Remember the 2000’s? Remember stuff? Remember stuff from the 2000’s?
I do. Kinda. Barely.
It’s not that I was too young then or that I’m too old now, it’s just that I’m really bad at remembering stuff on account’a I don’t brain so good. Which is why it’s genuinely refreshing and fun to scroll through lists like this and be reminded of all that weird stuff I forgot.
Here are fourteen random bits of 2000’s nostalgia to get your brain going.
14. Hot Topic
Hot Topic is still around but their inventory is no longer 95% Twilight.
13. John Edwards
My grandpa once asked for this guy’s book as a Christmas gift. He was a “psychic” who could “”cross over”” and “””””talk to the dead”””””, and for some reason we all knew about him for a while.
12. Hilary Duff’s Stuff
For the Disney-obsessed Target shopper in all of us.
11. The Olsen Twins’ clothing line
I guess it’s pretty much mandatory for young starlets to put their name on some kind of clothing and/or perfume.
10. Linens ‘n Things
You came for the linens, but you stayed for the things.
9. Ruehl No. 925
A more expensive Abercrombie & Fitch whose strategy was apparently to keep the lights so low you couldn’t read the price tags.
8. Sarah Jessica Parker selling GAP
This was an era of pure color.
7. P. Diddy for Proactiv
The clearer the skin, the closer to God.
Still a favorite pastime for many, of course, but there was a time when you couldn’t be caught NOT doing these.
5. The DaVinci Code
If you happened to be a part of conservative Christian church when this book was big, you KNOW the meaning of controversy.
4. Real Kwik-E-Marts
When the Simpsons movie came out, 7-Elevens converted to Kwik-E-Marts to promote it. Now Apu has been removed as a character altogether. How quickly things change.
3. Chef Emeril
Or as he’s better known to us Futurama fans, Chef Elzar.
2. Blockbuster popcorn
I still have my name tag from when I worked at Blockbuster, which was in the era *just* before Netflix brought them down. Feel like that thing should be in a museum now.
1. Livestrong Bracelets
Everybody who bought these things had a weird awkward moment when the doping scandals were revealed…
Now THAT’S the dopamine rush I was looking for. Come back, simpler times. Bring some Gigapets with you.
What was your favorite thing about the aughts?
Tell us in the comments.