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Pop Qwiz Popcorn 1990 1990s Colors included yellow, blue, green, and a mystery bag with a surprise color. I'm not sure how many of you will remember this stuff, but it was just too weird not to mention. Video store chains became especially popular during the early 90s; a fact proven by the insidious amount of Blockbuster commercials strewn into TV breaks at the time. As more and more movie nights were staged from home, popcorn finally shed its "theater treat" stigma for good while sales soared. Those microwaveable bags of kernels became and remain a staple in most households, with several companies competing for the coveted top spot. Yes, there's competition in popcorn. So how do you make one popcorn more attractive than the other? For the most part, it's all the same shit. Covering the packaging with pretty colors and in-your-face fonts only took these companies so far, and while dubious additions like cheddar dust and Cajun red spice helped differentiate the products, General Mills had something else in mind. Something strange. "Pop Qwiz." Perhaps the first and only popcorn marketed exclusively towards children. Thrown under General Mills' "Pop Secret" banner, Pop Qwiz really broke the mold. Junk food with a gimmick is common nowadays, but this stuff was pretty unique in 1991. Basically, it was just regular, buttered popcorn dyed in every color of the rainbow. You had bags of red popcorn, blue popcorn, green, yellow, you name it. That alone was sure to bring in a substantial clientele -- kids'll eat anything that looks odd. Pop Qwiz had more to offer than weird colors, though. While each of the mini-sized bags had correspondently bright colors, the colors of the bags didn't necessarily match the shade of the popcorn within. What was surely just a cost cutting measure was sold to us as a "game" -- it was up to us to guess which popcorn color was in each bag. The point of the game is up for debate, as we got to eat all of the popcorn even if we guessed wrong. Taking things even further, the bags had all sorts of quizzes, puzzles, and other stupid games printed right on 'em. Children always appreciate things tailored specifically for them, and while popcorn wasn't an important victory, we took it with great pride. We had our own popcorn. Tomorrow, the world. You'd have to imagine that some kids would've begged for Pop Qwiz just by passing the colorful box in grocery stores, but the point was really driven home with General Mills' ad campaign. This was crucial for ten trillion reasons, and I swear, I've counted. Okay, how often do you see popcorn advertised during children's programming hours? It's pretty rare, so Pop Qwiz was playing to an audience its competitors never even thought to tackle. Another point: when a kid wants popcorn, words are rarely minced. "I want popcorn." That's all that's ever said. No specific brands are mentioned, no bias towards one particular popcorn is conveyed. Just a simple "I want popcorn." By throwing the "Pop Qwiz" title in our heads, General Mills created a sense of inadvertent brand loyalty. If we wanted popcorn, we asked for popcorn. If we wanted crazy wacky colored popcorn, we asked for Pop Qwiz. And what kid wouldn't always prefer crazy wacky colored popcorn? This was all much more brilliant than it seemed on the surface, and the commercial was a real keeper to boot. I know I focus more on earlier years with these articles, but as I was entering my ugly, lonely teen years during the 90s, I ended up watching a whole lot more television. Alone. This "Pop Qwiz" ad, to me, is just as synonymous with the time as any of the big ones, including that PSA where the Ninja Turtles exposed the dangers of marajuana. It surprises me that the snacks weren't very successful -- I guess the world just wasn't ready to accept, much less eat radioactive green popcorn. Artists are so often unappreciated in own their time, even if they only work in kernels.
Tags: Pop  Qwiz  Popcorn  1990 
Added: 19th August 2012
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Posted By: masonx31
Nestle Magic Ball aka The Wonder Ball 1997 Better known as Nestle Wonder Ball is a spherical, thin shell of milk chocolate with candy inside, wrapped in foil, placed in a small box, and packaged with a collectible sticker. The product's slogan is "What's In the Wonder Ball?" Originally called Nestle Magic Ball, the product used to contain small figurines of Disney characters, similar to the Kinder Surprise which retails in Europe. However, due to choking hazard concerns, the product was withdrawn in 1997. The theme song for these was totally addicting: “Oh, I wonder, wonder, what’s in a Wonder Ball!”. Don’t act like you’re not singing it to yourself right now. Oh, and these amazing little candies came with a surprise candy inside, plus a sticker. Does it get much better?
