10 Things That Were a ‘Huge Deal’ But Then Quietly Disappeared Without Anyone Noticing

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What quietly went away without anyone noticing? I’ll go first; murder hornets and fidget spinners. After someone asked for examples of things that quietly disappeared on an online forum, these are the top-voted responses.

1. 3D TVs

Someone volunteered, “3D TVs. The content was just never there. I heard that the first Avatar was very nice in 3D. Still, other than that one movie, I have never heard anyone say they enjoyed any other 3D movie.” Another noted they still make 3D Blue Rays.

2. Toys in Cereal Boxes

“Actual toys in cereal boxes and cracker jack boxes,” one shared. “And contests where you could win just by checking the packaging instead of scanning a QR code and making an account on”

Another added, “They’ve graduated from marketing campaigns to personal information aggregators.” A third confessed, “When I was ten, I got a copy of Roller Coaster Tycoon in a cereal box.”

Finally, someone explained, “In Australia, nearly every kid had a copy of Age of Empires thanks to Nutri-Grain. The trick was using the produce section scales to check if the box had some extra weight.”

3. Taco Bell Chihuahua

One Redditor informed others, “Taco Bell used to have a chihuahua as its mascot. Unfortunately, the little dude just disappeared one day. Anyone born after 2000 probably doesn’t know he existed.”

A second volunteered, “I still have a stuffed toy version of that dog. He says the usual “Yo Quiero Taco Bell.” Then he quotes a specific Taco Bell ad that cross-promoted a Godzilla movie. So he says, “Heeere lizard lizard lizard!” And “I think I need a bigger box.”

4. StumbleUpon

“StumbleUpon,” one admitted. “I remember all my classmates and my Mom used to use it years ago.” A second added, “I miss StumbleUpon. I learned some neat things that I’d never have found otherwise. Now I scroll Reddit for hours instead.”

5. Movie Trailer Voiceovers

“Movie trailers with that deep-voice guy doing the voice-overs,” one noted. Another shared, “Those trailers died around the same time the OG voice, Don Lafontaine, died. 

But what killed it was Inception. Around that time, movie trailers started getting dark and gritty and nixed the whole voice-over gimmick for something new. We can also thank Inception for most trailers using the BbbrrrMMMMMM noise.”

6. Video Game Manuals

“Buying a new game and having a thick chunky manual filled with game lore which you would read before playing heightens the anticipation of the game itself,” one gamer explained.

Another confessed, “I miss those so much. I remember my grandma buying me Halo 2 as a kid and then going to a furniture store, so I followed her around, reading the manual while she shopped for furniture.”

7. The Net Neutrality Thing

“The net neutrality thingy,” said one. “Most providers decided to adhere to net neutrality, understanding that new administrations can change the makeup of the FCC,” informed another.

8. McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Menu

“The McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Menu. I will never forgive them,” one confessed. After another added their Snap Wraps, a Canadian informed, “Both snack wraps and breakfast all day are still available in Canada.”

9. SoBe

“SoBe,” said one. “Mid to late 90s beverage brand, with a vast product line, and they came in awesome glass bottles with lizard patterns in the glass.

They had everything from energy drinks to tea to carrot juice, which was all delicious.” Another joked, You know, I think the last time I had one was at a Quizno’s. X-Files Music.”

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10. Ownership

Finally, someone replied, “Ownership. We used to pay money, and then the thing belonged to us. Now everything is rented or leased. Everything is sold as a service. Music as a service. Movies as a service. Software as a service. Even printer ink as a service.

We spend and spend, and in the end, we own nothing. You can also subscribe to clothes. Wear new clothes every month but never own them. You can also subscribe to cars—clothes as a service, cars as a service.”

What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or is something significant missing from this list? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.


Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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