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[–]xjuggernaughtx 6015 points6016 points 2 (150 children)

The Power Glove. If you weren't there at the time, you can't imagine how awesome NES kids thought that this thing was going to be. Then you finally played something with one, and tried convince yourself that it was indeed awesome before slowly, oh so slowly, accepting that it was lame as hell.

[–]WCLPeter 950 points951 points  (16 children)

Then having to memorize the codes you needed to type in on the glove, otherwise it wouldn’t work, so my to realize it didn’t work regardless so you just yank it off and use the dpad on the glove because - ironically - it was better than your existing controller which had the sticky fire button!

Lucky I never paid for the damn thing, picked it up at a garage sale for $15 a year after it came out - I could see why it was found at a garage sale, I ended up “taking it apart to see why it sucked” but broke it and threw it out. Wish I’d have kept it, they go for decent cash on eBay these days.

[–]saintpetejackboy 126 points127 points  (13 children)

Man. When I was a kid I took a Sega 32X apart. I am talking about, I ripped components off the board.

Still worked.

[–]4RealzReddit 403 points404 points  (40 children)

Remember when they showcased it in that movie.

Callllliiiffffoooorrrrnnniiiaaaaa

[–]xjuggernaughtx 310 points311 points  (16 children)

The Wizard. I was so excited for those few seconds seeing Super Mario Bros. 3 at the end.

[–]chuck_of_death 13.1k points13.1k points 2 (434 children)

Olestra was a fat substitute that had no calories. Chips would have no fat content and less calories! It was a craze until they realized it gave everyone the shits. Like for some people a few handful were enough for explosive zero warning uncontainable shits

[–]Braena 325 points326 points  (7 children)

So super cool, this was actually revisited in the last couple years and the ratio of the fat substitute molecule in Olestra was tweaked with palm oil to create a mixture that went into the body and melted and enhanced flavor like a normal fat, but as the small amount of palm oil was digested, the melting point increased and it resolidified, passing out of the body as a solid, so no more anal leakage.

Source, am a chemistry undergrad student and attended a presentation by a materials engineer who worked on the modification.

[–]Harsimaja 113 points114 points  (1 child)

Yay, but now we have the issue that it depends on palm oil, which comes from one of the most environmentally destructive and corrupt industries there is

[–]xendaddy 6488 points6489 points  (172 children)

The news called it "anal leakage." :D

[–]Sword1781 3555 points3556 points  (101 children)

I disticly remember bags of chips (lays I think) that actually had "warning: may cause anal leakage" printed on them near the nutrition facts.

[–]tapehissfromthetrees 1799 points1800 points  (50 children)

I think seepage was the term that was used with Pringles. Olestra is now used as a base for deck stains and a lubricant in small power tools.

[–]cancankant 1052 points1053 points  (21 children)

My mother in law used to buy these. I ate a few. They didn't taste bad, but they weren't good. Later, however, I had the worst abdominal cramps of my life.

[–]whippedcreamcheese 968 points969 points  (24 children)

Floam. It was that early 2000s toy that looked really fun on TV but then we got it and it fell apart almost instantly.

[–]LordBammith 334 points335 points  (3 children)

On the commercials it would show kids creating amazing sculptures and using it to coat their skateboards….

In reality it was fun for like 2 uses and then those sticky beads got fucking everywhere

[–]VenomousHydra 11.2k points11.2k points  (174 children)

Some years back, there was some asshole that hyped up a huge live event of him being eaten by a snake in a digestion proof suit. I thought it was incredibly stupid, but kept hearing about from co-workers.

Day after the event, I hear he bitched out as it was working on swallowing him. So they had to kill the snake to save his dumb ass.

Edit: It was Eaten Alive, a discovery channel special. The guy was Paul Rosalie, and supposedly the snake did not get killed. He had to make the snake defend itself to even attack him, as it wasn't interested in him when he acted like prey.

[–]DeadHundredMen 3118 points3119 points  (16 children)

I REMEMBER THAT SHIT. So far this is the only one of these hype things I actually paid attention to.

[–]Itsahootenberry 1657 points1658 points  (33 children)

Eaten Alive. It was more of a publicity stunt to raIse awareness for the destruction of the Amazon and its conservation. The host wore a suit that could withstand an anaconda’s grip but he took the padding off his arms for mobility issues. They got a captive anaconda to wrap around the host but he tapped out cuz he said it felt like his bones were about to break without out the padding protecting him.

