What Were We Thinking? See the Wackiest Fads Over the Past 30 Years

Don't lie: You definitely owned a few of these.

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Fads happen all the time. They can either end just as quickly as they started, or they can still linger around years later before fading away — there's no in-between. Over the past 30 years, there have been some questionable fads that make us wonder why we were so obsessed at the time. From Furbys and Pogs to butterfly clips, you'll definitely remember some of these wacky fads.

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Hacky Sack
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1980s — Hacky Sack

Hacky sacks were (arguably) a fad through the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Whether you were good at it or not, you still gave it your all and carried it around with you everywhere.

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1980s — Garbage Pail Kids fad
Garbage Pail Kids
1980s — Garbage Pail Kids

These sticker cards — parodies of Cabbage Patch Kids — were something everyone needed to collect.

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1980s — Hulk Hogan wrestling fad
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1980s — Wrestling

The WWF and Hulk Hogan were household names in the '80s.

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Jelly Shoes
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1980s — Jelly Shoes

Your outfit wasn't complete without your jellies.

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1980s — Smurfs fad
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1980s — Smurfs

The blue little Smurfs were actually based on a Belgian comic series by the same name.

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1980s — Koosh Balls fad
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1980s — Koosh Balls

Made up of all-rubber strings, Koosh balls are still addicting and really fun to play with.

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1980s — Care Bears fad
DIC Entertainment
1980s — Care Bears

They started out on greeting cards and then became so popular, the multicolored bears were turned into toys and TV specials.

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1980s — Rubik's Cube fad
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1980s — Rubik's Cube

Many hours were spent trying to figure out how to solve this thing.

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1980s — Boom Box fad
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1980s — Boom Box

The first thing that still comes to mind is that scene in Say Anything.

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Cabbage Patch Kids
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1980s — Cabbage Patch Kids

Still available today, Cabbage Patch Kids is one of the longest-running doll franchises in the U.S.

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Furby
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1990s — Furby

If you think about it, Furbys were kind of terrifying, but in the '90s, people were willing to pay big money for one. They look even creepier now.

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Fanny Pack
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1990s — Fanny Pack

A fanny pack is a must at any '90s themed party.

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Overalls
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1990s — Overalls

Somewhat still acceptable today, overalls in the ‘90s were as common as regular jeans.

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POGs
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1990s — Pogs

I still don't know why I needed as many as I could get ....

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1990s — Push Pops fad
Topps
1990s — Push Pops

Push Pops always started out a good idea, but then your saliva would get on the inside, leaving your finger forever wet.

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1990s — Polly Pocket fad
Mattel
1990s — Polly Pocket

The OG Polly Pockets came in that clamshell, and they were a whole lot smaller than the ones today.

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1990s — Temporary Tattoos
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1990s — Temporary Tattoos

It was so satisfying peeling off the paper to reveal your new "ink."

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1990s — Spice Girls fad
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1990s — Spice Girls

Let's be honest, they're still everything.

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1990s — jnco Jeans fad
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1990s — JNCO Jeans

At the time they were the hottest trend, but looking at them now, what were people thinking?

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Butterfly Clips
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1990s — Butterfly Clips

You were extra stylish if you had the ones that flapped. Now you can only get the regular ones.

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Livestrong
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2000s — Livestrong Bracelets

True story: My sister and I made our dad go to at least five stores until we found one that wasn't sold out of the bracelets.

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Energy Drinks
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2000s — Energy Drinks

Before all the health concerns surrounding energy drinks, it was pretty chic to be seen with a Red Bull can in your hands.

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2000s — Flash Mobs fad
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2000s — Flash Mobs

Admit it, you still tear up when you see a flash mob proposal on Facebook.

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2000s — High School Musical
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2000s — High School Musical

Kids went nuts for High School Musical. The album even hit #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

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2000s — MySpace fad
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2000s — MySpace

It seems trivial now, but at the time, deciding who was in your top eight was like Sophie's Choice.

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2000s — Digital Camera fad
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2000s — Digital Cameras

After taking hundreds of (pointless) pics on your digital camera with your friends, you had to immediately upload them to MySpace.

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Von Dutch Hats
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2000s — Von Dutch Trucker Hats

You could wear your Von Dutch trucker hat with any outfit.

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Razor Scooters
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2000s — Razor Scooters

Was it even a real scooter if it wasn't a Razor scooter?

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Bratz Dolls
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2000s — Bratz Dolls

Bratz came out of nowhere in 2011, and Barbie had some major competition.

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000s — Oversized Sunglasses fad
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2000s — Oversized Sunglasses

Her style has come a long way, but in the 2000s, Kim always rocked the big sunglasses.

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