Random 80′s Trivia

It’s wacky! It’s fun! It’s cr-a-a-a-zy! It’s outrageous!!

We can hardly grasp it! The TV icon that raised us through the 80s is turning an amazing 26 years old today!

Yep way back in 1989, we were first introduced to one of the most loved places frankly in the world, The Fun House! It had everything, fun messy games (loved the gunge!), head to head school battles, questions, go-carts and of course (the guy who puts the fun into Fun House) Pat Sharp and his twin cheerleaders Mel and Martina. What more could we have possibly wanted??

Running for an impressive ten years, Fun House was THE kids show of the 90s and was the one place every kid wanted to visit and make as much mess as possible.

For those not in the know, Fun House consisted of two teams from separate schools who would battle it out in and around the Fun House to earn points. After each game there would be a series of questions that could also earn extra points for each team.

After three usually pretty messy games, it was time for the best thing on TV ever and what every kid wish they could do…the Fun-Kart grand Prix!

Each team would then battle it out on the track to collect bonus points before switching drivers. It was perfect!

From all of here at TruffleShuffle, we’d love to say a huuuuge Happy Birthday to Fun House and all of the amazing people who helped make our childhood that extra special including our retro hero Pat Sharp.

Why not celebrate in style with one of our exclusive Fun House T-Shirts featuring the theme tune and the iconic cast….

So what are your memories of this iconic show? Let us know bu leaving a comment below of sending us a tweet on @truffleshuffle_

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It’s back! Yep we’re right back at you with another edition of our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About blog posts! Oh how we’ve missed them :)
This time around we’ve let our feet lead the way as we’re celebrating the 31st anniversary of the release of one of the most famous and loved dancing themed films ever….Footloose!
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Yep as hard as it might be to even begin to think about, Footloose first hit the screens back in 1984 and has been a cheesy dance icon ever since. Earning a number of nominations including Best Music, Original Song (Oscar), Best Original Song – Motion Picture (Golden Globe) and even winning a Best Album of Instrumental Score (Grammy) it’s easy to see just how much of a retro legend this 80s flick is.

So! Dust of those dancing shoes and take a trip with us back to 1984 as we dig out and reveal our top 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About Footloose. Enjoy!

1- Footloose is loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and extremely religious farming town of Elmore City, Oklahoma back in 1978. Dancing had been banned for nearly 90 years until a group of high school teens challenged it, winning the right to have dancing at their prom.
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2- The dancing feet in the opening credit sequence contained many of the film’s cast and crew. Over 150 different pairs of feet were shot in all. The dancer with the gold shoes was actually singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins.
3- Doing some research for the role, Bacon posed as a high-school student in Provo, Utah, near where the movie was filmed. Only the principal and guidance counselor knew his true identity.
“It was very much like my experience in the movie. A lot of the kids were hostile and the girls did a lot of giggling. People bumped into me in the halls. One kid, who was a lot like Chris Penn’s character, was sweet and supportive. Basically I was terrified.”
4- When the movie was first released, Kevin did a Russian Jump at the end while dancing. This has since been cut from the movie but can be seen sometimes on some older copies
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5- Good call! Kevin was offered the leading role for the Stephen King movie Christine (1983), at the same time that he was asked to do a screen test for Footloose (1984). The producers had to convince Bacon that turning down a sure role in “Christine” for a part he might not even get in ‘Footloose’ was the wiser choice. The producers told him that if he got the part, the role would make him a star. 30 seconds into the screen test, Bacon was offered the part!
6- The scenes where Chris Penn’s character had to learn how to dance were added to the script because Penn really could not dance and had to be taught.
7- Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe were both slated to play the lead. The casting directors were impressed with Cruise because of the famous underwear dance sequence in ‘Risky Business’ (1983), but he was unavailable for the part because he was filming American Football film ‘All the Right Moves’ (1983).
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8- Kevin Bacon actually broke out in hives around his middle when he had to film the City Council scene where he makes the case for holding a prom dance. He says he has never liked public speaking and this has never happened since.
9- The big dance finale almost didn’t happen!  The rock-out ending is one of the film’s most memorable scenes, but the studio initially didn’t have enough money for the lavish setup and instead closed the movie with a slow-motion dance sequence. Audiences gave it a thumbs down in test screenings, so six weeks before the premiere, they raised more money, hired new dancers, and re-shot the finale.
10- Frances Lee McCain, who plays Ren’s mother, is actually only fourteen years older than Kevin.
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So there you have them folks! Learn something new? Got something you can teach us? Let us know by leaving a comment below.See you next time!