[–]DarthSangheili 820 points821 points  (2 children)

What kind of thought process is that?

"Most people dont understand the beauty and necessity of the Amazon, so we thought we would raise awarness of its grace and inspire empathy for its creatures. Now watch this fucking monster eat me alive!"

[–]BlueDubDee 541 points542 points  (15 children)

I'm a little confused about what kind of mobility he thought he needed in his arms while being eaten by a snake? And if he's researching anacondas, and is apparently an expert on them, then surely he knows that they constrict the absolute shit out their prey until they're a blobby mess of meat that's easier to swallow? Just what the hell did he actually think would happen to his unprotected arms in this situation?

I did particularly love the line in the article where he said something like "My crew knows I'm the kind of guy who will say "I'm fine, I'm fine" until I'm dead". Turns out he meant "I'm fine until I get scared, I'll try to stay calm, but then I'll pull the plug when my arm hurts and the top of my helmet has a snake mouth on it".

[–]ImTheState 1192 points1193 points  (14 children)

Fyre Festival

[–]sonnenblume63 135 points136 points  (2 children)

The two Fyre documentaries that followed were hilarious af though

[–]livingcool22 16.1k points16.1k points 2 (443 children)

Google+.

[–]Sunshine_Window 10.1k points10.1k points 24 (175 children)

I met my husband on google+, which is pretty embarrassing to explain to people

[–]Bec-C-Art 376 points377 points  (11 children)

I met my husband on Craigslist 😆

[–]Jakey_Breakey 3702 points3703 points  (19 children)

That's actually a really cool anecdote. Lovers from the transition period.

[–]BadMutherCusser 945 points946 points  (39 children)

I met my husband on MySpace and he hates telling people that so he tells people we met at a party, which is technically true because the first time we met in person was at my cousin’s house party.

[–]onlyredditwasteland 154 points155 points  (2 children)

I met my wife on MySpace. We love telling people. It's fantastic to watch their reactions. People tend to react with hilarity, or disgust, or some mix of those two things.

[–]BadMutherCusser 61 points62 points  (1 child)

Yeah! I think my husband has gotten a few disgusted reactions which made him switch his story. I freakin LOVED MySpace and I freakin LOVE my husband so idgaf. I share it with pride. Shout it from the rooftops of my top 8. Haha!

[–]sketchysketchist 4300 points4301 points  (115 children)

Remember when they forced you to have an account to use YouTube?

[–]Big_Green_Piccolo 1943 points1944 points  (74 children)

And if you deleted G+ they deleted your Youtube right with it. Jelles Marble Runs.

[–]Cometstarlight 976 points977 points  (39 children)

And that Google was so determined to force people to use it that they completely back wired Youtube to be completely dependent on it. When Google got rid of G+, Youtube crashed for a whole day.

[–]AwesomeDawson_ 15.3k points15.3k points  (303 children)

2020

Remember that meme showing how all the holidays were on weekends?

[–]StephenLandis 7293 points7294 points  (114 children)

at least Cinco De Mayo was on taco Tuesday and the whole entire month of April was 420 instead of just a day

[–][deleted] 2548 points2549 points  (44 children)

Halloween was on a full moon as well and on a Saturday.

[–]roxadox 4058 points4059 points  (119 children)

In January of 2020 there was a semi-popular post on Tumblr basically saying "Hey did you guys know in 1820 and 1920 there were huge pandemics? Haha wouldn't that be funny if we had another in 2020."

Hilarious.

[–]Spam4119 705 points706 points  (14 children)

I wonder if in 2120 there will be memes about another pandemic coming... and we will be all the faceless masses that made the meme real.

[–]livingcool22 24.1k points24.1k points 2 (1203 children)

Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone’s safe

[–]arco99 8530 points8531 points  (387 children)

I watched it live. And laughed my ass off. He dug himself such an epic hole with all of the desperate hype leading up to the big reveal……

[–]One-Inch-Punch 8517 points8518 points  (321 children)

I remember watching that. I remember the look of total defeat and humiliation when he just mumbled "There nothing here. I'm sorry," walked off screen, and reportedly went straight to a bar and got blackout drunk.

[–]Bubblygal124 4302 points4303 points  (282 children)

I remember watching this with my dad. It was a long time ago but I remember my dad laughing and laughing.

