At That 80s Blog, we love the 80s and often get nostalgic about everything from My Little Pony to Dungeons and Dragons, but that doesn't mean that we loved everything about that time period. The rise of consumerism, the politics and yes, much of the hair was cringe-worthy, and we're not nostalgic for much of that! In fact, many of the politics of the 80s led to the problems we have today.
Over the weekend, my family and I attended a mini con of sorts with a Stranger Things theme. My husband was Hopper, my teen was Steve Harrington and I was dead Barb, complete with a piece of rubber tackle attached with liquid latext to serve as a slug! It was fun, aside from the crowds, and all of the cool 80s decorations, food and themes had me craving an 80s theme party. A dance troupe who interpreted the show with three numbers, including "Material Girl," really got a lot of us in the 80s mood.
A lot of people are shamed for their body size and weight in a nation where more than a third the citizens are obese, but did you know that it's actually more difficult to be thin today than it was back in the 1980s? Researchers have discovered that even if you follow the same diet and exercise regime as a healthy person in the 80s, you'll still be 10% heavier today!
Spirit Halloween stories are popping up like mushrooms after a storm and I, for one, am here for it. It's my favorite time of year and I love to see the new props, gadgets, decor and of course, costumes. This year there are some really retro Stranger Things costumes that will take your 80s game up to a whole new level, especially if you don't have anything in your house from the first time the 80s were a hit!
Have you heard that perms are making a big comeback? Even salons that have never had perms on the menu before have been asked to do them, and the reason why is simple: it's not as harsh on your hair as it used to be. Curls might have been all the rage in the 80s but today the beach blowout has wavy and curly hair back in style. It's just a much more natural-looking style with fewer chemicals that do hair damange.
Oh, Internet. Sometimes you are so weird yet perfect we can't help but hug you. Take, for example, the people pairing different flavors of Pop-Tarts with one of our favorite 80s (and current) movie actors, Jeff Goldblum. Don't get too excited; nobody is making Jeff Goldblum faces on Pop-Tarts, or even naming them after the star. They're just choosing current flavors to match his looks. It's still hilarious and you have to see it!
As an 80s kid who raised my own kid on The Goonies, Back to the Future and Care Bears, I have to say that the revival of 80s culture and trends doesn't bother me in the slightest. Yesterday I spotted an elderly woman wearing a bright jacket with patterns much like the one I wore in the late 80s/early 90s (to be fair, I'm a Millennial who was born in the early 80s, so I wasn't a teenager until the 90s) and I had to compliment her. It was pretty cool!
Remember back when we all saved our Beanie Babies, believing that they would someday make us rich out of our minds? If only. There are a few toys from the 1980s that are worth quite a bit of money, but they may not be exactly what you expected.
Did you know that it's been confirmed that playing Tetris is an excellent form of stress relief? I'm not surprised at all. Tetris was my all-time favorite game as a kid. I even loved it more than Super Mario Brothers 3, which was such a cool game I still play it to this day. Experts say that it really helps you focus on the moment rather than worrying about the past or future.
Even if you're not a fan of Gilette's history, from its involvemet with NFL players known for their violence to their gendered razors (what even are those?), the company's new ad about toxic masculinity hits a nerve, highlighting outdated masculine tropes, some from the 1980s, that today's world has definitely outgrown and is ready to move away from.