01/15/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
The first Chia planter, “Chia Guy,” was created on Sept. 8, 1977.
The first real Chia “pet,” designated as a “ram,” came out in 1982, and launched the product into the national consciousness.
The product’s second wave included a kitten version.
Shockingly, it took until 2000 for licensed “character” Chias to be introduced: Elmer Fudd, the Tasmanian Devil, and Tweety Bird were the first wave.
Naturally, Chia Mr. T wasn’t far behind.
Chia Homer Simpson followed in 2002.
Chia Obama was introduced in 2008; in 2009, the company introduced a smiling “happy” Chia Obama. (The initial model was deemed “determined” Chia Obama.)
Chia SpongeBob debuted in 2009, a full-figure model (as opposed to just a head).
Chia Gnome came out in 2012.
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