I was a very proud Flinstones Kid. I took my chewable vitamins everyday, often going for the red “Wilma” cherry flavored one. Hard to believe they were first introduced in 1968, but then again The Flintstones were at their peak in the mid-60s. This is one of the earliest cases of using a pop culture image to market and sell a product. The product was not only successful in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, but is still on the market today. That jingle was so catchy they could have put that with anything and my mom would have bought it for me. What about Flintstones Chewable Morphine? Advertisements
I didn’t understand Shrinky Dinks that much, but I did enjoy the name. The idea was that they were these large sheets that you could draw/color on, then you heat them in the over (or get your parents to do so) and voila, you had a small hard plate known as a Shrinky Dink. It seems cool when you first hear of it, but then the novelty wears off. It’s like buying those dinosaur sponges that after soaking them in water for 10 minutes would grown to be twice as big…. I can see the value of Shrinky Dinks for costume jewelery, but as a kid what would you do with your Shrinky Dinks after? Keep it around for a day, then probably lose it.
If you were a Simpsons buff like me growing up, you obviously remember the episode E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt) from Season 11 as being one of the last truly great episodes. In an effort to grow crops on his family’s abandoned farm, Homer plants tobacco seeds with tomato seeds and waters it with plutonium. The end result…Tomacco, a highly addictive vegetable that “tastes like grandma”. Tomacco became a common reference ever since for items that really weren’t good but yet we always wanted one. McDonald’s Pizza for instance. While Tomacco seemed like a cartoon plot, we are getting closer and closer to it being a reality with the creation of TomTatos, a half tomato/half potato plant. This Frankensteinian plant will be available for sale starting next April. But with that said, scientists need to beware….or else….