Inspector Gadget and He-Man themes performed on church organ

The theme tune to classic 80s' cartoon Inspector Gadget performed by Riccardo Bonci at St Barnabas with Christ's Chapel in Dulwich, England.

Here's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe:

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Man builds video store in basement

This man replicated a 1990s video rental store in their basement, right down to giant bags of Sour Patch candy, foamboard drop ceiling and a bulky CRT television set. And, of course, thousands upon thousands of VHS cases--all real, with tapes. It looks so exactly like a real 1990s video rental store that you could shoot an indie movie set in a 1990s video rental store in it. The only "missed" detail is one you wouldn't want to replicate anyway: half the store being dozens if not hundreds of copies of the latest blockbuster.

I just want to just take a second to thank everyone here for all of your extremely kind comments. It really makes my day each and every time I see someone new comment on how this video took them back to their childhood and reminded them of the fond memories of the 80s and 90s.

This project was something that evolved very gradually over time by just accumulating tapes over the years one at a time. When I made this tour video, I had no idea that so many people would find it cool or interesting. It’s mind blowing to me how many views this video of my basement has and continues to get.

Thank you for checking out the video and supporting Nostalgia Video! I’m truly grateful!

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America's most hated company ruins E.T. for Thanksgiving

Comcast, frequent winner of "most hated company" polls, brought E.T. back to Earth to advertise its third-rate services.

Comcast, the owner of the Universal movie studio that distributed the creature’s blockbuster 1982 film, has placed him in a new longform commercial for the company and its broadband, cable and satellite products. In the ad, which debuted during the Thursday broadcast of the annual “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” on Comcast’s NBC, E.T. returns to see his friend Elliott. The character is once again played by Henry Thomas, the same actor who portrayed him decades ago.

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This is one seriously bunk magic lamp

While it seems awfully unfair for the rabbit I guess this is how most 'genii in a lamp' interactions go. I thought said rabbit was sufficiently specific in its request and yet it still gets nada. Read the rest

The Dude's Pendleton sweater will keep me warm this winter

The Pendleton Westerly shawl collar sweater is super cool, but keeps me warm.

All my winter stuff is in storage and I have no access to it. I expected to be out of storage before the winter came, but now I am cold and without my favorite sweaters: cable knit shawl collar sweaters ala Steve McQueen. Deal is this: I have enough shawl collar sweaters in multiple colors that I do not need duplicates. When I am finally able to get all my stuff out of storage I will be very happy, but I have too much stuff.

Another sweater made famous by media that I love, and super comfortable too boot, is the Pendleton Westerly. This ultra-comfortable 3GG sweater immediately lets people know that you are a chill slacker who doesn't care much about anything, while also keeping you warm.

Vintage models are available on ebay and etsy, but Pendleton has been making an exact-ish replica of the Dude's sweater for a few years now.

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How the Crest Team kept the Cavity Creeps under control

I never felt any affinity for a toothpaste brand. Read the rest

That time Sublime covered the 'Hong Kong Phooey' theme

Two great things that get even better together: Sublime and Hong Kong Phooey.

Penrod Pooch studied the 'Hong Kong Book of Kung-Fu' to no great effect, and Sublime was the only reason I'd go to Long Beach in the late 80s. The cartoon may be dated but the band remains in my rotation.

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When Roger, Victor and Clarence shared a workspace

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Graves and Frank Ashmore.

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How to survive "The Big One"

"Hear that Elizabeth? I'm coming to join you, honey!"

Truly one of the most entertaining shows ever on television, Sanford and Son sports the TV theme song that taught me to appreciate theme songs!

The incredible Redd Foxx played the wild and excitable Fred Sanford, while Demond Wilson played his more neutral son Lamont. The theme was by Quincy Jones.

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Oh so soft and cuddly

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How Leon Jones stays hydrated

Times were simpler: a commercial about how much fun it is to deliver water. Read the rest

Hawaii's action adventure helicopter tour company rings a bell

If you want more than just humming around the skies in luxury, Magnum has you covered.

This seems to strike some odd note of familiarity...

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Watch the top videos on YouTube exactly a decade ago

Bennett Feely created YouTube Decade, a website that shows the top videos at YouTube from exactly 10 years ago.

I was expecting it to be a bunch of happy-go-lucky kitteh videos and blithely optimistic first-gen YouTubers, but as it happens the top videos 10 years ago were a parody of Baz Luhrmann's Sunscreen Song, part 10 of 13 of Cecil B. De Mille's 1949 production of Samson and Delilah, a Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica promo spot, the Top 50 industrial accidents, and a small dog humping a large cat.

If you'd hit it yesterday, you'd have gotten one of the first 10 million-view conspiracy theorist rants about Barack Obama. So you can embark upon your week safe in the knowledge that everything has always been completely horrible! Read the rest

Recently unearthed home movie of Disneyland from 1956

In 1955, Disneyland opened. In early 1956, Sherman W. Carter, Jr. took his family to the park and shot this home movie. The video was just uploaded to YouTube on July 1 by a family friend.

Disney Parks Blog:

The first part takes place in Frontierland, one of areas of Disneyland that has changed the most over the years. And yet there are many familiar sights as well. The park looks almost unrecognizable with so many of the trees and foliage still essentially saplings. Today it’s a veritable forest in the middle of Anaheim.

Be sure to pause the video at 0:21 where you can see three Jungle Cruise boats docked in Fowler’s Harbor, currently home to the Harbour Galley restaurant. I knew the water systems for the Rivers of America and Jungle Cruise were connected, but were you ever able to sail from one to the other in the past? We later see The Jungle Cruise with no water in the moat, so this likely just temporary storage.

Some other fun highlights to keep an eye out for; watch at 1:05 for a glimpse of the old gun fight skit atop the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. Then right after that, the Jungle Cruise with no water in the moat. Just a few wonderful shots of Tomorrowland right at the end too.

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Justin Wilson's "gar-on-tee"

I had misassigned the "Gar-On-Tee" to Chef Paul Prudhomme for some reason. Justin Wilson is the chef who filled my kitchen with empty promises. Read the rest

Don't look up childhood friends, unless you're sure you want to know

Douglas Preston's search for a boyhood friend led to a dark discovery.

He fled from any hint of conflict, usually with a wiseass comment flung over his shoulder, and he could outrun any goofus who took up the chase. I couldn't begin to fathom the trajectory that brought him from an upper-upper-middle-class home in Wellesley to a cramped boarding house in New Jersey. Details of his life came flickering back into my memory: Petey singing songs to his hamster Gertrude; Petey cradling his dying dog after she'd been hit by a car, even though she was bleeding and peeing all over him; Petey writing silly stories about a magical valley where the animals talked like people; Petey and I burying a treasure.

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Leia kisses Luke for good luck in this 'A New Hope' LEGO set

One of the most memorable moments of the movie that will always be known to me as Star Wars is now in LEGO.

I had to wonder if people just went around kissing strangers for good luck in the Republic. This scene was awesome, it deserves to be immortalized in LEGO.

The Han Solo chases stormtroopers down hallways scene will come with 1000 extra stormies, in the event you want to re-enact the re-releases.

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