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80s Excess

The claim that millennials ruin everything is so irritating not only because anyone young is often considered a millennial (some of us are in our mid-30s, thanks, and the yongest of us are 22), but because we 80s kids are being blamed for industries tanking when it's really not our fault. (That's not to say nothing is our fault; plenty of other things are!) The 80s showed us a time of excess, where people bought, bought, bought and wasted, wasted, wasted despite Captain Planet's warnings.

Best Nostalgic Photos From the 1980s

When it comes to photos of the 1980s, many of us cringe over the outrageous hairstyles, fashions and colors. There's really nothing to be ashamed of if you styled it high with Aquanet or wore a jacket so bright it glowed (like I did); it was considered fashionable at the time. In the 2020s we'll look back at this time and cringe over some choices made as well. I'm already questioning the "on fleek" thing.

How Well Do You Know the 80s?

Whether you're from the 80s or just really interested in 80s culture, you may consider yourself pretty well-versed on all things 80s. Maybe you were mad for Madonna and Michael Jackson, rocking the fingerless gloves. Maybe you had leg warmers to die for. Whatever memories from the 1980s that you carry, you can put them to use in these fun 80s trivia games to test your knowledge!

80s Moms vs. Today's Halloween Moms

A funny video regarding moms in the 1980s versus moms today in regards to Halloween has been circulating the Internet. While some moms are saying that it's spookily accurate, others say that they think it's the opposite. The video, for example, argues that today's moms begin planning Halloween in August, crafting elaborate costumes when 1980s moms threw a sheet over their kids' heads for a quick last minute costume. The thing is, I know moms who do both now, and I knew moms who did both back in the 1980s.

Take Me Home Tonight

This is not an argument against Eddie Money's amazing song, "Take Me Home Tonight." It's one of the catchiest songs ever written and we all love to sing it. That said, the lyrics themselves are so cringe-worthy that I do wonder if they would have held up as well had they been presented today. It's not like today's songs are all without their ridiculous lyrics, but just look at these gems.

Ready Player One

From its rich 80s nostalgia to its dystopian setting to the fact that Wil Wheaton narrated the audiobook (sigh... my first crush), Ready Player One tempts me to read it. I've heard mixed reviews, from "It's the perfect geekdom escape!" to "It's a total white male fantasy," and I definitely still want to read it to see for myself, but now the movie itself is out and coaxing viewers in with its Easter eggs and nods to all of the things we love.

80s Fashion for Saint Laurent

While plenty of 80s fashions have made a comeback in life, you can also sometimes spot them on the runway. Anthony Vaccarello portrayed a collection for Saint Laurent in Paris this week featuring shoulder pads, fur coats, leather shorts and other staples from the 80s with a twist: foregoing the typical colorful fashion of the time, these outfits were almost all black. 

The Decade You Were Born

Did you know that there is a series of DVDs called The Decade You Were Born? Each one features a different decade, giving you a quick overview of everything that happened during your infancy and formative years while you were too busy learning to walk and use the toilet to watch the news. It's the perfect thing to watch if you don't remember the 80s at all yet you're proud to say, "I'm an 80s kid!"

You Know You're An 80s Kid When...

As a child of the 80s, I can often spot others of my kind. If you hum "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" a little differently, pump your fist in the air after someone you ask out says yes or if you randomly shout, "Goonies never say die!" or "Be confident, Atreyu!" you might be in this club. Those are just the pop cultural references, of course; big hair and bright, bold colors are also a hallmark of the 1980s.

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