Crazy Ideas From the 1980s
As I was walking this morning, I continued an internal conversation* I was having the other day, about crazy consumer goods we thought were a good idea in the 1980s. I’m not talking about hairstyles and clothing styles (vivid colorblocks, I’m looking at you), because everybody talks about those mistakes all the time.
I’ve thought of two of these in-hindsight-they-are-pretty-dumb-but-at-the-time-Oh!-how-we-loved-them items:
Erasermates. Remember their smell? It was unique to them (or perhaps no one else is as obsessed with smells as I am). And their clumpy, skipping ink (although it was such a brilliant blue)? And the black eraser that came with them? And you know– they still make these (I roll my eyes.)
Tube socks. What a crazy idea! They never fit well, because there was no curve in them, and even though they weren’t made with a heel, one invariably defined itself with the hell-dinginess that resulted from walking around in socks (as we are all wont to do).
Now, I know there are more of these goods, but I can’t think of any right now (sometimes my internal conversations are rather sparse, I admit). If you think of any more, let me know and I’ll add it to the list.
*Surely I’m not the only one who has running commentary going through her mind as she walks.