On Monday, Coca Cola announced the triumphant return of Surge, a discontinued citrus soda that was apparently sorely missed by fans.
The company explained in a press release:
SURGE, which debuted in 1996 and taken off the market in the early 2000s, is making a comeback thanks, in part, to a passionate and persistent community of brand loyalists who have been lobbying The Coca-Cola Company to bring back their favorite drink over the last few years.
Our collective desire to go back to the 1990s extends beyond an urge for Surge, however. In fact, we’ve brought so many things back we can stop missing the 1990s altogether. We can relive the 1990s all day, every day, right here in 2014, thanks to these currently available throwbacks:
The Tamagotchi — a virtual, digital pet which requires near-constant attention — debuted in Japan in 1996. Since then, several iterations of the device have appeared on the market, but a revamped version of the original returned in earnest to US soil this Fall.
The game looks more or less the same (it’s larger, but the plastic, egg-shaped shell remains) and has the same premise: don’t let your digital pet digitally die.
Backstreet’s back, alright! Well, at least one Backstreet, the 1990s heartthrob Nick Carter. The former boy bander is starring in a new reality show, “I Heart Nick Carter,” which premiered last week.
He’s also going on tour with Jordan Knight. That musical adventure is called “Nick and Knight.”
TV hits about or for children
Lifetime viewers are apparently so ‘90s-crazy that the channel went ahead and made an unauthorized “Saved by the Bell” movie.
But “Saved by the Bell,” isn’t the only 1990s TV hit that’s making a comeback. “Boy Meets World” spawned decades-late spinoff, “Girl Meets World,” which aired on Disney in June. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are starring in an eponymous film. And Clarissa basically started the explainer trend that has taken the Internet by storm:
Sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton by the media, others
When President Bill Clinton was in office, a team of officials feared that, according to Reuters, the First Lady appeared “aloof and calculating.” The president’s then-press secretary recommended Hillary aides show her in a good light to local reporters. “I believe it would create enormous good will for Hillary since we can all tell wonderful Hillary anecdotes that humanize her.” Today, some experts think Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy could help “humanize” Hillary.
Attention to Olive Garden
Pasta purveyor Olive Garden became hugely popular in the 1990s, when would reasonably have been the last time for us to care about Olive Garden.
But the chain’s never ending pasta gimmick pulled us right back in — so much so that a nearly-300 page long critique of the company’s strategy has more or less gone viral.
Flawless since the ’90s.
Written by Danielle Wiener-Bronner; Edited by Margarita Noriega.