Exclusive · Uncategorized

33 Unforgettable Fails of the 90s

1. 2 October 1996 – The former prime minister of Bulgaria, Andrei Lukanov, is assassinated.


Source: ebay.com

2. 1 May 1993 – A Tamil Tigers suicide bomber assassinates President Ranasinghe Premadasa of Sri Lanka.

T-shirts with Looney Toons characters in typical '90s attire.


Via: surfacescan.blogspot.com

3. Hurricane Andrew – A powerful hurricane rips through Florida, killing twenty-six and leaving 250,000 homeless. It was the costliest hurricane, an estimated 26.5 billion, in American history.Deaths = 26 : Casualties = 462

JNCO jeans with 50" leg openings.

Maybe we should have listened to our parents on this one.

Via: adamchristopherr.tumblr.com

4. The release of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela from jail in February 1990 after thirty years of imprisonment for opposing apartheidand white-minority rule in South Africa. This would resolve with the end of Apartheid in South Africa in 1994, marking the end of the original Civil Rights era of the 20th century.

Wearing golf visors when you weren't golfing.

This wasn’t really about golf, was it? But, what was it about.

Via: geeksugar.com

5. Portugal hands sovereignty of Macau to the People’s Republic of China on 20 December 1999.

33 '90s Trends That, In Retrospect, Maybe Weren't Such A Great Idea


Via: youtube.com

6. Markale market massacres in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1994 involving soldiers of the Army of Republika Srpska deliberately targeting Bosniak (then known as “Bosnian Muslims”) civilians..

Turning your jeans into DIY bell bottoms.


Via: davinadawnsewing.com

7. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City bombing leads to awareness in U.S. of domestic and international terrorism as a potential threat.

Source: 999thepoint.com

8. The Somali Civil War (1991 – present) and the Battle of Mogadishu.

Baja hoodies.

This is a tough one to admit, because they really did seem super cool at the time.

Via: glamour.com

9. The Assault on Waco – After federal agencies investigate a compound, a shootout erupts, killing four U.S. agents and six branch Davidians. A fifty-one day siege proceeds, ending with an unexplainable fire that engulfed seventy-four people, including many children and religious leader David Korish, who claimed to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. Deaths = 84 : Casualties = 24

Nobody is buying it. Your voice hasn’t even broken yet, dude.

10. The Ethiopian Civil War ends in 1991, ending over twenty years of internal conflict. The end of the war coincides with the establishment of a coalition government of various factions.


Source: angelfire.com

Source: etsy.com

Oh my god, this was such a mistake. This was such a mistake.

11. War between Albanian separatists and Yugoslav military and Serb paramilitary forces in Kosovo begin in 1996 and escalates in 1998 with increasing reports of atrocities taking place.

Chaining our Mossimo wallets to our pants.

Nobody wanted to steal your library card and that expired condom.

Via: guycodeblog.mtv.com

12. The government of the People’s Republic of China announces major privatization of state-owned industries in September 1997.

Peace Frog shirts

You did it! You solved world peace!

Via: etsy.com

13. The anti-globalization protests at the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1999 in Seattle, Washington began on 30 November 1999. This marks the beginning of a steady increase in anti-globalization protests which occurred in the first decade of the 21st century as well as increasing hostility to neoliberalism.

Anything the company Bugle Boy ever made.

You know? These dudes actually look pretty fly.

Via: forums.penny-arcade.com

14. On 28 September 1994 – The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in the Baltic Sea, killing 852.

Bowl cuts.

Via: flickr.com

15.A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the Philippines on 16 July 1990 and killed around 1000 people in Baguio City.

Parting our stupid bowl cuts right down the center.

Via: starcasm.net

16. Olympic Park Bombing – Eric Rudolph bombs a nearby park during the Olympics in Atlanta, two abortion clinics, and a gay bar in protest against aspects that went against the Bible. He later led the F.B.I. on a five year chase through a North Carolina forest. Deaths = 2 : Casualties = 111 

Source: etsy.com

Oh cool. You went to Tampa Bay with your parents.

17. The Rwandan Genocide – between 6 April 1994 until mid-July 1994 a mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Rwanda’s Tutsis andHutu political moderates occurred by the Hutu dominated government under the Hutu Power ideology. Over the course of approximately 100 days, at least 500,000 people were killed.[4] Estimates of the death toll have ranged between 500,000 and 1,000,000,[5] or as much as 20% of the total population of the country. It resulted in serious criticism of the United Nations and major countries for failing to stop the genocide.

