TGIF! Football season is here, and regardless of whether you spend the weekends in your favorite team’s jersey sending friendly trash-talking updates on Facebook or not, no one can deny that there are some truly inspirational classic football movies out there. Not only will they make you stand up and cheer (as cheesy as that sounds), they are the kind of Rocky-esque movies that seems to motivate us to get out there and do something. Even if you’ve already seen these flicks, they are worth watching again and again.
Here are our favorite four inspirational football movies of all time. Just try not to be inspired! More
For the most part, most people probably assume that sex hasn’t changed much throughout the ages (despite the advent of porn and the internet, couples seem to gravitate to the same handful of positions, for better or worse). But SF Weekly reminds us that, in fact, we have made huge strides when it comes to sex. Back in 1977, apparently it was a thing to make your bathroom super sensual. Exhibit A: More
Thanks to celebrities and talk show hosts like Oprah and Ellen, in 2011 veganism has almost gone mainstream (or at least, mainstream television), but it’s easy to forget how just a couple of decades ago, eating tofu and vegetables was not only fringe; it sparked considerable debate. Back in 1990, Phil Donahue invited River Phoenix, Lisa Bonet, and Raul Julia – then a rare breed of vegan celebrity – to come talk about their diet and the shift in thought about how we should be feeding the world; John Robbins, of “Diet for a New America” fame, also joined the celebs to talk about the positive impact that ditching meat and dairy could make. More
Psychologist Paul Bindrim is known as the “father of Nude Psychotherapy,” and encouraged humans to draw together through activities like the one pictured above (left) at his Topanga Canyon therapy center. His unconventional methods included groups of people touching, massaging, and making prolonged eye contact in a warm pool together, and nearly got him kicked out of the American Psychological Association. He got considerable attention when, in 1971, he won a controversial lawsuit against author Gwen Davis, who he claimed painted his therapy methods in a bad light. More
One would assume that Blisstree’s readers are past the point of toilet training, but because it’s Flashback Friday, and our website is lacking in music videos that encourage proper bed-wetting etiquette, we’re bringing you the Kelly Family’s 1990 performance of “Ain’t Gonna Pee-Pee My Bed Tonight.” More
Thanks to companies like lululemon and Skechers, modern fitness fanatics can stay fashionable in the gym. But back in Marilyn Monroe’s day, women were left to fend for themselves. (Or just, you know, work out in the kitchen, instead of the gym.) We’d never say she doesn’t look pretty, but we do think that Marilyn’s choice of footwear (or lack thereof) looks a little unwise for a barbell lift: More
Sometimes, all we need to make a Flashback Friday complete is some spandex, legwarmers, and a fittingly retro fitness slogal like “The Shape of You to Come.” More
The week is almost over, but not without a little Friday flashback to send us off for the long weekend. We’ve been making fun of the recent trend in bad clothes for lazy people this week, but Drew Barrymore’s Saturday Night Live Skit, “Body Fusion,” has us grateful for today’s clothing options. (Snuggies and slankets are bad, but at least spandex has gone out of style, right?) More
Thank God it’s Friday, so we can enjoy this old-school video of Elvis “in a pretzel,” while Elsa Lancaster instructs her students that “yoga is as yoga does.” We only wish we could tell Elvis how he can “take this yoga serious,” despite all the pain it apparently gave his posterius: More
In all fairness, Food Network kitchen maven Sandra Lee never claims that her semi-homemade recipes are very nutritious, but some of her holiday-themed recipes – like her strawberry creamsicle martini for Valentine’s Day – are just over-the-top revolting. In this week’s Flashback Friday, we’ve found four of Sandra’s most horrifying holiday-themed recipes on video. But at least they’ll make you thankful the December holidays are over – and almost a year away. More
Normally, our Flashback Friday posts gives us a chance to laugh about the ridiculous products, exercises, and health habits of yesterday, but today, a post on NPR’s health blog, Shots, made us stop laughing and start thinking about the problems hiding behind all those funny ads. NPR’s Scott Hensley took his own trip down memory lane; his gallery of old-fashioned advertising included a variety of outlandish slogans and products; our favorites were the Obesity Soap from 1903 and a 1940′s ad for Bile Beans, above. His interest in the ads was inspired by a panel discussion at the Library of Congress on obesity and weight loss in modern times, which seemed to indicate that America’s concerns with weight and health began much earlier than we thought. More
Most of us feel like we’ve been pressured to lose weight and diet for most of our lives, but there was once a wonderful time when women were actually encouraged to put on weight, in ads like this one for “Wate-On.” This vintage weight gainer ad features Linda Peck, star of Hello, Dolly! and her then-ideal curves, shilling for “homogenized liquid emulsions” and “condensed food tablets” that apparently put “pounds and inches of welcome weight on skinny figures,” according to the ad: More
We don’t always feel cute in our yoga pants (hel-LO holiday bloat!), but we’re always grateful that we’re not stuck in the dark ages of fitness gear. Vintage exercise clothing like the kind exhibited in this 1972 “Sear’s Beauty Spa” poster makes modern fitness gear look like a walk in the park. More
Has anyone told you lately that you need a visit to the beauty farm? Well, you do. If you don’t want to suffer from “such nightmarish afflictions” like double chins and crow’s feet, that is. This fitness camp/spa hybrid has everything a modern woman could want: Giant poodles, a slimming couch (where “the fat is just beaten to death”), and, of course, liquids-only diets. Paradise does exist.