Here’s a quiz dealing with certain fad items from the 1980s. Enjoy.
#1. The first item we removed from the time capsule was a very influential album picturing the artist reclined in a white suit and featuring the songs "P.Y.T." and "Billie Jean."
This album from 1982 also contained the great MJ songs “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.” Michael passed away on 25 June 2009 just before starting what would have been his “Comeback” tour.
#2. Another fad item removed from the time capsule was the bane of many peoples' existence during the 1980s. It was a puzzle requiring the user to match the colors of 54 separate pieces into all six sides of a cube.
The Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. Originally called the Magic Cube, the puzzle was licensed by Rubik to be sold by Ideal Toy Corp. in 1980 via businessman Tibor Laczi and Seven Towns founder Tom Kremer. Rubik’s Cube won the 1980 German Game of the Year special award for Best Puzzle. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide, making it the world’s bestselling puzzle game and bestselling toy.
#3. This late 1980s and early 1990s fad item from the time capsule was eventually taken off the market because the metal edges of this colorful, yet violent jewelry, proved to be sharp enough to draw blood.
A slap bracelet (or snap bracelet) was a bracelet invented by Wisconsin teacher Stuart Anders in early 1990, sold originally under the brand name of “Slap Wrap”. Consisting of layered, flexible stainless steel bistable spring bands sealed within a fabric, silicone, or plastic cover. It can have many different colours and/or designs. Original Slap Wraps had been 23 cm (9 inches) in length, 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide, and made of steel that was 0.15 mm (0.006 inch) thick; although, cheap knock off versions had used thinner steel, which was more likely to break and/or cut the wearer, the dangers of which first came to light in 1990, soon after they were released
#4. The 1980s saw the birth of the music video. To represent that, I placed a cassette tape of the song first played on MTV in 1981.
On August 1, 1981 — 35 years ago today — a channel launched that was to change music history. Music Television, or MTV, kicked off for the first time at 12:01 a.m., Eastern Time, with the now legendary words: “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.”
Then the opening chords accompanied Trevor Horn of The Buggles singing the first line of “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
It turned out to be prophetic choice for the channel’s first music video. By October 1981, record sales of the artists played on MTV but not radio stations were starting to boom. Radio stores were reporting overall sales rising up to 20 percent, while bands such as Adam and the Ants, Men at Work, Judas Priest and Bow Wow Wow started to enjoy popularity in America.
#5. This fad we pulled out of the time capsule features stuffed animals, a TV series, and three movies originally based on greeting card characters. Some of the heroes of the series had names like Tenderheart, Grumpy, Cheer, Birthday, and Bedtime.
Care Bears are multi-colored bears, originally painted in 1981 by artist Elena Kucharik to be used on greeting cards from American Greetings. In 1983, the characters were turned into plush teddy bears.
The characters headlined their own television series called Care Bears from 1985 to 1988. They also made three feature films: The Care Bears Movie (1985), Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986), and The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987).
Each Care Bear is a different color and has a special “belly badge” that represents its personality.
#6. This entertainment console series, developed in the 1970s, was the staple for kids in the early 1980s ... at least until Nintendo released its first major console.
Some great game titles for the Atari were “Space Invaders” and “Asteroids.”
#7. Next out of the 1980s time capsule was a packet of these collector cards, designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids. Their disgusting characters features the likes of "Adam Bomb" and "Dead Ted."
Garbage Pail Kids is a series of sticker trading cards produced by the Topps Company, originally released in 1985 and designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, which were popular at the time.
Each sticker card features a Garbage Pail Kid character having some comical abnormality, deformity, and/or suffering a terrible painful fate/death with a humorous word play character name such as Adam Bomb or Blasted Billy. Two versions of each card were produced, with variations featuring the same artwork but a different character name, denoted by an “a” or “b” letter after the card number. The sticker fronts are die-cut so that just the character with its nameplate and the GPK logo can be peeled from the backing. Many of the card backs feature puzzle pieces that form giant murals, while other flip-side subjects vary greatly among the various series, from humorous licenses and awards to comic strips and, in more recent releases, humorous Facebook profiles.
#8. The next set of items we removed from the time capsule was a set of Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses wrapped in military dog tags ... an obvious tribute to which 1986 Tony Scott movie?
The Ray Bans and dog tags were symbolic of the volleyball scene where Maverick and Goose took on Iceman and Slider.
#9. This 1980s fad item was a hollowed out Mexican clay pot, shaped like an animal and covered with a paste-like spread containing seeds of Salvia hispanica. The original design was shaped like a ram.
Chia Pets are American styled terracotta figurines used to sprout chia, where the chia sprouts grow within a couple of weeks to resemble the animal’s fur or hair. Moistened chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are applied to a grooved terracotta figurine.
The Chia Pet is marketed by Joe Pedott and produced by San Francisco, California-based company Joseph Enterprises, Inc. He originally developed the idea for Chia Pets after visiting Mexico and seeing Oaxacan artisans using sprouted chia seeds in their artwork. The first Chia Pet was created on September 8, 1977. A trademark registration was filed on Monday, October 17, 1977. Pedott first learned about “something called the Chia Pet” being imported from Mexico when he attended a housewares show in Chicago in 1977. Negotiating the rights, Pedott began marketing Chia Pets in the US. They achieved popularity in the 1980s following the 1982 release of a ram, the first widely distributed Chia Pet.
#10. This colorful watch brand with plastic straps started in Switzerland in 1982-1983. American kids would sometime wear multiple watches at the same time.
Swatch (stylized as swatch) is a Swiss watchmaker founded in 1983 by Ernst Thomke, Elmar Mock, and Jacques Müller. It is a subsidiary of The Swatch Group. The Swatch product line was developed as a response to the “quartz crisis” of the 1970s and 1980s, in which inexpensive Japanese-made digital watches were competing against traditional European-made mechanical watches.
The name Swatch is a contraction of “second watch”, as the watches were intended as casual, disposable accessories