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Fads of the 2000s

Can you identify these mostly-American fads from the decade of 2000-2009?
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First submittedDecember 1, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 20, 2018
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Fad
Brand of MP3 player owned by just about everyone
iPods
Subgroup that listened to obscure bands and liked things before they were cool
Hipsters
The tight jeans they wore ^
Skinny Jeans
The facial hair they grew ironically ^
Mustaches
Brand of small, foldable scooters
Razor Scooters
Ugly but comfortable sheepskin boots worn by sorority types
Ugg Boots
Yellow wristband that symbolized cancer awareness
Livestrong Bracelets
Foam clogs
Crocs
Social networking site that took over the world in 2005 and fizzled shortly after
MySpace
9x9 number puzzle
Sudoku
Heterosexual men who emphasized fashion and grooming
Metrosexuals
Buying a house, fixing it up, and then quickly selling it
House Flipping
Style of TV exemplified by "Survivor"
Reality TV
These blood-sucking creatures were wildly popular
Vampires
It's a blanket - with sleeves!
Snuggie
Singing wall-mounted fish
Big Mouth Billy Bass
Audio effect that corrects pitch and makes singers sound like robots
Auto Tune
It was cool to make up "facts" about this martial arts star
Chuck Norris
Donut chain that was huge in the early 2000s
Krispy Kreme
South American berry advertised as a "super food"
Açaí
Mini hamburgers
Sliders
Biofuel made from corn
Ethanol
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level 53
Nov 10, 2012
judging by that performance I think I must have slept through most of the 2000's under my slanket!- PS could you make that an accepible answer for the blanket one please? Good quiz
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level 23
Feb 27, 2015
what about onesie
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level 21
Jun 15, 2016
No. Onesie wasn't used in the 2000's. BTW, a onesie is just a cross between this and a jumpsuit.
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level 55
Apr 23, 2015
I've never heard of slanket, I don't think. Learn something new every day....
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level 59
Nov 10, 2012
I didn't realize that about Krispy Kreme. It's always been popular around here, even when I was a kid.
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level 47
Dec 24, 2018
its always been popular in NC where it was founded
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level 55
Nov 10, 2012
Man, I called the singing fish the Filet-o-fish b/c of the McDonald's commercials. Am I the only one?
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level 34
Dec 11, 2013
I knew the name, but LOVED that McDonald's commercial
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level 46
May 27, 2015
"What if it were YOU hanging up on this wall? If it were YOU in that sandwich you wouldn't be laughing at ALLLLLLLLLLL!!!"
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level 28
Nov 10, 2012
Only got house flipping by attempting to guess flip flops for foam clogs :)
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level 49
Jan 21, 2015
LOL got that too I wrote in flip.. and it disappeared haha took me a minute to get it.
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level 54
Nov 10, 2012
This quiz is kind of weird, as it encompasses fads from 2000-now, which is more than a decade.
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level ∞
Nov 10, 2012
None of this stuff is popular anymore. Get with the times @durstand! :P
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level 13
Nov 13, 2012
iPod's = not popular? What planet do you live on Quizmaster?
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level 34
Dec 11, 2013
IPod has nowhere near the popularity it did in the 2000's. Most folks just use their phone as an iPod now.
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level 42
Feb 28, 2015
iPod wasn't really a fad though, the only reason we don't still use them is because we have new technology that functions as an iPod and works as a phone as well. Fad implies that people got bored of something just because the novelty wore off, but iPods become a core thing concept for phones to have.
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level 66
Feb 26, 2016
So, Just because an iphone can do what an ipod does, that's supposed to mean ipods are still popular? a Wii can do everything that an NES can, plus a million other things. But I wouldn't say that NES is still pupular
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level 46
Dec 26, 2018
What about hipsters? They're still everywhere. I thought that question meant emos and wondered why that didn't work :)
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level 60
Jun 21, 2019
@barnacle, popular is different than common ( though it has never been either here, apple didnt really get popular (sort of) here untill the iphones. A few people had ipod shuffle, others generic/other brands mp3 players, most neither).

