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Kid of the 80s


In the 80s, we had the Cookie Crisp Crook and Officer Crumb. Cookie Jarvis was the cereal mascot before the crook and cop duo.

In the early 1990s, the Cookie Crook was given a sidekick named Chip the Dog. Chip would howl the cereal’s name in each ad before he and his master were inevitably foiled by Officer Crumb. Despite starting as a sidekick, Chip soon began getting larger parts in the ads, until finally, in 1997, he took over as the main mascot for the cereal, and the Cookie Crook and Officer Crumb were dropped altogether.

In 2005, Chip was radically redesigned, gaining a change in both attitude and species. He is now Chip the Wolf, a slim gray wolf in a red sweater and blue pants.

Kid of the 80s


The cost of a Big Mac in 1986 was $1.60. As of January 2014, the average price of a Big Mac in the United States was $4.62.

The Big Mac Index is published by The Economist as an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies and provides a test of the extent to which market exchange rates result in goods costing the same in different countries. It “seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible”.

The Big Mac PPP exchange rate between two countries is obtained by dividing the price of a Big Mac in one country (in its currency) by the price of a Big Mac in another country (in its currency). This value is then compared with the actual exchange rate; if it is lower, then the first currency is under-valued (according to PPP theory) compared with the second, and conversely, if it is higher, then the first currency is over-valued.

The average price of a Big Mac in Norway in January 2014 was $7.80.

Kid of the 80s


No kid could resist bubble gum rocks that poured from tiny juice cartons. Topps “juice gum” was released in 1981.

Orange juice-flavored gum was released first. Others flavors included grape, apple, fruit punch and pink lemonade.

Kid of the 80s


The first Hooters was started by six businessmen from Clearwater, Florida in 1983. The “Hooters Six” had no previous restaurant experience.

Hooters, Inc. was incorporated on April 1, 1983. The date was an April Fools’ Day joke because the original six owners believed that their prospect was going to fail.

The first Hooters Restaurant was built on the site of a former rundown nightclub that had been purchased at a low price. So many businesses had folded in that location that the Hooters founders built a small “graveyard” at the front door for each that had come and gone before them. The first restaurant opened its doors on October 4, 1983, in Clearwater.

As of 2014, there are 430 Hooters locations in 28 countries.

Kid of the 80s


Garbage Can-dy were Pez-like candy pellets in a tiny plastic garbage can. The candies were in the shape of items you might find in a garbage can.

The “garbage” included a dead fish, an old shoe, a dog bone and a discarded soda bottle. Fortunately, this novelty treat tasted much better than the trash. After you took out the trash, the can can could be used for storing stuff like stickers, marbles and erasers.

Garbage Can-dy and Garbage Pail Kids were created by Art Spiegelman, who worked in the product development department of The Topps Company.