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Double Dare

Nickelodeon brought green slime to the forefront of television with its 1986 program, Double Dare. A combination of quiz show and obstacle course, the kid’s network made sure to provide plenty of slime, jelly, syrup, and other forms of goo. Host Marc Summers started things off by having the two competing teams, decked out in safety helmets, start with a “physical challenge.” This consisted of pushing apples with their noses in a wheelbarrow race, throwing eggs to their partners who cracked them on their heads, or wrapping their partners in toilet paper. Whoever could finish the stunt first controlled the game. Once the first mess had been made, Summers introduced the teams with names like “Ghastly Goobers” and “Stud Muffins.” […] Continue reading...

Mr. Zip

Mr Zip

He was a tireless public servant, facing indifference and ignorance at every turn. And yet, with the monumental task he was given, he performed like a true hero and made sure that all correspondence was handled in the most efficient manner. He was Mr. Zip, “Zippy” to his friends, and he made the world a better place, five little numbers at a time. Continue reading...

Barney and Friends

Barney and Friends

A reptilian role model for three year olds, target practice for the older kids, the purple prehistoric pal named Barney has made quite an impression around the world, a benevolent behemoth who, above all else, loves you. Come regress into your childhood with us as we remember what all the fuss was about. Continue reading...

Colonel Sanders

Colonel Sanders

When it comes to iconic characters in advertising history, most are fictitious, the product of someone’s vivid imagination. One colorful exception was Colonel Harland Sanders. Wearing his immaculate white suit, skinny tie and sporting his trademark goatee, Colonel Sanders professed the virtues of his plump juicy chicken, fried up with his secret “11 herbs and spices,” to anyone who would listen - and it turned out that millions did. Today, we honor the real man responsible for bringing Kentucky Fried Chicken to the dinner table. Continue reading...

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

On the second of February each year, we rely on some not-so-advanced technology to peer into the future and find out whether six more weeks of winter loom ominously ahead. That’s right, we're reminiscing about Groundhog Day and our forecaster remains a respected rodent named Phil, who resides in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Continue reading...

Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse was just the kind of madcap, wacky kids show that adults could watch and not be bored to death. Pee-wee, aka Paul Reubens, utilized an arsenal of puppets, vintage cartoons, animation and guest stars to bombard tender young mind with as much surreal fun as half an hour could hold. The result is a children's show that remains beloved to this day by most anyone who ever tuned in. Let's take a look back at the wonderful world of Pee-Wee. Continue reading...

Pogo Stick

Pogo Sticks

It sounds like a story right out of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and it probably contains more fiction than fact - but it’s still too good not to repeat for old time’s sake. In Burma, there lived a poor little shoeless girl named Pogo. Her bare feet made it too difficult to make her daily trek, along the muddy roads filled with jagged rocks, so she could pray at the local temple. Her father finally came upon a solution to her dilemma and fashioned a jumping stick so that she could propel herself over these various obstacles and strengthen her soul without sacrificing her soles. A worldly traveler named George Hansburg happened to witness this miraculous jumping stick in action during one of his trips and decided that the rest of the world could also benefit from Pogo’s jumping stick. Continue reading...

Mr. Microphone

Mr. Microphone

Few that watched television in the 70s could ever forget the presence of a man named Ron Popeil, who regularly hawked the products manufactured by his company, Ronco. A master of mail order merchandising in his day, Popiel gave the world such memorable devices as the Pocket Fisherman, the Veg-O-Matic (and plenty of other “O-Matic" gadgets) and the iconic Ginsu knives. But while all of these products were marketed toward adult audiences, there was one particular gizmo that was geared towards kids and teens, a little device known as Mr. Microphone. Continue reading...