10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Wonder Woman.

Looking for something to quench that thirst for retro knowledge? Always wanted to know more about your favourite films, TV shows and characters? Well…looks no further than our very own series of 10 Things You didn’t Know about… blog posts!

This time around we’re diving into the super weird and super wonderful world of the Princess Diana of Themyscira herself with our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Wonder Woman!

Take a peep below at some of the amazing and sometimes shocking facts we’ve just uncovered about everyone’s favourite heroine. Enjoy!
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1 – Wonder Woman never actually had a dad. Weirdly she was formed out of clay by her mother and brought to life by the Greek god’s. As you do…
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2 – She sure can talk the talk! Not only can she handle herself in any situation, she can also speak her native Themysciran, Ancient and Modern Greek, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mandarin, Russian and Hindi!
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3 – When Wonder Woman is chained up or her bracelets are stuck together, she loses all her powers. This actually happens a lot in the stories much like a lot of other superheroes however it gives her a chance to use cunning and wit to help her break free, showing off more of her talents.
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4 – Wonder Woman has run for president in the comic books…twice! Yep back in 1943 and again in 1972 the Princess ran to run the US of A but sadly she didn’t win. For shame!
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5 – Thought she’s had a few costume changes over the years and more dramatically only just recently (on our blog here), her very first outfit was changed after it received a number of complaints about it….mostly to so with her exposed back. As a result the comic book industry introduced the Comics Code Authority in 1954 and made sure her back is always covered more.
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6 – Wonder Woman actually started life as Suprema. The name Suprema was dropped before ever going to print and Wonder Woman was born.
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7 – She has an invisible fortress called The WonderDome! Despite being able to fly on her own pretty darn fast, Wonder Woman has an invisible plane but it doesn’t stop there. The plane has been known to turn into a fortress in the sky too!
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8 – Now as pretty mad as this seems to us, her very first role in The Justice Society’s was as their secretary! She wasn’t even allowed on missions!
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9 – Her alter ego Diana Prince was actually a nurse who she met and then paid so that she could use all of her details.
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10 – The spin she does to change into her costume was never written in the comics but was introduced for the screen.
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So there you have them folks! Hopefully we’ve taught you a little something about this truly iconic character and hopefully have made you love her that little bit extra along the way.

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Pat Sharp’s Fun House Turns 26 Today!

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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10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Footloose

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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Peel the Power! Bananaman First Released 35 Years Ago Today!

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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Retro 80s ZX Spectrum Gets a Reboot This April!

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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