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Ever seen this handout that helps you memorize the US presidents?

As an elementary schooler during the early 1990s, I was tasked with memorizing all the US presidents. The instructor provided an illustrated handout that was supposed to help us remember the names in order by using mnemonic devices and sound-alikes. I would LOVE to see this handout again! Description inside. [more inside]
posted by meggan on Dec 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Would Like to Recall Name of Specific Arcade Game Early '90s

It was an upright arcade game, but played like a board game. You and some (allegedly) hyper intelligent extraterrestrial take turns placing tokens (colonies, energy nodes, whatever) on a series of boards that change from round to round. Tokens next to the token you place get 'flipped' to your color. There was console art depicting spacey aliens with pseudopods. [more inside]
posted by newdaddy on Nov 4, 2014 - 4 answers

I'll take Palo Alto in the early 90s, Alex

It's been well over 20 years since I lived in the Bay Area, and my memory is hazy, at best. I'm looking for the names of two specific establishments that I can vaguely remember from the early 1990s. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Aug 3, 2014 - 7 answers

"Survive for long on the streets and you're a warrior." Name that tune?

In my early clubbing days, at the start of the 1990s, I used to hear a ravey/housey/techno song with a repeated refrain (possibly a vocal sample lifted from elsewhere) that sounded like "Survive for long on the streets and you're a warrior." As I recall, this line was spoken rapidly and aggressively, with what sounded like a British accent... and the vocal may have been sped up (as a lot of vocal loops were in dance tracks around that time). [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on May 12, 2014 - 2 answers

ISO the Mexican Pixies

If you liked rock/punk music and you lived in Mexico in the late '80s and early '90s, what Mexican bands did you like?
posted by elizeh on May 4, 2014 - 7 answers

What was that arty architecture/design magazine from a decade back?

This is killing me, because I used to know. Indie, quirky, much-beloved NY-based shelter and design magazine from late 90s - early 00s. Lasted maybe three years? Did fun stuff with typography. Not Domino. I keep thinking it was called Egg, but that was something else.
posted by neroli on Mar 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Name That Late 90's Shampoo-Filter!

Asking for a friend: "I am more that a little embarrassed at how much time I spent trying to figure out what shampoo/conditioner I used to use in the late '90s. It came from the grocery store; the kind I got was in a light blue cylindrical bottle, with this weird cap where you pulled the whole thing up but the middle stayed down. It smelled SO GOOD -- a faintly citrus, faintly marine smell. If I could find it I would pay like $30 on ebay for a bottle just so I could reverse-engineer that smell." Any ideas, Hive?...
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 28, 2014 - 11 answers

She inspired my first AOL screen name! I have to find her again!

In the early 90s, as a teenager, I read a hardcover novel that I found on the new books shelf of our local library. All I remember about it was that it was set in the future, and involved an elaborate online world, a lot like Second Life. The main character, a woman, had never entered this world before, but she created an avatar in order to investigate a crime. Her avatar was named ELFIE and when she lurked invisibly in the world, she was represented as a pair of blinking eyes on the screen, but when she could actually affect things happening in the online world, she was a small, pretty elf. This book inspired my first email address: Elfie2@aol.com, which I kept for years, so I want to find it again. I am 100% positive about these facts, but I remember absolutely nothing else. Can you help?
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jan 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Fascinating, geeky single-topic web sites from the 90s/early 00s?

I was thinking back to high school, when I spent hours browsing archives such as the Jargon File, the d20 SRD, and bash.org. Of course, these are just scratching the surface - I read pages and pages of D+D files, funny anecdotes, and interesting stories on personal sites. I miss the magic of diving into a site like that - any recommendations?
posted by LSK on Jan 13, 2014 - 12 answers

History Trivia

I'm writing a trivia game for a birthday party. What are events from the 1950s through today that 60 yr olds would have a good grasp of that I would miss out on just by scanning through wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by troika on Nov 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Beyond the Berlin Trilogy

Seeking recommendations on media--books (novels and nonfiction), movies, music, maybe even documentaries--on life in Berlin during the 1980s and 1990s. I'm especially interested in the punk scene and any other counter cultural groups through this time period. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 26, 2013 - 12 answers

'90s sitcom redheads?