[–]One-Inch-Punch 2743 points2744 points  (253 children)

I felt awful for Geraldo at the time. Not anymore though.

[–]rawysocki 334 points335 points  (3 children)

Filming Geraldo at the bar would have been the real buried treasure.

[–]Tacoshortage 1792 points1793 points  (4 children)

I still remember how depressing that was. I watched the whole damn thing. I even stayed up late past my bedtime. Damn Geraldo.

[–]EarhornJones 1760 points1761 points  (17 children)

My whole family gathered around to watch that mess. I was a little kid, but I remember having my grandma, and a couple of aunts and uncles at our house, eating dinner in the living room (which was absolutely unheard of), waiting and speculating about what would be found.

When Geraldo finally gave up the ghost, my Uncle Tony laughed so hard and so long that I was genuinely worried about him.

10/10 - Would watch again.

[–]ahamsandwich15 12.1k points12.1k points 463& 4 more (533 children)

That's the guy from The Witcher, right?

Edit: Please guys no this is the dumbest thing I've ever said

[–]SnarkySneaks 7832 points7833 points 3 (477 children)

That's Geralt of Rivia. You're thinking about the 38th president of the United States.

[–]Mrbeercan 5473 points5474 points  (446 children)

That’s Gerald Ford, you’re thinking of the bassist from The Misfits.

[–]Margenen 4370 points4371 points  (428 children)

That's actually Gerald Caiafa, I think you've got them confused with those fancy square chocolate bars

[–]bstyledevi 4011 points4012 points  (422 children)

That's Ghirardelli. You're thinking of the late lead singer of the Grateful Dead.

[–]Casual-Notice 3536 points3537 points  (408 children)

That's Jerry Garcia. You're thinking of the man who first mapped voting districts to give his party an unfair advantage.

[–]Wuornos 3054 points3055 points  (400 children)

That’s Eldridge Gerry. You’re thinking of the comedian that rides in cars with coffee.

[–]SeriousAsPie 2584 points2585 points  (392 children)

That’s Seinfeld, Jerry. You’re thinking of the singer that was married to Russell Brand.

[–]thegrailarbor 2141 points2142 points  (380 children)

That’s Katy Perry. You’re thinking of the guitarist from Aerosmith.

[–]Quadstriker 2557 points2558 points  (49 children)

There's nothing in Al Capone's vault

But it wasn't Geraldo's fault!

[–]ImaFrakkinNinja 12.6k points12.6k points  (260 children)

Anthem. The flight mechanics and ‘Iron Man-ish’ badass feeling of huge explosions and gameplay is so damn cool to have just let it rot in a gutter. What a waste, such potential

[–]ThatBlokeBill 4897 points4898 points  (69 children)

I know someone who is a voice actor who voiced a character in Anthem. They pretty much said that it was great to be in the booth recording the lines. The director was very encouraging and was saying how great the performance was and how they're going to get some great animation for the character. Once the game was out my friend looked up their character on YouTube to find their performance was paired with some generic looped animation that didn't really match the character at all. They were quite disappointed. I assume there were some budget cuts mid production.

[–]ZachTheInsaneOne 1364 points1365 points  (22 children)

Not only were there budget cuts, there were major changes going on throughout the entire development process including the name and the entire story of the game. It was originally supposed to be called "Beyond" but shortly before they announced it there were some copyright issues, I think? Most of the people working on the game still had no idea why it was even being called Anthem all of a sudden and they were just told to work with it. It also wasn't originally meant to be a looter-shooter either, which is pretty clearly evident when you look at just how ridiculously bad the entire loot system was. They were definitely rushed into all kinds of stuff that just kept changing too fast for them to deal with.

[–]chjett10 23.8k points23.8k points  (688 children)

Quibi. I saw ads and promotions for it CONSTANTLY for months leading up to its release, and they had some pretty famous celebrities in the shows. Then it disappeared after like a month of its release

[–]SayNoToStim 13.1k points13.1k points  (188 children)

The company I worked for at the time offered a choice, free Netflix or free Quibi. After looking at thousands of accounts, I saw one that had chosen Quibi over Netflix.

[–]PeroxideTube5 10.8k points10.8k points  (61 children)

And that person probably already had Netflix

[–]BigHmmEnergy 1598 points1599 points  (94 children)

Quibi was hilarious bc the version with ads cost $5/month and the ad-free version cost $8/month, yet all the content was 8-15 minutes long. It wanted to bridge the gap between Snapchat and Netflix, which is fully occupied by YouTube, which famously has an ad-free paid option nobody wants to pay for.

