The MDMA or Ecstasy craze of the 1990’s

MDMA Ecstasy monogram

MDMA or ecstasy (often abbreviated “E” or “X”) was first synthesized in 1912 by Merck chemist Anton Kollisch to create a substance that stopped out-of-control bleeding. By the late 1980’s, ecstasy, the “feel good drug” hit the club scenes in Dallas, Texas. A year later, the hallucinogenic drug had moved overseas and by the mid…

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The CB Radio Craze (1970’s)

CB radio closeup

The CB radio was invented in 1945 by Al Gross, the inventor of the walkie-talkie and owner of the Citizens Radio Corporation.  The radio became popular with small businesses and blue-collar workers like carpenters, plumbers, and electricians who used the radio as a tool to communicate with coworkers. By 1960, the costs to produce the 23-channel radio…

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How an eccentric nudist colonist invented the Lava Lamp (1960’s)

Vintage Crestworth Atro Lantern Lava Lamp

A lava lamp (or Astro lamp as it was originally known), is a decorative light featuring various colored, oozing blobs of wax that rise and fall in a heated and lighted lamp. Englishman Edward Craven Walker invented the lava lamp in 1963 and the device grew in popularity during the 1960’s psychedelic craze.

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Patriot Act – democracy in action or blatant government overreach?

Rescue workers climb over and dig through piles of rubble from the destroyed World Trade Center

The USA Patriot Act, or Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (yes, that’s really the title of the Act), was passed in late 2001. The 342 page Act introduced a plethora of legislative changes which significantly increased the surveillance and investigative powers of U.S. law enforcement…

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