealist Dali-inspired cartoon.
While fitting the tires onto the truck, the designer had to make a few mechanical estimations. In the first place, he assumed that the tires would simply buckle under the weight of the 20-000 pound truck. However, with a few minor calibrations, the wheels were fitted and managed to hold up under the weight of the truck. The videos of him test driving this thing around the parking lot are unbelievable and the wheel-spinning will definitely have you laughing hysterically. We highly recommend searching for the video online!
45 Popular Things From the ‘90s That We Never See Anymore
The ’90s in particular was an era of strange products and commercials that made up a lot of our childhood or an earlier part of our lives, and we miss them dearly.
The ’90s were the height of questionable fashion choices, primarily because it was a time when many people were challenging traditional fashion ideals. Platform flip-flops are such an example. Unique? Sure. Practical? Not in the slightest. How on Earth did anyone expect to walk in these? Maybe the whole idea was to just be weird and different, in which case, mission accomplished.
Virtual Pet Tamagotchi
For many of us, Tamagotchi was our first taste of real responsibility. Of course, by real, we mean entirely virtual — but the fact that our little virtual pets could die at all meant a lot to us as kids. Unfortunately, this is something you won’t exactly see a lot of these days.
Of course, there are other games of a similar nature today, but none of them can compare to the first time we all had to try and keep a bunch of pixels happy and healthy.
The GameBoy Color
Kids these days will never know what it’s like to have a handheld device with a screen that can’t be touched for functionality! Compared to the old days, the Switch is like an entirely futuristic handheld device. The GameBoy Color will always hold a special place in our hearts, though.
After all, this was a time when you couldn’t actually expect color in all of your games, which is saying something about just how long it’s been since then!
Old School Computers
Computers are so nice and sleek these days. Phones themselves are practically computers vastly superior to anything from the ’90s. But never forget the huge, blocky monitors that were our computers a few decades ago! Sure, computers are much older than that, but for most of us, that was the start.
In fact, the ’90s is when it started becoming commonplace to have a computer at home for personal use. Man, times sure have changed, haven’t they?
Now Defunct Blockbuster Video
Now, here’s something that might make you feel a little nostalgic. Blockbuster Video. That’s it, literally all we had to say. After all, we can all remember a time, before Netflix and Hulu and all that, when Blockbuster was the place to go for all your video needs.
Times change, there’s no doubt about that. Nowadays, you won’t find Blockbuster anywhere — except for a privately owned one in Oregon — as they are just completely and totally obsolete. Well, it lives on in our hearts.
These Awful Haircuts
Honestly, we’re not even sure why this bowl-shaped haircut was ever a thing. That being said, we all know there were plenty of kids in the ’90s running around with this haircut. Heck, some of us were probably those kids.
Why did our parents feel the need to torture us like this? We have no idea. The whole fashion statement was just a terrible debacle really.
The Nefarious Slinky
Ah, the Slinky. Fond memories to be sure, but not when we recall how many times they got twisted, stuck, or damaged in ways that compromised our ability to enjoy them. Needless to say, that happened a lot more often than we’d like to admit — we just choose to ignore those bad times.
Even so, these toys were a lot of fun — so much so that we could see ourselves playing with one today if only we could find them as easily as we could back in the ’90s. Alas, that is not the case.
Even CDs are old at this point, but believe it or not, we used to have something even older — that being the video home system (a.k.a VHS) for the videocassette recorder (a.k.a. VCR). Needless to say, this technology is practically ancient at this point. We can all remember those moments in which our favorite movies stopped working because the film tape inside the cassette got all messed up.
It’s nostalgic for sure, but needless to say, we’re glad that we don’t have to worry about such possibilities these days. After all, it could cost time, money, and a decent amount of sanity.
Multicolored Pens in School
Remember those pens that let you write in several different colors? Yeah, so do we. Whatever happened to those anyway? Apparently, even though most of us thought they were cool, the people making them did not. Or perhaps, they just weren’t making enough sales…
Either way, we kind of miss these old things, and we certainly get a sense of nostalgia when we think about them. If only they could make a comeback. Now, that would be awesome.
Odd Little Minigames
Games like this one always kind of just showed up out of nowhere, never actually being bought by anyone but being in your closet regardless. Honestly, we’re not sure how many people actually enjoyed them, because they were pretty simple overall.
