Every once in a while, something will go viral on Twitter where somebody posts something like, "I was today years old when I learned that (blank) happened." And the thing is, it tends to be something that I already knew, so why isn't it common knowledge among the youth of today?

I have a theory about this.

You see, I was growing up in the mid-2000s, during the height of VH1's I Love The... series. And it was constantly airing on TV! So I was always being reminded of generational events, pop culture trends, and more that happened in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. But today's kids, as far as I can tell, don't have that! They're missing vital pop culture history classes because VH1 doesn't air those anymore! How are they supposed to learn anything without Gilbert Gottfried and Michael Ian Black putting a sarcastic spin on the nostalgic trends of the day?

Anyway, around the same time, I remember VH1 did a countdown list called I Love Toys, where they ranked the greatest children's toys of all time. That one was one of my favorites, and I rewatched it multiple times. And to kick off the list, coming in at number 100, was the Magic 8-Ball.


Well hey, turns out the state of Montana is a fan of the Magic 8-Ball, too. Spilsbury did an analysis on how much certain retro toys cost when they first came out versus how much they cost now, and in the process, they figured out the favorite toy for every state in the US.

Montana was just one of two states to pick the Magic 8-Ball - the other was Vermont.

Is that enough information to get VH1 to do an updated version of the list, or will the I Love The... series eventually be featured in the 2050 airing of I Love the 2000s? Either way, Gilbert Gottfried yelling about erector sets has been stuck in my brain for about 15 years.

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