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Old 09-12-2002, 11:39 PM
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Movies/TV Shows/etc moments that seem really dated now...


The cell phone thread got me to thinking about a comment my mom once made about "Seinfeld"- where Jerry is kvetching about a baseball player not having the time to call him- something that wouldn't really happen in this day and age, what with cell phones.

And watching older shows like "Leave it to Beaver" where Wally dates a girl who's a drop out, who <gasp> drinks beer appear really quaint today. As does the fact that dear Wally passes up the opportunity to neck with said girl...
Plus, the fact that in one other episode of the show, June advises Wally to order for his date. Oh yes, and the bitching about paying 80 cents for a bowl of soup. All VERY quaint today. (Or in some cases, downright sexist...)

What moments like this have occurred to you?
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I think the whole movie "Saturday Night Fever" is really dated (albeit a good movie). The premise would never happen today (young man obsessed with disco dancing) . I don't think it would even happen if you switched disco to another type of music. If it does, it's not commonplace.
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Any of the random musical numbers that used to appear in otherwise non-musical films. Found in films ranging from Stagecoach to The Pink Panther.

Anything involving Evil Godless Commie Soviets as the villains.

Anything with a white actor in black/red/yellowface.

The gratuitous rollerskating scene in The Hunger, complete with those clunky old-fashioned pre-rollerblade skates. As my friend said, "Were we supposed to think this was cool in the '80s?"
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St. Elsewhere. The character stories are still engrossing, but the difference between what was considered to be cutting edge medical drama and what we have today is just a little discordant. I caught it on Bravo one afternoon and the doctors were conferencing over one patient... all i could think was "give him and MRI and find out." Then I realized they didn't have MRIs.
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St. Elsewhere. The character stories are still engrossing, but the difference between what was considered to be cutting edge medical drama and what we have today is just a little discordant. I caught it on Bravo one afternoon and the doctors were conferencing over one patient... all i could think was "give him and MRI and find out." Then I realized they didn't have MRIs.
My Dad was a doctor and a fairly senior staff member (basically someone like Dr. Westphall or Dr. Auschlander from "Elsewhere") and even during the original run of the series, he would be gnashing his teeth, grimacing, and sometimes even groaning and guffawing out loud at the mispronounced medical jargon, the ridiculous "life or death" drama over what were routine medical procedures, and just what he viewed as the contrived and inept portrayal of what actual hospitals are like.


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As for cigarettes- "The Exorcist" is dated iin that same way. A doctor lights up, and for a moment I knew something was wrong but couldn't put my finger on what...but then I realized. And according to my dad, some of the procedures they do in that movie are things that are needlessly painful now. And there's smoking in "Eye of the Beholder"- a Twilight Zone episodes, circa the 1950's.
My dad also smoked up to the day he died in 1988. I recall going to the hospital with him and sitting in the doctor's lounge, and just CLOUDS of cigarette smoke.

Recently, I watched a few episodes of "Twin Peaks" for the first time in, well, decades. Even though the show is supposed to be set in a sort of retro 50's Americana town, all I could see was the gigantic, owl-rimmed glasses that Ben Horne, Madeleine, and the Log Lady all wore. Also, Agent Cooper's incessant speaking into a tape recorder to tape messages for his secretary "Diane" back in D.C. seems hopelessly dated now. He could just call her on a phone now.

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I'm feeling dated by saying this, but I was watching a DVD over the weekend of the show CHiPs.

Ponch and John were on their bikes and John said "The best things in life are free" and Ponch responds "FREE? We had to pay 25 cents to go over the bridge!"
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Another thread reminded me of Chasing Amy recently. And the scene at the train station where Banky and Holden are going to go to a Con.

Banky has a bag full of porn mags. Now it would be just a cell phone full of it. Maybe a couple extra microSD cards. Not nearly as good for the visuals.

Holden is paged on a beeper by Alyssa. That's right, paged. He then goes over to a pay phone to call her. Again, it'd be all cell phones now.

Most of that scene would be quite different if done today.
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Another thread reminded me of Chasing Amy recently. And the scene at the train station where Banky and Holden are going to go to a Con.

