We buy things because of advertising. That’s the way it works. Of course, there hasn’t always been advertising as we know it. Since there has been, though, it’s had a huge impact on the way we do things. Things we take for granted as part of life, like engagement rings, toilet paper, deodorant, and even Santa Claus have–at least partially–advertising to thank for even being a thing.
The concept of affirmative action goes back a long way, but it hasn’t always been about racial equality. The discussion has historically been quite heated, on both sides. Proponents and opponents alike come from various backgrounds and ethnicity. Episode 74 of Flash Pasts has Danny and Lyle discussing the history and modern impacts of affirmative action on society.
Lyle and Dan got into a conversation about legendary guitarists. Naturally, there were some guitarists on Dan’s list that weren’t on Lyle’s. Lo and behold, FP 73 was born. This time around, the guys discuss who is on their top 10 list of greatest guitarists. Was your favorite on there? Find out when you Flash Past.
There hasn’t always been a spring break, per se, but springtime has always been a time of celebration. More than 2000 years ago, Greeks and Romans used this time of year to celebrate the gods Dionysus and Bacchus. A few days of love and excess were just what the gods ordered. Fast-forward to 1936 or so and we find a college swim coach taking his students to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to practice in an Olympic size pool. What came next was the stuff of history.
It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day; time to wear green, eat corned beef and cabbage, and drink beer. At least, that’s how St. Paddy’s Day is celebrated nowadays. We realized, however, that we had no idea WHY we celebrate this patron saint of Ireland. Did you know Patrick was a slave, or that green wasn’t originally the color associated with the holiday? In this episode of Flash Past, we talk about these things and a lot more.
You know the marathon is an Olympic event, but did you know it was named for an event involving a guy who ran 25 miles, delivered a message, and then dropped dead? Or that dueling was an Olympic sport at one time. On this episode of Flash Past, we talk about that plus children’s television, naked wrestling and sliding head-first at more than 80 miles per hour.