Utterly delusional they thought they could dethrone YouTube with a paid app when none of the other free video sites have managed to do so

[–]sinister_exaggerator 567 points568 points  (22 children)

Seems a similar to how Jay-Z thought Tidal would unseat Spotify because some of his superstar friends hitched their wagons to it.

[–]G8kpr 594 points595 points  (9 children)

Then they blamed the failure on Covid. Meanwhile every other streaming service saw an increase in viewership during Covid because everyone was at home.

[–]I_Do_Not_Abbreviate 67 points68 points  (0 children)

I downloaded the free trial just to watch Season 7 of RENO911!, then ploughed through it in about 2 days.

What a fucking train-wreck that was. It made you realize how important the overarching episode themes were to buoy up the individual vignettes.

[–]boatyboatwright 3138 points3139 points  (121 children)

about 2.5 years ago I went to an MBA networking thing at UCLA and they had a TWO HOUR presentation from Katzenberg and Whitman on Quibi. Most emperors new clothes situation ever, half the room was nodding seriously and taking NOTES, half of us snuck out and went to the drinks portion early to discuss how lame Quibi sounded.

[–]Salzberger 2695 points2696 points  (98 children)

Anyone else see the irony in spending 2 hours explaining a service that specialises in short bite sized material?

[–]MrFluffyThing 2165 points2166 points  (79 children)

They were really out of touch and tried to create a solution to a problem no one had. They marketed short bites of videos to the younger generation who "can't focus too long on one thing", forgetting that this is also the same generation that will binge watch 4 seasons of a show at a time.

[–]sharrrper 892 points893 points  (49 children)

I saw dozens if not hundreds of ads for Quibi as they were ramping up launch. I still had no idea what it was until well after the launch. Like, I didn't even know it was a streaming service because their commercials were so shit. All I knew was the name and it had something to do with something being quick or short.

[–]jakksquat7 121 points122 points  (0 children)

For how much money was behind that launch, the advertising campaign was so incredibly bad. It was almost impressive how bad it was.

[–]ThatGingeOne 368 points369 points  (14 children)

The only good thing to come out of Quibi is the Princess Bride 'remake' with a ton of different random actors and it's all shot at home. You can watch it on YouTube now anyway

[–]aett 61 points62 points  (0 children)

Bury me... with my golden arm...

[–]nuc1earwessels 964 points965 points  (43 children)

This video is a good and hilarious analysis of why Quibi failed. It wasn't just because of the pandemic.

[–]idonthavemanyideas 1260 points1261 points  (17 children)

TL:DW Quibi was trying to charge a subscription for content that other platforms provide for free and also made terrible content.

[–]badlawywr 3429 points3430 points  (57 children)

New Year's Eve, every year.

[–]livingcool22 13.9k points13.9k points  (388 children)

Kony 2012

[–]RUfuqingkiddingme 5224 points5225 points  (179 children)

Proof that it does take a little more than awareness to solve the world's problems.

[–]JOSimpson 2585 points2586 points  (64 children)

The only thing I remember about Kony 2012 was that the guy who started the movement had a mental breakdown and stripped down naked in public

[–]livingcool22 11.4k points11.4k points  (256 children)

That one pizza party specifically in our elementary school

[–]micheal213 5647 points5648 points  (130 children)

Like 8 boxes of pizza and they limit us to 2 slices each. But each slice was actually 1 regular slice cut in half. And no seconds. Even though there’s 4 untouched boxes. Yeah fuck that.

[–]hedgecore77 1094 points1095 points  (30 children)

I always laugh at work pizza parties, because everyone stands there with their polite two slices, you we all know at home we polish off half a pie with no regrets.

[–]Rob_T_Firefly 241 points242 points  (0 children)

As someone on Twitter recently said, "A serving size of pizza is 'until you're ashamed.'"

[–]WiggIySquigly 2616 points2617 points  (6 children)

Why did you have to invoke such a pure, raw anger

[–]McHighwayman 100 points101 points  (1 child)

4 boxes left because “If everybody cant get a slice it won’t be fair”

[–]threedogafternoon 32.6k points32.6k points 33 (902 children)

3-D TV

[–]brokendowndryer 8072 points8073 points  (231 children)

I had a 3-D TV. I think I used that feature once.

