When prices dropped to a far more reasonable 0 to 0, suddenly every household had their own VCR.The only question was, did you want a VHS or a Betamax?
(Here’s an example of one in the 1985 movie Sure, it didn’t come loaded with all the special features of today’s phones, but ’80s kids loved them nonetheless.
And if you have a hankering for a Garfield phone of your own, they’ve been washing up on the shores of France for about 30 years now. Everything about the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, when an oil tanker spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into the Arctic waters in Alaska, was horrifying to watch. Fish and Wildlife Service (quoted by an article in Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), the Chicago high schooler who played hooky and had the adventure of a lifetime, was everything that teens wanted to emulate in the 1980s.
(There was only one right answer, but nobody knew that then.) Who doesn’t need a novelty phone that looks exactly like an obese orange cat with an appetite for lasagna?
And if that wasn’t creepy (or kitschy) enough for you, Garfield’s eyes would also open and shut whenever the receiver was picked up or put down.
However, there was a glimmer of hope when people learned that Dawn, the dishwashing detergent, was effective at cleaning the oil off of birds and sea turtles. He was the perfect poster child for kids who wanted to misbehave without doing anything technically illegal.
Sure, maybe it was near impossible to lead a parade singing “Twist and Shout,” but most people could at least find an excuse to skip work or school and see a ball game.
However, those of us who witnessed the ’80s firsthand aren’t just sentimental for that bygone era. Keep reading to discover 50 things that any true child of the ’80s won’t just remember, but probably still thinks about on a regular basis.
All those cultural cliches that people try to emulate? You can take the kid out of the ’80s, but the ’80s will always persevere.
However, that impossibility was what made the Rubik’s Cube so popular. The national obsession with the Rubik’s Cube was so huge that ABC even briefly aired a cartoon with a Rubik’s Cube as the main character titled —“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good”— the “Black Monday” stock market crash devastated Wall Street and much of the global economy. Some parents even got into fisticuffs with each other in the toy stores, battling to get the perfect Cabbage Patch for their child. Nobody knew by whom, but it was all anybody could talk about that summer. There was so much excitement and speculation that when Up until 1980, you could only watch the news at designated times in the morning and evening.
In the largest one-day stock market decline in history, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 22.6 percent in just one session. We’re not being hyperbolic; parents were seriously You’d be in your car listening to a cassette or in your living room listening to a vinyl record on the hi-fi, and all of a sudden the music would just… If you wanted to keep rocking out, you had to stop what you were doing and take out the cassette or pick up the vinyl record and turn it over. More people had wild and far-fetched theories about who shot J. But with the arrival of CNN, news junkies had a way to stay informed around the clock.
As Bueller reminded us in the 1986 film, “Life moves pretty fast.