08/01/2013 08:43 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Remembering 1927: 18 Pop Culture Highlights From That Glorious Year (PHOTOS)

Everyone loves silent film vamps, moonshine and a little light Heidegger reading. Here are 18 reasons you should remember the year 1927:

1.) Fritz Lang's dazzling silent film "Metropolis" opens to widely negative reviews, including one that accused it of portraying "foolishness, cliché, platitude, and muddlement about mechanical progress and progress in general."

2.) Clara Bow stars in "It" and becomes the original "It girl."
clara bow

3.) Actress and cabaret star and "Santa Baby" singer Eartha Kitt is born. She later goes on to play Catwoman on the Batman television series as well as Yzma on Disney's "The Emperor's New Groove".


4.) Blotto is the word for crunk. (Runner up: Splifficated, which means the same thing.)
drunk flapper

5.) The ladies loved the corsets.


6.) Elementary, my dear Watson! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle publishes the "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes," the final set of twelve Holmes-centric short stories.
sherlock holmes

7.) Bob Fosse, the choreographer of "Cabaret" and "Chicago," is born, jazz hands in full swing.

8.) Al Jolson stars in "The Jazz Singer," a film which signaled the rise of "talkies" and the decline of silent film.

9.) Model, actress and muse Alice Prin, aka the Queen of Montparnasse, shows her paintings in an exhibition at Paris' Galerie au Sacre du Printemps.

kiki de montparnasse

10.) The world welcomes Jerry Stiller, who will later go on to invent co-invent "The Bro" as Frank Costanza.
jerry stiller seinfeld

11.) "Pyscho" star Janet Leigh is born, 33 years before she took a very unfortunate shower.

janet leigh psycho

12.) Ronald Reagan was a lifeguard.


13.) Gene Austin's "Ain't She Sweet" was all the rage.

14.) Fred Astaire and Frankie Astaire star in George and Ira Gershwin's "Funny Face." Later, Audrey Hepburn nabs the female lead.

funny face fred astaire

15.) Ernest Hemingway chills on the beach in Spain.


16.) Martin Heidegger's "Being and Time" is published, weighing down college students' reading load for all eternity.


17.) Marcel Proust finishes his last installment of "In Search of Lost Time" and everyone is like Really? The same year as "Being and Time?"
marcel proust

18.) If you want a cigarette, you ask someone to "Butt you."
smoking cigarette flapper

In our new HuffPost Arts & Culture series, Throwback Thursday, we're revisiting the best in pop culture from the annals of history. Revisit the hottest movies, music videos, trends and forgotten lingo you never thought you missed... until now. Be sure to let us know which year you'd like to celebrate next in the comments.