Help me brainstorm a list of red-headed sitcom characters from the 1990s. [more inside]
posted by ashputtel on Sep 27, 2013 - 24 answers

Song ID: UK house hit, late '80s - early '90s

I'm trying to rebuild a mix tape made for me by a London friend around 1989-1990. One track I'm having trouble finding started out with "Are you sitting comfortably? [Good.] Then I'll begin," which is a sample from the BBC's "Listen with Mother" radio series (click on the second old time radio for a clip, starts at the :16sec mark). After that it had a very deep man's voice saying "Welcome," over and over again while the music ramped up behind it. I always thought the man sounded like Worf, from ST: TNG. Any leads?
posted by cocoagirl on Sep 12, 2013 - 6 answers

ID the pantyhose comedian from the early 90s?

Probably a long shot, but I'm trying to identify a stand-up comedian who I would have seen live in Peoria, IL in the early 1990s (definitely before 1994). I don't know if he was strictly stand-up or if he went on to any kind of career in mass media. He was a young black guy with great physical comic presence. The part of his act I have never forgotten is a very accurate and hilarious imitation of the contortions women go through to put on pantyhose, which ended with the comment that he loved the fact that every woman in the room would be thinking of him when they put on their hose from then on. I STILL do, after 20 years. Help me remember who I'm thinking of?
posted by dlugoczaj on Sep 12, 2013 - 1 answer

Name That Group/Album [early 1990s LA gangster rap edition]

Looking for the name of a group and their album from Compton (I think). Google-fu has failed. [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Aug 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Let me Lycos that for you.

Educational Internet scavenger hunt game from the late 1990s, with new questions and websites to explore each round. What early multiplayer web-based treasure hunt game thing was I playing? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Mar 27, 2013 - 3 answers

90s games filter: what game was this?

What was the name of a 90s game where you try to find a rabbit in a theme park world? [more inside]
posted by Submiqent on Mar 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Identify a TV documentary (1990s) about life in the jungle (audio clip)

My father and I watched a documentary on TV in the 90s (likely TVO in Canada, possibly a National Geographic production?). It was about a boy named Ali who lived in the jungle with his father. It showed their daily life, how they hunted for food, etc. One scene I clearly remember is the father teaching the son how to create poison darts using toads. I believe the title was "Ali's Jungle", but I can't find any references to it on the internet. My dad and I really enjoyed the theme song, which was hummed by the father as he played a thumb piano. Here is a recording my father made at the time: Theme Song Any help identifying this show would be appreciated!
posted by wivy on Mar 2, 2013 - 1 answer

Help on a building an audio experience to accompany a photo

For my job, I'm looking for some material to create an audio soundscape for this photo. I don't know much about hip hop or what might have been associated with hip hop culture in 1993 coastal Texas. What songs, ambient sounds, interview snippets, or other (very short) sound experiences would enhance your viewing of this photo?
posted by Miko on Feb 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Rap To Kick Back With

1990s Rap Music Question: Lately I've been thinking about "Without a Doubt" by Black Sheep and "Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G... They both use Isley Brothers samples that feature that same "whining" instrument that gives them a sort of nostalgic, laid-back, almost melancholy feel. And they're both about chilling and being happy instead of thugging out or getting violent. What other songs have that same non-gangsta, nostalgic vibe? I'm thinking there must have been more in the 90s that I haven't heard. Seems like the West Coast had a similar "whine" in their sound but it always sounded different than the examples I mentioned, and they were repping thug life more out west? I admit, I honestly don't know...take me to school, brothers and sisters. Thanks in advance.
posted by ktoad on Feb 17, 2013 - 25 answers