Tags: Nestle  Magic  Ball  aka  The  Wonder  Ball  1997 
Added: 19th August 2012
Views: 1364
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Posted By: masonx31
The Famous Slimer Ecto Cooler  Commercial 1990s Sorry for the bad video, best I could do till I find a better one. This belongs int he 80's and 90's section, More the 90's why? Cause it was so awesome and sold like crazy. Ecto-Cooler was a product tie-in with the cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters, based on the 1984 live-action film, Ghostbusters. Hi-C struck a deal in 1987 to promote the series by developing a drink. Expected to last only as long as the series, the drink was successful beyond expectations and continued after the series' 1991 cancellation to be produced for more than a decade. The Ecto-Cooler box featured The Real Ghostbusters character Slimer, as did the commercials. Slimer left the box sometime around 1997, but Minute Maid did not discontinue the product until 2001, at which point it was renamed Shoutin' Orange Tangergreen. Slimer was replaced on the packaging by a similar-looking blob of lips. The product was still noted as ecto cool on many store receipts. In 2006, Shoutin' Orange Tangergreen was renamed Crazy Citrus Cooler. In 2007, Crazy Citrus Cooler was discontinued. In 2011, a Chicago Ghostbusters group made a recipe that was said to taste exactly like the original.
Tags: The  Famous  Slimer  Ecto  Cooler    Commercial  1990s 
Added: 19th August 2012
Views: 717
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Posted By: masonx31
Fruit By The Foot Commercial January 24 1991 Fruit by the Foot is a fruit snack made by Betty Crocker. Fruit by the Foot was introduced January 24, 1991 and is still in production. Fruit by the Foot is very similar to Fruit Roll-Ups (also a General Mills product), in its presentation of being rolled up within itself, but differs in taste, dimension and consumption methods. The similarity in name and concept is such that many people sometimes mistakenly refer to Fruit by the Foot as "Fruit Roll-Ups" and vice versa. The candy is 3 feet (0.91 m) long, and has a loop at the end. Fruit by the Foot is commonly known as Fruit Roll-Ups like its sister brand. Current marketing slogans include "3 Feet of Fun!" In the early 90s, Fruit by the Foot came with stickers that kids would frequently put on their lunch boxes to prove they had eaten Fruit by the Foot. The original Fruit by the Foot came with a long sticker which is no longer included. Since the 1990s, the paper backing has been printed with games, jokes, or trivia facts - though not all flavors have it, such as 'Rippin Berry Berry'.
Tags: Fruit  By  The  Foot  Commercial  January  24  1991 
Added: 19th August 2012
Views: 1338
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Posted By: masonx31
Lifesavers Sweet Storybook 90s Memories Yes I know there form the Early 50's and started as a tradition, but they go in the 90's Section as well, due to the Popularity during a Kids Christmas of the 90's.. really who didn't get these in their Stocking? 12 Rolls 9 Ounces. They cut back to 8 or 6 I think in the last 5-10 years. The designs today on the package are to cartoony and they lost the fact of looking like a book..they got lazy on the quality.. This is one thing I like other then the candy in the 90's..the fact it looked like a book or something neat that every kid could like.. but now, You look at it and throw it out.. NOT cool.. make the Kids like the box and want more, even possible collect them!...by doing such the company would sell more too !
Tags: Lifesavers  Sweet  Storybook  90s  Memories 
Added: 19th August 2012
Views: 1453
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Posted By: masonx31
Airwolf Introduction One of the best shows of its time , Airwolf I still remember pretending my matchbox cars could take on Airwolf even with Hawke and Ernest Borgnine.
Tags: Airwolf  Ernest  Borgnine  video  introdcution 
Added: 14th September 2012
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Posted By: dusman
Muhammad Ali on Whats My Line From September 19, 1965, Muhammad Ali appears as a mystery guest on What's My Line.
Tags: Muhammad  Ali  boxing  WML 
Added: 8th October 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jack Dempsey on Whats My Line From July 1965, former world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey is the mystery guest on What's My Line. He looks very imposing for a man who just turned 70.
Tags: boxing  Jack  Dempsey  WML 
Added: 8th October 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Radio Broadcast of Clay-Liston Bout This is something you may never have heard before: the ABC Radio broadcast of the first round of the historic Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston world heavyweight championship fight from Miami Beach on February 25, 1964. It has been superimposed onto the fight film. The broadcast team was Howard Cosell (providing color) and Les Keiter (calling the fight). Liston was a huge 7-1 betting favorite, and understandably so. He won the world title by destroying Floyd Patterson in less than one round in 1962 and beat Patterson just as easily in the return bout in 1963. Clay, at age 22, was thought to be no match for the fearsome Liston despite his cocky prefight antics. Most fans expected an easy Liston victory. Watch, though, as Clay changes boxing history in the first round with his deft ring movement.
Tags: Cassius  Clay  Sonny  Liston  boxing  radio 
Added: 13th October 2012
Views: 1504
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Posted By: Lava1964
Seeburg Wall o Matic tableside Do you remember going to diners and being able to choose your own music WITH Seeburg Wall-o-Matic @ your tableside ?
Tags: Seeburg  Wall-o-Matic  tableside  mini  jukebox 
Added: 16th October 2012
Views: 2515
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Posted By: mia_bambina

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