SkyMall launched in 1990, and the quarterly magazine quickly became an air travel staple. In an era before airlines had in-seat entertainment and WiFi, browsing through the smattering of bizarre products and enduring an occasional bump of turbulence was about as thrilling as a long-haul flight could get.
The most ridiculous SkyMall products wreaked deliciously of late-night TV infomercials. You seemingly had to have them, yet nobody (barring an odd distant aunt coming back from holiday) ever appeared to make a purchase. This proved to be SkyMall's biggest downfall.
In 2015, the nostalgic brand filed for bankruptcy tarnishing its 25-year legacy. The truth is the world no longer needed SkyMall and its patented brand of innovation and kitsch. We have blockbuster hits on the backs of our seats and endlessly entertaining WiFi. We have Amazon, which touts the same bizarre things you could buy from SkyMall except with free shipping. In short, we have better things to do on a plane.
Skymall's weirdest products are a time capsule of late '90s and early '00s nostalgia. We're still not ready to let go.
Have you ever looked at your little pooch and thought, "Man, my dog just doesn't have big enough lips?" You haven’t? Who even are you?
To say this lippy dog toy contributed to SkyMall's bankruptcy is absurd - bad dog!
Do you ever have uncontrollable fantasies of throwing your cellphone in a fit of rage like an untethered Wii remote accidentally soaring through your parents' big screen basement TV? Quit it. That's not healthy for anyone.
Thankfully, this convenient wrist cellphone carrier from SkyMall stops your urges. With this handy device, you couldn't throw your cellphone if you tried (should your itch not be satisfied by angrily slamming shut your Motorola Razr).
There's nothing much to say about this alien butler posing as a quirky end table. Why wouldn't everyone need this?
Would you even be mad if you found out Roswell the Alien Butler was part of Ben Carson's $31,000 dining room set or Scott Pruitt's $43,000 office modifications? If you're going to have an office, it might as well have a theme.
SkyMall totally understands our plight to guzzle massive glasses of wine and keep our limbs free for swiping through Tinder and digging for lipstick in our enormous purses. You can also never be too careful when it comes to leaving your drink unattended.
May you always hold your glass of rose close to your heart (without using any hands).