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1980's

Bob’s Lucky Potatoes

When Bob Golub arrived in New York in 1984, he began selling "lucky potatoes." He would write his name on them with a felt-tipped pen and also sprinkle them with lucky water from his grandmother's well. The price was whatever a customer wished to pay. Golub said they were popular with stockbrokers. He told the New York Times, "There are guys making $500,000 a year walking around here with lucky potatoes in their suits."



Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Oct 28, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Superstition, 1980's

Bon Jour Action Jeans







Once in the fabled past, mighty action jeans stalked the planet's butts.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 06, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1980's, Butt

The National Scream


The National Scream by Robert Awad & by David Verrall, National Film Board of Canada



The Canadian National Beaver is missing!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 12, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Government, Humor, 1980's, North America

Captain Power



Of course, it was all a hook to sell toys, as the promo above might hint at.



But if you still doubt, check out a larger segment below.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 06, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Television, Toys, Advertising, Products, Science Fiction, 1980's

Million-to-one mix-up

Occasionally I find myself trying to get into the wrong car in parking lots, because I don't bother to look that closely at the car. If it's the same color and shape as mine, and parked in the same general location, I assume it's mine. But that's not always true. I realize my mistake when the key doesn't fit.

Back in 1985, a case like this occurred. A couple tried to get into a car in a shopping mall parking lot that was the same make, model, and color as their own. But it turned out that the cars had identical keys as well. So they got into the car and drove away. They only realized the mix-up when they noticed that the stuff inside the car wasn't theirs. When they drove back to recover their own car, they found out that the owner of the other car also had the same last name as them. And finally, this all happened on April Fool's Day, but I'm trusting that it happened as reported, since the news report appeared after April 1st. [Bangor Daily News - Apr 3, 1985]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jun 12, 2013 | Comments (16)
Category: 1980's, Goofs and Screw-ups, Cars

The Central Park Wildman

Steve Brill, the "Wildman" of Central Park, aka "The Man Who Ate Manhattan," is an expert on edible wild plants. He began leading foraging tours of Central Park in the early 1980s, teaching people what plants growing wild in the park they could and couldn't eat.


Of course, the park police weren't going to stand for this. In 1986, two undercover rangers tagged along on his tour and arrested him at the end of it. The official charge was misdemeanor criminal mischief. He became famous as the only person ever arrested for eating a dandelion.

The charges were soon dropped, and the park then hired him to lead the same tour.

Steve is still going strong. He's got a website, an app, and he's still conducting his tour. It gets 5 stars on yelp.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jun 01, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Food, 1980's

(Queen of the) Amazons



Here's a twist. Usually, I present the trailer first, then the full film it represents. But I can't find the full film for Roger Corman's Amazons trailer (1986) above. And I can't find the trailer for the feature length Queen of the Amazons (1947) below. So you get the trailer for one, and then the full other feature. But they are both so bad, you probably wouldn't have noticed if I didn't mention it, despite a 40-year gap and one being in color and one in B&W!!

Enjoy both!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 03, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Movies, Fantasy, 1940's, 1980's, Women

Confidencias de un Senderista

Governments sometimes produce comic books for propaganda or educational purposes. "Confidencias de un Senderista" is an example of this genre. (According to Google Translate, that means "Confessions of a Hiker"). It was a 37-page comic book produced by the Peruvian government in 1989 and handed out in shantytowns around Lima in order to inform people about the violent tactics of the Shining Path. Reportedly the comic book met with "mixed reactions."

If you read Spanish, you can check out the entire comic book over at scribd.com.





Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 02, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Government, Comics, 1980's

Twinkling Stars



A strange tale behind this song:

Nine Circles never entered a recording studio and performed only once, at a Dutch radio station in 1982. Unbeknownst to them the engineer recorded the session and over the years it was bootlegged over and over becoming a Flexipop cult track. [The singer] never found out about this until I rang her up [in 2011].


Read the whole story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 28, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Music, 1980's

The Internet:  1985



Connect computers over the phone lines?!? Never gonna happen!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 24, 2013 | Comments (20)
Category: Computers, Internet, 1980's
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