Also, they tended to be more nervewracking and boring than actually fun, which may explain why they died out and were never seen again. We’re not too sad about it really.
The Skip It
The ’90s had a lot of different toys because — let’s be real — we played outside a bit more than kids nowadays. Ironically, though, many of those toys were slightly dangerous, such as the Skip It. Yeah, swinging a rope around your ankle and hopping over it while on cement. What could go wrong?
Many things could go wrong. Still, while lots of kids ate the pavement back then, there was something addicting about this toy. We couldn’t get enough of it.
The Sony Walkman
Before you could stream music, before you could even listen to CDs on the go, you had the Sony Walkman — a way to listen to videocassette tapes while on the go. It was big, clunky, and pretty expensive (for its time). Still, it offered something that no other technology did at the time.
It looks super outdated now, but back then, it really was something cool. Lots of people wanted one, and those that had them were better off than the rest of us.
No Tears Fish-Shaped Shampoo Bottles
Make no mistake, everyone — there is no such thing as tear-free shampoo. Even so, these ’90s fish-shaped shampoo bottles from L’Oréal promised as much, even though they were blatantly lying to our faces. Still, the design itself was actually a great idea, turning them into a bath toy of sorts.
But hey, false advertising is something we can’t condone. After all, coming up with a cool design doesn’t erase all the memories of burning, teary eyes.
The Power of WordArt
If you were a middle schooler in the ’90s, you knew a thing or two about WordArt. After all, everyone did. Frankly, WordArt isn’t all that impressive by today’s standards, but at the time, it was something many children took pride in, seeing as how it made them feel knowledgeable about graphic design.
It was just the delusions of some young kids, but they were delusions that made us happy nonetheless. We’re not even sure if WordArt is still a thing, honestly.
Awesome Pokémon Cards
OK, so, technically Pokémon cards haven’t gone anywhere. You can still find them in stores. But, much like baseball trading cards, their heyday is long past. Nowadays, such cards are niche. In the ’90s, they were cool. Having a holographic Charizard card made you the coolest guy around.
It’s just not the same these days. With how far the franchise has progressed in terms of games, not too many people still care about cards of all things. Oh well.
CD Players and Discmans
Technically, the ’90s was an era where we saw a lot of technological innovations. For instance, we had those aforementioned VHS tapes and Walkmans, but in the same decade, we saw the advent of CDs and CD players. Even so, by today’s standards, they are pretty ancient, so don’t expect to see them too often.
In fact, they’re generally considered relics at this point, for people that have to have things the old way just because that’s how they like it. Some people still use CDs today, though, even with streaming and all that.
The Furby Doll
What exactly is a Furby? We don’t actually have any idea. A bird? An owl? Something altogether more sinister? Well, that last one was only if you discovered what they looked like under all of that fur! Needless to say, Furbies fell out of style a while ago, but they were hot in the ’90s.
In general, stuffed animals aren’t as popular as they used to be, which is probably a sign of the times. Technology really has the power to change a lot.
Glow in the Dark Stars
Nightlights were great and all, but nothing could beat glow in the dark stars that you could stick to your walls and ceilings. That was the pinnacle of home decor in the ’90s, at least for many kids. Of course, those stars always presented a problem later when they needed to be taken off.
Lots of parents weren’t too happy about that, but it is what it is, right? Sometimes you had to make sacrifices in order to have the coolest room around.
Collections of Goosebumps Books
To be fair, you can technically find Goosebumps books around today, perhaps at a book fair or something. But, the series as a whole definitely hit its high point decades ago, mostly during the ’90s. Many a kid got the chills while reading these stories!
That may not be the case any longer, but at one point it was, and that point was the exact decade we are discussing with this list. That being said, it fits perfectly well here.
This short-lived trend probably existed solely because people didn’t realize how bad of an idea it was yet. After all, when you think about all the weaknesses of things powered solely by air… well, they aren’t exactly sturdy enough to make chairs and couches out of, now are they?
However, they were popular enough for a time that there was even a Britney Spears themed one. Oh, the ’90s.
Now, here’s something we miss for sure! Lava lamps were a huge hit in the ’90s, and although you can still find them here and there nowadays, we just can’t understand why they lost their popularity. We mean, who wouldn’t want one of these things on their dresser or nightstand? Frankly, if we could bring one thing back from the ’90s, it would definitely be these.
Thankfully, you can still find lava lamps in certain niche stores. We would be utterly devastated if they were just gone from the world forever.
