Pepsi “Sex” Cans

Does it really spell SEX?

The “Pepsi Cool Cans” from 1990 refer to a promotional campaign by PepsiCo, the company behind the popular soft drink brand, Pepsi. The campaign involved a unique packaging design for Pepsi cans that aimed to capture the spirit of the 1990s youth culture and appeal to consumers in a novel way. The Cool Cans campaign utilized vibrant colors, distinctive patterns, and pop culture references to create a sense of excitement and trendiness.

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The Clapper

The Clapper became a cultural phenomenon, featuring in television shows, movies, and commercials. It was often referenced in humorous contexts, contributing to its iconic status as a retro gadget.

The Vintage 1984 Original “The Clapper” Appliance Control is a device that gained popularity as a simple and convenient way to control various appliances using sound activation. The device was marketed under the slogan “Clap on, clap off” and was designed to make it easier for users to turn their appliances on and off with a simple clap of their hands. “The Clapper” was invented by American sound-activated switch inventor Joseph Pedott and sold since 1984 by San Francisco, California-based Joseph Enterprises, Inc.

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Charles M. Schulz

“Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate.”

-Charles M. Schulz

Charles Monroe Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 26, 1922, and grew up in Saint Paul. He was a cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists in history. He has been cited by many cartoonists as a major influence, including Jim Davis, Murray Ball, Bill Watterson, Matt Groening, and Dav Pilkey.

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Careful on the playground

A child is said to “catch” cooties through close contact with an “infected” person or from an opposite-sex child of a similar age. Of all the germs kids are exposed to on the playground, there’s one they freak out about more than any other: cooties.

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POP! Vinyl

The figures have large squarish heads, disproportionately small bodies, and large, circular black eyes.

The Funko company began in 1998 when toy collector Mike Becker embraced his passion and founded a small company producing a nostalgia-themed bobblehead line called Wacky Wobblers. The company’s first manufactured bobblehead was of the well-known restaurant advertising icon, the Big Boy mascot.

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Nik-L-Nip Mini Drinks

Bite’em, Drink’em, Chew’em

I just learned the name of these wax candy treats as I was researching for this post. Vinny Cavallo created Nik-L-Nip in the early part of the 20th century. They are food-grade paraffin[1] wax soda bottles (Coke bottles) filled with a flavored liquid.

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Waffle House

Scattered, Covered and Smothered

Down south, where I live, there is a Waffle House restaurant just about everywhere you go. It is the 24 hour a day place for breakfast or that late-night meal on your way home. My friend Tim’s Dad went there every morning for about 20 years for coffee and to meet up with his friends.

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Why are ‘Paper Clips’ called ‘Gem Clips’?

A flat wire or plastic clip shaped so that it can hold sheets of paper between two of its loops.

A paper clip is a flat, or nearly flat, piece of metal that slides over an edge of a set of papers and holds the papers together without being bent or pinched by the user and without piercing the papers. The largest majority of paper clips are made by bending single pieces of resilient spring steel wire.

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Traveling Carnivals

Flashing lights, people laughing and screaming, music playing, the carnival is in town

In Alpharetta, Georgia, during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, we had a traveling carnival set up in an empty lot a couple of times a year. These would have a convoy of trucks and trailers that would, within a few days, erect a bevy of rides, concessions, and games.

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Stereo Cassette Adapter for 8-Track Players

The cassette adapter allows another source of music to be played through sound systems with a tape player

My friend Tim came across this nice condition cassette adapter (Kraco model KCA-7) he had purchased in the late ’70s for his dad’s 8-track player. You simply place your cassette in the tray and push it into your 8-track slot.

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