help with name of 1990s single-player game of spaceship combat

Hello, I was hoping that someone could name the turn-based space strategy game I played as a demo on my PC back around 1995. I offer these sketchy details: --it was a turn-based game where you piloted and battled using one or more spaceships --the game offered the intriguing feature of allowing you to design new spaceships --I remember learning the word "chassis" from the game, since you could choose what type of chassis you wanted in ship design, among other choices --the GUI was predominantly a gray-colored menu with text and options that you could interact with using the mouse, along with some more-or-less static images of planets and spaceships --I don't recall much in the way of storyline or even characters --I think you didn't see faces of characters much at all, or much of them otherwise. Thank you for trying to help me penetrate the obscurity.
posted by Perifferol on Feb 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Can anyone identify this indie, children's folk singer?

I've been wracking my brains trying to remember the identity of this female folk singer from the 1980s-1990s. She made at least a few albums targeted at kids, incorporating many environmental themes. And I can't for the life of me remember even enough to do a proper Google search. Gah! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jan 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Edgy mission statements from Gen-X-targeting 90's ad agencies?

I'm looking for mission statements from 90's advertising agencies. Specifically, super "edgy" ad agencies that targeted the Gen-X demographic. The more over the top and "extreme" the better. Worst-case scenario, I'd love to know where to start looking for them myself.
posted by defenestration on Jan 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Objects you'd find in a 1999 office?

Think of an office or cubicle in the United States around 1999, particularly in tech/IT companies. What kinds of objects would you see there which are less common now? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Dec 1, 2012 - 92 answers

Help me identify this videogame

Help me identify an old videogame. ~1990, combat between different spaceship types, with gravity, momentum and orbital physics. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Sep 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me remember the name of this show from 15+ years ago

Help me remember the name of this show from 15+ years ago [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 on Jul 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Canceled 90s buddy cop show?

Help me remember this canceled buddy cop show from the 90s. [more inside]
posted by xedrik on Jul 15, 2012 - 13 answers

Sometimes I want to be a PBS kid again

Hivemind, please help me find a PBS commercial that stuck in my impressionable kid brain! This would have been mid-1990s, probably on WGBH Boston and likely right before or after Bill Nye. My Google/Youtube-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Apr 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Beantown Legends

Boston Late 90s Fliter: Looking to find out what happened to a fantastic musician by the name dahlia? He was extremely popular with the first job out of uni crowd, then all of sudden disappeared. Amazing original stuff and covers of strong female artists like Ani Difricanco and more - this was 1996-1998? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Mar 31, 2012 - 1 answer

Find This Toy!

Trying to locate more info (and ads/packaging) for these toys from 1999. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Mar 22, 2012 - 2 answers

What was this weird-ass cowboy show?

What was this trippy, cowboy-themed weekend morning TV show I used to watch in Brooklyn in the early 1990s? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Nixed in the 1990s

What once-popular products, brands, or even trends bit the dust in the 1990s? I'm thinking of everything from short-lived food items like Orbitz Soda to popular shows like "Mystery Science Theater 3000" to store and restaurant chains that closed down in that decade. Primarily American, or at least things that were popular in America.
posted by GaelFC on Jan 8, 2012 - 47 answers

the grungy "dun dun da dunna dun da dunna da da ... yeah" song from the 90s

Song. Early to mid 1990s. On the UK radio all the time, especially Atlantic 252. Vaguely grunge sounding, with a "dun dun da dunna dun da dunna da da" guitar riff, followed by a pause, then a quiet/bored sounding "yeah". What was it?
posted by scruss on Jan 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Computer Game From 90s?

Help me remember the name of a shareware turn-by-turn space shooter from the mid-nineties. [more inside]
posted by Revort on Oct 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Give me the Halloween that Alvin and the Chipmunks always dreamed of.

