Archive for category: Obsession of the Day

Pop(corn) Rewind: Frozen Microwave Popcorn?

In the 80s and 90s, and actually to the present day, if you went to my parents’ house and opened the freezer, you’d find it stuffed with packages of microwave popcorn. That sounds weird, doesn’t it? I mean, I just keep my micorwave popcorn in the cupboard, and likely so do you. I can barely remember a time when there...

Obsession of the Day: Smooshees

The 80s and 90s were rife with all sorts of little fad toys. Polly Pocket, Kidgett, Mighty Max– but one stood out from the others in that you could smoosh them. In fact, that was the whole point of them. I’m talking about Fisher Price Smooshees. I used to love these little guys when they came out in the late...

Obsession of the Day: TMNT Pies

In grade school, there was only one thing that would get me out of bed early: the promise of a trip to the gas station before class time.  Every week or so, I was somehow able to convince my parents to drive out of the way to my school so I could stop-off for a non-nutritious snack.  For a few...

Obsession of the Day: Pocket Rockers

It wouldn’t surprise me if history looks back on the 80s and 90s as the “Pocket Era”.  In the 1970s, people were okay with computers taking up the size of a football field.  As soon as the home computer hit the scene, everyone became pocket obsessed!  Hot Pockets, Game Boy Pocket, Polly Pocket, Game Boy Pocket Color, Monster in My...

Obsession of the Day: Autographs

Getting autographs was a big deal, and possibly is still a big deal to some, but not like it was in the 80s and 90s. Nowadays, I don’t mind one way or another if I get some star to sign a book or an album. Autograph books were big—blank books that you’d harass celebs and quasi-celebs into defacing. There were...

Obsession of the Day: Beakman’s World

In the great debate of life, it seems that Bill Nye the Science Guy comes out on top when it comes to science shows. He’s beloved, he’s science-y, and he sticks it to those weird creationist-types. All around, Bill Nye is a stand-up guy. But do you know who’s even awesomer and comes with a dude in a rat costume?...

Obsession of the Day: Bunnicula: The Vampire Rabbit

If you’re looking for some spooky literature for Halloween, but aren’t into Stephen King or any of that freaky stuff, you’re going to want to check out Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe. I was introduced to Bunnicula in fourth grade when we read the book in class. Here’s a picture of the edition we read. I believe it’s the...

Corn Pops: Gotta have my angst.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Corn Pops.  In particular, I keep coming back to the old commercials that featured bratty teenagers who feel that life is totally ruined without the sweet taste of sugary cereal.  The cereal is okay; I have no problem with Corn Pops.  Occasionally, I choose to buy Corn Pops (if Smacks and every knock-off...

Obsession of the Day: Canadian Bootleg Atari Carts

This post spans across many of our categories here—is it an Obsession of the Day? It Came From Canada? Junk Pile? Really, it’s all of those things. We’ll get to this in a minute. I’ve been watching a lot of video game collecting videos on YouTube lately and ran across the user BurningToys. He’s a Canadian video game collector and...

Obsession of the Day: Tan M&Ms

We’re all familiar with M&Ms and it’s very likely that you enjoy eating M&Ms. They’ve been around and going strong since 1941 for a reason, after all. While delicious, M&Ms have made some sketchy marketing decisions. Did you know that M&Ms were slated to be E.T.’s candy of choice? Hershey’s turned it down because they thought E.T. was too ugly....