This nostalgia trip was brought to you by the letter “c” for “cereal” and “cartoons”

At the beginning of “Breakfast Club,” rapper Murs alludes to the notion that we should all be able to relate to the following childhood memory: waking up on Saturday morning, grabbing a big bowl of sugary cereal, and watching cartoons.

Sounds pretty sweet, right? If that’s how you remember your childhood, then bully, just bully! I, for one, harbored a very similar routine, only sans the sugary cereal.

You remember the whole “anti-dentite” routine from Seinfeld? Well my folks were “anti-sucrose-ites.”

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Totally 80s: He-Man and She-Ra (Though mostly He-Man, and Teela)

Welcome the next installment of my year-long look back at the decade that was ruled by big hair and bigger egos. Every other week I’ll be covering pop culture tidbits from the 1980s, sharing memories, choking on the ridiculousness, and maybe offering an insight or two into what made the 1980s so great/bad/silly. Serving as my inspiration are two lists from Buzzfeed, and I’ll include links to the original list items in each post. So throw on your neon windbreaker, lace up your hi-tops, and adjust your Wayfarers, because this DeLorean is taking off! (Ugh. Did I really just type that? Gag me with spoon, seriously.)

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List item #16 from 53 Things Only 80s Girls Can Understand

How She-Ra was the O. G. badass.

Well okay, but...
Well okay, but…

I think Buzzfeed might have gotten their female Masters of the Universe characters mixed up here, because I’m pretty darn sure that Teela was the real O. G. badass of the series…the animated series.

That's right, boys.
That’s right, boys.

Or, maybe the Sorceress was.

These image searchers are becoming scarier all the time.
These image searches are becoming scarier all the time.

In any event, when I first considered this list item, I couldn’t for the life of me place She-Ra in the same sphere as He-Man. While doing my dutiful research, I remembered that’s because she wasn’t. At least not at first. She was introduced in a later animated movie. Looking at images of her action figure, I’m pretty sure she was not in my collection of Barbie and Jem dolls. But Teela…Teela was, as was all the badassery that came with her.

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Totally 80s: Jem and the Holograms

Welcome the next installment of my year-long look back at the decade that was ruled by big hair and bigger egos. Every other week I’ll be covering pop culture tidbits from the 1980s, sharing memories, choking on the ridiculousness, and maybe offering an insight or two into what made the 1980s so great/bad/silly. Serving as my inspiration are two lists from Buzzfeed, and I’ll include links to the original list items in each post. So throw on your neon windbreaker, lace up your hi-tops, and adjust your Wayfarers, because this DeLorean is taking off! (Ugh. Did I really just type that? Gag me with spoon, seriously.)

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List item #4 from 53 Things Only 80s Girls Can Understand

You knew being a rock star with a secret identity was the best job ever!

With the recent announcement that a Jem and the Holgrams movie is in the works, it only seems appropriate that I cover it here. Also…c’mon…it’s JEM!

While Jem has a ways to go before reaching the levels of revitalization of My Little Pony, she was king of a small big deal when I was a kid. I say “small” because, at least in my neck of the woods, Jem dolls were never quite as popular as Barbie and the Cabbage Patch Kids. But all of my friends then them, at least one. I had one — Pizzazz, the leader of the “bad girls” band and rival of the Holograms, the Misfits (no relation). And she ruled over the Barbies in my house, with her single knee sock and electric green hair.

Pizzazz
You want “badass” in plastic and polyester? You got it right here.

 

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