Banky has a bag full of porn mags. Now it would be just a cell phone full of it. Maybe a couple extra microSD cards. Not nearly as good for the visuals.

Holden is paged on a beeper by Alyssa. That's right, paged. He then goes over to a pay phone to call her. Again, it'd be all cell phones now.

Most of that scene would be quite different if done today.

Lesbians were so edgy back in 1997!
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I'm feeling dated by saying this, but I was watching a DVD over the weekend of the show CHiPs.

Ponch and John were on their bikes and John said "The best things in life are free" and Ponch responds "FREE? We had to pay 25 cents to go over the bridge!"
I remember a Dragnet episode where, in the intro, Sgt. Friday says something like, "this is L.A., where some of these homes cost upwards of $100,000".


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Re: Movies/TV Shows/etc moments that seem really dated now...


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Plus, the fact that in one other episode of the show, June advises Wally to order for his date. (Or in some cases, downright sexist...)
How exactly, is ordering for your date sexist?

Ratnor did it in Fast Times. It's not like you are choosing what your date is going to eat. Sheeesh.
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I'm surprised how poorly All in the Family has aged. I just can't watch i nymore.

A lot of 1960s stuff has aged badly, too, but the thing is -- I was aware of it at the time. The late 60's seemed so proud of itself -- breaking free of old taboos, starting a new philosophy. Things did change (they alwas do), but not in the earth-shaking way they thought. "Consciousness III" and all that. "Future shock". I'm reading som Spider Robinson stuff right now, and it is painfully stuck in the early 1970s.



It's kind of odd to go back and re-read Neil Simon's old plays. In Come Blow Your Horn it is treated as shocking when the older brother's girlfriend suggests going to bed together. (She uses it as an ultimatum, and she had to get herself drunk to suggest it). Everyone skates ervously around the issue, and no one goes to bed with anyone.


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Early episodes of recent hit shows; first season episodes of "Friends", "Seinfeld" and others showcasing early 90s hairstyles and clothes (a little too close to the 80s for my tastes). Early "Friends" are particularly hard to watch, not because they're dated, but because they're so damned awful.

The truly great shows never feel dated. I don't feel like I'm watching a 60s show when I watch "The Andy Griffith Show," or "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Likewise with their respective decades for Barney Miller, Cheers and the latter-half Seinfeld.
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Early episodes of recent hit shows; first season episodes of "Friends", "Seinfeld" and others showcasing early 90s hairstyles and clothes (a little too close to the 80s for my tastes).

The 80s were fucking awesome. I wish all the girls fashions of the 80s would come back. The hair, the clothes, the makeup...nothing hotter than an 80s chick and if you don't think so, you're a dope.
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In my quest to see all the Best Picture Oscar winners, I saw Ordinary People a while back. Apparently, it was rather revolutionary back in 1980 for (guess who?) ordinary people to see a psychiatrist. I mean, sure, psychiatrists weren't novel at that time or anything, but until then it seems that the entertainment media only showed psychiatrists dealing with people with obvious mental problems. The idea of regular folks going to a psychiatrist just to talk stuff out was, evidently, kinda new and strange.
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There was one movie from the 50s--I think it was GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT--where one character was trying to entice Gregory Peck to come to a party he was throwing. "There'll be some people there. And some girls." That line got some hoots in my 1982 film class...

Also, the scene in MARNIE where Sean Connery forces sex on his new bride Tippi Hedren doubtless was filmed with very different intentions back then than what a modern viewer might read into it. Come to think of it, an awful lot of Sean Connery scenes where he manhandles the ladies as 007 have kind of an icky edge today.

Sinatra and Lawford smacking masseuse asses in OCEAN'S ELEVEN can draw hoots today.

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As for ORDINARY PEOPLE, I think the Bob Newhart show broke a lot of ground for normal people in therapy in popular entertainmnet. The revolutionary thing about ORDINARY PEOPLE was that Mary Tyler Moore's character could be such a heavy, or that the matriarch of a "nice" family could mess her kid's mind up so badly. Laura Petrie and Mary Richards were still a recent memory for most people back then; it would be like watching Jennifer Aniston strangle a puppy or something today.
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Tron. There are little people in my computer, riding motorcycles, throwing frisbees and wearing neon party hats? Come to think of it, this may well explain why the boards are so slow. Get back to work, ya little fucks!
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the WORST example of TV datedness


MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN one year after the series ended.

