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Not even sex could save these technologies

For a fun visit to the vaults, check out Brainz.org's compilation of 12 "Dead Technology" Advertisements. What's a little spooky is that if you're over 30, each of these…

April 22, 2009, 10:19 AM EDT

Retro mashups apparently recession-proof

You would think an economic downturn would make people focus on the necessities in life. But why worry about food, shelter and savings when you can throw your money…

February 26, 2009, 9:02 AM EST

Lose weight (and dignity) with the Slim Suit

Ah, the Slim Suit. If you thought people were naive in believing they'd lose weight instantly by cutting back on carbs, you weren't around in the '80s, when people trusted…

February 24, 2009, 7:58 AM EST

Pet Rocks announce a 2009 comeback tour

Guess which 1970s fad items are back, with a promotional tie-in for Earth Week in April? No, not bongs. Those never went out of fashion, and have enjoyed Olympic-size…

February 10, 2009, 2:17 PM EST

Prythee, canst thou make that logo bigger?

Bringing it in true old-school fashion, a rare surviving example of a 16th-century design portfolio, of the kind used by Medieval bookbinders to show off their typefaces, has been…

January 28, 2009, 11:02 AM EST

The most awful Super Bowl video in history

It's hard to top Microsoft Songsmith for absolute grating terribleness, but the Southern Food Brokerage definitely holds its own. This retro Super Bowl-themed disaster, based on the Chicago Bears' infamous…

January 27, 2009, 4:56 PM EST

'The Warriors' trailer makes very little sense

To celebrate my entering the 21st century by subscribing to Netflix, here's the trailer from the first movie on my queue: The Warriors. What? It's a classic, shut up. Anyway,…

January 22, 2009, 8:02 AM EST

I'll have a whole load of Pabst Blue Ribbon

This old-school Pabst Blue Ribbon ad has one of the most schizophrenic voiceovers I've ever heard. The poor announcer keeps asking himself, "What'll ya have?" And responding in the same…

November 21, 2008, 12:09 AM EST

Frank Zappa's old cough-drops commercial

You'd think advertising would be the last thing to come to mind after putting on a Frank Zappa album, but this old Luden's Cough Drop ad from the 1960s proves…

November 3, 2008, 7:23 AM EST

Vintage airline ads take sexism to the skies

With so much talk of sexism this year, it can be heartening to look back and see how far we've progressed as a nation. I'd recommend starting with Travel +…

September 25, 2008, 1:21 PM EDT

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