Fads From The Last 20 Years That Don’t Need To Make A Comeback Anytime Soon

Plenty of fads have come and gone since the start of the new millennium. Now that we’re about to enter the new ’20s, it’s worth looking at the best fads that we’ve waved goodbye to so shortly after they arrived. Some are incredibly recent, like that spinner that went from being a pastime to being another nicknack in the junk drawer. Others you probably haven’t even thought about in years, like the weird “S” all the elementary school kids used to draw. From fashion to candy to the games we play, fads permeate every part of our lives. Let’s look at some of the fads that we’ve outgrown in the past 20 years.


People ride segways outdoors
Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Segways seemed to make sense when they first arrived. And they probably could have been the new scooter or bicycle, if that didn’t make the people riding them look so silly. Something about having to lean forward and backward while standing upright makes the riders look like a toddler that just started walking.

For this reason, segways became more popular on sitcoms like The Office, Arrested Development, Parks and Rec, and any other show with a ridiculous but lovable character. Unfortunately, this put anyone riding a segway into the same category as those characters, leaving most of us avoiding them altogether.