Fun Facts about the 80s

The 80s were busy and action packed, so naturally there are tons of fun facts about the 80s that you may or may not know:

Before August of 1981, there was no MTV. The first video aired was ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ by the Buggles.

Duran Duran got their name from a character in a 1960s film Barbarella.

Coca-Cola caused a big hullabaloo when they changed the formula of Coke. The public was unhappy and expressed their disapproval, causing Coca-Cola to go back to the original formula; they called it Coke Classic.

The awesome guitar in Michael Jackson’s song ‘Beat It’ was none other than Eddie Van Halen.

Computers in the early 80s only had 64 kilobytes of memory.

Tipper Gore started the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) during the 80s, and the group is responsible for the parental advisory stickers on albums.

McDonalds Chicken McNuggets were put on its ever-expanding menu in 1981, changing the lives of children everywhere.

The Echo in Echo and the BunnyMen was the name of the drum machine.

The lead singer of Flock of Seagulls was a hairdresser before he joined the group. Go figure.

The first Grammy award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental went to Jethro Tull in 1989 for Crest of a Knave. They beat out the heavy favorite – Metallica. Because people felt as if the Awards were slightly out of touch with genres, they ended up separating the best Hard Rock and Metal performance award.

The earliest cell phones had huge battery packs and could weigh over 20 pounds.

The prep movement even had its own handbook in the 80s. The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach was sort of tongue-in-cheek, but it was taken very seriously.

The term eat my shorts, commonly attributed to Bart Simpson, was actually started by the above-mentioned preps. In The Official Preppy Handbook.

There were a total of eight Friday the 13th’ movies released throughout the decade, ensuring sleepless nights for at least a couple of days once a year or so.

The drink that gives you wings, Red Bull, was actually first available in 1987. They even used the same slogan.

Leftover rice pilaf and vegetables were ingeniously formed into what was called the Gardenburger in 1981, to the delight of vegetarians everywhere.

Ubu, the dog of Sit, Ubu, sit…good dog… (woof!) fame was the pet of Gary David Goldberg, and named after the surrealist French play Ubu Roi. Gary and Ubu used to travel the world together, and the well-known clip of the dog was taken in Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre in Paris, with a Frisbee in his mouth, and was seen after the hit 80s sitcom Family Ties.

It was an entertaining decade – to say the least – and gave us tons of fun facts about the 80s to wonder about…and eventually discover.