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Power Wheels

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Power Wheels were at the top of pretty much every kid’s Christmas list from 1988-1994. Unfortunately the price tag on Power Wheels made for a lot of tearful Christmases.

I was pretty spoiled and my parents didn’t even get me a Power Wheels. I think they must have known how bored I would have gotten of the thing.

But Power Wheels seems like they had pretty good timing. By 1986, hippie fascination with electric cars had been completely replaced by cocaine and Camaros. So there was probably a lot of electric car hardware just lying around, and kids didn’t care if the thing only worked for 15 minutes before needing a recharge.

Pow Pow Power Wheels!

Watch a Power Wheels commercial

Watch another Power Wheels commercial


Friday, April 30th, 2010

Remember Furbies? Riding on the tail of Beanie Babies, Furbies peaked in popularity sometime around 1998, then were never to be seen again. It had something to do with them being stupid.

Furbies were little furry robots that would talk to you, or rather would speak a language called “furbish” which was a bunch of cutesy grunts and baby-talk.

Funny story: some people believed that Furbies had the ability to learn (not unlike The Terminator). Although these rumors were completely untrue, several intelligence agencies banned Furbies from their offices for security reasons.

Watch a Furby commercial

Watch two Furbies talk to each other (a “confurbsation”)