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UFO Sightings in the 1980s
by whatintheworldisthat in Culture & Society
Unidentified flying objects (UFOs) became cemented into the public consciousness in 1947, when private pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing several flying disks over Mt. Rainier, Washington. His sighting and the thousands that followed throughout the ensuing decades have been the subject of endless debates. Sighting TypesAstronomer J. Allen Hynek created a classification system for UFO experien
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The Top 10 1980s Movies
by avdempsey in Arts & Entertainment
The 1980s was a decade of prosperity, hairbands and over-the-top movies. Fantasies like "The Empire Strikes Back," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Back to the Future" helped viewers escape, while dramas like "Platoon," "The Killing Fields" and "Ghandi" made them face the grim realities. The 1980s launched some of the most popular serial films ever made and continued serial franchises such as "St
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Toys in the 1980s
by zuz in Hobbies, Games & Toys
Every decade has its share of toys that will never be forgotten by the people who grew up playing with them. The 1980s spawned many faddish toy lines kids could not live without then, as well as some enduring gems. Some were tied to movie or TV franchises, while others were just original ideas that caught on across the world. Action FiguresThe first series of "Star Wars" films ended in the '80s
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About Homelessness in the 1980s
by lewing in Culture & Society
Given the steady growth of social spending that started during the 1930s New Deal era, and beyond, Americans might have been forgiven for believing that homelessness had disappeared as a problem. The 1980s shook up this notion, as the number of "street people" rose exponentially during President Ronald Reagan's fiercely conservative administration, which abandoned its stake in the public housing b

Hairdos in the 1980s
by Israel in Fashion, Style & Personal Care
Hairstyles of the 1980s were grandiose and attention getting. Experimentation was the fad and people made use of large amounts of hairspray, mousse and gel to keep their large styles in place. While styles often came and went quickly in the 80s, there were a few styles that were very popular and memorable. The Jheri CurlThis style was one of the most popular in the 1980s and even held strong un
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How to Decorate for the 1980s
by Matthieu Bozec in Home & Garden
The 1980s was marked by very specific styles in home decor. One was influenced by the American Southwest or the television show "Miami Vice." Another was considered, at the time, to be ultra-contemporary. Over time, these home-decor trends lost favor with consumers. The contemporary look from the '80s can be used to suit some tastes.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Place lacquer tables in the kitche
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Fashions of the 1980s
by B3CFT in Fashion, Style & Personal Care
The decade of the 1980s was known as the "Me generation" and fashion was a reflection of the power for lust, money and all it's accouterments. Individual self expression
and creativity in style was influenced by the sport, music and movie industries. Fashion
designers including Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein obtained recognition designing luxury
collections. Bold patterns, bright col
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1980s Jeans for Men
by krs in Fashion, Style & Personal Care
The 1980s definitely made a fashion statement. From neon pink and green shirts to acid washed jeans and shoulder pads, these styles defined the decade. The men of the 80s were be seen sporting "Members Only" jackets, parachute pants and tight leather pants, but the jeans were in a category all by themselves. Acid WashAcid wash jeans were all the rage in the 1980s and worn by both men and women.
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Hairstyles From the 1980s
by skimple in Fashion, Style & Personal Care
The introduction of the 1980s began new fashion trends in hairstyles inspired by a response to an atmosphere of excess and eccentric contradictions found throughout the decade. Hair during the 80s was big, excessive and rebellious. Women wore scrunchies and side-ponytails complemented by leg warmers, outrageous outfits and quirky bracelets. More than a crowning glory, hair in the 80s was a stateme

1980s Inventions
by Edo in Hobbies, Games & Toys
As with most decades in the last 50 years, the 1980s were notable for many inventions. The inventions of the decade stand at the dawn of the digital age and are major influences in the shaping of technology today. ComputersEarly PCHemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty ImagesIn 1981, IBM released what it called the “Personal Computer,” the first time the term was used and where the
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