Andy Warhol once said that everybody has 15 minutes of fame. Here in the quote-unquote Digital Age, truer words have never been spoken.
These days, random celebrities break out like STD rashes, only to be slathered in fame-killing penicillin (so to speak) and banished ASAP.
Some manage to buck the trend and milk every last second or buy more time against the odds. See Farrah Abraham, or Kendra Wilkinson.
Heck, Kim Kardashian turned being Paris Hilton's bitch and getting railed by Ray J into an A-list career worth tens of millions of dollars.
What they've done to remain relevant, in their own crazy way, is truly impressive in a sense, but the (former) stars on this list? Not so lucky.
We'll always have those Jersey Shore reruns ...
MTV caught lightning in a bottle with Jersey Shore, and Snooki became the biggest star of this unlikely group of guido reality jackasses whose catch phrases and promiscuous antics (usually in a drunken stupor) captured the heart and soul of a nation. No one enjoyed this unlikely rise to fame Snooki, who rode the show's popularity harder than she rode Vinny in the smush room. There was an endearing charm to the diminutive, foul-mouthed Oompa Loompa slash Princess of Poughkeepsie, but her stardom quickly faded along with the series. She "enjoyed" a brief revivial into the headlines recently ... but only due to husband Jionni LaValle being outed as an Ashley Madison user. Rough.
It took a lot longer than expected, but Octomom Nadya Suleman is officially irrelevant. No one has heard from her in like two years, which is amazing considering she has 14 kids dragging around after her. Oh yes, she had six children BEFORE she became a national celebrity for giving birth to octuplets, which were implanted via IVF for kind of no reason at all. Really, did this woman need kids 7-14, and did we need to care as much as we did? We had little choice once she started committing welfare fraud, doing porn and duking it out in celebrity boxing, but still. It's a valid question.
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag were once the biggest boobs on reality TV, and we're not talking about the plastic surgery addiction she later developed (that makes for a good pun, however). The Gruesome Twosome redefined a genre by being the "villains" on MTV's The Hills, where they generated record ratings as the two-headed foil for Lauren Conrad. Then they blew threw $10 million and everyone sort of started to hate them, and they were gone in a heartbeat. Sad.
Did you blink? If so, you may have just missed Iggy Azalea's career, which has taken a sharp nosedive from which it may never recover, despite having TWO chart-topping hit singles in "Fancy" and "Problem" just a single calendar year ago and being one of the hottest - and most buzzed-about - names in music.
Just a few years ago, "Somebody That I Used to Know" was one of the most overplayed, covered, memed and talked about songs in popular music. Now, ironically, it applies to the man who recorded it, Gotye.