At the time, my parents & I watched every episode & usually found it to be hilarious (and we're conservative Christians btw- we LOVED Loretta Hagers/Mary Kay Place), but after MHMH ran its course we
could never watch it in repeats again as it was so dated.

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES on the other hand! CLASSIC COMEDY FOR ALL GENERATIONS! Hell, when real-life Enterprises are traveling the galaxies, TBH will still be funny.
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As for ORDINARY PEOPLE, I think the Bob Newhart show broke a lot of ground for normal people in therapy in popular entertainmnet. The revolutionary thing about ORDINARY PEOPLE was that Mary Tyler Moore's character could be such a heavy, or that the matriarch of a "nice" family could mess her kid's mind up so badly. Laura Petrie and Mary Richards were still a recent memory for most people back then; it would be like watching Jennifer Aniston strangle a puppy or something today.
Well, I thought about that, but the few times I saw the old Bob Newhart Show, it seemed to me that his patients were, well, wingnuts. Wingnuts who didn't need to be committed, of course, but still, compulsive liars, kleptomaniacs, whatever. People with obvious problems, like I said earlier.
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St. Elsewhere. . . all i could think was "give him and MRI and find out." Then I realized they didn't have MRIs.
I don't know if St. Eligius Hospital had MRIs, but MRIs were first demonstrated in 1980, and St. Elsewhere was on 1982-1988.
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I don't know if St. Eligius Hospital had MRIs, but MRIs were first demonstrated in 1980, and St. Elsewhere was on 1982-1988.
It was all in that kid's head, anyway.
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I don't know if St. Eligius Hospital had MRIs, but MRIs were first demonstrated in 1980, and St. Elsewhere was on 1982-1988.
St. Elsewhere installed its MRI in 1987 (Season 6.) It turned out to be improperly shielded, leading to TV sets flickering, beds shaking and other happenings one might associate with a Halloween episode.
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Somewhere around the mid-90s, it became unlawful to smoke in government buildings. If you ever see a cop show where the detectives smoke in the squad room (early "Homicide:LOTS"), it looks bizarre today. Speaking of TV cops, the '50s version of "Dragnet" pre-dated the 1966 Miranda ruling. Joe Friday didn't start reading suspects their rights until the revived "Dragnet" in 1967.

You'd think that "2001: A Space Odyssey" would seem dated, since it's now set in the past. Luckily, it seems so far removed from real-life that you're not conscious of the alleged year. "2010" on the other hand seems strange because of the tension between Russian and American astronauts. Little did they know we'd be sending joint crews to a space station.
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The pretty-in-pastel Crockett and Tubbs in Miami Vice.

I don't know if I want them to catch a thief or redecorate my apartment.

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The cell phone thread reminded me of another. "The Sure Thing." 1985. Anthony Edwards is lounging by the pool, calling John Cusack on the phone. "I'm talking to you cordless!" he boasts. A phone without a cord! I'm hitching a ride cross-country for that!
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Well, sure, WSLer, but it shouldn't be EXPECTED that he'll order for his date. He isn't a cad if his date finds herself having to converse with the waitstaff.

As for cigarettes- "The Exorcist" is dated iin that same way. A doctor lights up, and for a moment I knew something was wrong but couldn't put my finger on what...but then I realized. And according to my dad, some of the procedures they do in that movie are things that are needlessly painful now. And there's smoking in "Eye of the Beholder"- a Twilight Zone episodes, circa the 1950's.
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My vote would go to pretty much any TV show from the 60s and how they depict women as, well, pretty much men's property. All I can say is that as a married adult male, I couldn't stand living like that (well, except for the cooking and cleaning part, maybe).

An easy example can be found right in the theme song to Green Acres

Him : "You are my wife."
Her : "Goodbye city life!"
Both : "Green Acres we are there!"

