The Furby: While economically prosperous, the period spanning from 1997 to 2000 was culturally destitute. In case you need a reminder, recall that our lives were seemingly dominated by boy bands, Total Request Live, reality TV shows and... Furbies. For those of you who have psychologically blocked the Furby out of your memory bank, let me explain: it was basically a Mr. Potato Head doll with hair and a beak that spoke in a creepy voice that made it sound like one of the Children of the Corn. The point of the Furby, if there ever was one, was to slowly teach the little cretins English, at which point they'll do dances and tell you jokes. Whee. While Furbies sold more than 14 million units over the span of three years in the late '90s, nowadays most people simply like microwaving the little fuzzballs and then posting videos of their demise on YouTube.