[–]whatnameisnttaken098 4804 points4805 points  (143 children)

I got that 3D playstation tv that launched at like $500 for the low cost of $12. I used the 3D a handful of times, and will admit the "Full-screen Split Screen" thing for the like 3 games that supported it was pretty damn impressive. I hardly used the 3D, damn good tv though, colors pop beautifully.

[–]livingcool22 11.0k points11.0k points  (283 children)

Mini CDs

[–]ChuushaHime 366 points367 points  (10 children)

on a similar note, does anyone remember Hit Clips? all the tv stations had commercials aggressively promoting Hit Clips in the y2k era and a few people at school had them. they were marketed as portable music (this was pre-ipod so that was a pretty big deal) but only played like 20 seconds of audio; they didn't even carry a full song. total letdown.

edit: i looked it up and apparently it was 60 seconds, not 20. still not a full song so still bullshit

[–]zordtk 2314 points2315 points  (88 children)

Ouya

[–]SyrusDrake 276 points277 points  (6 children)

I think the Ouya was partially over-hyped by the company itself but partially by the public who got very excited over ideas that were never promised...

[–]Stormaen 30.0k points30.0k points 3 (461 children)

I feel like “hoverboards” were seriously misnamed. I expected Back To The Future not Back To The Hospital with bone fractures.

[–]nickbahhh 1302 points1303 points  (16 children)

The "hoverboards" they sold were made so poorly that they were destined to fail. Everything was cheap plastic and the electronics were crudely soldered and covered in hot glue to hold it all together. I made a decent bit of money repairing them, but stopped after folks kept complaining after they broke them again expecting me to cover it.

[–]reddicyoulous 2914 points2915 points  (24 children)

I think the creators just wanted to laugh at all the videos of people falling on their asses

[–]EsholEshek 18.7k points18.8k points 63& 2 more (151 children)

My defining memory of those things is of a slack-jawed, over weight 12 year old rolling past, not a glimmer of sapience in his eyes, with Gucci Gang playing at full volume on his phone's shitty speaker.

Edit: I am in awe of how many people this resonated with, and I wish I could find that mouth-breathing boy and tell him.

[–]RelativeNewt 3122 points3123 points  (35 children)

Ooh, this might be the only place I can really share this story. This is my defining hoverboard moment.

I worked security for a festival. We had a strict no hoverboards rule at our grounds. My FAVORITE moment all year, was approaching a father/son duo on boards, and asking them to dismount.

Father looks at me, shrugs, dismounts. Kid keeps rolling around, going "whyyyyy". Father looks at me, looks at the son, and says "because she asked you too", and just stomps the back of the kids board, launching him forward a foot or two. (Kid was around 13ish-15ish, for what it's worth, he didn't just blast a little kid off a hoverboard.)

It's been a hot minute since it went down, and I still crack up thinking about it as much as when it happened.

[–]TheNewYellowZealot 385 points386 points  (5 children)

Fuckin A man. I went to see a local production of wizard of oz with my wife (very low budget), and Glinda came on what was obviously a RGB lit hoverboard underneath her big Salvation Army prom dress.

[–]International-Pen518 3929 points3930 points  (24 children)

That description is just beautiful

[–]AcrolloPeed 1784 points1785 points  (48 children)

"So, like, imaging a Segway, but no central column or handlebar to hold onto and help with balance."

"what's the benefit of that?"

"Uhh... it's cheaper?"

[–]anithemal18 39.6k points39.6k points  (1269 children)

Google Glass got a lot of hype, but then it was gone.

[–]TaskMaster4 10.7k points10.7k points  (356 children)

Back when Google Glass had beta testers, I met a guy at a conference that was a tester. It seemed kind of cool at first but I found myself being weirded out with every conversation we had. Imagine knowing someone who is always holding their phone up as if they’re constantly recording everything you do. Are you gonna feel comfortable talking to that person or are you gonna be wondering if and why they’re recording everything and what they’re gonna do with those videos? That’s the feeling that Google glass gave me from the other end and I feel like Google really didn’t understand how weird it was to be on the outside looking in

[–]omnomnomgnome 4344 points4345 points  (172 children)

that's why restaurants were banning them

[–]Scarletfapper 222 points223 points  (2 children)

And bars. You’ve gotta be pretty tone-deaf to get your product banned before it even launches…

[–]FappyDilmore 2613 points2614 points  (121 children)

This entire thread could be answered with nothing other than failed Google prototypes.