There was also quite a bit more sexism in the Flintstones that one would have expected from a cartoon. I can't remember a specific example, but there were many.

Speaking of the Flintstones and datedness, there's a rather amusing video making the rounds on the Internet right now. You may be able to find it with a certain file sharing program. It's a really old, black and white animated commercial for Winston cigarettes featuring Fred and Barney.

Choice lines from the commercial :

Fred : "That's right, Barney. Winston is the one filtered cigarette that delivers flavor 20 times a pack."

Barney : "Filter blend makes the big taste difference and only Winston has it, up front where it counts. Here, ahead of the pure white filter. Winston packs rich tobaccos specially selected and specially processed for good flavor and filter smoking."

Also dated are old, racist cartoons that never get shown on TV anymore. Here, again, the Internet is the only way to see what people were really watching back then. I have a WWII-era cartoon called "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips." Terrible, but still interesting to watch just for the jaw-dropping affect it tends to have on me.

I also got a chuckle from an old Twilight Zone episode that featured an aspiring writer trying to get noticed in Hollywood. Someone told him something along the lines of "Hollywood is only looking for good, talented writers with original ideas." That practically made me spit my coke all over my desk.
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There's a lot of television references, but I'll cite a movie.

2010: The Year we Make Contact (1984). Okay, you've got the big bad Soviets... um....
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An Officer and a Gentleman
-or maybe not?

OH, and how a big deal it was for couples to live together w/o marriage, the whole premise to Three's a Crowd!
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OH, and how a big deal it was for couples to live together w/o marriage, the whole premise to Three's a Crowd!
It might not have been a big deal for a lot of people (and in San Francisco no less), but at the time it wasn't implausible that the landlord might be an older person with conservative (pre-1960s) values.
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Will mention the opposite problem: when films/stories depict a certain future year, and then that year comes up and we still haven't seen over the air hoverboards (well not commercially) ala Back to the Future.

The other example I recall was my teacher sheepishly saying, "well the author thought that would happen" I think it was a Ursula Le Guin short story set in 1987 where folks were colonized on the moon.
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I cannot think of a specific example now, but how about some of those old 50's movies where the leading man will take a woman and spank her. A while back, while flipping through the channel I saw one of those scenes and I could just hear Tom Servo and Crow cracking up over it.
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I suppose what really seems dated to me is how futuristic technology was portrayed in various movies. Sci-fi from the 50's and 60's always had space ships with fins on them, while in the 70's, it was all about space ships in strange shapes. In the 80's, it seemed like everything electronic or mechaical had to be in the shape of a cube. And let's not forget those super-computers sci-fi movies were always showing, those giant silver filing cabinets with flashing red lights on them. And the HUGE display screens.

I guess what really makes movies and TV shows dated is how big everything seems- look at the cutting edge cellular phones from the late 80's- they weigh about 10 pounds. Cars were huge, hair was huge. Sometime in the early 90's people figured out the wave of the future was to make everything smaller, not bigger. Now in movies you see tiny computers, tiny spy devices. Even old James Bond gadgets seem clunky compared to today. I imagine in twenty years we'll be having this discussion again and everything will still seem to be the wrong size in old movies and TV shows, either too big or small.

Social conventions can be jaw-droppingly dated, as well. Look at the crinoline 'house dresses' in shows like Donna Reed and Leave It To Beaver. It would have been sort of shocking to see women in pants on television then, I suppose. And the seperate beds for married couples! They were all over TV and movies until maybe the late 60's. The crazy thing is, nobody in real life who was married actually had double beds. But I guess seeing even straight, married couples with children in the same bed would have offended some people and been called 'indecent'.

And the racist stereotypes! Holy shit! They were not only completely acceptable, they were believed! The madness! Things that many people would find utterly offensive today were displayed openly and without any reservation. Remember Three's Company? The whole premise of the show was John Ritter pretending to be gay so he could stay in the apartment with two women. And this was hilarious. Because being gay was so weird for mainstream America. It was so unheard of in mainstream circles that the show didn't even know how to stereotype gay people. (Which may actually have been a good thing.)

