If you are in your 30s, you know exactly what it was like growing up in the 90s. Technology was changing faster than the death toll on an episode of The Walking Dead. It was rapidly improving thanks to the internet and computers.
The decade began with basic technological devices like the Nintendo and a tube TV but it ended with High-Definition Plasma televisions being mounted on our walls and high speed internet being available in our homes.
For nerds like us, the 90s were a time where rumors spread like wildfire, all over the US. Some of them were true but most of them were not. A lot of them became legendary because no one could ever prove them.
20 Aladdin Whispering Sweet Nothings (Aladdin)
During the hit animated Disney film Aladdin, after Aladdin uses his flying carpet to get onto Princess Jasmine's balcony and her pet Tiger Rajah greets him with a minor growl, he proceeds to try and shoo him away using his turban.
At that moment, Aladdin allegedly whispers, "Good teenagers, take off your clothes."
Disney has denied this and said he was speaking to Rajah and telling him to take off, not the more perverted version that drove kids nuts trying to prove it for an entire decade.
19 Bringing Back Aeris (Final Fantasy VII)
For Final Fantasy fans, this is a heartfelt rumor that many wished was true since the death of Aeris in Final Fantasy VII is one of the saddest moments in the series. The rumor that went viral was that you could either revive Aeris or prevent her death altogether.
However, sadly, the only possible way to accomplish this would be to cheat or hack the game. If you do it honestly, you will not ever be able to bring her back, sorry.
18 Alternate Versions Of Bond (GoldenEye 007)
As if GoldenEye 007 needed even more cheats to perform, try this rumor. Apparently, there was a huge calling for alternate versions of James Bond, dating back to the early days of the saga. The cheat was supposed to allow you to change the skin and be whichever version of James Bond you could ever dream of being.
But it never happened and was not possible, leaving many fans angry over the widely reaching rumor.
17 Can You Literally Feel The Love Tonight? (The Lion King)
Since the internet was simply not what it is today, entertainment was often reached through various other forms of joy. One of which was over-analyzing scenes from films that feature probable dirty words hidden in the sky.
In The Lion King, in a scene where Simba knocks dust into the air, if you pause it at the right time, it spells out "Sex" in the sky. But the best version of the truth alleges that it was "SFX" which was slipped in by the special effects team.
16 A Dangerous Music Track (Pokémon Red And Blue)
The most haunting location in Pokémon remains the Kanto Region's Lavendar Town because it is the town that features the Pokémon Tower, the place you go to visit deceased former battling partners accompanied with some very dark music.
A rumor occurred in 1996 claiming that the music led to a series of young gamers taking their lives due to hearing the frequency in the track. This, of course, was completely false but became one of the most legendary Pokémon rumors ever.
15 Unlock Goro (Mortal Kombat)
When it comes to Mortal Kombat, one of the biggest myths about the first game was that you could play as Goro, the infamous sub-boss which you had to defeat in order to get to the game's final boss, Shang Tsung.
Once again, rumors emerged that you could unleash the beast by using a certain set of codes but was later shown to be false. It left millions of kids with a long summer of searching for Goro without any luck.
14 The Ghost In The Window (Three Men And A Baby)
We need to address the elephant in the room. Since most of you probably have not seen Three Men and A Baby, you have only heard about this myth from back in the day.
The rumor we are talking about is the ghost you can clearly see in the background, by a window, of some little kid. For years, we all discussed its authenticity but it was not until Ted Danson himself said it was a prank he was playing on the crew. It was a cardboard cutout he used to scare them.
13 The Legend Of Sheng Long (Street Fighter II)
Thanks to Ryu's famous quote, "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance," a mythical rumor emerged that you unlock and even play as Sheng Long.
Since the internet was not as widespread back then, magazines fueled a lot of these rumors and Electronic Gaming Magazine helped turn it into a viral hit by posting about it on their April Fool's Day issue.
It turned out to be nothing more than a mistranslation of one of Ryu's attacks.
12 Unleash The BFG-9000 (Duke Nukem 3D)
A fake online profile has showed up in recent years that has helped propel these mythical rumors into legendary status. This Easter egg dates back to the 90s when gamers chased after the chance to play as the "Doomguy" and even get the BFG-9000 to use in the game.
However, it was something we all chased down but never did figure out because the only way to do so was by using a mod and hacking the game.
11 Look At The Cover Again (The Little Mermaid)
On the original VHS release of Disney's The Little Mermaid, the front cover of the movie apparently had a very phallic shaped tower sitting right in the middle of it. It was allegedly drawn by an angry artist.
