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The Evolution of Barbie

Barbara Lerman-Golomb | Posted 02.05.2016 | Fifty
Barbara Lerman-Golomb

Even though I insisted on eco-friendly, child-labor-free toys for my daughters, I was excited to pass down my Barbie doll collection to them 23 years ago. As I eased Barbie's skinny, little molded plastic appendages through sleeves, pant legs and neck holes, I was awash with that old familiar feeling.

5 TV Shows From the 70s That Stood the Test of Time

James Baxley | Posted 01.29.2016 | Fifty
James Baxley

Even the stars on television were of a different caliber than the stars today. There were actors such as Ron Howard, Gary Coleman, Henry Winkler, and Penny Marshall. They didn't need a sex tape to get the attention of America. They had talent, timing, and charisma.

Here's What Loonette The Clown From ‘The Big Comfy Couch’ Looks Like Now

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 02.05.2016 | Entertainment

The '90s had some weird but wonderful children's shows.  Take "The Big Comfy Couch," which featured Loonette and Molly, a clown and her dol...

What Life Was Like in the 1950s

Quora | Posted 01.22.2016 | Fifty

I knew this day would come. Someone would ask what life was like back in the Dark Ages of my childhood, before there was air, dirt, and water, and what I think of these fast times. Whippersnappers.

Couple Tries Truly Bizarre Gag-Inducing Recipes From The 1950s

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.19.2016 | Fifty

What do you do when you get your hands on a bizarre cookbook from the 1950s? Try out the recipes for yourself, of course. That's exactly what ...

8 Great Things From The '80s That I'm Keeping Alive For My Kids

Lori Ferraro | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

Boys, you will thank me later for your vast knowledge of good... dare I say great... music.

5 Things You Did In The 70s That You Could Never Do Today

James Baxley | Posted 01.03.2016 | Fifty
James Baxley

There are five things that you could do in the '70s that you could never, ever get away with today because they are so despicable, at least to "p.c." police, they would have you arrested and Child Protective Services would take your children away... probably.

Remembering the 1990s

Quora | Posted 12.31.2015 | Technology

Before there was Netscape, which began arriving around 1995, we enjoyed a world full of things that were nearing the end of their lifespans -- and we had no idea.

The Catharsis of Star Wars

RJ Martin | Posted 12.30.2015 | Entertainment
RJ Martin

Now, I am not too much of a sci-fi geek. I don't speak Klingon, never watched Battlestar Galactica in any of its iterations, and by the third Alien movie I started rooting for the slobbery beast with too sets of teeth: anything to get Sigourney Weaver to stop scowling. Star Wars is different.

No Wrapping Required: The Most Important Holiday Gift I'm Giving My Kids

Megan Roggendorff | Posted 12.28.2015 | Parents
Megan Roggendorff

I'm not sure exactly what it will look like yet. I don't know exactly what our traditions will be. But I do know I'll be working on figuring it out until I am able to give my children memories that they will cherish one day as well. I think I know how to start: by surrounding my family with the people we hold dearest.

5 Ways Christmas In The 1970s Ruled

James Baxley | Posted 12.21.2015 | Fifty
James Baxley

Christmas is a little different for each generation; you can always hear a crazy uncle with a scotch in his hand talking about how, 'Christmas when I was growing up was yada, yada, yada.' I swore when I was growing up that I would never be like that.

What I Miss Most About Growing Up In The 1930s

Richard Abrons | Posted 12.20.2015 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

In the 1930s, when I was growing up in New Rochelle, aunts and uncles were ever present. Perhaps it was because they lived in the city and wanted a taste of grass and trees. Maybe it was because they were second generation, still partly strangers in a strange land. Whatever, family took precedence.

This Might Explain Why You're Watching 'Love Actually' Again

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.16.2015 | Healthy Living

"I'll be there for you" is the catchy cry of the "Friends" them song, and the show lives up to this promise. It's on your TV again and again -- and y...

Dear Grilled Cheese

Jonathan Savitt | Posted 12.14.2015 | Comedy
Jonathan Savitt

True Life: I would marry grilled cheese. Like, literally I would start a family with a grilled cheese sandwich, IDC.

How an Engineer Makes Cookies

Inga | Posted 12.07.2015 | Women

Frankly, this put terror in my heart. I am not a baker. Cookies are a lot easier than pie crusts, but if Olof, who has never baked anything ever, was counting on me for guidance, this could be a disaster.

Musical Interlude: Yiayia and the Springsteen Shuffle

Paola K Amaras | Posted 12.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

I was driving the other day, right before Thanksgiving, and desperately seeking a radio station that wasn't playing awful Christmas music incessantly....

Trying To Remember The Magic Of Christmases Past

Tom Cramer | Posted 11.25.2015 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Sometime during the second week of November, the phrase 'holiday season' caught my ear. I shuddered a little. It probably wasn't the first time someone said it in my presence, but rather the first time it sank in. My defenses against the too-early onslaught were higher this year.

8 Toys From Your Childhood That Will Be On Your Kid's Wish List

Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents

Just when you thought you’d left your childhood behind, it comes roaring back like a herd of Treasure Trolls and My Little Ponies. Enter this season...

Gift The Techies On Your List These 9 Mind-Blowing Futuristic Technologies From Their Childhood Shows

Posted 11.25.2015 | Technology

The future is now! Well, at least, it basically is, with so many insanely futuristic technologies swirling around us every day, many straight out of o...

11 Things That Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty

Being an adult can be tough. The older we get, the more responsibilities keep piling on. Having fun used to be a priority, but nowadays it seems like ...

A Rare Argument for Facebook (Or How I Learned to Stop Hating High School)

Bryan Behar | Posted 11.23.2015 | Comedy
Bryan Behar

As anyone who's caught a glimpse of my biceps can surmise, I'm not a violent man. The closest I came to playing a contact sport was Model U.N. Yet, ...

The Childhood Nostalgia Every Boomer Will Understand

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 11.21.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

There are gestures belonging to another time that we don't use anymore. There were ways of functioning on a daily basis that would seem foreign today. We relied on objects which are now obsolete. We all have our lists of nostalgia.

A Simple Explanation For Why People In Old Movies Seem To Talk Funny

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty

Ever watch a black-and-white movie and wonder why the actors sound sort of funny? A video from BrainStuff explains why the people in old movie...

Here's What Your Favorite Childhood 'Star Wars' Toys Look Like Today

Posted 12.16.2015 | Entertainment

If you spent your childhood fighting off all kinds of looming dark forces -- like siblings, cousins, friends or neighborhood trees -- then you probabl...

4 Vacations That Will Bring Out The Child In You

Next Avenue | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.18.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Rosie Wolf Williams In the 2015 summer flick Vacation, Rusty Griswold decides to drive his family across country t...