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Britpop

The mid-90s was a golden era for British music, with several fine bands all coming good at the same time. There was, though, little camaraderie...

Panini Stickers

During the 1980s, at break times all over Britain every schoolboy would huddle together, heads bowed, studying intently. Not books - natch - but...

Sinclair C5

"Imagine a vehicle that can drive you five miles for a penny. A vehicle that needs no petrol - just a battery. And that...

Outspan (Orange) Mini

The Outspan Orange car was shaped like an orange, had orange skin-textured bodywork, and looked like an orange but was, in fact, a Mini...

Monster Trucks

The Monster Truck craze was inspired in 1974 by Robert Chandler's Bigfoot - a souped up Ford with four-foot-high tires, named after the hairy...

Custom Vans

Whether you were travelling in the Mystery Machine with Scooby Doo and crew, or just pulling bongs in the back of a Dodge Econoline...

Mad Magazine

Mad magazine was published for the first time in 1952, although the magazine's moronic-looking mascot, Alfred E Neuman (pictured), wasn't introduced until 1956. Norman Mingo, the...

Klackers/Clackers/Klick-Klacks

Also known as Clackers, Klick-Klacks, Whackers, Ker-Knockers, Whack'os, Bangers, Poppers, Bonkers, Clack Clacks, K-Nokkers, Mini Poppers, Rockers, Super Clackers, Whak Kos, Quick Klacks, Quick...

Ant Farm

In the mid-1950's, Milton Levine was enjoying Fourth of July festivities in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, when the ant minions that he was...

Walkman

The technology behind the Sony Walkman - a portable personal device for listening to cassettes - might never have developed without Sony Chairman Akio Morita. Seeking...

TV Detector Vans

Since television licenses first appeared in the UK, the TV Detector Man has been a ghoulish spectre who can allegedly track down telly-watchers by...

Space Race, The

In the 1950's and 1960's, the USA and the Soviet Union raced each other to be first into space. The Soviet Union won. On 4...

Sensurround

If you went to see Earthquake (1974) at a cinema, chances are that it was in "Sensurround". The Sensurround system was designed to envelop the audience with special...

Quadraphonic Sound

Most of those responsible for the European development of the Quadraphonic stereo system would probably rather forget that they were involved. To say that it...

Phone Cards

It used to be the case that if you wanted to telephone somebody while walking down the street you would go into a phone...

CB Radio

Citizens Band Radio had been around for years, but few people knew about them. 23 channels of two-way communication, frequented by curious techno-geeks, lost...

Boombox/Ghetto Blaster

A boombox (or Ghetto Blaster) - basically a large but portable cassette player with two or more loudspeakers - was first developed by Philips...

Yuppies

What rich 1980s white collar workers were called in the decade when the western world revelled in unapologetic materialism. Yuppies (an acronym for "Young Urban...

Moonies

The term "Moonies" was a popular name for followers of the Unification Church - a religious sect founded by Korean industrialist Sun Myung Moon...

Groupies

Once upon a time, there were girls (and occasionally guys) who took pride in the mere act of bedding rock stars. Some of them...

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Pelé

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé was Brazil's soccer superstar, and one of the greatest footballers ever. He was fantastic, fabulous and friendly -...

School Milk

There never seemed to be an optimum time of year to drink those small bottles of school milk. In the winter they were always half...

Raggedy Ann/Raggedy Andy

Though Raggedy Ann is a perennial favourite for kids and collectors, this wildly successful and well-loved doll wasn't dreamed up in any toy company's...

Red Ball Jets

Before Air Jordans infected youngsters with the hysteria for footwear, Red Ball Jets were there. These were the only canvas sneaker to put on your...

Bikini

The bikini made its official debut in the summer of 1946, just a few days after the US Military conducted nuclear tests and exploded...