Category:
1990s

Drunken Walking

drunken walking is beginning to get the attention it merits. The problem appears so intractable that federal Department of Transportation officials have allocated $370,000 this year to study how and why this type of accident occurs.

Actually, although it sounds odd to study the problem of drunken walking, I wouldn't want to trivialize the problem. There was a case just recently here in San Diego of a young college student who decided the quickest way home from the bar was to walk across I-8. She didn't make it.

Tallahassee Democrat - Jan 1, 1994

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 13, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Weird Studies and Guides, 1990s

The girl who inhaled a Christmas tree

Fort Myers News-Press - Dec 17, 1995


Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 09, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Holidays, 1990s

Miller Clear Beer

One of the most notorious marketing failures in the beer industry: Miller's decision to create a beer that not only tasted like water, but looked like it as well. It was an outgrowth of the "clear craze" of the 1980s and 90s (making transparent products because, as wikipedia notes, "clarity was equated with purity and freedom from artificial dyes").





Staunton News Leader - June 27, 1993

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 29, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Products, 1990s

Fan Man

Arguably the most bizarre moment in boxing history: Nov 6, 1993. When a guy (James Miller, aka 'Fan Man') wearing a motorized paraglider crashed into the side of the ring during a match between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield.

The Las Vegas Review Journal looks back on it 25 years later.





The event was so famous that it was memorialized on an episode of The Simpsons:



Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 15, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Sports, 1990s

Unauthorized Dwellings 6




Source of article.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 05, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Unauthorized Dwellings, 1990s

Miracle Boost Jeans

Debuted in 1995. Promoted as the Wonderbra for your butt.



Sydney Morning Herald - Oct 6, 1995

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 08, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Denim, 1990s

Hunting Groceries

For one week in 1992, German artist Christian Jankowski "hunted" his groceries in the supermarket with a bow and arrow. From his website:

Jankowski shot down frozen chickens, butter, toilet paper, and various other "essentials." His game, if edible, was not just dead, it was processed on a mass scale. Thus the reaction of the woman working the checkout counter: she remained wholly unimpressed by the trophies of his "bargain hunt," which she scanned with the arrows still sticking out of them.

Imagine trying to go into a supermarket with a bow and arrow nowadays to hunt your groceries.



Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 31, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Food, Shopping, Performance Art, 1990s

Barfo Family Candy

The classic, vomiting-head candy released by Topps in 1990.

Drew Friedman tells the story of its creation here.

Spin - July 1991





Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 18, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Candy, 1990s

Donut Cologne

Invented in 1996 by three California firefighters turned entrepreneurs. Their explanation of how they got the idea:
"We were coming out of a fire one night and we walked past this policeman who smelled like donuts. We were like, 'Wow, we love that smell.' And we started laughing that cops hang out in donut shops so much, they actually are starting to smell like donuts."

More info: LA Times - May 3, 1996



San Bernardino County Sun - Aug 7, 1996



Los Angeles Times - May 3, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: 1990s, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

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