VHS Tape Rewinders
We’ve talked about VHS tapes already, but we should also mention the many accessories that had to be used in conjunction with them. After all, once a tape ran out, it had to be rewound, and that’s where tape rewinders came into play. You couldn’t watch a second time without these!
That said, we’re glad the process of watching movies has been greatly simplified these days, since the overall process that it took to watch a VHS tape was a huge pain.
Do you know what’s super ’90s? Disposable cameras. Yeah, remember when you could just buy a cheap plastic camera and take pictures with it, with the intention to dispose of that camera later? It was pretty crazy that we had to do that kind of thing back then.
In fact, we’ll let this carry us into our next point — because it was these strange times that also required this other obsolete technology…
Now that everything is digital, there’s just no need for camera film anymore. But, there was a point in time in which you had to have film in order to do anything with a camera. In conjunction with disposable cameras, such film is something you would see a lot of in the ’90s.
You can still find such film today, but only for folks who want it. It’s not actually needed as far as pictures are concerned thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
Collections of Pogs
What is there to say about Pogs? They were really popular back then, but they aren’t anymore. And chances are, they will never be popular again. They were certainly a fad during the ’90s, but like most fads, they ultimately fell out of fashion.
These days, collections of Pogs may even be worth a lot more than was spent on them. We don’t know that for sure, of course, but you know what they say about rarity, scarcity — and of all that.
In a time when not everyone could just hop on the internet to see what the world looked like beyond their neighborhood, there was the View-Master, a little toy that was styled like a camera. Although it was first introduced back in 1939, the toy was wildly popular during the ’90s. All you had to do was stick a reel into the toy and voilà — you were able to see images of faraway places and lands.
When you really think about it today, such a toy seems kind of sad. Back then, though, it was often the best a kid could hope for in regards to seeing some truly amazing places.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Films
Considering the popularity of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in the ’90s, you would think that the world had never seen twins before. Apparently, the idea of twin celebrity kids starring in movies was really cool back then.
Today, Mary Kate and Ashley are moguls of the fashion world. And although they’ve taken a step back from the entertainment industry, you can still watch one of their cutesy films if you’re looking for something nostalgic.
I Spy Books
I Spy is a game that has existed for a very long time, but in the ’90s, there was a bit of a craze regarding it. Although they’re books, the objective is to spot certain things on each page, much like Where’s Waldo. Needless to say, you likely won’t see these books today.
Well, you could find them somewhere, but probably as really old relics that are part of an old bookstore, or maybe the dark recesses of a library.
We’re not saying that you can’t find a Yo-yo today, but let’s be real — how many people have you seen playing with one in the last week? Last month? Last year even? Not many, we’re certain. Yo-yos may still exist today, but they are nowhere near as popular as they were in the ’90s.
Of course, toys in general just aren’t as popular anymore because most kids are playing video games or watching TV. But, we can’t really blame them for picking the much more entertaining option available to them.
Moon Shoes are kind of like the Heely’s of the ’90s. Shoes with some sort of ridiculous gimmick built into the soles that made them a load of fun. After all, who doesn’t want trampolines in their soles? Even as adults, that still sounds pretty fun to us.
Why did they go out of style? Probably because a lot of kids had accidents in their homes while playing around with the shoes when they shouldn’t have been.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
This was the best family game of all time for kids. It’s tense, it has action, it’s not that hard to play or get into, and it was fun to look at. Unfortunately, this game too fell out of style, so it would be pretty difficult to find it these days.
However, if you still have it, it could actually be worth something considering that it’s pretty rare. Although, we doubt too many people still have it in great condition.
This fad had a lot of girls doing some superficial damage to their ears to look snazzy for the day, and they didn’t even have to get their ears pierced if they didn’t want to. That made them these stick-on earrings especially famous, especially for elementary and middle school girls.
That said, these too fell out of fashion after a brief stint of popularity in the ’90s. It was kind of cheap, but we can understand the appeal for some people.
Most people remember Bop It from the early 2000s, but in reality, it first came out in 1996. That said, we don’t doubt that most of its popularity came after the ’90s, but even so, it is a ’90s toy that you probably won’t find in many places these days.
The funny thing is that there have actually been many iterations of Bop It. Multiple versions, if you will. It’s odd to think such a toy had many models over the years.