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As mad as it is to think, Britain’s fruitiest superhero first hit the comic strips today back in 1980!

First appearing in the very first issue of Nutty (then later the Dandy), Eric Wimp AKA Bananaman is an ordinary schoolboy living at 29 Acacia Road, Nuttytown (originally) who when he feels the need or there is hero work to be done eats a Banana which transforms him into one of the most loved retro superheroes ever!

Eric had a crush on Fiona, the newsreader, and as Bananaman he had to fight against the evil plots of General Blight, the Heavy Mob, Dr Gloom, and some aliens called Nerks lead by King Zorg. Busy boy!

Later hitting the screens in 1983, we were introduced to his classic theme tune and intro and a new look Eric making him looks slightly less punky and more nerdy. Perfect Superhero material :)

“This is 29, Acacia Road. And this is Eric, the schoolboy who leads an exciting double life. For when Eric eats a banana, an amazing transformation occurs. Eric is Bananaman. Ever alert for the call to action.”

Running for a total of 40 episodes which were just 5 minutes long, Bananaman certainly isn’t the longest living superhero there has ever been but his quirky get up and silly nature really won our hearts and also made us think that Bananas were just about as powerful and things got!

Now, we’re not sure if you’ve heard but there are big plans for Bananaman in 2015! Huge! Yep there have been a number of rumours that this year will see the first Bananaman movie which will be written by Robin Midian. Watch this space….

www.bananamanmovie.com

.Why not celebrate one of the best 80s Superheroes and TV shows with some exclusive and totally official Bananaman T-Shirts and Fancy Dress items! With so many designs to pick from, you’re bound to find something apeeling :)
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Great news retro gamer fans! The iconic Spectrum consoles which first came into our lives way back in 1982 is set to make a comeback in spectacular fashion!
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For those of us not in the know or simply perhaps too young to be clued up (some of us included!), The Spectrum was among the first mainstream home computers in the UK and came in a few different models and specs through the following years including a 16kb RAM and one with 48kb RAM. Mad compared to the number of gigabytes of RAM we have now! Probably explains why the thing took so long to load :)

As exciting as all that was back in the day, it’s probably almost as exciting as the news we’ve just received that this will be making a comeback and will be better than ever!

Produced by SMS Electronics in Nottinghamshire, the project has been in full swing with fans all over the world donating over £130,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to get things off the ground and to become a reality.

The latest iteration of the console will look the same as the original, and comes pre-loaded with more than 1,000 classic games including…
Jetpac

Manic Miner

Jet Set Willy
Ant Attack
Elite
R-Type
Chuckie Egg
Plenty of awesome games to be played! So how much will this cost you wonder? These are expected to sell for less than £100 when it goes on sale later in April. You’d better start clearing a space under you telly then….

Don’t forget to check out our huuuuge range of retro gaming T-Shirts available at TruffleShuffle.co.uk! The perfect place to celebrate your inner (or not so much inner) geek!

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Ahhh how we’ve missed these! It’s been a little while since we did our last 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…feature. It’s just all gone wild here at TruffleTowers with more and more cool products hitting the store and everyone getting nice and ready for Christmas. Exciting!

So! To kick things back off with a bang, we’ve been searching the cyber-space-web-net for some of the coolest, most interesting and unknown facts about one of the world’s most-lived cartoons, Tom and Jerry!

Taking us right back to our childhood of watching this at home and at school on rainy days when we couldn’t go outside. (Remember the big old TV’s??….scary). Sit back and take a trip down memory lane with us as we teach you some of our top Tom and Jerry facts. Enjoy!
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1) Tom and Jerry were actually lined up to star in 1988 classic flick ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, sadly legal smegle issues stopped it from ever happening happening. However! The cartoon team had already featured in live action films before including the 1945 ‘Anchors Aweigh’, when Jerry stole the show in a dance sequence with Gene Kelly!

Some might know this from the Family Guy adaptation with Stewie...

