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Fads of the 1980s

How many of these mostly-American fads of the 1980s can you remember?
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First submittedAugust 23, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 21, 2018
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Clue
Fad
Multi-colored puzzle cube
Rubik's Cube
What schoolchildren used to organize their papers
Trapper Keepers
Video game with ghosts and power pellets
Pac-Man
Cloth dolls that were the must-have Christmas gift
Cabbage Patch Kids
Gross-out trading cards that parodied the above
Garbage Pail Kids
Beanbag that you kicked around
Hacky Sack
Wedge-based trivia game
Trivial Pursuit
Portable Sony cassette player
Walkman
Portable stereo you might carry on your shoulder
Boom Box
Backwards Michael Jackson dance
Moonwalk
Toys that could change from robot to vehicle
Transformers
This actress had a best-selling workout tape
Jane Fonda
A sign in your car's window that tells other drivers about your new family member
Baby on Board
Restaurant area where you could help yourselves to greens, even at Wendys
Salad Bars
Women's fashion accessory to look more like a linebacker
Shoulder Pads
"Exclusive" brand of jacket
Members Only Jackets
These jeans were bleached white to look more worn out
Stone-Washed Jeans
This sub-group was young, they lived in cities, and they had good careers
Yuppies
This style of speaking was, like, totally radical
Valley Girl speak
A brand of watch that rhymes with watch
Swatch
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level 71
Dec 1, 2012
"Exclusive" brand of jacket...brilliant
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level 51
Dec 1, 2012
Couldn't remember Swatch. Didn't have one.
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level 77
Jun 2, 2015
I had a black one with a green face, can't remember what happened to that but now I wish I did.
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level 70
Feb 8, 2018
Couldn't afford one until the day I found one at Ross for $7...loved that watch...
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level 53
Jan 31, 2019
I'm wearing one now
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level 61
Jan 31, 2019
I had a couple different Swatches. I also remember the rubber band protector that kept the face from getting scratched.
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level 61
Feb 16, 2019
Didn't have or come in contact with any of these. Only walkman
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level 83
Dec 4, 2012
Got them all - the 80s were my formative years. I *loved* that the alternative answer I smirkingly entered into the robot toys clue (even though I knew the answer you were looking for was Transformers) actually worked! Can anybody guess what it was?
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level 61
Dec 4, 2012
voltron?
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level 56
Jan 31, 2019
Go-bots!
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level 77
Jan 31, 2019
though obviously inferior, they actually predate Transformers.
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level 61
Jan 31, 2019
I also entered go-bots to see if it worked :)
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level 45
Jan 31, 2019
Rock-em sock-em robots? Though that was more of a 70's thing.
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level 32
Jan 22, 2013
Kept trying Pee-Chee!
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level 48
Mar 7, 2013
Talk about a blast from the past! 20/20
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level 76
Jun 2, 2015
Fun trip down Memory Lane (with a few potholes thrown in - like, you know?)
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level 17
Apr 8, 2013
Got them all, but this was my time.
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level 34
Dec 6, 2013
Anyone else forget how to spell hacky sack?
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level 61
May 14, 2014
7/20 Because the only 80s stuff I care about is heavy metal. Thrash or die, people, thrash or die. And Iron Maiden.
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level 55
May 14, 2014
I got them all, despite not knowing what a "members only" jacket is.
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level 63
Jun 2, 2015
All I could think of for "exclusive" jacket was Starter Jackets. People were killed over those things.
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level 64
Jun 2, 2015
That was definitely more a 90s thing. I had one in 1995.
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level 54
Jun 2, 2015
Born in 1990 and got 100%. Though I did watch I Love the 80s a lot when it was on VH1
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level 58
Jun 2, 2015
3:32 left! Like, totally rad.
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level 58
Jun 2, 2015
A lot of these were easy (even though I was born in the 90s) because despite the title calling them "fads" at least half these are still or were still popular up until well into the 2000s. Rubik's Cubes, Transformers, Pac-man, hacky sack. All of those things are still around.
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level 67
Sep 16, 2018
They were still around, yes, but nowhere near as popular as they were in the '80s.
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level 67
Jun 2, 2015
Of course I remember the 80's. I was already too old for fads. Never heard of lots of them.
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level 76
Jun 2, 2015
Trapper Keepers must have been a late-80s thing, or not big in my area. Never heard of them, even though all the others were easy for me.
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level 76
Jun 2, 2015
I had school-age kids in the '80s and Trapper Keepers were on the list of required school supplies. They weren't cheap, either.
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level 64
Jun 2, 2015
Required? Our school banned them because they created negative social situations for kids who didn't have them, plus kids would sit in class and go "zippp" "zippppp" "zipppppppp" messing with the velcro.
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level 54
Feb 26, 2018
Trapper Keepers were big from the '70s to the '90s. First ones were pre-Velcro and had a snap to keep them closed.
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level 76
Jun 2, 2015
I started seeing salad bars in the late '60s, and my college cafeteria installed one in the early '70s. They were everywhere by then.
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level 50
Jun 2, 2015
Those things chasing you in Pac-Man are monsters, not ghosts. When Atari put their version on the 2600, that was the first time they were ever called ghosts; but in the arcade, monsters.
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level 64
Jun 2, 2015
Seriously?! Not gonna take Valspeak?! I didn't think there WAS another name for it!
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level 65
Jun 2, 2015
The baby on board clue confused me since there were a whole range of __________on board signs. I was trying to remember a more generic name for them.
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level 54
Feb 26, 2018
I thought these signs were after the '80s. Maybe since I wasn't a mom then, I really didn't notice.
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level 72
Jul 8, 2018
The Baby on Board was the little safety sign to make other drivers think and be cautious. The childless owners of cute dachshunds and old codgers decided they wanted the world to know about their passenger dockets too and copied the signs.
