Tag Archives: 1980s

Sugar: “Sweet, Pure, and Natural” (circa 1988)

I can’t even begin with this.

WXIA-TV Atlanta 11 Alive News EXTRA: “Superstitions” (circa 1988)

Only Atlanta’s finest new source would DARE to go so far in-depth on the important subjects of our time: ARE YOU SUPERSTITIOUS?

Introducing the Hershey Symphony Bar (circa 1989)

Say what you will about the lower quality of most American chocolates, I still enjoy a “fancy” Hershey bar from time to time!

Ad Council: “Take Pride In America: Clint Eastwood” (circa 1989)

Remember when Eastwood was a “bleeding heart liberal” who cared about the environment?

Target: “Right on the money” (circa 1989)

We never shopped at Target because it was too expensive.

How To Solve Rubik’s Cube Every Time

As a child of the 1980s, I’ve been fascinated by the apparent complexity of Rubik’s Cube–the world-famous puzzle toy designed by Hungarian architect Emö Rubik–but I could never solve one past peeling the stickers and placing them in the correct position (a trick my uncle taught me that could be used to “mess with the Cube nerds”). I’ve had a newer model sitting around for a few years, and as one of my “COVID Side Projects”, I finally learned the proper way to solve the Cube.

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The Algorithms:

Building the yellow cross:

If you have no yellow edge pieces on the top face, then F U R U’ R’ F’

If you have a line of yellow pieces through the center, then reorient the entire cube so that the line is vertical to your perspective and F U R U’ R’ F’

If you have two yellow edge pieces making an “L” shape, then turn the top layer until the edge pieces are in the 12:00 and 9:00 positions and F U R U’ R’ F’

Solving the yellow face:

If there are 0 or 2 yellow corners showing, then R U R’ U R U2 R’

If there is 1 yellow corner showing (“the goldfish”), then turn the top layer until the yellow corner piece is in the lower left of the face (the “goldfish” will be diving to the left) and R U R’ U R U2 R’

Set up the top layer:

If there are no matching corner pieces on any faces of the top layer, then L’ U R U’ L U R’ R U R’ U R U2 R’

If there is a set of matching corner pieces on a face, then reorient the cube so that face is on the left and L’ U R U’ L U R’ R U R’ U R U2 R’

Continue until there are matching corner pieces on all 4 faces

Solve the top layer:

F2 U’ R’ L F2 L’ R U’ F2

Continue until the top layer is solved, then rotate the top layer to solve faces as necessary.

Time Life Music: “Tonight’s The Night” (circa 1989)

Could you get any less subtle with a compilation of love songs called “Tonight’s The Night”?

Trident: “Telltale signs” (circa 1989)

Millions of teeth can’t be wrong?

TBS: “Two Nights of Walking Tall” (circa 1989)

TBS built its media empire on the MGM and WB back catalogues. It seemed that they showed a movie several times per day, saving the best programming for their mid-week late slots to grab viewers from The Networks.

Uptons Anniversary Sale (circa 1989)

Before Kohl’s, Uptons was the neighborhood department store in the suburban South.