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(Mental Floss)   Eight things that terrified us in the 90s but are all but forgotten now, like acid rain and Stephen King. Wait, what?   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 13
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2013-04-16 09:31:40 AM
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2013-04-16 09:44:34 AM
In the cases of acid rain, the hole in the ozone layer and Y2K, they weren't "forgotten" as much as they were "fixed".  Acid rain was fixed in the US from tighter environmental regulations, the hole in the ozone layer is fixing itself after unprecedented international cooperation to eliminate CFCs and the Y2K bug was fixed after millions of dollars and man-hours spent fixing code.  The problems didn't just go away nor were they over-hyped.  We fixed them and we shouldn't forget that because we can do it again.
 
2013-04-16 09:46:03 AM
I remember going to one of those big charity garage sales a few years back and among the donated books was a Y2K survival guide. It was pretty funny to flip through.
 
2013-04-16 10:09:10 AM

Lumpmoose: In the cases of acid rain, the hole in the ozone layer and Y2K, they weren't "forgotten" as much as they were "fixed".  Acid rain was fixed in the US from tighter environmental regulations, the hole in the ozone layer is fixing itself after unprecedented international cooperation to eliminate CFCs and the Y2K bug was fixed after millions of dollars and man-hours spent fixing code.  The problems didn't just go away nor were they over-hyped.  We fixed them and we shouldn't forget that because we can do it again.


I was going to say something along these lines. China still has a hell of a time with acid rain because they have no environmental regulations.
 
2013-04-16 11:01:01 AM
Ahhh...yes...Satanic Cults and ritualistic child abuse...good times, good times...
 
2013-04-16 01:42:39 PM
that list sucked
 
2013-04-16 04:08:36 PM
I remember being terrified (well, kinda- and I was a kid) of Soviet nukes in the 80s.  Not really an issue in the 90s.
 
2013-04-16 08:55:03 PM
They forgot the whole global warming thing. Remember when it came out that it was just a goof by some meteorologists from the University of East Anglia who wanted to be "climatologists" and they cooked the data and faked the whole thing and everybody went "Good one" and then went on to the next crisis which was Justin Bieber and fracking. Or maybe it was fracking Justin Bieber or possibly New York bedbugs.
 
2013-04-17 01:26:27 AM
To go with the satanic cults thing, people were terrified of raves when they first heard of them too.

Good times.
 
2013-04-17 05:57:11 AM

Ishkur: Good times.


Don't forget anthrax.
 
2013-04-17 06:12:20 AM
Reminds me of the great "Rainbow Party" scare of 2003.
 
2013-04-17 09:57:18 AM

Trapper439: Reminds me of the great "Rainbow Party" scare of 2003.


A silly joke concocted by idiot teens, perpetuated as "fact" by bored and scared suburban soccer moms
 
2013-04-17 03:54:53 PM

Lumpmoose: In the cases of acid rain, the hole in the ozone layer and Y2K, they weren't "forgotten" as much as they were "fixed".  Acid rain was fixed in the US from tighter environmental regulations, the hole in the ozone layer is fixing itself after unprecedented international cooperation to eliminate CFCs and the Y2K bug was fixed after millions of dollars and man-hours spent fixing code.  The problems didn't just go away nor were they over-hyped.  We fixed them and we shouldn't forget that because we can do it again.


Many +1 for you

We can do it again, and will do it again.
 
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