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The Great Book of 1980's Trivia by Bill O'Neill

The Great Book of 1980's Like myself, you may believe that you know everything about the 80s. But how much do you really know? Well, let me introduce you to a fantastic book that will teach you and test your knowledge of the great decade.  The Great Book of 1980's Trivia: Crazy Random Facts & 80's Trivia (Volume 1) by Bill O'Neill is available as a paperback, audio book and Kindle edition, and the printed edition features 198 pages, and the Kindle version has 185 pages. There are 10 chapters (one for each year) and each one starts by covering the major events of that year. Before we get to the main chapters, there is an introduction, followed by The Reagan Presidency Defines the Eighties, Reagonomics and American Greed, Economic Disparity and Homelessness, Drugs and Aids, The environment, Social Issues, and Culture, and World Politics.  From the offset, it's clear that this book isn't going to only deal with the fun side of the 1980s by covering pop music, t

Official Ghostbusters Unisex Ugly Christmas Sweater

Yes, it's that time of year again (I swear it comes around quicker the older you get!) and it's time to dig out your ugly Christmas jumper again! Well, instead of wearing the same old sweater, why not treat yourself or a loved one/friend to something new. If you would like something quirky and retro, then I have the perfect thing for you! This officially licensed, knitted Ghostbusters themed ugly Christmas jumper is a unisex fit, and ideal for adding a touch of 80s to your wardrobe for the festive period. If you want to wearing something to turn heads this year (maybe at a Christmas party), then this design will certainly gain some attention.  This very cool retro jumper is available in a full range of sizes from X-small to 4 X-Large for both men and women. The knitted graphics include the 1984 No Ghost logo as a Christmas wreath (which is very clever), plus the evil characters from the movie including the Stay Puft marshmallow man with a city landscape, slimer ghosts, and even

Best Atari Logo Hoodies for Men

White Atari Hoodie for Men Atari were one of the biggest and best-known video game and computer/console manufacturers in the 1980s. You can pay homage to the golden age of video gaming with my pick of the best Atari Fuji logo themed hoodies for men.   2022 is the year that Atari celebrates it's 50th birthday, and so my first choice is this celebration hoodie which features the classic Atari joystick and '72 text to mark the year they were born. This official item comes in blue and black for sizes up to XXL for men.   Firstly, we have this official hoodie featuring a red Atari fuji logo and name which is available directly from the Atari store on Amazon. It comes in three colours; black, grey and white. My personal favourite is the grey one, which has a sporty gym look. It can be bought in sizes from small to XXL   My next choice is very similar and officially licensed, but this pullover hoodie features the text "Atari Games" in white with the logo. The colour choi

Pac-Man Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Official Pac-Man Ugly Christmas Sweater It's almost time to dig out your ugly Christmas sweater again, but if you feel like buying something a little different this year, then you may like these Pac-Man themed jumpers which are just perfect for anyone who grew-up in the 1980s and played the video game in the arcades or on their home console or computer such as the ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64. The first knitted jumper here features the loveable muncher himself wearing a red santa hat, and also the four ghosts Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde. It also includes "waka waka" text which, of course, refers to the sound of Pac-Man moving across the maze munching his pellets (also known as cookies and Pac-dots). There is also the traditional style white snowflake pattern running across the body and arms. So where can you buy it from? Well, it's being sold on the Num-Skull store on and is available is sizes from X-small to 4XL. Pac-Man Knitted Christmas Jumper BUY AT

80s Ghostbusters Costumes for Women

A Ghostbusters costume is the ideal choice not only for an 80s party/event, but also for Halloween, of course. So I'm going to take a look at all of the costumes available for women, which are based on the orignal and best 1984 movie. Wearing one of these, you'll be able to clear the streets of ectoplasmic ghosts, while also enjoying a fun night out, of course! The advantage of these costumes compared to most others is that you don't need a wig, and everything you need is included. So take this into account when considering the prices. Now you just have to decide which character to be? Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, Louis Tully or Winston Zeddemore? The choice is yours!   This first costume choice by Smiffy's closely resembles the men's outfit and is basically a jumpsuit with a backpack, and includes the original no ghost logo. The outfit provides an authentic look and is ideal if you feel more comfortable in trousers. Three sizes are available; 8-10, 1

