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When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 86 - What We Hate and Roseanne Retro TV Review

(11-07-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) The flagship podcast for WhenItWasCool.com is back and Karl and Tonya discuss shows, music, and movies we hated from the 1980s and 1990s. Then we review season 1 episode 1 of Roseanne from 1988 and wow, what an eye opening train wreck that show was. Then we get on a tangent about 1980s comedians and much more! It's a fun filled edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast plus Karl finally gets Tonya to talk about pro wrestling.

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Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Reviews: Come to Daddy, Airpocalypse, In the Quarry, Big Brother

(11-05-2019) (Zones: The Rabbit Hole) The 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), the largest genre-film fest in both its home of South Korea and of Asia as well, boasted horror, thriller, action, and other genre films from around the globe. Following are our thoughts on four of the fest’s offerings. Read More.


Strawberries & Cream Skillet Cobbler: Here is a great desert that is almost a meal! A thick and delicious skillet baked strawberries and cream cobbler. This is old school cooking with a iron skillet and this is a desert you won’t soon forget. Add ice cream and it’s perfect! Get the recipe.


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When It Was Cool Newsletter - Issue 7 covering October 2019!

(10-30-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Newsletter) Issue 7 of the When It Was Cool Newsletter is now available and runs about 32 pages and features a companion audio podcast as well. Issue 7 covers the new Joker movie, Halloween memories, new content from Tonya’s Diner, and much more! Of course, there are tons of new pro wrestling history notes in the update section for the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling. Also comes with a downloadable .pdf of the issue.

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Tonya’s Diner Presents: Chicken Parmesan Pasta!

Chicken Parmesan Pasta: (Zones: Tonya’s Diner) A delicious meal we enjoyed around Halloween. If you like pasta dishes with just a little bit of spice then this is a great and easy to make meal. Cheesy, just the right amount of spice, and chicken! This dish will make you come back for more! Get the recipe.


When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 85 - Halloween Horror Playlist

(10-10-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) The flagship podcast of the When It Was Cool Network is back and Karl and Tonya gather together this eclectic list of music for your Halloween enjoyment! The songs we suggest range from the fun and lighthearted to the occult and horrific. There are bound to be several you never even thought of and you might even find a new favorite! Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Rush, Pink Floyd, Dio, Disturbed, and even Charlie Daniels Band! Get ready to put together the definitive Halloween horror playlist!

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Joker (2019) Movie Review… It’s Complicated

(10-09-2019) (Zones: Comic Books) Reviews for the Joaquin Phoenix 2019 psychological thriller Joker have been all over the place with some loving the movie and viewing it as a masterpiece while others have been far less kind. When It Was Cool saw Joker on opening weekend and I left the theater feeling like I had just watched one of the best movies of my life. Joker is complicated on many levels but so is the comic book character on which it is based, so are the issues and themes addressed in the film, and so is life. Read More.

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1980 - When It Was Cool Guide to Pop Culture in 1980

(09-29-2019) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) 1980 was an interesting year in popular culture. Star Wars returned to theaters with the critically acclaimed Empire Strikes Back. The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl. Pink Floyd informed us that we don’t need no education. The neon 1980s kicked off with a bang. So call call Blondie and jump on an Airplane and join us with a look back at retro pop culture in 1980! Read More.


Moon Knight is Complicated. How Moon Knight Could Be a Great Character but Marvel Comics is Missing the Mark… and yes, there is that Moon Knight Dracula Meme

(Zones: Comic Books) I am a Moon Knight fan. Let me get that straight right as we begin. I do not think of Moon Knight as "Marvel's low rent Batman" because he isn't. I also don't see Moon Knight as some exploration of mental illness character because he shouldn't be. I have been a fan of Moon Knight since the 1970's and I still buy his comics today so if there is anyone that Marvel Comics should be listening to when it comes to Moon Knight it is me. I am invested in the character and I care about the character. Read More.


The Fast Food Explosion of the 1950s

The fast food explosion of the 1950s began with McDonald's. Although it was founded in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, the first McDonald's franchise opened in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953 and then spread across the country. Ray Kroc joined the company as a franchise agent in 1955 and eventually purchased the chain from the McDonald brothers. Read More.


1983 - Your complete When It Was Cool Guide to the year 1983 in pop-culture, music, and more.

(Zones: Retro Pop Culture) I turned twelve years old in 1983 so obviously it has a special place in my heart.  This is the first in an on-going series of extensive "Year in Review" guides to the greatest years of When It Was Cool retro pop-culture.  But please remember, we need your help to keep our website going so consider helping us out on Patreon. Read More.

Also check out the year in pro wrestling in 1983 in the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling Zone!



100 Greatest Rock and Pop Music Acts of All Time List

(Zones: The 100) How do you compile a list of the one hundred greatest rock and roll and pop music artists of all time and not have it be purely subjective?  How do you quantify it? I put together a formula that will attempt to do just that.  I used a system to rank the acts and at the end of the article I have included links to the sources used in case you would like to do further research.  One of the most popular articles at When It Was Cool! Read More.


Little Miss No Name Doll - Hasbro Doll From the 1960s Has a Unique Story

(Zones: Toys) Little Miss No Name was created in 1965 by Hasbro and she was a different approach to the glammed up Barbie doll who had everything from mansions to Porchse’. The Little Miss No Name doll had nothing including no shoes and only a burlap sack for dress. Unfortunately, the Little Miss No Name doll wasn't a huge seller for Hasbro and it was said that it may have taken a special kind of little girl, one with real love in her heart to want to purchase and take home a Little Miss No Name doll. Read More.



Tight Rolled Pants - Keep on Rollin’!

(Zones: Retro Pop Culture) One of our most popular articles at When It Was Cool is a nostalgic look at a ridiculous fashion trend. So roll up your britches… literally, and come join Karl with a look back on why we paid for 34 inches of pants then rolled them up to 29. Tight Rolling Pants or, as Wikipedia bizarrely calls it, pegged pants is the topic of this strangely specific article. Read More.


100 Greatest Superhero Movies of All Time List

(06-08-2019) (Zones: The 100 Lists) It’s time for another massive When It Was Cool ranking of pop culture and retro pop culture. We’ve poured over tons of “Best of” and “Greatest” lists of superhero movies, averaged all the rankings, and have come out with the consensus 100 best superhero movies of all time list! These range from the big boys like Marvel and DC to smaller films you may have forgotten. From the 1950s to 2019 this list is packed with the 100 greatest superhero films you’ll ever see! Read More.

After you read the article, be sure to check out our free podcast special counting down and commenting on the 100 best superhero movies ever! (There is also an ad free version for our Patreon supporters)



The 100 Greatest Comic Book Stories of All Time - The Most Popular Article at When It Was Cool

(Zones: Comics / The 100 Lists) When It Was Cool has crunched the numbers using dozens of Best of Comics, Greatest Comic Books, and Must Read Comic Book Stories lists.  We have polled the visitors to When It Was Cool and these are the 100 Greatest Comic Book Single Issues, Comic Book Runs, and Graphic Novels of all time! Where did your favorite comic book or comic book story rank on the top 100 comics of all time list? Check it out!  Read More.



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