Technically Kidz Bop wasn’t a solely ’90s franchise, but it was a big part of it, as well as the early 2000’s. We’ll be honest and say the idea was a wonky one as far as liberal arts are concerned, but that’s almost what makes it so distinctly ’90s. There was a lot of weird stuff going on back then.
Thing is, there were actually dozens of volumes of Kidz Bop, for some reason. For some of us, it brings back memories of the Kidz Bop commercials that would air between our favorite shows.
Anyone that can actually remember the ’90s can remember how popular slap bracelets were, even though they were literally just little bands you slapped on your wrist to wrap them around. Immensely popular in school, tons of middle schoolers were running around with these.
You can actually still buy these today, if you really want to. But, as for what you would do with them, we honestly have no idea.
You remember that sweet jacket that Tom Cruise wore in Top Gun? Yeah, that style of bomber jacket became a really big thing in the ’90s, in no small part due to him wearing it in the movie. We do have to admit — it has a nice look to it.
That said, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone running around wearing a bomber jacket today. Apparently, military-inspired aesthetic isn’t as cool as it used to be.
Now, here’s one article of fashion that we are glad kicked the bucket. Let’s be real, nothing good ever came of fanny packs. They just looked silly, goofy, and terrible all at once. Sure — they had a practical use, but it really wasn’t worth it.
You could still find one of these today, but why would you want to? Frankly, we have no Earthly idea. Please don’t try to bring this back, for any reason. Think of the children.
Plaid Flannel Shirts
You don’t see much plaid flannel at all these days, as it just fell out of style. But, back in the ’90s, they were pretty popular and honestly, we don’t see why that changed. They didn’t look bad and they were pretty comfortable, all things considered.
Still, all good things must come to an end. We kind of miss plaid flannel shirts, but at least you can still wear them today if you really want to.
Timberlands came into being before the ’90s, but they weren’t popularized until that decade thanks to their notorious association with rappers at the time. Timberlands became a status symbol of sorts for folks who really enjoyed rap, but you won’t see many fans wearing them today.
This tends to happen to fashions that are related to brief pop culture trends. As soon as the trend ends, the fashion often goes out of style as well.
You could find scrunchies all over the place in the ’90s. If there was a high school girl on a TV show somewhere, you can bet she had a scrunchie or wore one at some point at least. These hairbands were available in all sorts of colors, fabrics, and more.
Perhaps people today feel that they are a little too gaudy, as they often wear much more minimalist hair ties. Of course, some people may still wear scrunchies today.
Chain wallets were a brief fashion trend of the ’90s that was an important part of the grunge fad. However, they weren’t really practical, and once that fad passed on, they fell out of fashion pretty quickly. We’re not too sorry to see them go, really.
Or rather, we’re not sorry that they went a long time ago. You don’t see too many people showing them off nowadays, something that we’re grateful for. Lots of people probably are, in fact.
You can thank the Spice Girls for this one. After they all wore a pair during a performance, women everywhere wanted to get their hands on platform sneakers…for some reason. They certainly weren’t practical and they weren’t very good looking either.
But then again, a lot of fashion trends from the ’90s are pretty bad in general, when you can look at them in hindsight. Such a thing is 20/20, after all. The worst part is, they’re coming back into style…
Popular Overall Fashion
No, the ’90s didn’t create overalls of course, but they did popularize them as a trendy fashion for even adults to wear. The one strap off the shoulder look is traditionally ’90s no matter how you slice it. That said, the decade actually took a lot of practical clothing and made them trendy.
We are glad people don’t wear overalls just to look cool these days. After all, it doesn’t really — ya know, look cool…
In decades prior, boat shoes were decidedly uncool and mostly associated with dads who weren’t very trendy. And yet, they became immensely popular during the ’90s for some reason we can’t really understand. Then again, no matter what decade you look at, fashion can be weird.
That’s how trendsetting works, supposedly. Even so, this is one trend that mostly died out shortly after the ’90s. Whether or not you think that’s a good or bad thing is a matter of opinion.
Nickolodeon Orange VHS Tapes
VHS tapes were a big part of the ’90s in general, but Nickolodeon had a weird thing going where their VHS tapes were orange. We know why, of course, but what separates this from the videocassette entry on the list is the fact that you can still get such cassettes today.
However, you’d be hard-pressed to find orange VHS tapes like this one around anywhere today, making it an even more special relic of a bygone age.