27 Popular Things People Thought Were Going To Be Cool, But Turned Out To Be Very, Very Lame

From movies to trends, people hype up new things all the time — but sometimes, after they're released, they turn out to be just...not that great.

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So, when redditor u/PsychedelicAirFusion asked, "What had so much hype about it, but was actually terrible?" people had a lot to say. Here are some of the top-voted responses:

1. 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 to convince yourself that it was indeed awesome before slowly, oh so slowly, accepting that it was lame as hell."


2.Olestra (also known as Olean)

A bag of chips with the label "Made with Olean; Brand fat-free cooking oil"

"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 handfuls were enough for explosive, zero-warning, uncontainable shits."


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A phone screen with the Google Plus and Facebook logo


"There was potential...I think. I remember kind of liking it, except for the fact that it was a complete ghost town."


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4.Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone’s vaults

Geraldo Rivera speaks to the camera as workers mine what looks like a mysterious cave


"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."


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5. 2020

"Remember that meme showing how all the holidays were on weekends?"—u/AwesomeDawson_


A phone screen with the Quibi logo

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


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Someone squishes the tiny foam microbeads into a star shape from the

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


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8.Sony MiniDisc

The Sony MiniDisc walkman featuring two dics, one of which is a Mariah Carey song

"They were a failure in the US but extremely popular in other parts of the world."


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9.3D TVs

Someone wears 3D glasses while watching TV


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


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10.Fyre Festival

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"I’ll never forget the picture of the sandwich."

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11.Google Glass

A nurse wears the futuristic-looking Google glasses

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


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Someone rides a hoverboard outside during winter

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


"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."


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13."The SpongeBob 'Sweet Victory' song that got switched to Travis Scott's 'Sicko Mode' in the Super Bowl."

SpongeBob sings his heart out on stage during the memorable episode


"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!"



14.Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul

Logan Paul takes a swing at Floyd Mayweather

"Glad I didn't pay for it."


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A group of people ride segways on a sidewalk

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


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16.Ted (from United Airlines)

An airplane flies in the area with the "Ted" logo

"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 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."


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17.Raiding Area 51

A deserted Area 51 in Nevada with military warning signs


"Nobody thought that was gonna be real, right?"


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18.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Stacks of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" at a bookstore

"Awful and I don’t actually believe it’s part of the Harry Potter series."


"I wanted to purchase this at a local bookstore. The owner invited me to read a few pages before buying 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 of telling me that it sucks and to save the money.)"


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"I’d like a refund."


20.Woodstock '99

A huge crowd of people in front of a stage for Woodstock '99


"With proper planning, like food, water, and bathrooms, it would have been better, but it was aimed squarely at the angry young bro crowd. Pretty much destined for explosive failure."


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21.Suicide Squad

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"Movie was so hyped like it was the Second Coming of Jesus. Then we saw Leto."


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22. The McRib from McDonald’s

"It tastes like something I had in my high school cafeteria."—u/Americanguy64

23.The end of the world in 2012

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24.Space Jam 2

An animated LeBron James and Daffy Duck in &quot;Space Jam 2&quot;

"It was hyped to be Gen Z's Space Jam, but it ended up being a typical Hollywood nostalgia cash cow."


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25.Windows Vista

The Vista logo, featuring the Windows Logo with its iconic primary colors


"Behind the current version, XP was the best Windows hands down."


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26.Crystal Pepsi

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"It was delicious until you shook it up and the carbonation was gone, then it was gross."


27.And finally: "The metaverse, probably."

Mark Zuckerberg revealing Meta at Facebook Connect
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What are some other things that got a ton of hype but turned out to be terrible? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.