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People Reveal Which Discontinued Products They Wish They Could Revive

Nostaglia is welcome in these strange times... and lots of people have some ideas about what products they'd like to see brought back to life. Orbitz? Yeah. Wendy's spicy nuggets? Oh yes. Discovery Zone? Let's open one!

Vaffanculo28 asked: If you could bring back any discontinued product, toy or item, what would it be and why?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.


Who needs simple ingredients? This is America.

Old school Breyer's Ice Cream and Klondike Bars. Unilever bought them both, reformulated then for higher profit and ruined them.

TiminatorFL

That's because they're not real ice cream anymore.

BostonDodgeGuy

Yes. Please. Omg.

Creme Savers. The strawberry flavor was my jam.

Capeari

I didn't know these disappeared. I remember them as a little kid, and thinking they were more of an 'adult candy' than for kids. I don't know where I got that association from. Maybe the commercials marketed them that way or something.

Renwaldo

Their dough is frozen now.

Old style breadsticks and pizza dough at Pizza Hut. The new flat breadsticks suck, and the new dough is oddly sweet.

Indy_Photographer

Something I do to achieve a very easy browning on the bottom of my pizza when I make it at home is cook it in cast iron aaaaand... add sugar. My hypothesis is their dough is sweet because they use a similar sugar technique to get some quick and easy color and texture on their pizzas.

molemutant

Probably. When I worked at Pizza Hut in the 80's, the breadsticks were just segmented pan pizza dough with some spices on top. That pan pizza dough had to proof for several hours before it was ready, though.

DrEnter

I worked at Pizza hut in 2006 and it was still exactly as you describe. Poofing pan dough and everything. I haven't eaten Pizza Hut pizza since I've worked there though. What became different about the dough?

edit: also the cinnaparts (?) was just a pan pizza that we took out, cut into slices, covered in the cinnamon+sugar and mushed together (with out bare hands) before putting it through the oven. There's a reason I don't eat this pizza and the stories get much worse.

DookieSpeak

The food we need.

Spicy chicken nuggets from Wendy's.

Ascribed_innovation

Ughhhh yes!!

Vaffunculo28

I seriously felt heartbroken when I went to Wendy's one day and asked for spicy nuggets and they said "We don't have spicy nuggets anymore." The drive-through employee could have just said "I don't love you anymore."

hytone

These are trying times.

Coca-Cola with actual cocaine in it.

CampingPansy

DIY.

bndoggy

YES. The ultimate and maybe the original energy drink.

UndercoverRussianBot

Fun, risky, bizarre... like drinking a lava lamp.

The drink Orbitz, because it was a Russian roulette of whether you would enjoy a nice tasty beverage or choke to death in the most embarrassing manner possible.

KitsyLou

I swear I just recently seen some post a picture of them drinking a newly released bottle.

frezzhberry

2015 it was released again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbitz_(drink)

Imakedo

Hot Damn I didn't realize how complex it was

The small balls floated due to their nearly equal density to the surrounding liquid, and remained suspended with assistance from an ingredient known as gellan gum. The gellan gum provided a support matrix—something like a microscopic spider web—and had a visual clarity approaching that of water, which increased with the addition of sugar. The gellan gum creates a very weak yield stress which has been measured to be ~0.04 Pa.[3]

Urgotmilk

Feeling glam on a budget: V05.

There used to be this shampoo from V05 called "calming chamomile tea" that they don't make anymore. They have other tea therapy scents, but I can never find that scent anymore. It would be an amazing source of nostalgia.

SharpieScentedSoap

Just looking at a picture of the old V05 bottles sends me on a vivid memory trip to my childhood.

PrettyBird2011

They're absolute hell on my hair, but the smell reminds me of growing up when my parents would get them at the dollar store. It's comforting in a way!

SharpieScentedSoap

The plastic bottles are dumb.

Snapple Elements - especially the Rain flavor.

Dexaan

I miss the glass snapple bottles. The plastic ones just aren't as great to drink from.

Eternalsins

100% agree with this. I stopped drinking Snapple when they switched to plastic because it makes the drink taste weird.

ARKPLAYERCAT

Yep.. and it was so much more smooth in the glass bottles.

Lockwood85

Slimer juice!

Ectocooler. The greatest of all juice boxes.

fatpenguin07

I would love to try it again to see if it truly tastes as wonderful as I think or if it is the nostalgia that makes me want for it.