However, the image was not intentional, and was just a mistake made by an artist that did not even work for Disney since the artwork of the cover was outsourced. It was more about rushing through the project and missing the final check that caused the error.
10 That's A Lot Of Cows (Diablo)
This is an Easter egg that became a legend and even got its' own nickname as the Moo Moo Farm in the Diablo series. It was so legendary, it was eventually added into the game. But, sadly, many gamers went nuts over it without ever actually finding it.
That is because it was nothing more than a rumor that was started by some bored people looking for something else to do with their time besides actually playing the game.
9 The Secret Location Of Mew (Pokémon Red And Blue)
In order to obtain Mew in the game, you need to complete an outrageous series of events which end up allowing you to catch the infamous Pokémon.
Nintendo mentioned that they did include game data but it would only be made available in special events. One of the theories on how to unlock Mew was to get over that random truck by using HM04 on the car. This apparently unlocked the battle with Mew.
8 Just Hanging Around The Set (The Wizard Of Oz)
After Dorothy and Scarecrow convince the Tin Man to join them on their journey to the Emerald City, they encounter the Wicked Witch of the West and begin to fight with her. After it ends, and they proceed back along their track, the camera pans out and in the far distance you can see something that was rumored to be a munchkin hanging himself.
It took awhile but it was eventually shot down and explained to be nothing more than just a bird flapping his wings.
7 Get Ready For Some Blood And Gore (Mortal Kombat)
When Mortal Kombat was released on the Super Nintendo, it was done so without the use of blood and gore, a staple in the violent fighting game. This eventually led to a rumor that there was a way to turn on the blood and gore just like the Sega Genesis already allowed.
The rumors were that there was a special code to follow in order to get it unlocked and was even featured in an April 1st issue of Nintendo Magazine System.
6 Where Is Luigi? (Super Mario 64)
Back in the '90s, the biggest video game ever was Super Mario 64. It carried the Nintendo 64 on its back while giving Mario fans the best game ever. However, the one person missing from the game was Luigi, who had always been a staple in the history of Mario.
There was a rumor that you could unlock him in the game and that there was even a statue of a star inside a fountain that had a message on it reading, "L is Real 2041?"
It turned out to be a gigantic mess of a rumor that led many fans to going crazy looking for a way to unlock him without ever having any success.
5 Dark Side Of The Rainbow (Pink Floyd, The Wizard Of Oz)
By playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon in sync with color portion of The Wizard of Oz, you will end up finding several moments in the film that sync perfectly with the album. In the middle of the 90s, kids went nuts trying to figure it out and rumors flew around that it was done intentionally, creating a list of other album and film mash-ups that people tried to do.
However, it turned out to be nothing more than a coincidence and one of the most insane things ever, according to most of the members of the band.
4 One Jump Over A Flagpole Can Change Lives (Super Mario Bros.)
Although it is nearly impossible to do, jumping over the flagpole in Super Mario Bros. is something that once you do it, you will quickly learn that there is nothing special about it.
But for some reasons, the rumors flew around that jumping over the flagpole actually unlocked some kind of magical secret. All you actually got was the same results as if you were jumping onto the flag itself.
3 That Should Fix It (Nintendo)
One of the most beautiful things about life before social media is that rumors somehow got around without ever hitting Facebook or Twitch. Think about life in the early 90's, how else could we have known how to fix our Nintendo games without the internet?
We just figured out a way to do it by word of mouth and schoolyard rumors. That's right, blowing into the cartridge was never a fix, just a way to think you were fixing it. Yet, we all somehow heard about it and tried it out.
2 Lara Croft Got Us Through Puberty
If you were born in the 80s and grew up playing video games in the 90s, then you most definitely were a Tomb Raider fan. It changed the way we played video games including the move from two to three dimensional settings.
But Lara Croft provided us with something a little different, she was gorgeously hot. Her features were something to drool over and a rumor emerged that there was a nude cheat code you could use on her.
As much as we wish it was true, nothing could be further from it.
Apparently, KillSwitch was released by Karvina Corporation but only around five to ten thousand copies were ever created. The game is supposed to completely erase itself while playing it if you reach a certain level or a specific set of buttons are pushed. But no one knows what triggers the wipe.
No playable copies still exist but in 2005, someone did buy a copy on eBay for almost one million dollars from someone in Japan. The video of him playing the game is also only a rumor because it, too, does not exist.