Baggy shorts that went down to our shins, leaving a useless amount of leg exposed.

Great way to keep cool on those hot summer days.

Via: enquirer.com

18. Y2K spread fear throughout the United States and eventually the world in the last half of the decade, particularly 1999, about possible massive computer malfunctions on 1 January 2000. As a result, many people stocked up on supplies for fear of a world wide disaster. Eventually no globally significant computer failures occurred when the clocks rolled over into 2000.

Anything with a Stüssy logo on it.


Via: Tumblr.com

19. The Chernobyl disaster had significant impact on public opinion at the end of the 1980s, and the fallout was still causing cancer deaths well into the 1990s and possibly even into the 21st century

Brightly colored raver gear.

Especially when you weren’t at a rave.

Via: luiferiga.blogspot.com

20. Anita Hill and other women testify before the United States Congress on being sexually harassed by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Thomas was narrowly confirmed by the United States Senate, but Hill’s testimony, and the testimony of other harassed women, begins a national debate on the issue.

Dressing in goth attire as though we were all cast in The Craft .

In other words, your town had a Hot Topic.

Via: tigershout.tumblr.com

21. Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who won the Nobel Peace Prize, dies at age 87.

Coed Naked shirts.

Hey, Big Johnson called, he wants his crass sexual innuendos back.

Via: papermag.com

23. Infinite Jest, written by David Foster Wallace in 1996, is a satire about corporate sponsorship, changing national relations with the rise of NAFTA andQuebec separatism, and the power of media. Its plot revolves around a film so entertaining it makes its viewers uninterested in everything except watching it over and over, and the attempts by various people and organizations to either destroy or exploit the film.

Wearing your hat backward then pulling a little tuft of hair through the opening.


Via: tuqueridagitana.wordpress.com

24. Discovery of Jeffrey Dahmer – A serial killer slaughters seventeen young men and boys over a small time period. He rapes, dismembers, and occasionally eats many of his victims before being arrested. Deaths = 17 : Casualties = 1


Source: huffingtonpost.com

Listen, wearing overalls was a questionable choice in the first place, but this is just abuse.

25. Heaven’s Gate – Thirty-nine people commit suicide believing they would be sent up to a spaceship behind a passing Hale Bopp comet. It was one of the saddest, but strangest events to ever occur.Deaths = 39 : Casualties = 0

Big Dog shirts.

Do you think those dudes wearing the No Fear shirts were afraid of the dudes in the Big Dog shirts?

Via: morelife.org

26. U.S. Embassy Bombings – Car bombs explode near two American embassies, killing 223 and injuring over 4100. The terrorist attacks were linked to Osama Bin Laden. Deaths = 223 : Casualties = 4100 .

Wearing too much CK One.

So sophisticated. Next stop, United Nations.

Via: gossiportruth.com

27. Tons of those little butterfly clips all over your head.

Tons of those little butterfly clips all over your head.

Painful, time-consuming, and unattractive.

Via: cumclinic.tumblr.com

28. The Columbine Massacre Two angry high school students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, kill eleven students and one teacher and injure twenty-four by bombs and bullets before turning their guns on themselves. Their motive behind the incident was to show the world how they felt.  Deaths = 15 : Casualties = 24

Jeans with the waistband cut off so that the zipper was the only way to keep them up.

The people at the jeans company put that waistband on there for a fucking reason.

Via: stylelist.com

29. Oklahoma Bombing – Angered over the Waco and Ruby Ridge incidents, Timothy McVeigh sets a bomb off near a government-operated building. The explosion produces a drastic 168 deaths and 853 injuries, resulting in the worst terrorist attack by a fellow American. Deaths = 168 : Casualties = 853

Wearing multiple hemp bracelets.

You wanted everyone to know that you were a total stoner. You smoked the weeds all the time, obviously.

Via: psysub.com

30. Hypercolor shirts.

Hypercolor shirts.

Via: blogs.smithsonianmag.com

31. L.A. Riots – After the racial beating of Rodney King by Caucasian cops, many people wreak havoc in the streets of Los Angeles.
Deaths = 55 : Casualties = 2300

Patterned Vests.

Thanks for nothing, 90210.

Image by Barry King/WireImage

33. Tying your sweatshirt around your waist in case you get cold, but then wearing a long-sleeve flannel regardless.

Tying your sweatshirt around your waist in case you get cold, but then wearing a long-sleeve flannel regardless.




I write lots of things for internet and paper, some of them are less dumb than others. https://twitter.com/lukeoneil47

Latest posts by lukeoneil47 (see all)