80s and 90s Retro Horror Movie Characters T-shirt

With Halloween fast approaching, I thought it would be a nice idea to write about a quirky retro horror T-shirt which I recently discovered. It features iconic horror movie characters from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and is ideal for wearing for Halloween, and would make a super gift for retro horror fans. Retro Horror Movie Characters T-shirt The imaginative design features cartoon style caricatures of six well-known classic horror movie characters riding in the Mystery Machine from the Scooby-Doo cartoons.  So let me run through the characters for you. Firstly, we have the hockey-mask wearing Jason Vorhees from the Friday the 13th movies at the wheel, sat next to him is Ghostface from the 1996 film Scream (and its sequels) , Chucky from the Child's Play franchise (the original film came out in 1988) is peering out of the side window, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is at the side of the van, Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare On Elm Street movies (the original ca

The Dictionary of 1980s Slang - from Acid House to Zits!

The Dictionary of 80s Slang by Rick Carlile As I grow older, it certainly becomes more challenging to keep up with all the latest slang terms, memes, acronyms and abbreviations used on social media by today's youth. Okay, so I know the popular ones such as WTF and LOL, but half the time I haven't a clue what they're on about! I guess, it was the same for my parents back in the 80s. We didn't have the internet, of course, but I'm pretty sure we used some ridiculous slang words that were very much of their time. The Dictionary of 1980s Slang by Rick Carlille is described as "The Totally Awesome Guide to Rockin' 80s Lingo". The author is American, and so the book is aimed at an American audience. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge array of definitions (over 800 in all) that we were also using here in the UK, from acid house to zit, the latter of which I'm certainly glad to see the back of!  The 1980s was an energetic decade, for sure,

This Skeletor Costume is Perfect for an 80s Halloween Theme!

Adult's Skeletor Muscle Jumpsuit Costume If you would like to add a touch of 1980s to your Halloween/Horror themed fancy dress costume this year, then I have the perfect solution for you!  Those of you who watched the Masters Of The Universe cartoons will definitely remember Skeletor - who could forget him? He was the blue-skinned, hood-wearing antagonist with a creepy skull head, who was obsessed with obtaining the powers of Castle Grayskull and ruling the universe - someone should have told him to calm down and take a chill pill.  Of course, there was only one person who could stop him, and that was He-Man, the alter-ego of Prince Adam. Well, thank goodness! The mighty sword and sorcery battles all took place on the planet of Eternia. The original cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe ran from 1983 to 1985, but there were also two films, numerous video games, comic books and toys. This, of course, makes a Skeletor costume ideal for an 80s theme.  The costume can

The Terminator Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 (T-800) T-shirts

It's only a couple of months until Halloween (how time flies as you get older!) and I thought I'd inspire you with an 80s T-shirt idea that you can wear. Skynet's first cybernetic organism was the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 (or T-800), and as an endoskeleton makes the perfect choice for a Halloween or horror T-shirt theme. In the first movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course, plays the role of the cyborg antagonist, who's sole mission is to terminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). The first two movies were truly jaw-dropping back in the day, and remain my two favourite sci-fi movies of all time. So let's take a look at some of the best T-800 designs that are worthy of being worn to celebrate these iconic movies by the legendary James Cameron. From the U.S.? Check out my Terminator T-shirt ideas at   My top choice is this so very 80s themed The Terminator T-shirt . This is an awesome design, but it unfortunately only comes in 3XL for

Teen Wolf 80s Movie T-shirts

Although it's still officially the summer (the weather thinks differently!), Halloween is fast approaching, and so I thought I'd come up with a unique idea for a Halloween themed T-shirt. While most people will opt for the darker slasher movies for their theme, I though that it would be nice to opt for a more light-hearted, fun theme just for a change, and Teen Wolf is the perfect choice.  The coming-of-age 80s comedy movie starred Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a teenage high school student who suddenly finds himself sprouting hair at the most awkward moments. He turns into the wolf while playing basketball, and turns the Beavers basketball team's fortunes around, winning them their first game in 3 years.  Anyway, I won't rabbit on about the plot, as I'm sure you all have watched the film countless times. So let's take a look at the T-shirts available in the UK. From the U.S.? Check out these Teen Wolf Tees at my website   First