Suggestive lyrics from bands like Twisted Sister led to the 1985 Parents Music Resource Center Senate hearing on whether musicians should be allowed to rock without parental supervision.
Animatronic versions of bar patrons Norm and Cliff made two actors named George and John very unhappy.
In the fall of 1990, two shows about meta high-schoolers premiered. Only one would last through the holidays.
The happy little paper clip made Microsoft Office users absolutely miserable. Naturally, that didn't stop the internet from writing erotica about him.
The transparent novelty phones were a fixture in many a teenager's bedroom.
Thanks to the Barbie Liberation Organization, the congenial doll barked military orders and screamed "vengeance is mine!" during a very weird holiday 1993 toy season.
The vivacious doll has held an expansive real estate portfolio since 1962, when her first (foldable) Dreamhouse was unveiled.
Media mogul Ted Turner didn’t hesitate to alter classic Hollywood movies, claiming: “The last time I checked, I owned the films.”
In 1984, audiences were excited for a new Murphy movie. What they got was a glorified cameo.
After decades of development and $200 million spent, Procter & Gamble thought they had the perfect snack food additive with olestra. Too bad it caused “rectal urgency.”
The Smurf-colored trio came up in the counterculture. Then Intel came calling.
In 1993, Fox thought they could win the late-night wars with the premiere of "The Chevy Chase Show." Unfortunately, that was until Chevy Chase walked on stage.
Before Chuck E. Cheese was officially a mouse, he was a rat. And the backstabbing around him was epic.
The short-statured athlete was, in the words of one reporter, the hottest (and shortest) star since Yoda.
The stop-motion hit pitted celebrities in gory battles to the death.
In the 1980s, provocative talk show host Morton Downey Jr. traded barbs (and fists) with guests. Then he took it a step too far.
The device that could turn TVs and lights on with a couple of claps became a pop culture sensation, even though its makers worried people would associate it with venereal disease.
In 1973 Wisconsin, two Cub Scout leaders discovered a neat trick involving heated plastic. A classic toy was born.
The dice sprung up as part of 1950s car culture. But how did they get furry?