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The year was 1997. The stock market was booming. Khakis were everywhere. SUVs were being handed out with free toasters when you opened an AOL account. The big political scandal involved enthusiastically consented-to oral sex. Saying "it's the Nineties!" before or after doing something completely innocuous was something people actually did with big dumb smiles on their faces. Jobs were available. It was chaos. The low point finally came on Thanksgiving Day of '97, as a nation weary of non-stop economic expansion and falling crime saw one of their primary tormentors, Barney the Dinosaur, lose his usual veneer of invincibility:

Sources: redditor bigred2989