It seems like TV and movies made a complete reversal somewhere in the early 90's- sex, violence, and profanity became acceptable, but any sort of racial/religious/gender-based/sexual-orientation-based/ethnic stereotyping or mocking were completely unallowed. (Well, basically unallowed. I don't watch much TV anymore, but I'm sure there are stil offensive shows of this ilk out there somewhere.) It kind of boggles the mind. I wonder what will seem dated in five, ten, and twenty years?
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TV Land had a mini Soap marathon on last night and it was pretty funny to realize that when it was originally on, some stations refused to air it because it was so shocking. A gay man! People having sex when they're not married! A woman having an affair with a priest!

Seeing it now, it's just so tame.
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Tron. There are little people in my computer, riding motorcycles, throwing frisbees and wearing neon party hats?
Along similar lines, I was just watching a Simpsons episode that had a KnightRider gag in it and I was thinking you'd never get a premise that stupid on TV today, no matter how badass the car. (Please, please tell me it'd never make it to TV today.) Yet at the time it was so wild and different and the car was so "cutting edge."
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And let's not forget those super-computers sci-fi movies were always showing, those giant silver filing cabinets with flashing red lights on them.
One of the coolest examples of this is the film Silent Running. The effects are amazing, then you see the huge computers that Bruce Dern at one point reprograms using punch cards, and you laugh at the silliness of such ancient computers... until you realise that means the awesome effects you've been seeing were all done by hand!
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Social conventions can be jaw-droppingly dated, as well. Look at the crinoline 'house dresses' in shows like Donna Reed and Leave It To Beaver. It would have been sort of shocking to see women in pants on television then, I suppose.
Not really. Lucy Ricardo wore pants often enough. And she smoked, too -- because Phillip Morris was their sponsor.

[/QUOTE]And the racist stereotypes! . . . Remember Three's Company? The whole premise of the show was John Ritter pretending to be gay so he could stay in the apartment with two women.[/QUOTE]

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Along the lines of the gay thing....an episode of "Cheers" was actually really well done, and it portrays Norm pretending to be gay so that people will take him seriously as an interior decorator. Although they don't really come out and use the word "gay" until the end...something I was sort of wondering about. They're a lot more subtle about it than they would be on a TV episode around now. It wasn't offensive, just again, more subtle.
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You got a lot of Moxie to be jumping on this guy like he's a Trampoline. Did someone put Vaseline in your Cornflakes or Heroin in your Granola? Don't act like you got your Zipper caught in an Escalator. Take some Aspirin, slap on a Band-Aid and cry into a Kleenex, you Pablum puking Yo-Yo. Otherwise, I'll Mace you, beat you with a Phillips Screw driver, wrap you in Cellophane and Scotch Tape, dunk you in Kerosene, toss you into a Sytrofoam container with Dry Ice in the back on my Jeep and leave you in a Dumpster with some Sheetrock. Then we'll read about how you were turned into a Popsicle in some Tabloid.

No actual hositility is intended, I've just always wanted to do that.

Back on topic, Hawaii Five-O is a gold mine for dated material. I always enjoyed the scene where one of McGarrett's underlings was tailing a bad guy. When asked for an update he replied, in all seriousness: "He was last seen with three chicks. They were both very foxy." There was no charming pimp-like inflection to his voice. It was stated as if this was legitimate technical law-enforcement terminology that would stand the test of time.
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Back on topic, Hawaii Five-O is a gold mine for dated material. I always enjoyed the scene where one of McGarrett's underlings was tailing a bad guy. When asked for an update he replied, in all seriousness: "He was last seen with three chicks. They were both very foxy." There was no charming pimp-like inflection to his voice. It was stated as if this was legitimate technical law-enforcement terminology that would stand the test of time.[/QUOTE]

Even way back then, it infuriated me the way whenever there was a pretty girl from the mainland in the plot, the guys would immediately switch to the Hawaiian language in front of her and start making personal comments about her.
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Back on topic, Hawaii Five-O is a gold mine for dated material. I always enjoyed the scene where one of McGarrett's underlings was tailing a bad guy. When asked for an update he replied, in all seriousness: "He was last seen with three chicks. They were both very foxy." There was no charming pimp-like inflection to his voice. It was stated as if this was legitimate technical law-enforcement terminology that would stand the test of time.
My favorite line was when McGarrett asked Chin Ho how much a bunch of figures came to: "I don't know. I don't have my abacus with me."

