Why January 28, 1986 Matters Today

On the morning of January 28, 1986, millions of people across the U.S., including hoards of schoolchildren, fixed their attention on CNN (a newfangled, round-the-clock cable TV news channel) in eager anticipation of the Space Shuttle Challenger launch. Though the Challengerhad already completed nine successful…

How the Birth of a Video Game Nation Happened in the Glorious 1980s

For the most part, I remember childhood birthday parties being held at someone's house, a fast-food restaurant or, if I was really lucky, a bowling alley. But there was one magical birthday party that this child of the '80s will never forget: it was at Mr. Arcade. Not only did I get to hang out with my friends and eat…

A Yuppie and a Valley Girl Walk into a Mall in 2013

On Sunday night, the National Geographic Channel kicks off three nights of '80s mania with the first episode of The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us. In honor of this incredibly rad development, '80s authority Robb Skidmore cooked up some fan fiction starring two charmingly insufferable relics from the Me Decade, the

Warwick Davis answers the Willow question that's been bothering us for 25 years

If you're a die-hard Willow fan (like myself) you know there's a huge continuity error in Ron Howard's fantasy epic — in the form of a missing magical acorn. Willow is given a total of three magical acorns before he starts on his "fellowship of the baby" quest. But he never uses the third, and he pretends like they're…

Freddie Mercury Once Disguised Princess Diana as a Dude and Snuck Her Into a Gay Bar for the 80iest Night on Record

The latest (and possibly greatest) rumor to be circulated about the adventures of Princess Diana sounds like a scene from a Brian De Palma movie: on a sultry night in the culturally decadent late 80s, Freddie Mercury disguises Diana as a man and escorts her into a gay bar in south London for night that will one day…

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A History Of Nissan Z Commercials As Ranked On A Scale Of John Oates Mustaches

In the great pantheon of automotive TV commercials, one ad stands above all the others. It harkens back to a time when men were real men and women rode around in their luxuriously-appointed Japanese sportscars. It is visually stunning and features an incredible soundtrack. It is ridiculous beyond all comprehension and…