Blue Swede, “Hooked on a Feeling”

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Hooked on a Feeling (1974)

Hooked on a Feeling started out life in 1968 being written by Mark James and originally recorded by B.J. Thomas and reached #5 in the U.S. In 1974, Swedish pop group Blue Swede covered the single giving it a bit of a new life by combining Thomas’ and Jonathan King’s 1971 version with the “ooga chaka” beginning. Blue Swede rode the new version all the way to #1 in the U.S., #2 in Canada and #4 in Australia. They also tweaked the rest of the lyrics to avoid drug references.

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“Stepmom”

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Stepmom (Columbia, 1998)

In this 1998 dramedy directed by Chris Columbus, Susan Sarandon plays a terminally ill woman who has to come to terms with the fact that her former husband’s (Ed Harris) new wife (Julia Roberts) will become her children’s new stepmother. Stepmom was produced for $50 million and brought in almost $160 million. Harris won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role and his role in The Truman Show. Karan Johar adapted Stepmom for an Indian audience in 2010 with the film We Are Family.

“Now That’s What I Call Summer Hits”

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Now That’s What I Call Summer Hits (2016)

Now That’s What I Call Summer Hits is a compilation album of 64 summer anthems throughout the years from a variety of genres and artists that was released July 1, 2016. Songs include: “On the Beach” (Chris Rea), “Have a Nice Day” (Stereophonics), “Dreamer” (Livin Joy), “Sun is Shining” (Bob Marley), “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go: (Wham), “Blame it on the Boogie” (The Jacksons), “What Makes You Beautiful” (One Direction), “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke), “Sexy and I Know It” (LMFAO), “La La La” (Naughty Boy) and many more.

Miss World

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Miss World board game (Denys Fisher Toys, 1974)

The game supplies players with four small dolls wearing a swimsuit. You purchase a robe and circle the board on your “World Tour,” earning money for various tasks. When you think you have accrued enough money (points), you can parade on the Catwalk stage. Each space on the stage costs money and when you run out of money, you’re eliminated. The first player to reach the Golden Spotlight on the stage wins the Crown of Miss World.

Bed Pushing

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Bed Pushing (1960s)

This fad originated at the University of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). It quickly caught on in Canada with Canadian students from coast to coast pushing beds over the highways, prairies and frozen lakes of the country. The record (at the time) was 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) set by an Ontario University team that “kept its Simmons rolling night and day for a week.” When the craze peaked in 1979, the new record was from students at Pennsylvania’s St. Vincent College. The team pushed their bed (beds had to be mounted on wheels to allow them to travel) in circles around a shopping center for 3,000 kilometres (1,980 miles).

Cathy Carr, “Ivory Tower”

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Ivory Tower (Fraternity, 1956)

Ivory Tower was a popular song in the 1950s that was written by Jack Fulton and Lois Steele. In 1956, Cathy Carr went to #6 in the U.S. Carr was an American singer born in the Bronx and became a singer and dancer with the USO. Ivory Tower was her third record for Fraternity, proving that the third time can be a charm. It was her only major hit record. Her final single was released in 1967. She died from ovarian cancer on November 22, 1988 at age 52.

Golda Meir

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Golda Meir (May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978)

Golda Meir was an Israeli politician born in Kiev, Russia. Her family immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1905 where she received her schooling. From the 1940s through the 1960s she worked in various roles for the Israeli government, culminating in being the country’s fourth Prime Minister in 1969. Worldwide, she was only the third woman to hold her country’s highest honor. During her four year “tenure,” she worked with U.S. President Richard Nixon to gain economic and military aid which helped to open peace talks with the United Arab Republic. Meir resigned April 10, 1974 and was succeeded by Yitzhak Rabin.

At the time of her resignation, she was exhausted and even before becoming Prime Minister had wanted to retire from politics and from public life in general, but postponed to serve as P.M. She died in Jerusalem at age 80 on December 8, 1978. After her death it was revealed that she had been suffering from leukemia.

“Good-Bye, Testicles”

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Good-bye, Testicles (Whitman)

This children’s book is not about circumcision of humans, but canines and was to be used as a reference for why your dog needs to go to the vet for THAT visit. Great idea, but horrible execution. Good-bye, Testicles was written by Anne Welsh Guy (yep) and illustrated (uh huh) by Frank Vaughn. Ironic all the way around.

Guy also wrote Good-bye Tonsils which used the same cover, replacing the dog with a little girl. Huh.

Ham and Bananas Hollandaise

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Ham and Bananas Hollandaise

This recipe came from McCall’s Great American Recipe Card Collection from 1973. To create you sprinkle bananas with lemon juice, wrap them in ham, smother them with mustard and bake for 10 minutes. Then you poured a hollandaise sauce mixture over the bananas and bake for a further 5 minutes or until slightly golden. This dish is recommended to be served with a green salad. Taste testers say that the dish isn’t as terrible as it sounds, but it does leave a terrible aftertaste.

“Rocket Power”

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Rocket Power (Nickelodeon, 1999)

Rocket Power was an animated Nickelodeon TV series created by Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo, the team behind Rugrats. Rocket Power revolved around four friends in the fictitious Southern California beach resort town of Ocean Shores. Otto (Joseph Ashton), Reggie (Shayna Fox), Sam (Sam Saletta/Gary LeRoi Gray/Sean Marquette) and Twister (Ulysses Cuadra/Gilbert Leal) spend their free time playing extreme sports around getting into various situations that they need to overcome while still facing the challenges of growing up. Rocket Power ran for 4 seasons and 71 episodes, from August 16, 1999 until July 30, 2004.