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My favorite line was when McGarrett asked Chin Ho how much a bunch of figures came to: "I don't know. I don't have my abacus with me."
Used to work with a guy whose wife was from Okinawa (and she was always reluctant to say she was Japanese). He swore his wife was better with an abacus than he was with a calculator..and he was a pretty sharp guy.
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Used to work with a guy whose wife was from Okinawa (and she was always reluctant to say she was Japanese). He swore his wife was better with an abacus than he was with a calculator..and he was a pretty sharp guy.
Not surprising. I've worked with abacuses too (until recently, they were ubiquitous in Russia), and I know they're really fast!

I don't think that was quite what Chin's line was intended to convey, though.
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You got a lot of Moxie to be jumping on this guy like he's a Trampoline. Did someone put Vaseline in your Cornflakes or Heroin in your Granola?
Heroin isn't a brand name...(neither is granola).

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Heroin isn't a brand name...(neither is granola).
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Heroin (diacetylmorphine), now illegal as an addictive drug, was trademarked and marketed by Bayer as a cough suppressant and non-addictive substitute for morphine from 1898 to 1910.[19] Bayer scientists were not the first to make heroin, but their scientists discovered ways to make it, and Bayer led commercialization of heroin.[20] Heroin was a Bayer trademark until after World War I.[21]
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Well fuck me sideways!
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I don't watch a lot of old TV, but I do like watching the old game shows on Game Show Network. Match Game in particular -- I don't know what's funnier, the outlandish 70's clothes or the porno theme music.

There was one question that literally made my jaw drop: "Max thinks his wife is a rug. Every night, he takes here out and _____'s her." The contestant's answer was "beat." Not only did this get a HUGE laugh from the crowd, but he matched 4 out of 6 panelists, who all made jokes about it! Man, that would NEVER fly today!!

Also on GSN, I saw an episode of the Dating Game with 3 pre-teen "bachelorettes" and a young Celebrity Bachelor, Danny Bonaduce (from the "Partridge Family" era.) Oh how cute, I thought -- until Danny started asking questions like, "If we were alone in your parents house and I wanted to make out, would you stop me?"
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There's an episode of "Father Knows Best" titled "Crisis Over a Kiss". You can view it on Hulu at http://www.hulu.com/watch/792944. A college student takes Betty on a date. Later they drive to Prospect Point and he tries to kiss her. She resists and gets out of his car. Bud (up there with his date trying the exact same thing) drives her home.

In the last segment her date shows up at the house, and Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have a VERY serious discussion with him (and Mr. Anderson says he'll have a similar discussion with Bud later). That segment is really worth watching to see how radically things have changed.

This episode seemed very quaint. But considering the way colleges have begun handling accusations of sexual misconduct, it can be viewed in a whole new light.

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I don't watch a lot of old TV, but I do like watching the old game shows on Game Show Network. Match Game in particular -- I don't know what's funnier, the outlandish 70's clothes or the porno theme music.

There was one question that literally made my jaw drop: "Max thinks his wife is a rug. Every night, he takes here out and _____'s her." The contestant's answer was "beat." Not only did this get a HUGE laugh from the crowd, but he matched 4 out of 6 panelists, who all made jokes about it! Man, that would NEVER fly today!!
Those of us still here almost 14 years after the above post will probably recognize that if the genders are reversed, it'd get the same laugh or an even bigger one.
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There was one question that literally made my jaw drop: "Max thinks his wife is a rug. Every night, he takes here out and _____'s her." The contestant's answer was "beat." Not only did this get a HUGE laugh from the crowd, but he matched 4 out of 6 panelists, who all made jokes about it! Man, that would NEVER fly today!!
In the British version, the contestant would have said "shag".

Or maybe not . . .
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