Everybody has a couch, but I would not call that popular. It is popular when it is spoken about a lot, or people want to wait in line for it.

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level 44
Nov 10, 2012
I wouldn't call Ugg boots ugly - Crocs are definitely ugly, but Ugg boots can be stylish. Yay for Aussie exports...
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level 20
Nov 10, 2012
Totally true. Crocs are like fashionably ugly.
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level 55
Apr 27, 2014
Yes, they are absolutely hideous.
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level 60
Jun 21, 2019
uggs stylish?? no, crocs might be uglier but they both are. I know you shouldnt judge a book by its cover and I usually dont. But both items are worn by certain people (not the same though) Though there are exceptions. But when you see people wear either of those, you tend to think they belong to that group.

at least that is the case here. It both might be more common items in other countries. BUt here pretty specific types of people wear them

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level 44
Nov 11, 2012
Flipping houses isnt a fad. It's a source of income that many people have done for years and will continue to do. There was a short-lived reality tv interest around it, but thats no different than deadliest catch, pawn stars, etc.
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level 79
Sep 30, 2014
Short-lived? It sure doesn't seem like it.
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level 49
Jan 21, 2015
the bubble in the AZ housing market burst because of those people. It ruined many people's lives all in the name of making obscene profits for when you buy a cheap house in a bad neighborhood and fix it up and make it more expensive.. Then banks and lenders started speculating what it would do to housing prices and sold loans to people in houses that weren't worth half of what the lone was for using inflated prices.. ALL for the profits.
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level 75
Dec 24, 2018
House flipping is alive and "well" in my area, and unfortunately usually consists of putting lipstick on a sick pig. Buyer beware and check out the rep of the flipper before buying.
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level 69
Nov 11, 2012
Half of these are still popular now, and quite a few aren't fads at all.
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level 58
Nov 12, 2012
How is an iPod a fad? Theyve been updated for the current technology and just about everyone I know owns and uses one. I dont think theyve decreased in popularity at all. In fact, just the opposite.
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level 60
Nov 21, 2012
Some of these are kinda sad. xD I remember how cool I felt when I had a razor scooter back in the early 2000's. You probably get 20 of them now for the same price.
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level 57
Dec 31, 2012
Wow, I forgot how lame the 2000's were.
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level 29
Jan 30, 2013
Please accept slanket, I don't think I've ever even heard it called a snuggie, I think in the UK at least it's more widely known as a slanket.
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level 32
Feb 26, 2014
Nothing about being the transformation.. Emo --> Indie --> Hipster. Surprising.
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level 44
Apr 24, 2014
I've never heard of house flipping, thought it was called property developing! And razor scooters were called micro scooters?
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level 55
Apr 27, 2014
...where?
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level 38
May 23, 2014
I tried 'bioethanol' for heavily hyped biofuel...why do I have to over-complicate things?
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level 47
May 29, 2014
I've never heard of metrosexuals. But I live in rural IL, so...
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level 29
Jul 1, 2014
Never in my life have I heard of the term house skipping...
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level 76
Feb 27, 2015
As others have pointed out, some of these can't accurately be called fads. Biggest offender in my book would be, sadly, reality TV which I think is here to stay due to the very low production costs and fact that these terrible shows still manage to get decent ratings no matter how bad they are. Also, the trend didn't even start in the 2000s. The Swedish version of Survivor came out in 1997. The Real World debuted in 1992. And the predecessors of American Idol such as StarSearch and EuroVision are much older than that. Maybe this disease didn't reach epidemic proportions until the 2000s, but it has continued to get worse on through the 2010s.
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level 51
Apr 17, 2016
Are you referring to the Eurovision Song Contest? That one can't really be compared to reality TV, despite it being competition. Each participating country chooses their own representative, and the representatives compete for their countries. The fact that it's real and somebody wins it doesn't make it reality tv. You wouldn't call a televised sporting event reality tv, would you? (If you are referring to some other Eurovision thing, I haven't heard of it.)
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level 76
Dec 24, 2018
I know what it is. Maybe it doesn't count but it still sucks, as do American Idol, X Factor, The Apprentice, Survivor, and all similar shows. The people on Survivor are competing to win. Does that make it a sport? Reality TV is television that presents itself as being unscripted and featuring "real" people not actors. Even though the shows are usually very phony. American Idol and Survivor both have segments that feature competitive events but then there are segments that try to delve into each person's private life or the interpersonal relationships that they develop with other cast members.
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level 73
Aug 11, 2019
