20 Famous Things That Quietly Went Away Without Anyone Noticing

Published 1 year ago

War reporter and Journalist/ Author Janine di Giovanni, once said, human memory is short and fickle. Indeed, life is long and incredibly fast with a myriad of things happenings all the time. Is it any wonder that we tend to live through moments or episodes that seem incredibly important at the time and then a few months later as life moves forward, we all seem to collectively forget that incident ever occurred.

Case in point, just look at the past 2 and a half years. Every month something seemed to happen, there were in fact memes covering it, but do you recall all the events that took place? So, when a web user posed a question on reddit asking folks ‘What quietly went away without anyone noticing?’ as you can imagine the answers came pouring in. We’ve scoured the responses to find the most shocking revelations that truly, even we have to admit, were surprisingly, forgotten by the masses. Run through them below and see how many incidents you recall forgetting.

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#1 The Panama Papers

Image source: AnkurTri27, Pixabay

Panama papers

another user added:

They actually still have impact to this very day, and lots of people noticed!

But as a summary, here are some things that happened:

After mass protests, the Prime Minister of Iceland was forced to resign, along with many other members of the ruling party.

After mass protests, the President of Pakistan was forced to resign, along with many other members of the ruling party.

Worldwide, hundreds of people – many rich and powerful – were arrested. Billions in stolen assets were returned to the people.

82 countries changed their laws to crack down on the wealth hoarding the papers revealed.

#2 The American Chestnut Tree

Image source: Verybaddentist, BobMacInnes

The American Chestnut Tree.

We sing “chestnuts roasting over an open fire” every year and yet never question why we have no chestnuts.

All the chestnut trees are dead is why, you see.

#3 Water Beds

Image source: valthonis_surion, Hans Peters / Anefo

Water beds.

another user added:

Used to have one. Nothing like forgetting to turn on the heater an hour before bed in the middle of winter.

#4 Acid Rain

Image source: GurglingWaffle, Pratik Gupta

Acid Rain.

It was a huge environmental issue in the late 70s thru the early 90s. Rain was acidic and damaged fertile areas among other things.

In the US there was much research done and eventually industrial regulations were put into place. Companies were allowed to decide what approach they chose to take as long as the results showed the appropriate amount of reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions.

Unfortunately, positive news doesn’t sell, so news outlets did not do justice to reporting this success. As we went into the 2000s hardly anyone remembered what was done.

#5 Facebook Poke Wars

Image source: Hot_buttered_toast, Rodolpho Zanardo

#6 The Word “Cyberspace”

Image source: horschdhorschd, Cyber-Andi

#7 TV Image Shrinking To A Dot Before Slowly Fading Away

Image source: ConcreteCubeFarm, Nothing Ahead

When you turn off the TV, how the image would shrink to a dot before slowly fading away.

#8 Service Clubs

Image source: originalchaosinabox, Andrea Piacquadio

Service clubs. e.g. the Rotary, the Lions, the Shriners.

Oh, they’re still around. But a common complaint among them is they’ve got no members under 70 and no new members are lining up to get in.

EDIT: The #1 question seems to be, “What the hell are these, anyways?”

They’re social clubs with the primary objective to be doing projects to better the community. They might raise money to build a new playground, a new hospital, for scholarships, stuff like that.

They raise money for stuff.

#9 Self-Aware Politicians

Image source: Cuddlychip, Images for the Future

politicians feeling ashamed when theyre caught lying

#10 Ownership

Image source: jaxiti1264, Pew Nguyen

Ownership. We used to pay money and then the thing actually belonged to us. Now everything is rented or leased. Everything is sold “as a service”. Music as a service. Movies as a service. Software as a service. Even printer ink as a service.

We spend and spend and in the end we hold nothing in our hands.

edit: You can also subscribe to clothes. Wear new clothes every month but never own them. You can also subscribe to cars. Clothes as a service, cars as a service.

#11 Toys In Cereal Boxes

Image source: GuttMilton, Heather Paul

Actual toys in cereal boxes and cracker jack boxes.

#12 BlackBerry Phones

Image source: Sufficient_Rub2165, Aaron.huo

#13 The Sears Wishbook

Image source: UneditedReddited, eBay/foundonpei

#14 Deep-Voiced-Guy-Narrated Movie Trailers

Image source: jonathonkarate, Tima Miroshnichenko

Movie trailers with that deep voice guy doing the voice overs.

#15 Taco Bell’s Chihuahua Mascot

Image source: To_Fight_The_Night, The Hall of Advertising

Taco Bell used to have a chihuahua as their mascot. Little dude just disappeared one day and anyone born after 2000 probably doesn’t even know what I am talking about.

#16 3D TVs

Image source: SuvenPan, ETC@USC

#17 24-Hour Stores

Image source: anxiousfamily, Henri Bergius

I think people have noticed now but at the time, nobody noticed it was happening: 24 hour stores. I live in a major city and we don’t have a single 24 hour grocery store ever since the pandemic.

#18 Picture-In-Picture TVs

Image source: WhoDoesntLikeADonut, Lisa Stevens

Picture in Picture TVs

another user added:

I miss this. Playing Crash Bandicoot in the tiny corner of the screen while my mom watched General Hospital on the rest of the screen.

#19 Google+

Image source: JBAnswers26, https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-holding-iphone-showing-social-networks-folder-607812/

#20 Thick Manuals Filled With Game Lore

Image source: nevorar960, yoppy

Buying a new game and having a thick chunky manual filled with game lore which you would read before playing and so heighten the anticipation of the game itself.

Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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