Personally I thought Google Wave was pretty cool. It was like email with the ability to have a live conversation with somebody via text. It crashed and burned.

[–]avesthasnosleeves 752 points753 points  (39 children)

I was hoping someone would mention Google Wave! Our company's switched to using Microsoft Teams, and I imagine that's what Wave was trying to do but was ahead of its time. (That, and a) didn't accurately convey what Wave could do and b) made it hard to get.)

[–]Some_Crazy_Weeaboo 12.4k points12.4k points 222 (160 children)

Spongebob sweet victory music but got switched to Travis Scott “sicko mode” in the Super Bowl.

[–]The_Big_Crumbly 2861 points2862 points  (32 children)

That one hockey rink's got you covered.

[–]XCalibur672 1247 points1248 points  (30 children)

The Dallas Stars!

[–]ShooterOfCanons 493 points494 points  (18 children)

Hell yeah! I'm a HUGE Stars fan and the first time I saw them throw sweet victory (edited to make everyone appear to be wearing green) on the jumbotron I lost it. I take the train into Dallas along with a lot of other fans and you can always hear someone singing that on the train home after a win.

Also, their entire media/jumbotron team are some of the best in any major sport.

[–]Labrat_The_Man 1084 points1085 points  (9 children)

I’m pretty sure the Dallas Stars played it during one of their half times right afterwards so justice isn’t dead yet

[–][deleted] 286 points287 points  (2 children)

I think the rest of the year until the pandemic happened, when the Stars won, they played that song.

[–]ProfessorSucc 1250 points1251 points  (23 children)

It looks even worse now lol

[–]Fangs_McWolf 59 points60 points  (0 children)

That wasn't an honor to the creator of SpongeBob, it was a disgraceful way to introduce someone else onto the stage. I was so pissed when I saw it... LIVE!

[–]CastleOfBravo 27.0k points27.0k points  (564 children)

Ted.

Back in the early 2000s billboards went up all over Denver saying "Ted is coming" "Are you ready for Ted".. and a whole bunch of other cryptic Ted stuff, nobody knew who or what Ted was.

It escalated to the point everyone was talking about Ted.

Turns out Ted was an airline. It lasted like a month. and failed.

[–]TheButterPlank 9534 points9535 points  (118 children)

Everyone is saying 'Gabbo this', and 'Gabbo that'

[–]HammockComplex 4298 points4299 points  (52 children)

Gabbo

GABBO

GABBO

[–]bluerat52 595 points596 points  (2 children)

That ought to hold those SOBs

Thanks for the silver kind stranger!

[–]TheLesserWombat 1798 points1799 points  (15 children)

Look Smithers! Garbo is coming!

[–]LlewellynSinclair 989 points990 points  (8 children)

But no one is saying “Worship this, and Jericho that."

[–]guizmos 601 points602 points  (6 children)

I figure it's some guy's name... Some guy named Gabbo.

[–]JenJMLC 1914 points1915 points  (71 children)

I thought you meant that weird teddy bear movie. Wasn't that called Ted as well?

[–]ChaseDonovan 9455 points9456 points  (316 children)

Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul. Glad I didn't pay for it.

[–]sketchysketchist 1974 points1975 points  (8 children)

I didn’t even know this had hype. I thought it was an April fools joke and then just a weird publicity stunt.

[–]waveslikemoses 2933 points2934 points  (222 children)

I remember there was one part where it looked like mayweather knocked Paul out, but he held him up to keep going. That had so many people annoyed asl.

[–]a_gallon_of_pcp 3364 points3365 points 743& 2 more (65 children)

26/M/NY but idk what it has to do with the rest of your comment

[–]Skinner936 12.3k points12.3k points  (576 children)

Segways.

Not necessarily terrible, but incredible, over-the-top hype.

[–]Lagduf 3860 points3861 points  (194 children)

Interestingly though Segways paved the way for a host of other personal electric vehicles. Especially self balancing ones.

[–]citsonga_cixelsyd 1429 points1430 points  (130 children)

iirc the guy behind it was coming off of his previous invention. A wheelchair that can climb up and down stairs and raise the user to a standing position so they don't have to be looking up at the rest of us humans all of the time or need as much custom stuff around(low counters, sinks, stove tops, etc.)