It may suck, but it has little to do with reality TV. The delving into the private life you mentioned in the end is missing. Otherwise some kind of talent show is nothing new indeed, dance shows, singing, random stuff etc.
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level 22
Feb 27, 2015
ipods are still popular. RIGHT?!
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level 46
May 27, 2015
Not really. After the iPhone was first released in 2007, it slowly began to replace the iPod, since you could have all your music plus a phone and computer etc. I remember seeing one of my friends in high school with her phone in one hand and her iPod Touch in the other, and the image just made me think how obsessed with technology and screens our nation has become. Maybe that sentiment grew more and more to the point where iPods just aren't a thing by themselves anymore.
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level 58
Dec 24, 2018
I don't understand how people have music on their phones. Do they have unlimited storage and battery or something?
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level 63
Feb 27, 2015
I kept spelling it "razr scooters." Apparently I'm getting my early-00s fads mixed up!
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level 58
Feb 27, 2015
White Castles has had 'sliders' for over 90 years. I kept thinking there must be a new term for those little mini gourmet burgers. Didn't think sliders were a 2000's fad.
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level 75
Dec 24, 2018
The southern competitor, Krystal, dates back to 1932, eleven years younger than White Castle. (IMHO Krystal has the better burger - not as much repeat action.) When I was young in the 1960s you could buy a little square, steamed burger at either place for a dime, but I don't remember the term Slyder being on the White Castle menu back then. One site says the Navy was calling their burgers sliders in the 1940s. I guess it's not the size of the burger or when the name began, but the fact that the term suddenly caught on at other places that made it a fad of the 2000s.
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level 71
Feb 27, 2015
Krispy Kreme has been huge in the south for decades.
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level 75
Feb 27, 2015
I'm in a gripey mood, so today's gripe is about having three questions on the same subject. I don't know anything about hipsters, so if I didn't get the first answer it's very likely I won't get the next two. Please don't do that unless it's about a subject with which I'm familiar. ;)
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level 44
Feb 27, 2015
Why Could I not think of ethanol and hipsters? I guess both are irrelevant to me.
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level 54
Feb 27, 2015
Mustache is actually spelled moustache
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level 32
Feb 27, 2015
You should add Webkinz and Silly Bandz. I remember how popular those were at my school.
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level 46
May 27, 2015
YES!!!!
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level 42
Feb 28, 2015
Didn't hipsters have Soul Patches as well? Could that be an alternate answer?
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level 60
Jun 21, 2019
I think you are thinking of hippies.. wrong decade
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level 18
Feb 28, 2015
I put politicians for blood-sucking creatures and it didn't take it...
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level 68
Dec 26, 2018
Well politicians weren't really popular, at least as a group. They sure do suck a lot more than vampires can even dream of, though.
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level 65
May 1, 2019
Politicians got a lot more votes in the 00’s than Vampires did, well excluding Rudy Giuliani of course, but he’s both.
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level 40
Mar 3, 2015
Yeah because nobody had a mustache before or after the 2000s
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level 31
Oct 6, 2015
iPod isn't the brand! Apple is the rand that makes iPods!
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level 45
Oct 12, 2015
For the bracelet I was trying "Lance Armstrong" and "Armstrong" but I guess I'm not familiar with Livestrong. I only knew the bracelets were because of him.
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level 48
Mar 15, 2017
Why aren't there any jokes about Bruce Lee? Because Bruce Lee is no joke.
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level 28
Jul 14, 2017
LOL I hated that stupid fish. It was so annoying. Glad that's not coming back anytime soon
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level 42
Oct 2, 2017
Hahaha this is an awesome quiz!!! All these things were introduced back then and if they are still around it's because of their ubiquity, not like trending popularity. I guess that technically makes it popular, but it's commercially popular, not culturally. I dunno. My argument is flawed, but there it is. Can't believe hipsters have been around that long. We need the generation below to rise up and start taking their place and not be annoying. Fidget spinners? Never mind.
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level 60
Jun 21, 2019
I think the word ubiquity has become quite popular, not sure I have ever heard of it before, now I have seen it 4 times in 1 day on this site. I guess it is ubiquitous :D
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level 56
Nov 30, 2018
This should be called "The 2000s fads in the USA". At least half of these things were quite marginal in Europe.
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level 65
May 1, 2019
Already mentioned in the description.
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level 60
Jun 21, 2019
Yea but I ve heard of all besides the burgers, the scooter, and the donuts (and the wristband, but that could be just me, at one point you had a wristband for just about everythng, I dont register it anymore) And I missed ethanol..