Bonus points if it is in the old metal can that you had to poke two triangular holes in with the bottle/can opener.

stu21

Kids today will never know the unending excitement. This poor soul.

Not an item but a place: Discovery Zone.

I never got to go.

drinkgreen

You missed out. It was amazing,

amokforpeace

Oh my goodness, life is only downhill after DZ.

zash7

Oh.

The original pudding pops.

MsMyPants

I think I know a guy, but he's in prison and he's pretty old, kind of like a father to me before that tho.

PositivityKnight

The nerve.

Lime Skittles. I despise the green apple.

thatssokaitlin

The lime ones were my favorite too!!

Vaffanculo28

I was so upset about the switch that I wrote a letter to Skittles Corp lol.

thatssokaitlin

But did they reply back?

blissfultomorrows

They did about a year or so ago because Walmart came out with the lime green Skittles for a limited time, however I was specifically looking for lime green Sour Skittles and they only had the regular. Beggars can't be choosers I guess.

Edited to add they responded like a year later letting me know lime green Skittles were back st Walmart which is better than nothing I suppose.

thatssokaitlin

The louder the better.

Hatchback WRX STI, I want a new one.

SteevyT

I recently sold my 2002 WRX hatchback and I will probably stop crying some day.

titanicvictim

Mmmmm. Taco Bell.

The original Grilled Stuft Burrito, Fire Roasted Sauce, and Naked Chicken Chalupas from Taco Bell.

llcucf80

The original GSB was incredible.

dnumov

Would love to have flown on one.

The Concorde. It was a plane that flew at over 2x the speeds of the Airbus and Boeings planes. It was in operation from the mid 70s until the early 2000s, and then...nothing.

All my life everything's gotten better, from a consumer standpoint. Especially technology. I look at the food choices I have today and there's a much bigger variety with easier access. I look at computers and computing power, much better. Overwhelmingly there a "things you can do/buy are better today then they were 20-30 years ago" feeling. As there should be. That's progress.

But there there's this plane. This plane I never got to ride on, and it could get me to London, or Australia, or China, or Japan in 1/2 the time. And they just stopped making planes, making flights. It feels like we had superior technology and instead of it becoming the standard, like superior technology tends to do, it just got scrubbed out and left us with a substandard product.

Xerox748

I want to preface by apologizing for the massive wall of sorta disjointed stuff, finishing a 12 hr shift, and exhausted so brain is trying to shut down for sleep... I agree whole heartedly, and actually talked to my friend who is training to be a pilot about this 2 days ago. They use a buttload of fuel just before, and just after super sonic speed, though once they are into it, consumption drops a lot. The bigger problemsares there is no real need for that fast of travel, when on a slower plane, you can still get there, for a lot less money (tickets were apperently outrageously expensive). It also did not have a great track record. Finally, people dont seem to like sonic booms over their houses or work, something like it disrupts the peace or something like that (though id rather enjoy it, I like loud noise). However, with all that negative, he told me there are new supersonic commercial airliners in the works. (Also if you want to get scientific, some subsonic jets have areas of supersonic airflow, there is a backyardscientist video on youtube about supersonic bullets that talks briefly about the subject).

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While we still have a long way to go before we can find out what's next for June/Offred in the Republic of Gilead, we can, at the very least, regale you with some cool facts about one of the most enduring stories of the last three decades.

The Trailer for Season 3 Plays Off a Slogan from the Reagan Era

Perhaps the best thing that came out of the Super Bowl––aside from the memes haggling Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, that is––was the trailer for the third season of the Hulu series.

The trailer lampoons former President Ronald Regan's 1984 "Morning in America" political campaign television commercial.

"It's morning again in America," you hear over a soundtrack and images that resound with boundless optimism. Things turn dark from there. Soon the camera freezes on Elisabeth Moss's face: "Wake up, America," she says.

Margaret Atwood's Follow-Up Will Be Released Later This Year

Margaret Atwood will release a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale titled The Testaments in September 2019. The Testaments is unconnected to Hulu's adaptation and will feature the testimonials of three female narrators from Gilead.

This literary device keeps with the metafictional epilogue that follows Offred's story in the original novel. The novel ends much in the way Season 1 ends: with Offred entering the van at Nick's insistence. The epilogue explains how the events of the novel were recorded onto cassette tapes after the beginning of what scholars have come to describe as "The Gilead Period." An interview with a noted academic implies that a more equitable society, one with full rights for women and freedom of religion restored, emerged following the collapse of the Republic of Gilead.