2) The fantastic creators of this cartoon classic – William Hanna and Joseph Barbera went on to create The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Smurfs and countless others. Imagine the cartoon world without all of these!
3) Tom and Jerry actually got their names from a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. This was won by John Carr who bagged himself $50 as a reward. Before this chance Tom was known as Jasper and Jerry was nameless.
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4) Back in 1975, Tom and Jerry actually became friends, proper friends! In a special series, we saw them travel the world competing in sports, solving mysteries and enjoying some good old fashioned bromance. Luckily, it didn’t last.
5) Tom and Jerry had a spin-off! A series called Spike & Tyke was created in 1957 and saw the American bulldog father-and-son team who occasionally beat up Tom! :( Sadly they only released two episodes before the studio was shut down.
6) Sometimes criticized for being what many consider unnecessarily violent, in reality, there is actually no blood or gore in any of the original cartoons and neither are ever seriously injured.
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7) Thirteen entries in the Tom and Jerry series were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. Seven of them went on to win the Academy Award, breaking the Disney studio’s winning streak in that category! Tom and Jerry won more Academy Awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series. Amazing!
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8 ) Back in 2000, Tom and Jerry was named one of the greatest television shows of all time by Time magazine.
9) Bit of a sad one folks! In the final episode of Tom and Jerry produced by Hanna Barbara Cartoons, the two come to a very bad end when they both take their own lives on a train track. See for yourself
10) Did you know that we’ve got our hands on some amazing Tom and Jerry T-Shirts including our latest collection below! Take a peep…
So there you have them folks! Lot’s of little facts for you to enjoy (or not at some may be). Know any other cool Tom and Jerry facts? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks everyone!

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Such a little treat fr you here folks! Ever look back at old pictures, find something from the depths of the darkest cupboard, or even see something online that makes you just scream….Ahhh!! I remember that!?

Well! We’ve been busy collecting some amazing pictures that are just bursting with nostalgia goodness ready to show you guys and send the memories flooding back. If you were born in the 80s but grew up in the 90s like many of us here did, these should transport you back to the school playground or those long hot summers. Enjoy!

No party was truly complete with out PARTY RINGS!
Remember trying to work out what the big art attacks would be? Art Attack showed us we could all create something special with just a few little odds and ends from around the house and of course….more PVA glue than anyone would possibly own. Amazing!
Tucked away at the back or your school sports hall was a weird and wonderful mash or metal, wood and rope. It was only until everything was pulled into place and belted down that you saw the brilliance that was the climbing gym! Loved it!
Surely no packed lunch is complete without these little gems!
Now you certainly shouldn’t, but you (like us) played football in the street or…well…on any patch of grass that was big enough. this inevitably meant your ball would be stuck under the surrounding cars more than they went in the goal. Only one thing to do…..
Smoking on these badboys and looking just so cool ;)
Everyone had one of these little pocket pets! Needing more attention than any real life pet, these were so much fun until they does for no real reason leaving us devastated.
Hours and hours of fun to be had with a classic Scalextric set! collecting cars, building the ultimate tracks and hoping it all worked when you wanted it to. Heaven!
Anyone remember the little bit at the end you just couldn’t get to? Such injustice :)
Your handwriting hasn’t been the same since you used one of these.
Getting your feet measured at Clarks! Can still feel the tickle form the tape now :)
The legend that was Otis the Aardvark
Back when how you looked was the clearly least important thing about any football player, we collected Football Stickers! Opening each new pack with hope for a cool and rare shiny card, then frogginging through the book  to fill the gaps. Oh and swapping!
Such a simple classic! Push down, wait and watch it fly! Naturally these were quickly banned from schools but this was probably after you’d lost them anyways :)
X-Brain Yoyos were THE toy at our school! How long could yours sleep for? How many tricks could you do? Can still feel the sore spot on our fingers from the string now :)
no school years were complete without the simple OHP. The noise, the heat! and of course getting to be in charge of this in-front of the school or class was the ultimate honour. Simple times.
Best view for any retro school kid…..enough said….
Ahh so many well spend hours battling with the evil Ivo Robotnik all the while trying to capture as many rings as possible while whizzing around. Such a classic.
So what are your biggest childhood/school memories? LEt us know by leaving a comment below and we might just add some extras in :)

Thanks everyone!

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