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Kid of the 80s

hamburglar

After spending 13 years in hiding the Hamburglar has come out of hiding. However, the masked bandit’s appearance has changed quite a bit since we last saw him in 2002.

The youthful, round-faced, single-toothed thief has been updated as a svelte stud who appears to be a 6-foot-something suburban dad with some serious stubble.

Check out the teaser videos McDonald’s released on Twitter.



Kid of the 80s

cool-ranch-jay-leno
Frito-Lay introduced us to Cool Ranch Doritos in 1986. Jay Leno appeared in a commercial for the tortilla chips before becoming host of The Tonight Show.

Kid of the 80s

new-coke

On April 23, 1985, “New Coke” was introduced. The reformulated soft drink was sold for less than three months before the original formula returned.

Coca-Cola’s market share had been steadily losing ground to Pepsi and the company suspected that consumers preferred the Pepsi’s sweeter taste, which they confirmed via numerous blind taste tests. However, the American public’s reaction to the change was negative, even hostile, and the new cola was considered a major marketing failure.

The company headquarters in Atlanta started receiving letters expressing anger or deep disappointment. Over 400,000 calls and letters were received by the company. The company’s hotline, 1-800-get-Coke, received over 1,500 calls a day compared to around 400 before the change.

Coca-Cola executives announced the return of the original formula on July 11, with the rebranded name Coca-Cola Classic. “New Coke” continued to be sold throughout the United States and Canada as Coke II. However, by 1998, it could only be found in some scattered Midwestern markets, and in 2002, Coke II was discontinued entirely.

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Kid of the 80s

mr-owl-reduced

Did you know that the original “How Many Licks?” Tootsie Pop commercial was 60 seconds long and also included Mr. Cow and Mr. Fox?

The original, full-length commercial debuted in 1969 as follows:

Questioning Boy: Mr. Cow…

Mr. Cow: Yeeeeesss!!?

Questioning Boy: How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?!

Mr. Cow: I don’t know, I always end up biting. Ask Mr. Fox, for he’s much cleverer than I.

Questioning Boy: Mr. Fox, how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?!!

Mr. Fox: Why don’t you ask Mr. Turtle, for he’s been around a lot longer than I! Me, heheh, I bite!

Questioning Boy: Mr. Turtle, how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?

Mr. Turtle: I’ve ain’t never even made it without biting. Ask Mr. Owl, for he is the wisest of us all.

Questioning Boy: Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop!?

Mr. Owl: A good question. Let’s find out. (He takes the Tootsie pop and starts licking) A One… A two-HOO… A tha-three.. (crunch sound effect)

Mr. Owl: A Three!

Questioning Boy: If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a smart owl.

Narrator: How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? (crunch sound effect)

Narrator: The world may never know.

Kid of the 80s

mr-t-cereal

Mr. T cereal hit grocery stores in 1984. The “crispy sweet corn and oats” cereal pieces were “T” shaped. We “pity the fool” that didn’t like it.

“One bite and you’re going to be eating with the team that’s teaming up with Mr T.” Yes… this one of the many reasons why we love the 80s.

You may also remember the cereal from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Pee Wee Herman poured cereal over pancakes and eggs while impersonating Mr. T’s signature “pity the fool” line.