We’re so obsessed with the ‘90s we brought back the ‘90s

On Monday, Coca Cola announced the triumphant return of Surge, a discontinued citrus soda that was apparently sorely missed by fans.

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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:

Tamagotchi

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.

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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.

Nick Carter

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.

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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.

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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:

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Sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton by the media, others

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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.

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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.

Beyonce

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Flawless since the ’90s. 

Written by Danielle Wiener-Bronner; Edited by Margarita Noriega.

Florist!AU - Sherlock is a florist and he’s doing the flowers at the wedding of John Watson and Mary Morstan. John’s about to marry his best friend in the world. He’s happy, in love, and content with Mary. So why can’t he get tall, enigmatic man who did the flowers at his wedding out of his mind? An Imagine Me and You fusion. 

I want this song to go out in the world and not be about my critics, I want it to be about the girl who’s criticizing someone in eleventh grade because she thinks that her hair looks stupid. And that girl then goes and like cries in the bathroom because of it. These are things that we go through in every phase of our lives, starting a new job and there’s just someone who has it out for you. And I hope that maybe, you know, I had a lot of days when I would come home from school, and get in the car and my mom would try so hard to console me ‘cause someone had made fun of me or someone had said something about me, or not invited me to something I was dying to go to. And she would always try to find songs that bring me out of that, and music always helped distract me from that, so I think my greatest hope is that this started out being about my life and I just want it to go out into cars, and speakers, and earphones, and become about their lives.
—  Taylor on what she wants the message of ‘Shake It Off’ to be. (x)
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An audit released earlier this month found the U.S. Customs and Border Protect unnecessarily spent millions when building employee housing in Anjo, Arizona.

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The audit found $4.6 million in taxpayer money “that could have been put to better use.” 

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(Image credit: Homeland Security Office of Inspector General)

The average price for a home in Ajo is $86,500, but Border Protection paid nearly $680,000 per house, and about $118,000 per mobile home, the audit found.

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Not the greatest image quality (since it’s crazy hard to get good shots in super-low light like this- especially w/o flash), but I thought y’all might wanna see what few shots I’ve gotten in of me from my most recent performance. ^_^  This was a 2-song Fusion dance routine @ PDX’s Big Sexy, using Cirque du Soleil’s “Egypte” and Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody.” :)  W/major gratitude to those who took pics in the audience and sent them to me, as we’re still waiting for those professional shots.  Can’t wait to see those, too! ^_^)  Swords and (a small) feather fan were included.. and video coming soon! ^_^ 

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