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2002-07-28 12:06:37 PM  
London-based Dr. Joan Saunders, a specialist on the psychological effects of the mass media and a consultant to the International Television and Radio Institute, discovered the link in focus groups she was observing for a study entitled: The '80s: Why Won't They Go Away?

Farking hilarious. I don't know if the Weekly World News writer meant for the study title to be funny or not, but that was great.
2002-07-28 12:39:12 PM  

WWN is a tabloid, so I think 'teh funneh' was intentional.
2002-07-28 12:47:36 PM  
Lordargent, I know.
2002-07-28 01:15:11 PM  
We had a cross section of dozens of devoted TV viewers, many with IQ's not many points above the average house plant,

Nuff said.
2002-07-28 01:15:50 PM  
Better to be a couch potato than a grown man riding a bicycle among a bunch of smelly Frogs...
2002-07-28 01:19:45 PM  
dangit, and all these years ive been watching 70's tv shows.
all those years wasted for nothing!
2002-07-28 01:20:10 PM  
MacGyver taught me everything I needed to know.
2002-07-28 01:22:16 PM  
Seeing as how those TV shows have a higher IQ than the collective couch potato masses, I wouldn't be suprised.
2002-07-28 01:28:48 PM  
is there a "boring" tag?
2002-07-28 01:32:14 PM  
"While watching an episode of Knight Rider in which David Hasselhoff does battle with an evil clone version of his own good-natured, supercharged, talking sports car," recalls Thorpe, "One of my assistants degenerated into a near comatose state after losing close to 45 IQ points.

This is your brain.
[image from bigmeathammer.com too old to be available]

This is your brain on Knight Rider.
[image from commarts.com too old to be available]

Attention all cars.
David Hasselhoff is pure evil.
That is all.
2002-07-28 01:33:50 PM  
Ah 80's TV when most of it was good, not the other way around.
2002-07-28 01:33:53 PM  
You know what this means don't you? I am the most intelligent person in the world.
2002-07-28 01:46:31 PM  
Does Bat Boy now have his very own editorial page?
2002-07-28 01:49:09 PM  
I hope the same thing goes for 80's music.

We can dance if we want to...
2002-07-28 01:54:30 PM  
So many wise things to say, so little time. OH the horror! I think they should bring back 21 Jump Street.
2002-07-28 02:00:14 PM  
Hmmm, Wasn't Alf FARKer before his time?

Herrrrrre, Kitty, kitty....
2002-07-28 02:14:27 PM  
Whip it good.
2002-07-28 02:19:49 PM  
Bring back Miami Vice, Narcs wearing pastels, what's not to like? Oh yeah, Don Johnson is a farkin skidmark, I forgot.
2002-07-28 02:21:02 PM  
Alf was funny stuff. It became even funnier after having heard/read an interview in which the writers of the show were "rumoured" to have been using any number of hallucinogens/controlled substances. Not that cocaine or other mind (and reality) altering drugs are good for you, but some things on the show somehow seemed to make more sense. If there's a transcript of this "interview" out on the Interweb somewhere, I'd love to read it again. Funny stuff.

Consider that it's easy to raise the IQ levels of people whose IQ is "sub-par", i.e. that of some "couch-potatoes". But let's remember that not all so-called couch-potatoes are stuck on the bottom rungs of the intelligence quotient ladder. If the assumption that 80's television made people more intelligent is true, then there's a lot of farking rocket scientists out there in the workforce now that grew up watching shows including Knight Rider, Alf, Dallas (WTF?), The A-Team, The Hulk, Dukes Of Hazzard, Growing Pains, Family Ties, Square Pegs, and dozens of others.
What a crock of shiat. Then again, it's the WWN. Don't believe the hype.
2002-07-28 02:24:06 PM  
No more WWN its a shiatty stupid tabloid that isnt the least bit funny.
2002-07-28 02:25:34 PM  
That's the thing Beavosaurus Rex. My IQ was raised enormously from all the 80's shows I watched, but unfortunately it just went down by the same amount after reading an article from that rag.
2002-07-28 02:38:10 PM  
Don't read the hype, either. Those pieces of entertainment, uh, journalism, make people more and more stoopid everyday. Go look for 80's show re-runs on cable somewhere and see if they can raise your IQ again.

Mr T pities the foo' that doesn't watch reruns of these shows on cable. ¿royalty checks, anyone?

*off to check the direc-tv guide to see what might be on later.*
2002-07-28 03:44:10 PM  
I wanna use the [image from images.outershell.net too old to be available] logo!
2002-07-28 03:48:42 PM  
Is this some kind of running joke on fark? WWN is SATIRE. IT IS SATIRE. If you don't believe me, lets look back at the article where they said congress to ban toilet paper, and after then every article from WWN was outrageous and obvious bullshiat. When are people going to start labeling WWN as SATIRE?
2002-07-28 04:09:49 PM  
"The '80's:Why won't they go away?"
2002-07-28 04:37:30 PM  
Death_Zero You mean ... there wasnt really a bat boy ?
2002-07-28 04:55:19 PM  
Death_Zero: You mean WWN doesn't tell the truth!
2002-07-28 05:22:08 PM  
I don't know about IQ, but watching "Pink Lady" certainly raised something.

[image from pinkladyamerica.com too old to be available]

Alas, poor kittens.
2002-07-28 05:35:04 PM  
Death_Zero: WWN is satire? Nice try. Next thing I know you'll try to convince me the Easter bunny doesn't shat colored eggs.
2002-07-28 06:53:06 PM  
...wonder if it works with the cartoons too? [personal soapbox :]
and the video games. Xbox, the 8 & 16 bits have come to eat you.

I personally don't buy it otherwise... well, except for A-Team, Knight Rider and McGuyver of course. The former and the latter were better than Blue Peter for showing you how to build useful stuff from nothing more than a cardboard box and a length of wire.

why oh why won't the 80s go away....
2002-07-28 06:53:53 PM  
come to think of it, a lot of the 'toons did the same thing. maybe that's where the rash of terrorists are springing from..
2002-07-28 09:14:56 PM  
Pink Lady was nothing without Jeff.
2002-07-28 09:39:30 PM  
I pity the foo' who submits a Weekly World News link.
2002-07-28 09:41:53 PM  
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Pity no one informed Jeff Altman that the two had about 12 English words between them. Still, entertaining in it's own right... like a train wreck.
2002-07-28 11:25:12 PM  
I have always found that repeated viewings if Small Wonder left me with a somewhat greater appriciation of the finer points of nanotechnology and quantum physics.

Wait, that was Star Trek, TNG. or was it Max Headroom?

If I recall correctly the TV of the 80's were all about reliving the 60's in Reagan colored glasses...

In the 80's TV watches you! (man)
2002-07-29 05:15:55 PM  
Hey Doc, I used to watch Pink Lady around 1979. I must have been one of the few people who actually liked the show.

I used to love It's Your Move, starring Jason Bateman as a rotten kid who was always finding new ways to torture Mr. Lamb (forgot the actor's name, but he later appeared on Married With Children).
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