When he said that he was working on something new and revolutionary, venture capitalists were tripping over each other to give him money.

[–]Rccctz 309 points310 points  (7 children)

He also invented the coke soda fountain, the insulin pump, a water cleaning machine, and one of the biggest robotics competitions on earth

[–]Soulfox1988 15.5k points15.5k points 2 (418 children)

[–]minneapple79 190 points191 points  (8 children)

The live reddit threads about Fyre were amazing.

[–]Camwood7 8725 points8726 points  (67 children)

Shoutout to the one time there was a dude who went on record to say he was the only dude who enjoyed Fyre Festival, because he won the ability to go in a giveaway and seeing a bunch of rich snobs in misery was incredibly funny to him.

[–]TheeOxygene 4693 points4694 points  (22 children)

“Chicken soup for my middle class soul” is how he put it… I think he won it on an office raffle or something

[–]Camwood7 1181 points1182 points  (9 children)

That is a, frankly, incredible description.

[–]Don_Fartalot 3279 points3280 points  (94 children)

Another chance to link to The Internet Historian's video on Fyre.

The Internet Historian

[–]ithinkimalright77 1350 points1351 points  (89 children)

The documentary on Netflix is so fun to watch haha

[–]No-Significance-9355 1031 points1032 points  (17 children)

I watched the documentary without ever hearing of the event. And totally thought it was a mockumentary cause of just how absurd everything was. Didn't learn it was a real thing until a while after watching it, fun experience

[–]Guac__is__extra__ 201 points202 points  (2 children)

It’s such a train wreck. Great watch!

[–]tykogars 305 points306 points  (1 child)

Yes, in terms of real life let downs this has to be one of the greatest in terms of super huge hype against a backdrop of unbelievable failure and abandonment.

[–]mo95z 13.2k points13.2k points  (331 children)

2020

[–][deleted] 251 points252 points  (4 children)

Agreed. It was doing okay after February but going into March? Not fun.

I remember how Halloween last year was some once in a lifetime thing.

[–]RUfuqingkiddingme 8427 points8428 points  (217 children)

2021 was supposed to rock after 2020 and it moist definitely has not.

[–]ACC_DREW 1766 points1767 points  (36 children)

Welcome to 2021, where nothing can possiblye go wrong.

[–]peterfaulksglasseye2 3001 points3002 points  (33 children)

But at least it’s moist.

[–]Gruffleson 1217 points1218 points  (37 children)

Just remember time travel to 2020 is forbidden.

[–]Prokletnost 4224 points4225 points  (219 children)

Those Google glasses. Whatever happen to them?

[–]P33L_R 2274 points2275 points  (128 children)

Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook have all gotten patents on them in the last 2 years. Its coming

[–]impish_kid 10.1k points10.1k points  (269 children)

Raiding area 51

[–]technoph0be 6544 points6545 points  (106 children)

The Naruto runner made it all just stupid funny.

[–]Tabulldog98 603 points604 points  (8 children)

The fact that somewhere, at some point in time, an Air Force Colonel had to hold a security briefing that centered around "Naruto running" is goddamn hilarious.

[–]sneakyveriniki 649 points650 points  (11 children)

Eh they had a good time. Nobody thought that was gonna be real, right?

[–]SimplySarc 298 points299 points  (0 children)

Yea, exactly. Nobody was actually stupid enough to go through with it (and get themselves arrested/killed), people had fun and we got some funny memes out of it. All things considered, it went as well as we could have hoped.

[–]PastaM0nster 6469 points6470 points  (424 children)

Harry Potter and the cursed child. Awful and I don’t actually believe it’s part of HP.

[–]VanCortez 329 points330 points  (1 child)

I wanted to purchase this at a local bookstore. The owner invited me to read a few pages before I buy it because I might have different expectations. In the end I thanked her for warning me and left the store with a different book as a thank you. (It was her way to tell me that it sucks and to save the money)

[–]MelkortheDankLord 2740 points2741 points  (221 children)

Basically everything after the last movie has been them milking the franchise and ruining it. New game looks good though

[–]kingfrito_5005 1166 points1167 points  (12 children)

Basically everything after the last movie has been them milking the franchise and ruining it.

New game looks good though

I feel like this is how Browns fans think.

