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Hands Across America (1986)

On Sunday 25 May 1986, Americans were asked to simultaneously hold hands across a 4,137-mile route stretching from California's Santa Monica Pier to New...

Crazy Foam

     

Smash Hits

Smash Hits was a pop music magazine aimed at teenagers and young adults, featuring lyrics, photographs, interviews and news related to music acts in...

Tiger Beat

                         

Star Club (Hamburg)

The club closed on 15 November 1969 due to rising costs.    

Heroin Chic

Heroin Chic was a look popularised in mid-1990s fashion and characterised by pale skin, dark circles underneath the eyes and angular bone structure. The...

New Musical Express (NME)

  From humble beginnings in 1952, the New Musical Express became an essential weekly purchase for generations of music fans, populated by characters as notorious...

Silly String

No one knew what it was made of - in fact, people still don't know what it's made of! Certain cities have banned it,...

Rubik’s Cube

Professor Erno Rubik was once an Architecture Professor at the Budapest School of Commercial Art in Hungary. Now, however, he is far better known...

X-Ray Spex (Specs)

Advertised in American comics, X-Ray Spex appeared to be a technological marvel. Despite only costing a few dollars they enabled you to see the bones...

Tamagotchis

Already hugely popular in Japan, Bandai's Tamagotchis - or "virtual pets" - were all the rage in the US in 1997. Retailing for between $9.99...

Skateboards

Back in the days before protective padding and fibreglass helmets were ever dreamt of, the first skateboarding craze took off. Grazed knees, concussion and splintered...

Yo-Yo

A playground favourite for millions of school children the world over, the Yo-Yo is actually, according to some historians, one of the oldest toys...

Cool Britannia

Cool Britannia (a play on the title of the popular British patriotic song Rule, Britannia) was a period of increased pride in the culture of...

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Cascade

Battery-powered thing from Matchbox which launched ball-bearings onto 3 bouncy drums in succession and then onto a scoring receptacle at the other end. The ball would then...

Flares

Move over bellbottoms, here comes something that looks . . . the same? Many people consider the slow spread of the pant leg to...

Michael Jackson Style

In the early 1980s, a single sequined glove accompanied a fedora, and white socks beamed from underneath the ankle-freezing pants of the moonwalking superstar. Michael's...

Colorform Aliens

In 1968, the Colorform company made a bold attempt at cracking the action figure market with a set of seven bendable rubber "Outer Space...