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level 50
Jan 31, 2019
they weren't there to make other drivers think and be cautious...they were to say "normally you're a crappy driver, but I want you to straighten up and fly right because my kid is around"
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level 35
Jun 3, 2015
I finally got "Salad Bar" but it took me a while because I didn't realize it was an 80's thing. Haven't they been around much longer?
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level 53
Jan 31, 2019
They sort of became a fad briefly in the 80's. I wouldn't really call it an 80's thing though, they were around before and after.
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level 49
Jun 4, 2015
i did well...because i was there! :) i do not miss the shoulder pads at all.
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level 58
Oct 10, 2015
I was there too. But in the UK, where we certainly didn't know about Trapper Keepers!!
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level 67
Aug 21, 2018
Yeah, that one was totally new to me too. I'm not sure we had the penultimate one either, for the obvious reason.
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level 54
Nov 16, 2016
I´m only 13 years old and I got all of these in only 3 seconds
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level 50
Jan 31, 2019
world record typing speed right there
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level 46
May 30, 2019
I died 100 years ago and I got all of them in 0 seconds.
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level 44
Feb 2, 2018
I really am an 80s kid! I had most of the items they mentioned - including a white Members Only jacket that I loved, but became irreparably dirty fast! lol
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level 50
Jan 31, 2019
it wasn't dirty, it just became a different shade of white
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level 54
Feb 26, 2018
True '80s kid here - from junior high in 1980 through college graduation in 1989. Great quiz!
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level 72
Jul 8, 2018
Wasn't boom box a later name for ghetto blaster? (<== it does accept that) The salesman term was portable AM/FM stereo dual cassette player, but I really don't remember boom box until much later.
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level 46
Jul 24, 2018
You mean...Wendy's used to have salad bars????
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level 77
Sep 8, 2018
yep
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level 35
Sep 8, 2018
Too American
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level 77
Sep 8, 2018
The US was so trendy in the 80s. But then I go to Eastern Europe and see everyone wearing track suits and other 80s era fashion relics, and driving cars that are 30 years old, and feel like the decade never died.
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level 40
Nov 4, 2018
I got 15/20 and I wasn't even alive in the '80s. I just hear about it from my parents.
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level 43
Nov 26, 2018
I remember the commercial for Wendy’s salad bar had a woman and a little girl wearing white dresses and dancing and twirling around. Don’t ask me why that stuck in my memory, but it’s pretty clear!
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level 32
Jan 31, 2019
There were a few exclusive to the US, but got 90%, got hacky sack wrong as I always thought it was happy sack lol
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level 58
Jan 31, 2019
why do quizzes make me type the name of that licentious war traitor?
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level 73
Jan 31, 2019
Because they're not created specifically to cater for you
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level 60
Jan 31, 2019
Valley Girls spoke like that but...based on the clue... So did the Ninja Turtles. So I put down "Surfer lingo, stoner lingo etc" Bill and Ted spoke like that too. That sentence does not clarify valley girl.
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level 67
Jan 31, 2019
Yeah, when I hear "radical," I much more think "surfer dude" than "valley girl."
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level 59
Feb 1, 2019
Moon Unit did like some song. Like totally. Gag me with a spoon . You know.
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level 61
Feb 16, 2019
Yup, tried surfer. Only after reading your comment I get what the answer is referring to, like posh not too intelligent girls you see in some movies with teenagers. I wonder which was first and if in any way it has influenced each other or has completely nothing to do with each other.
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level 79
Jan 31, 2019
In 80s terminology, stone washed was a lighter blue with tiny splotches that were closer are white. Acid washed was light blue with large areas that were white. I know that acid works but the more correct answer and the one that should be displayed is acid.
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level 61
Feb 16, 2019
Erm, don't know about the shade of blue, but with splotches it couldn't have been from stones, they don't make liquid drops like acid... (I know later on they weren't using actual stones, but other abrasive material in a mechanized way. But still not a corrosive liquid that can make droplets) Sorry for my bad English.
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level 62
Jan 31, 2019
Guessed Olivia Newton John for the exercise tape question. Seems to fit as well.
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level 61
Jan 31, 2019
Please accept Hakey Sack and Haky Sack
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level 61
Feb 16, 2019
If it would sound the same maybe, but this sounds like hay-key not hack (as in attack) so the c is necessary
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level 61
Jan 31, 2019
Got 5/20, but then again, I was born in 2005
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level 60
Jan 31, 2019
You should accept "yuppie", I tried it and didn't end up getting it.
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level 72
Jan 31, 2019
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level 72
Jan 31, 2019
Wendy's had the "Super Bar" in some locations. It had a tex-mex option. Pretty much the only reason I went to Wendy's, then I would immediately regret the decision after eating. Tasted good going down though.
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level 32
Jan 31, 2019
Is it possible to change the name of the quiz to US fads of the 80s - doesn’t relate to the rest of the world
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level 61
Feb 16, 2019
Well, walkman and Rubicks cube does.
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level 64
Feb 1, 2019
I didn't realize a lot of these were eighties fads, it seems like they were popular in the nineties as well. Although I have never heard of a Members Only Jacket.
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level 59
Feb 1, 2019
God, the Jane Fonda answer! I tried so many spellings of Susanne Somers' name, I was sure it was her work with thighmaster!
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level 53
Feb 2, 2019
I wasn't even alive in this decade and I still got 13.
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level 67
Mar 20, 2019
So what?...... I got 16/22 for Ancient Greek Trivia and that was over 2,000 years ago.
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level 50
Mar 20, 2019
The "Baby on Board" sign is meant to help emergency responders identify if there is a child in the car in need of rescue.