Archive for category: 70s

Our Favorite and Weirdest Instances of Vampires in Popular Culture

Vampires are weird, let’s face it. Here are our picks for the best in pop culture history! Vampira You gotta start at the source of awesome pop culture vampires: Maila Nurmi’s “Vampira” character. Everyone knows Elvira of Movie Macabre fame, but not everyone realizes Elvira is essentially the Part II of Vampira – the original vampiress TV show host. Vampira’s...

Top Picks from the 2017 Button Draft

A couple weeks ago, I got to hang out with Rich and Josh from the Why Are You Listening to This? Podcast as they made their way through Ontario and Montreal visiting pals. Rich, Linz, and Josh. Canadians for scale. In our adventures, we of course stopped by a thrift store where we spotted four vases full of retro buttons...

Pop Shoppe Memories

Growing up in Ontario, weekends in the 80s were highlighted by a trip to the Pop Shoppe– a store full of pop (or soda) in stubby glass bottles, aisle upon aisle of flavors. You couldn’t dream of a place like this nowadays, which is likely why the Pop Shoppe wasn’t around much in the 90s and early 2000s. NHL player...

Remembering L’Eggs Pantyhose

As a child, I was always fascinated by the big displays of L’eggs pantyhose, or as I thought: Easter eggs filled with nylons! If you grew up in the 80s and early 90s, you knew that a plastic egg shaped container held untold riches. From quarter machines to those weird chicken coop vending things, cheap prizes were doled out in...

That Time My Mom Stuffed Silly Putty in My Ears

Due to having frequent ear infections as a kid, I had to be careful to not get any water in my ears. This is something I still carry with me today. I never dunk my head underwater in a pool and always cover my ears when I wash my hair. I don’t ever remember using conventional ear plugs in the...

For When You Have the Urge to Herbal: Herbal Essences

Am I writing a post about shampoo? I’ve written about more mundane things, but this isn’t any shampoo, I’ll have you know. This is Herbal Essences we’re talking about here. I remember being perplexed and oddly curious about the Herbal Essences commercials when I first saw them in the 90s. I was only vaguely familiar with the brand at that...

Is Slush Puppie the Original Nyan Cat?

Slurpee, Icee, Slush Puppies. Everyone has their favorite frozen drink. I like ’em all, but Slush Puppie has a special place in my heart. Slurpees, Icees, and other frozen drinks with the flavor already mixed in seem to give you more bang for your buck. But if you can convince the teenager at the rollerskate rink to add an extra...

Pop Rewind Year in Review: 2015

We did it! We’re almost 16 years out of Y2K, and we’ve survived. It isn’t all bad in the apocalypse. Sure, our Beanie Babies have lost all value, but at least we didn’t get Kirk Cameron-ed up into the sky. It’s weird thinking about what we’ve accomplished in the past year. When we reflect, it doesn’t seem like we’ve done...

Star Wars and Me

Now, before you angrily nerd out at me for not obsessing over your favorite movies, you should understand that this is a sad tale – one that dates back a long, long time ago to the mid-1980s… I don’t know where it came from, it had always just been there – an interactive Star Wars kids book hosted by C-3PO. ...

Star Wars Food Reviewed by Someone Who Doesn’t Give a Shit About Star Wars

Whoa there buddy. Before you start leaving angry comments, hear me out: I don’t hate Star Wars. I’m simply indifferent to it. I’m bad at movies. Like, really, really bad (remember when I only saw 1971’s Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory for the first time in February?) My attention span is kind of the worst. I’ve seen most of...