It's hard to explain why, but David Hasselhoff is having a (brief) moment. The Hoff celebrated his 60th (!) birthday this past Tuesday; also this week, people started stealing his cardboard likeness from outside Cumberland Farms stores in New England (yup, super random).

But today we'd like to look back on Hasselhoff in days of yore, specifically the "Baywatch" era. We recently stumbled upon the wonder that is "Baywatch"'s opening credits, featuring the suntanned, red-suited, life-saving babes running jogging the sand with the "I'll Be There" theme playing the background.

Of course the slow-mo running was as much a part of "Baywatch" as the skimpy red suits. Asked recently about the epically slow jogs, Hasselhoff told Men's Health, "That came about organically because we had no money," he said. "We didn't have enough financing to finish the show. So we found a way to fill the hour by shooting people in slow motion. We said, 'Well, girls in bathing suits look good running in slow motion, let's just shoot that.' And we found out that the audience kinda liked it."

Girls in bathing suits do look good running in slow motion -- we've got the video to prove it. For today's Fashion Flashback, behold the opening credits of "Baywatch," circa 1996-1997.

Check out more famous swimsuits:

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  • Rita Hayworth, 1941

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  • Ava Gardner, 1944

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  • Barbara Stanwyck, 1944

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  • Virginia Mayo, 1944

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  • Barbara Laage, 1946

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  • Barbara Bates, 1948

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  • Janet Blair, 1950

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  • Marilyn Monroe, 1951

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  • Brigitte Bardot, 1953

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  • Jayne Mansfield, 1955

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  • Natalie Wood, 1959

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  • Elizabeth Taylor, 1959

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  • Ursula Andress in "Dr. No," 1962

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  • Babette March for Sports Illustrated, 1964

  • Honor Blackman, 1964

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  • Raquel Welch, 1966

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  • Phoebe Cates in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," 1982

  • Carrie Fisher in "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," 1983

  • Ariel in "The Little Mermaid," 1989

  • Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," 2001

  • Tyra Banks for Sports Illustrated, 1997

  • Cameron Diaz & Demi Moore in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," 2003

  • Halle Berry in "Die Another Day," 2002

  • Kate Bosworth in "Blue Crush," 2002

  • Jessica Simpson in "These Boots Are Made For Walking," 2005

  • Jessica Alba in "Into The Blue," 2005

  • Pamela Anderson, 2006

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  • Helen Mirren, 2008

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  • Pamela Anderson for PETA, 2008

  • Katy Perry in "California Gurls," 2010

  • Kate Upton for Sports Illustrated, 2012

  • Katy Perry's Bikini Body

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