80s fans, something exciting is happening in my life. My teen is writing a comic series based in the 1980s! It's filled with mythology and culture, and my kid's doing a bunch of 80s research to make it as authentic as possible. Blame it on Back to the Future, Stranger Things and--oh yeah, the parents!--but this kid loves the 80s.
Born in the early 80s, I couldn't remember 1980 itself if I wanted to, but I do remember how different my childhood was from the childhoods of today's youth. In many ways, today's youth have it much better; I don't think leaving your young kids parked in a car for a long time is great for them, especially when it's near the woods or outside a bar and they're terrified about what could happen and wonder where you've gone.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Were you born between 1977 and 1982? If so, you are part of a microgeneration that is now known as the Xennial generation. This generation is part Gen X and part Millennial, part pessimist and part optimist. These people are the last of their kind who spent their childhoods outside without updating their social networks with their life statuses, but they entered into the technological world in their late teens and 20s and are still savvy about it.