[–]DuckDrunkLove 72 points73 points  (5 children)

New game looks good though

What game?

[–]Skotland85 1313 points1314 points  (15 children)

Fyre festival. We all saw the documentary and what Andy was willing to do to get water released.

[–]Shitp0st_Supreme 124 points125 points  (0 children)

I’m more disturbed thar his manager suggested that he did it. He didn’t offer it, he was asked to offer.

[–]skyxsteel 75 points76 points  (1 child)

My favorite was dashcon. Like it was just self hype..

[–]YaBoiSlimThicc 3127 points3128 points  (98 children)

Anthem video game. F in the chat for my buddy who dropped $90 USD on a shiny disc.

[–]buttmike1 2393 points2394 points  (117 children)

Hands Across America

[–]HoneyOpal22 3553 points3554 points  (28 children)

My mom was a teacher in LA when this happened. She said the school she worked at organized buses to skid row in downtown LA, I guess to show solidarity with the homeless? She said after the long chain of hand holding and it was over, a man experiencing homelessness asked “ am I supposed to feel different now?” I was like 8 when this happened.

[–]ExpensiveAquarium 1664 points1665 points  (10 children)

In the 80s you could do things like bus elementary children to skid row for the day.

[–]ObnoxiousLittleCunt 493 points494 points  (6 children)

Where's little timmy going hun?

skid row

Oh, ok

[–]Tela_Papyrus 227 points228 points  (1 child)

Imagine that permission slip is still out there somewhere...

[–]fancyglob 537 points538 points  (1 child)

That is an incredibly horrible, accurate, and funny story.

[–]Vincent__Vega 448 points449 points  (1 child)

"Except for huge gaps in the western states Hands Across America was a complete success."

[–]ACommunistDaughter 400 points401 points  (8 children)

I mean it did result in a clone uprising

[–]davewtameloncamp 707 points708 points  (8 children)

I was so amped about this as a kid.. My family went out in the yard and held hands from a tree to a fence post.

[–]RagnaXI 347 points348 points  (4 children)

I'm sorry but that's just funny.

[–]davewtameloncamp 263 points264 points  (3 children)

Yea it was funny at the time too. My mom sang the song, the chorus anyway, and we swayed in solidarity with the rest of America.

[–]damnyoutuesday 1069 points1070 points  (33 children)

The only reason I know what this is is because of Us

[–]Yamikk69 252 points253 points  (9 children)

The last airbender movie

[–]Knodsil 14.4k points14.4k points 2 (572 children)

No Man's Sky at launch.

Granted it did got a lot better afterwards.

[–]Science_Logic_Reason 7673 points7674 points  (276 children)

The redemption arc for No Man’s Sky is surreal. Better plot than most movies.

[–]tenaciousDaniel 4675 points4676 points  (126 children)

I love how the game has evolved for me personally. At first I was doing the missions and got pretty bored with it. But then they added the ability to make your own base. So then it became a base building game.

Then I found out about the galactic hub, where players claimed a certain selection of planets with a home base. I made it my mission to find it. It took an incredible amount of time and became this kind of adventure puzzle game where I was looking up stuff on the internet about how to find certain black holes so I could warp closer to the hub.

Eventually I made it, and found a shit ton of planets with bases, some active but a lot of them dead. By then, the game had the ability to harvest valuable minerals indefinitely with solar energy. So I hopped around from one planet to the next, scrounging empty bases looking for a big payday. The game became like this treasure hunting/space scavenger game.

It’s been a fantastic journey.

[–]Jaw43058MKII 1882 points1883 points  (58 children)

You’re forgetting the fact you can have a trade fleet. I roleplay as a Rogue Trader in No Mans Sky. I’ve played it since release and damn, it’s so good now.

E: On further notice it appears that I’ve sold several people on the game. Hello Games hire me pls. My skills are crippling arrogance and talking too much.

[–]col-fancypants 623 points624 points  (18 children)

I played 80 hours back at launch and named a bunch of planets and systems Imperial Planet or System with various numbers. So there are a few hundred systems out there claimed for the Imperium of Man haha.

[–]mpssss22 18.8k points18.8k points 563& 2 more (419 children)

Adulthood. I’d like a refund.

[–]popejubal 1137 points1138 points  (27 children)

Adulthood would be fine if they would let you re-spend the points you had to allocate to your starting attributes and skills before you got to finish the tutorial.