Trends come and go so quickly that it can be hard to remember what was popular even mere months ago.

That goes for fashion, music, lifestyles, movies, celebrities, etc.

Do you remember when the Macarena dance was all the rage?

Yeah…super weird.

What huge trends are now mostly forgotten?

AskReddit users shared their thoughts.

1. Bizarre.

“Remember in the early 2000s when everyone was getting their tongue split?

I wonder where those people are now.”

2. You did it, didn’t you?

“Gladiator sandals.

EVERYONE was wearing gladiator sandals for like a year in 2014ish and then they all just vanished without a trace.

Oh also the green puffer jackets of 2017. That trend was so strangely specific.”

3. Pencil wars.

“Playing pencils.

One kid held out his pencil, an end in each hand. His opponent would hit it with his own pencil. They take turns till one pencil breaks.

Those pencils with a bit of elasticity, like a certain faber castle were good for that game. One day, a kid brought in one of those jumbo pencils and destroyed us all.”

4. It was trendy.

“Bacon everything.

There was this one insane trend for awhile where you could buy anything in a bacon themed or even flavoured variety. T-shirts, toothpaste, yoghurt, energy drinks, gummy bears, and band aids just to name a few.

It was ridiculous, you couldn’t go anywhere without being battered by a blistering bu**ake of bacon.”

5. Oh, yeah.

“The Macarena.

If you are a millennial then the Macarena is synonymous with every single birthday party when you were a kid.”

6. I had one!

“Hypercolor shirts.

They changed colors when wet.”

7. Big for a while.

“I had coworkers who said in all seriousness, we collect Beanie Babies, it’s our retirement plan.

And then the bottom dropped out of the tulip frenzy and people started to use them to insulate the walls in the laundry room.”

8. All kinds of good stuff.

“Decoder Rings, Marbles, Jacks, Hula Hoops, Moon Boots, Super Soakers, Lazer Tag

Hypercolor, Reebok Pumps, LA Gear, British Knights, Bump-its, Perms

BetaMax, The Clapper, Power Glove, Radio Watches, PDAs, MP3 CDs, Zip Drives, Electronic Diaries

New Coke, Crystal Pepsi, Squeeze-Its, Dunkaroos, Green Ketchup.”

9. Pretty rare these days.


There was a time when you literally couldn’t walk on the trail because of them taking up the entire sidewalk. Can’t remember the last time I saw one.

Oh and adults on the non motorized scooters.”

10. Bring it back!


Like when was the last time you saw someone dabbing?”

11. HUGE.

“JNCO Jeans.

As a middle schooler, I rememeber being shocked at how expensive JNCO jeans were.

They couldn’t have been more than $60.00 but for a 7th grader that was so much money then. And JNCO + Plastic Vinyl airwalk skate shoes was my 1997.”

12. Hopefully it never comes back.

“I’m always surprised there hasn’t been any nostalgia for Limp Bizkit and that whole genre (rap metal?).

I mean, the music sucks, but that s**t was huge!”

13. Do you remember?

“That whole hipster trend between 2013-2016…

Coffee shops having a bike on the wall

Nashville filter on Instagram

Minimalism design everywhere.”

14. A classic.

“That thing from Malcolm in the Middle where you make a circle with your thumb and finger and hold it down low, and then if someone else looks at it, you get to punch them.”

15. I’m not sure this went away…

“There was that really weird time in the ’90s when grown men were wearing Tweety bird and Taz shirts.”

16. Very strange…

“Mustaches on everything from upper lips to t-shirts to finger tattoos.

That was such an odd trend.”

17. Enough, already.


My mom almost ran a dumb kid over.

It was 10 p.m. in a dark movie theater parking lot away from the street lights.”

18. They were everywhere.

“Live Strong wristbands.

And every business and organization making their own version.”

19. No escape.

“Juicy Couture.

When I was in high school it was common to see whole packs of girls wearing those velvet tracksuits and then it stopped.”

20. Freakin’ out!

“In New Zealand we had this company release a chocolate milk.

People went f**king bonkers. It was in the news every day, people lined up outside grocery stores to get it, mass shortages everywhere. About 2 weeks in it just……..stopped.

The milks still there, people just gave up on the craze seemingly overnight. It was weird.

The milk is good, as good as chocolate milk can be I guess. But yeah…”

21. I remember…

“That weird period in like 2013 where everything was bacon flavored.

There were bacon costumes, toothpaste, candy, etc.”

22. Don’t see that much anymore.

“Ed Hardy clothes.

In my mind this is the beginning of a series of ostentatious clothing evolving over time. Ed Hardy -> Affliction -> some brand I can’t remember -> American Fighter.”

23. Glad this is over.

“The Harlem Shake.

My coworker has been trying to get us onboard to do the Harlem Shake during our awards ceremony.

I’m so glad that plan didn’t go through.”

24. I’ve seen the pics.

“In the US, there was a fad in the 1950s of trying to cram as many people as possible into telephone booths for some reason.”

25. Did you do it?

“The Ice Bucket Challenge.

And pretty much every subsequent challenge that tried to take off. At least a lot of good came from the Ice Bucket Challenge.

I don’t recall any of the others faring well.”

26. Waitin’ for a flood?

“No one ever remembers this when I bring it up but vests got HUGE seemingly overnight in like 2000/01 and literally everyone was wearing them.

It came and went in a matter of months but I’m talking those vests like Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future, it always stood out to me and no one seems to recall it.”

27. Disappeared.

“Avatar. The James Cameron movie.

It was huge…made billions of dollars and then just faded away. The only actor still working (seemingly) is Zoe Saldana. The male lead (Worthington?) has completely disappeared.

Just weird…”

28. Huge when I was growing up.

“”Big Johnson’s S** Wax” t-shirts. They were these t-shirts advertising some sort of surfboard wax.

All the high school “bada***es” would wear them until the teachers confiscated them.

Them, and Hypercolor t-shirts were all the rage for like a month.

Then everyone moved on to the “No Fear” t-shirts.”

29. People are weird.

“Cupcake bakeries popping up everywhere about 15 years ago.

“Tattoo” chokers in the 90’s and then they were popular again about 7 years ago.

Scrapbooking and circuit machines.

Diamond grills on your teeth.

Scaring your cat with a cucumber and recording it.”

Now we want to hear from you.

Tell us about more trends that used to be popular that are now mostly forgotten.

Thanks in advance!