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17 things about the Spice Girls you probably never knew

Sarah grew up in Monterey, CA and now lives in Los Angeles. When she's not writing, you can find her enjoying a good book, fine wine, sunflowers and long walks on the beach.

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Spice Girls

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Spice Girls

It's been 20 years since 'Wannabe' was released! So why not brush up on some Spice Girl trivia?

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Pretty much The Beatles

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Pretty much The Beatles

They are pretty much the female version of The Beatles

While their songs may not be as critically acclaimed, the Spice Girls' 80 million album sales make them the best-selling female group of all time, and judging by their merchandise sales, album sales and endorsements, they are the biggest thing to come out of Britain since Beatlemania, according to the BBC.

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How it all started

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How it all started

Everything started with a trade magazine ad

Remember back in the '90s when you had to look for a job in magazines and newspapers instead of LinkedIn? Yeah, neither do we, but Mel B, Mel C, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton definitely do. The ladies all auditioned for the group after seeing an ad in The Stage magazine that read, "WANTED: R.U. 18–23 with the ability to sing/dance? R.U. streetwise, outgoing, ambitious, and dedicated? Heart Management Ltd. are a widely successful music industry management consortium currently forming a choreographed, singing/dancing, all-female pop act for a recording deal. Open audition," according to thespicegirls.com.

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Geri Halliwell almost didn't make it

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Geri Halliwell almost didn't make it

Halliwell almost missed the boat because she didn't apply her SPF

Ginger Spice saw the ad in The Stage, but missed the audition because she had been skiing and got a nasty sunburn on her face. She called Heart Management several weeks later to follow up and wiggled her way into an audition. The rest, as they say, was history.

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They had fans in high places

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They had fans in high places

They had fans in high places

"These are my heroes," Nelson Mandela announced after meeting the Spice Girls in South Africa in 1997, according to the BBC.

The girls also visited with Prince Charles during the same meeting. "It is the second greatest moment in my life," the Prince said. "The greatest was the first time that I met them."

Incidentally, the first time he met them, Halliwell caught a ton of flak for pinching Prince Charles' butt.

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They're a musical

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They're a musical

They've already been made into a musical

VIVA FOREVER! was a 2012 musical comedy based on the songs of the Spice Girls, written by Jennifer Saunders and brought to life on the stage of London's Piccadilly Theater, according to the play's official website. The show closed in summer 2013.

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They inspired a Jack in the Box commercial

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They inspired a Jack in the Box commercial

They inspired a Jack in the Box commercial

The Spice Girls meets Jack's Spicy Chicken Sandwich. It really is a match made in heaven. The fast food giant cashed in on the Spice Girls craze back in the day and influenced TV viewers with this extremely Spice Girls-esque advertisement.

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Halliwell and Mel B met before Spice Girls

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Halliwell and Mel B met before Spice Girls

Halliwell and Mel B met before the formation of the group

Legend has it that the two met on an audition for the 1995 film Tank Girl, starring Lori Petty.

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Olympic history

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Olympic history

They have their place secured in Olympic history

The Spice Girls became the most tweeted about moment of the 2012 Summer Olympics because of their closing ceremony performance. According to hlntv.com, the group inspired 116,000 tweets per minute while they were on stage.

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'Wannabe' was filmed in one take

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'Wannabe' was filmed in one take

"Wannabe" was filmed in one take

No small feat, considering how much dancing and running is in the iconic video.

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Mel C's eating disorder

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Mel C's eating disorder

During an interview with BBC Good Food, Mel C revealed she developed an eating disorder while part of the Spice Girls.

"I was in the spotlight, being photographed constantly, and I started to become self-conscious of my body image," she said. "I was in denial for a long time, but I always wanted to get better. I had talking therapies and holistic therapies, like acupuncture. Sport became really important to me too."

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Zig-a-zig what?

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Zig-a-zig what?

Zig-a-zig was all Mel B's doing — and how they refused to shoot a second video for "Wannabe"

Geri Halliwell explained just how 'zig-a-zig' came about in an interview with Marie Claire: "It didn't take any longer than a day to write ‘Wannabe.' Mel B came up with the 'zig-a-zig-ahh' line… The record execs were probably a bit horrified when they saw the video. They even wanted us to shoot a separate video for the American market, but we refused. This was our video, and this was what we wanted.”

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They fired two managers

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They fired two managers

They fired two managers

The Spice Girls ditched Heart Management in 1995 after allegedly stealing some of their work out of the management office. Shortly after, they signed with Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment, with whom they broke things off in 1997 with plans to run things on their own. Many fans and critics speculate that the firing of Fuller was what led to the ultimate demise of the group.

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Geri thought she was bossy

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Geri thought she was bossy

Living together in the beginning was tricky

According to Geri Halliwell, when they all started living together, it wasn't all peachy: "Five girls living together in a small three-bedroom house in Maidenhead, just outside London, was lots of fun, albeit at times tricky. I was the oldest at 22 and had already experienced living away from home, so the other girls probably found me to be quite bossy.”

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The meaning behind 'Girl Power'

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The meaning behind 'Girl Power'

"Girl power" meant so much to Geri Halliwell

In an interview with Marie Claire, Halliwell explained what "girl power" meant to her, saying: "Girl power, for me, was a voice for the voiceless, screamed from a megaphone and kicked out hard: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE."

This was originally published on Dec. 30, 2015. It was updated on July 12, 2016.

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They still hang out

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They still hang out

They are still friends

Through all the highs and lows of fame, the girls are still tight  as evidenced by this cute image Mel B recently shared on Instagram.

This was originally published on Dec. 30, 2015. It was updated on Aug. 29, 2016.

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Mel C was bullied

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Mel C was bullied

Mel C was bullied

In an interview with Attitude, Melanie Chisholm (better known as Mel C) revealed she was bullied by members of the Spice Girls. "Yes. I'm not going to name names. But yes. It's been addressed, they were aware of what they'd done. They apologised."

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