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Facepalm Friday 8/14: Vintage Back To School Ads

Times were different back in the day.  Back to school ads are no exception.

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15. Smoke 'Em Up, Son!

Smoke 'Em Up, Son!
Hey, kids smoked back then. They thought it was nutritious or something.
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Hey, kids smoked back then. They thought it was nutritious or something.

14. Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever
Pants so ugly, you didn't even notice George Takei* on the left.

*Not actually George Takei

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Pants so ugly, you didn't even notice George Takei* on the left.

*Not actually George Takei

13. Too Soon?

Too Soon?
Yeah, probably too soon.
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Yeah, probably too soon.

12. We Have No Words

We Have No Words
You apparently could call young girls that back in the day.
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You apparently could call young girls that back in the day.

11. Ask Your Parents

Ask Your Parents
It's David Cassidy and Donny Osmond. They were like Justin Bieber in the 1970s only they got way more chicks. Cassidy did, anyway.
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It's David Cassidy and Donny Osmond. They were like Justin Bieber in the 1970s only they got way more chicks. Cassidy did, anyway.

10. Higher Degree

Higher Degree
Moving on up to college, they're still pushing smoking on you.
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Moving on up to college, they're still pushing smoking on you.

9. So Much Early 1990s. So Much.

So Much Early 1990s.  So Much.
Not only is it the Eastbay catalog, but the kid is wearing Reebok Pumps and what we can only assume are Zubaz pants.
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Not only is it the Eastbay catalog, but the kid is wearing Reebok Pumps and what we can only assume are Zubaz pants.

8. Actually...

Actually...
You could probably pull some of these looks off today. Maybe. In Portland, probably.
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You could probably pull some of these looks off today. Maybe. In Portland, probably.

7. Added Value

Added Value
Hey! We want some movie tickets! No fair.
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Hey! We want some movie tickets! No fair.

6. Worst. Shampoo. Name. Ever.

Worst. Shampoo. Name. Ever.
At some point, someone thought "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific" was a logical name for a shampoo... and marketed it to teens. That's why it's still around.
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At some point, someone thought "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific" was a logical name for a shampoo... and marketed it to teens. That's why it's still around.

5. Fall In Line

Fall In Line
You can't go back to school without emulating the popular kids.
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You can't go back to school without emulating the popular kids.

4. Sexual Harassment Is A-Ok!

Sexual Harassment Is A-Ok!
Synthetic fabrics help underage girls use sex appeal to get through school... is apparently the message we're going for here?
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Synthetic fabrics help underage girls use sex appeal to get through school... is apparently the message we're going for here?

3. Delta Tau Chi Forever

Delta Tau Chi Forever
Everything was an educational filmstrip back then.
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Everything was an educational filmstrip back then.

2. That's A Serious Brick Of Cheese

That's A Serious Brick Of Cheese
So that's why they changed to singles. Could you imagine packing that in a kid's lunch box?
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So that's why they changed to singles. Could you imagine packing that in a kid's lunch box?

1. That's Deep, Lego

That's Deep, Lego
Even back in 1981, Lego was awesome.
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Even back in 1981, Lego was awesome.