Tag: PSA

Hanna-Barbera Makes Me Want to Do Drugs

Hanna-Barbera Makes Me Want to Do Drugs

Funny Stuff, TV & Radio
And here I thought I had seen all the funky PSAs the '60s and '70s had to offer. I'm not sure how effective this 1970 public service announcement from Hanna-Barbera was at keeping kids off drugs, but even if it didn't it's still the coolest thing that bunch of hacks ever produced. Let's break this thing down, shall we? "Match"? I'd say that box has more than one, wouldn't you? Smoke 'em if you got 'em! (I do not endorse the use of illegal drugs.) That's either one hell of a doobie or the stink of patchouli on this kid is so strong it's formed a force field. We're almost one-third of the way through, and all this makes me want to do is get seriously stoned. (But seriously, I still do not endorse the use of illegal drugs.) Wait, is that some ki...
Retrotisements — Classic PSA edition

Retrotisements — Classic PSA edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
I don't know if the social consciousness of the average American is lower than it was back in the '60s, '70s, and '80s, but it sure seems like it sometimes. I remember seeing a public service announcement (PSA) at least once or twice an hour while watching TV as a kid. These days, not so much. And the ones that are around don't seem to have much heart or soul. They're every bit as cynical and cold as regular ads if you ask me. So if you feel the same way -- or even if you don't -- let's take a look at some of the more memorable PSAs of the past... Johnny Smoke Cigarette advertising on TV in America was everywhere until it was pulled off the air for good by an act of Congress. But in the final years of tobacco ads, there was no shortage of anti-smoking ads meant to counter th...
A Gallery of Forgettable Sports Cards

A Gallery of Forgettable Sports Cards

Ephemera, Sports
I can't begin to calculate the number of hours I spent as a lad collecting, storing, and trading sports cards. I never cared about their monetary value (unlike many of my friends). I simply enjoyed the experience of opening the packs, looking at the pictures, and filling in holes in my collection. It's a good thing too, as 99% of my collection isn't worth the paper it was printed on. I got out of the sports card scene right about the time it became more of a business venture than a hobby. And now thanks to unscrupulous manufacturers, collectors, and dealers the industry exists now as a shadow of its former glory. There are many reasons for this decline, but as I dug through the remnants of my collection the other day the common denominator occurred to me - most of the cards flat out suc...
The Top 9 Snakes of All-Time

The Top 9 Snakes of All-Time

Featured Posts, Listcruft
Snakes have traditionally gotten a pretty bad rap from us humans. They are easily the most feared and reviled species around, except for perhaps sharks and the Jacksons. Nowhere is this more evident than in the various snake-based characters depicted in music, literature, films, television and religion. Need an instant badass for your movie or show? Just add snake for instant villainy! Of course, most of these villains spend most of their existence getting creamed by the so-called good guys. But some of them manage to have a little fun and wreak a little havoc along the way. So in honor of our misunderstood belly crawling baddies, I give to you the top nine pop culture snakes of all-time. Why nine? Because I'm too lazy to come up with ten, that's why. #9 -- Tung Lashor, He-Man and the ...