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Are you one of those who were born in the 80s? Or did you perhaps experience the 1980s and remember it as if it were yesterday? Or maybe you’re just fascinated by the decade? Then you should take a look at these ten points that you might not have known about the 80s!

The 80s were a golden age for drug trafficking…

During the 80s, Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel spent over $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to bundle all the money. [source]

The world’s first 1 GB hard drive was both expensive and heavy…

In 1980, the first 1 GB hard drive cost over $40,000 and weighed over 230 kilograms. The developer behind the hard drive was IBM, and it was called the “3380“. [source]

The 80s weren’t all sunshine and rainbows…

The murder rate was so high in Miami, Florida during the 1980s that the Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office rented a refrigerated trailer from Burger King to handle the flood of bodies. [source]

Never mess with the ice cream trucks…

Rival ice cream truck drivers in Glasgow, Scotland, sold drugs from their vehicles in the 1980s, shot at each other, and committed arson in what became known as the “Glasgow Ice Cream Wars“. [source]

Even Sweden had its embarrassing moments in the 80s…

The Swedish Navy detected underwater sounds suspected to be hostile Russian submarines in the 1980s. The suspicion escalated into a diplomatic conflict between Sweden and Russia. It was later revealed that these sounds were caused by flatulence from fish, a discovery that led to a Nobel Prize. [source]

20% of all mattresses sold were waterbeds…

In 1987, 20% of all mattress sales in the US were waterbeds. The waterbed market was worth over two billion dollars. [source]

It’s hard to believe it’s only been 40 years…

When comedian and actor Eddie Murphy was on SNL in the early 1980s, other actors often had to go down after shows to hail a taxi for him because no taxi drivers would stop for a young dark-skinned man late at night in Los Angeles. [source]

TV show Cheers was initially a total flop…

The premiere of Cheers in 1982 ranked near the bottom in ratings among TV shows, but the final episode, 11 years later, attracted over 80.4 million viewers to their TVs. [source]

Karate Kid could have had a completely different name…

Before the Karate Kid movie, “The Karate Kid” was an entirely unrelated DC Comics superhero. Columbia Pictures actually thanked DC Comics in the film’s end credits for allowing them to use the name, which was originally copyrighted by DC Comics. [source]

It’s amazing how something so wrong can become so iconic…

I’ll be back” from the Terminator movies was written as “I’ll come back” in the film’s script. But due to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s limited English language skills, it became “I’ll be back,” which has since become a classic phrase. [source]


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