All posts tagged: 1998

1998: An Ultimate Supercut from a Pretty Awesome Year

It’s hard to believe that it’s 2015. It’s even harder to believe that the 90’s were not last decade, but rather 20 years ago. In 1998 I was the tender age of 11. I was highly influenced, liked girls but didn’t admit it yet, and wanted nothing more than to be treated like a big kid (even though I still played with my action figures). The late 90’s were a time of attitude, n64 and the Spice Girls Here is the most ultimate super-cut of everything from 1998 that will make you miss the 90s.

Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed

It’s the show that magicians around the world DON’T want you to see! It’s also the television special/series that most of America didn’t want to see either, but that didn’t stop FOX. Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed started as a four-part TV special in 1997/98 that starred “The Masked Magician”, as he shows you how all of the biggest tricks are pulled off. It wasn’t long before magician was revealed to be Val Valentino, a struggling artist who had yet to make any real splash for himself up until that point. The first specials were billed as a “must watch TV event” and they felt like it. This was so new and seemed forbidden. I watched in awe as the Masked Magician outed David Copperfield and others. It made me both want to go see a magic show, and never again watch anything so fake…I’ll stick to wrestling thank you very much. A decade after the success of the initial TV specials, Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed finally became a full …

Movies I Forgot Exsisted: Buddy, Born to Be Wild and Ed

Hollywood studios tend to copy each other on the strangest things sometimes. You’ll see it from time to time, when one movie about a mall-cop comes out, another is released months after, despite the fact that there has never being any other movies about mall-cops. Or even now, Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Enemy where he’s confronted by someone who looks exactly like him. Jesse Eisenberg stars in The Double, where’s he’s confronted by someone who looks exactly like him. You wonder if this is because of studios wanting to compete with one another or if it’s pure coincidence. In the late 90’s for some strange reason, studios were all about Apes. I’m not talking about Planet of the Apes, I’m talking about family comedies about someone’s friendship with an ape.   It all started with Born to Be Wild, a 1995 film about a juvenile delinquent who befriends a gorilla.   Then in 1996 out came Ed, a story about a chimpanzee joining a baseball team. Side note: did you forget that Matt LeBlanc was …

North American Ice Storm of 1998

In retrospect of the minor (read: very minor) ice storm Ontario just experienced, I wanted to shed light on the massive ice storm that crippled Quebec and parts of Ontario, Eastern Canada and even areas bordering New York and Central Maine in January of 1998. I need not explain the intricacies and unpredictability of the weather, so I won’t. All you need to know is large amounts of freezing rain fell for a very long time, coating affected areas with upwards of 120mm of thick ice. What follows are some pictures demonstrating the damage: Power was lost in some areas for up to a month. Roads were impassable. Hydro lines completely iced over and in some cases brought to the ground. Trees were toppled, vehicles immobilized in place and thousands of humans frozen in their tracks – including 25 fatalities due to hypothermia. The Canadian Forces deployed over 15,000 personnel to assist in the recuperation process. It was the largest deployment ever of military personnel in response to a natural disaster and most in general …