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Ultimate 1980s Cartoon Themes

OK, in honor of President’s Day here in the US, I’ve decided to do something unprecedented: I am finding my Top 10 80s Child Cartoon theme songs (Note: not all of these shows aired exclusively in the 1980s, but they are shows “children of the ’80s” will always cherish).  Also, please note, this is a personal list, so girly favorites may not be included.  Feel free to ream me out about how My Little Pony had the best theme.  Confession: Five-year-old me had quite a crush on Jem:

Ok, now on with the list!

Honorable Mentions

– Inspector Gadget

– Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling

– Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

#10 (tie) –  Dinosaucers and Silverhawks (forgotten favorite)

#9 – Muppet Babies (Muppets in any form are top-notch)

#8 – He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

#7 (tie) – Tiny Toons Adventures and Animaniacs

#6 (tie) – The Snorks and The Smurfs

#5 – Fat Albert

#4 (tie) – Ducktales and Darkwing Duck (When there’s trouble, just call D-W!)

#3 (tie) – G.I. Joe and Transformers

 

#2 – Thundercats

#1 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (as if there was any doubt!)

Let the debate begin!

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Hulk Hogan – Real American!

I realized that I haven’t really had a classic WWF/WWE posting in like a week, and that is WAY too long!

Short and sweet, our subject today is theme songs for this man right here:

First up, from the movie that really set the Hulkster on the path to mainstream superstardom, Rocky III, here is Survivor and “Eye of the Tiger:”

And how about the most recognizable wrestling theme song of all time?  It’s “Real American” by Rick Derringer:

I promise, you will have both of these stuck in your head for a long, long time.  Thank me later 🙂

And let’s wrap up our musical odyssey by checking in with…Jimi Hendrix?  That’s right!  When Hogan was a bad guy (NWO-era) and upon his return to WWE, he used Jimi’s “Voodoo Chile” as his entrance theme!  How ’bout some highlights?

And there ya have it.  Fight for the rights of every man.

Zeus is Loose (and Hulkamania runs wild!)

Zeus makes a comeback in Greece

POSTED: 6:24 p.m. EST, January 21, 2007

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A clutch of modern pagans honored Zeus at a 1,800-year-old temple in the heart of Athens on Sunday — the first known ceremony of its kind held there since the ancient Greek religion was outlawed by the Roman Empire in the fourth century.

Watched by curious onlookers, some 20 worshippers gathered next to the ruins of the temple for a celebration organized by Ellinais, a year-old Athens-based group that is campaigning to revive old religious practices from the era when Greece was a fount of education and philosophy.

The group ignored a ban by the Culture Ministry, which declared the site off limits to any kind of organized activity to protect the monument.

But participants did not try to enter the temple itself, which is closed to everyone, and no officials sought to stop the ceremony.

Dressed in ancient costumes, worshippers standing near the temple’s imposing Corinthian columns recited hymns calling on the Olympian Zeus, “King of the gods and the mover of things,” to bring peace to the world.

“Our message is world peace and an ecological way of life in which everyone has the right to education,” said Kostas Stathopoulos, one of three “high priests” overseeing the event, which celebrated the nuptials of Zeus and Hera, the goddess of love and marriage.

To the Greeks, ecological awareness was fundamental, Stathopoulos said after a priestess, with arms raised to the sky, called on Zeus “to bring rain to the planet.”

A herald holding a metal staff topped with two snake heads proclaimed the beginning of the ceremony before priests in blue and red robes released two white doves as symbols of peace. A priest poured libations of wine and incense burned on a tiny copper tripod while a choir of men and women chanted hymns.

“Our hymns stress the brotherhood of man and do not single out nations,” said priest Giorgos Alexelis.

More than a mere re-creation

For the organizers, who follow a calendar marking time from the first Olympiad in 776 B.C., the ceremony was far more than a simple re-creation.

“We are Greeks and we demand from the government the right to use our temples,” said high priestess Doreta Peppa.

Ellinais was founded last year and has 34 official members, mainly academics, lawyers and other professionals. It won a court battle for state recognition of the ancient Greek religion and is demanding the government register its offices as a place of worship, a move that could allow the group to perform weddings and other rites.

Christianity rose to prominence in Greece in the fourth century after Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion. Emperor Theodosius wiped out the last vestige of the Olympian gods when he abolished the Olympic Games in A.D. 394.

Several isolated pockets of pagan worship lingered as late as the ninth century.

“The Christians shut down our schools and destroyed our temples,” said Yiannis Panagidis, a 36-year-old accountant at the ceremony.

Most Greeks are baptized Orthodox Christians, and the church rejects ancient religious practices as pagan. Church officials have refused to attend flame ceremony re-enactments at Olympia before the Olympic Games because Apollo, the ancient god of light, is invoked.

Unlike the monotheistic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the old religion lacked written ethical guidelines, but its gods were said to strike down mortals who displayed excessive pride or “hubris” — a recurring theme in the tragedies of Euripides and other ancient writers.

“We do not believe in dogmas and decrees, as the other religions do. We believe in freedom of thought,” Stathopoulos said.

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So are they talking about this guy:

Anyone else remember him?  He teamed up with the Macho Man Randy Savage to face the Hulk Hogan and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.

Check out the end of the match:

Much more on Zeus later!