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A Board Game’s Idea Of The Moon Landing, 14 Years Before It Happened

The oldest toy I own is a board game called Careers. It’s set 14 years before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, yet it includes a moon expedition mission. It’s a curious artifact — a look into a previous generation’s dreams and ambitions, when space exploration was still an unknown intangible. Our dreams, however,… » 8/16/15 5:40pm 8/16/15 5:40pm

This 1982 JCPenney Catalog Is a Jackpot of '80s Toys and Electronics

How do you define a hero? It's easy. It's anyone who takes the time to scan all 636 pages of the 1982 JCPenney Christmas catalog and posts those images on Flickr so that all of us who grew up in the '80s can spend a Friday morning taking a nostalgic browse through our childhood. » 3/20/15 9:26am 3/20/15 9:26am

The 1982 Sears Wish Book Featured Some of the Best Toys From the '80s

The holidays are one of the best times to meander down memory lane. After all, many of us are probably even sleeping in our old childhood bedrooms while visiting our parents this Christmas. And because so many of you enjoyed Dinosaur Dracula's look at a 1985 JCPenney Christmas catalog yesterday, we wanted to point you… » 12/24/14 9:54am 12/24/14 9:54am

The 1985 JCPenney Christmas Catalog Is a Great Nostalgia Trip

When it comes time to decide what they want for Christmas, today's kids have it easy. A few hours on the internet can result in thousands of links to toys, electronics, and video games. But if you grew up in the '80s, your holiday hunt relied solely on department store catalogs. And over on Dinosaur Dracula they've… » 12/23/14 9:39am 12/23/14 9:39am

For $300, You Can "Fly" on a Perfectly Recreated Pan Am 747

Pan Am ceased to exist 23 years ago, but the defunct airline enjoys a dedicated cult following—whose fixation with the past that doesn't seem quite so odd when considered in light of the stinky, knee-obsessed, genital-groping present of air travel. Now, for roughly what it costs to fly to Ft. Lauderdale, you can turn… » 9/18/14 4:16pm 9/18/14 4:16pm

What's The Earliest Trace Of Yourself You Can Still Find Online?

The internet is so deeply woven into our everyday lives, we hardly think about it anymore. We've all been posting, commenting, liking, and sharing for at least a decade. In the process, we've all left a long digital trail. What's the oldest remnant of your online life that you can still find? » 9/06/14 5:30pm 9/06/14 5:30pm

How Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Taught Me to Love Technology

You might not believe me, but I was kind of a nerd when I was a kid. My family lived out in the mountains, miles away from anyone my age, so I spent my days buried in books and playing with my rock collection. Then, the summer before I started kindergarten, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids hit theaters and my world view… » 7/23/14 8:00pm 7/23/14 8:00pm

A Website That Warps You Back to the Hit Songs of Your Youth

Do you ever have flashbacks to that middle school dance, the one where you slow-danced to All-4-One and had your first kiss under an elm tree while Quad City DJs closed out the night. (Not that that happened to me or anything.) A dead simple but super fun website now lets you travel back to those hit songs. » 7/23/14 6:27pm 7/23/14 6:27pm

Secret underground vault contains all Lego sets in history

I watched The Lego Movie once again. Like the first time, I cried like a little kid. It's a good movie, but the strong emotional reaction came from deep inside, firing the same childhood memories that The Lego Memory Lane—Leg0 HQ's underground secret vault with all their sets—did when I visited it in Billund, Denmark. » 5/31/14 7:39am 5/31/14 7:39am