I'm going to a costume party for Halloween. The theme is 80s and 90s cartoon characters. Help me find a costume that won't be expensive or challenging to move around in, but will be awesome. [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Oct 18, 2011 - 30 answers

Can anyone name this kid's computer organizer from the mid-nineties?

I'm looking for the name of a children's computer organizer from '94 or '95. It was plastic, came in purple, and looked a bit like a primitive PDA (albeit without the phone or web access). It had a small keyboard and an LED screen. It served as a calculator and you could also use it to take notes. It had other features, but I don't remember them. I'm pretty sure the screen either flipped out or popped out the top, but I might be wrong. Does anyone else remember this?
posted by Anyamatopoeia on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Tell me about Boston's good old days

I'm writing a book and want to include a scene set in the mid-1990s in Boston. I'm looking for articles, blog posts, photos and books that capture that era. Things that talk about specific bars, clubs and restaurants would be perfect. The main character is a college kid who visits Boston and is taken around to all the "cool" spots by a local girl he meets randomly.
posted by haqspan on Jul 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for information on the dotcom boom

I'm looking for good books, articles, documentaries etc. about the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, in particular anything about the experiences of people working for tech companies while it was happening. I'm also interested in how the boom manifested itself in the UK (and to what extent it did).
posted by eykal on Jun 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Identify song about "trees on their knees" from a 1990s mixtape

Please help identify a song, or a band that played it - lyrics are below. It was on a now long-dead mixtape made in the mid-90s by a San Francisco resident, so I've always thought it was a San Francisco or Northern CA band, but could be wrong. The singer was female, an alto, IIRC, devoid of vibrato; the band had a pair of violins and a couple of acoustic guitars and employed different tempos within this song. The lyrical focus was ecology. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Jun 24, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me find this old Apple Macintosh game from the early 90's, pleaseandthankyou

I remember a side-scrolling game my childhood but am unable to remember the name. There was a squat grey robot with a single peg leg with a wheel at the bottom and he had a cannon that you controlled with the mouse. Most of the game took place underground. There were bats, and there was a kidnapped professor. [more inside]
posted by tmt on Mar 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Help! Identify this song!

Another song identification question. This time, a possibly trip-hop-ish song. There was a female vocalist and I remember it being featured on a number of dramatic TV shows here in Australia during the 90s. [more inside]
posted by O Depth on Mar 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Ferns in the 70s for sure. Otherwise?

What kind of house plants were popular/fashionable in the past? I'm most interested in the 1950s/60s, but would like to know other decades as well. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Oct 26, 2010 - 29 answers

Looking for SMAP

Looking for a site that has lots of videos of old SMAP performances. [more inside]
posted by vincele on Sep 8, 2010 - 3 answers

What Commercial am I Thinking of?

Commercials!Filter-- help me track down an old 80s/90s commercial [more inside]
posted by rubah on Jun 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Help Me Find This Mid-1990s Independent Movie!

I'm trying to find an indie movie that I saw in the mid-to-late 1990s. It's about college kids. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Apr 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Please help me remember the name of this 90s indie filmmaker

Please help me remember the name of a 1990s indie film director. [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Oct 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Post-Thatcher, pre-Britpop

London in the early 1990s. (Or, Britain in general). How did it differ from the present day? What were the little, day-to-day differences, the minutiae that was of its time? Any books or resources recommended? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 25, 2009 - 21 answers

Track ID needed (late 80s/90s popular music) - Reward!

Track ID needed (late 80s/90s popular music) - Reward for the finder! [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Sep 14, 2009 - 29 answers

What do I absolutely have to include on a 1990s hip-hop CD?

MusicFilter: Making a CD of awesomely catchy 90s-00s hip-hop/rap music. [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Jun 8, 2009 - 41 answers

Back In The Day

I need to make a CD-ROM of a Electronic Press Kit for a time traveler. Is there a skinnable file browser I could use? [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp on Mar 13, 2009 - 1 answer

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