Got all the other eventhough only sudoku and reality tv were really a thing here. Ow yea and crocs. A lot of the rest was around/available but not that you saw or heard about it everywhere. But none of them are so obscure that the description couldnt get you there even if you werent aware that it had been popular anywhere.

Here it was quinoa btw that suddenly was a thing.

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level 60
Jun 21, 2019
Ow yea, a skinny jeans came out of nowhere. Not by hipster though. First teen girls that wanted to look thin. Then emo's and metaldudes.

I still find it weird to see guys in tight jeans. (I dont like the look on girls either though)

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level 68
Dec 24, 2018
I did terrible. I only got 7. I don't get caught up in all these "fad" crazes. I actually never even heard about many of them.
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level 60
Jun 21, 2019
That is actually quite an accomplishment. Unless you never turn on the tv or internet. (not meant sarcasticly, I really wonder how one could stay unaware of these things, unless you have no contact with people and dont own a tv a never go on the internet)
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level 60
Dec 24, 2018
Some of these aren't fads. I actually studied fads in college (it was a weird class), and I believe a central part of something being a fad is that its intense popularity has no basis in the actual quality of the product. Those Live Strong bracelets were definitely a fad. Crocs too. But the iPod wasn't a fad. It was a really great piece of technology that was rightly popular for a long time until it was supplanted by smart phones. Sadly, hipsters, skinny jeans, and ironic mustaches still have not gone away. Sliders and reality TV got big in the 2000's, but they are still very popular (and seem likely to remain so). Fads mostly vanish as soon as their moment passes...the Snuggie, pogs, Tamagotchi, Von Dutch hats, "Keep Calm and X," and "That's a thing" (I really hate that one), among others. I don't think the quiz needs fixing. The general theme is good and the questions are fair, but thought it worth some clarification.
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level 79
Dec 24, 2018
Did you hear Chuck Norris died yesterday?! ...yep, but he's ok today! ;)
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level 43
Dec 25, 2018
Chuck Norris is unable to die
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level 58
Jan 31, 2019
Please accept Fixer-upper for house flipper
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level 65
May 1, 2019
Not a major issue, but right now it reads as the facial hair being grown on the tight jeans (should add a second ^).
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level 60
Jun 21, 2019
And I really dont see the irony.. that word really confused me. Am I missing something? Is skinny jeans and a moustache an ironic combo somehow?
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level 60
Jun 21, 2019
Some things feel much sooner. Like the myspace and the bass. I guess I was introduced to them when they just made their appareance and I assumed they allready had been around for a while.

About chuck norris I am pretty sure though he was glorified before 2000. But maybe all the crazy "facts" about took of after 2000. But a few standard ones were allready around ( like that he was invincible) I guess after internetmemes became a thing it all took off.