Serena Joy Waterford Is Likely Based On A Noted Conservative Activist

As the series goes on, we learn more about Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) and her beginnings.

Serena was a conservative activist who, along with her husband Fred, spearheaded the Puritan movement that ultimately gave rise to Gilead. Inspired by women whom she perceives to have "abandoned" their families in the name of female autonomy, Serena Joy delivers impassioned speeches at venues around the nation calling for policies that would place women back in the home. She even wrote a bestselling book, A Woman's Place, that served as the vessel for much of her conservative dogma and inspired many of the Commander's Wives who become her friends and neighbors.

Serena was likely based on conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, who established herself over many years as one of the fiercest antifeminist and anti-abortion advocates in the United States. Schlafly was also a vociferous opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, which she considered an attack against traditional gender roles.

The 1990 Film Adaptation Had a Messy Production

A film version of The Handmaid's Tale was released in 1990. It starred Natasha Richardson as Offred, Faye Dunaway as Serena Joy, Robert Duvall as Commander Waterford, Aidan Quinn as Nick, Victoria Tennant as Aunt Lydia, and Elizabeth McGovern as Moira.

The film was not well received and had a messy production. Director Volker Schlöndorff replaced original director Karel Reisz amid internal bickering over a screenplay by Harold Pinter. Schlöndorff asked for rewrites, and Pinter, who was reluctant to do them, directed him to author Margaret Atwood, who was one of several who ended up making changes to Pinter's screenplay.

Pinter told his biographer years later [as quoted in Harold Printer, p. 304] that:

It became … a hotchpotch. The whole thing fell between several shoots. I worked with Karel Reisz on it for about a year. There are big public scenes in the story and Karel wanted to do them with thousands of people. The film company wouldn't sanction that so he withdrew. At which point Volker Schlondorff came into it as director. He wanted to work with me on the script, but I said I was absolutely exhausted. I more or less said, 'Do what you like. There's the script. Why not go back to the original author if you want to fiddle about?' He did go to the original author. And then the actors came into it. I left my name on the film because there was enough there to warrant it—just about. But it's not mine'.

Star Natasha Richardson reportedly felt "cast adrift" when much of Offred's interior monologue was sacrificed as a result of cuts made to the screenplay.

The Film and TV Series Aren't The Only Adaptations of This Seminal Work

There are several different adaptations of Atwood's seminal work, including, but not limited to:

  • an audiobook read by Homeland actress Claire Danes that won the 2013 Audie Award for Fiction
  • a concept album by Canadian band Lakes of Canada
  • a radio adaptation produced in 2000 for BBC Radio 4
  • an operatic adaptation that premiered in 2000 and was the opening production of the 2004–2005 season of the Canadian Opera Company.

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Between The West Wing, Mad Men, Top of the Lake, and The Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth Moss has a reputation for starring in critically acclaimed television shows.

Much has been made, however, of her casting as Offred. Moss was born into the Scientologist belief system, which the German government has classified as an "anti-constitutional sect," the French government has classified as a cult, and the American government has allowed individuals to practice freely though not without considerable contention. Moss also identifies as a feminist.

Asked by a fan about the parallels between Gilead and Scientology (namely the belief that "outside forces" are inherently "evil") Moss responded:

"That's actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level."

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As images and stories of children ripped away from their parents at the border began to circulate, the Season 2 episode "The Last Ceremony" showed just how timely the show really is: After Offred is raped by the Waterfords, Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) allows June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) to visit her daughter, Hannah, in an undisclosed location. June is given 10 minutes with her daughter before a guard forcibly separates them again.

The episode, written well before the crisis was initiated, premiered just as Homeland Security admitted that more than 2,300 children had been separated from their parents.

Another Episode During Season 2 Appeared to Predict Canada-U.S. Relations

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The Season 2 episode "Smart Power"––in which Canadian diplomats ban Gilead's representatives from the country and choose to stand with the women imprisoned in the totalitarian nation in a nod to the #MeToo movement––was written and premiered before the G7 blowup, but is no less prophetic.

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Pray God you can cope
I'll stand outside
This woman's work
This woman's world
Ooooh it's hard on a man
Now his part is over
Now starts the craft of the FatherI
know you've got a little life in you left
I know you've got a lot of strength left
I know you've got a little life in you yet
I know you've got a lot of strength left
I should be crying but I just can't let it show
I should be hoping but I can't stop thinking
All the things we should've said that I never said
All the things we should have done that we never did
All the things we should have given but I didn't
Oh darling make it go
Make it go away
















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