11 Reasons That 70's Show Is Underrated

11 Reasons That 70's Show Is Underrated

To those six kids in the basement of Point Place, Wisconsin, thank you.

"That 70’s Show" is a series that was created in the late 90’s and carried on through the mid-2000’s. Although it’s been off the air for years now, with forums such as Netflix, it’s still able to be a relevant series to this day. Even though my generation has NO idea what the 70’s was like, those teens in that Wisconsin basement have made for some entertaining memories that the series have given us. Here’s why I love the show.

1. Red Foreman is the funniest dad

As a Korean War vet, he doesn’t take sh*t from anyone, including his wife. His favorite thing to tell his kids is how he’s going to put his foot in their ass, and he talks about how everyone is a dumbass. Ninety-nine percent of the time, he thinks that Kelso and Hyde are on “dope” and he refers to Fez as “the foreigner.” Being politically correct is not even on his radar, and he’s probably my generation’s version of Archie Bunker.

2. Kitty is the sweetest mom that we all dream to have

Aside from being a loving and compassionate nurse, Kitty comes home to make sure her family has a nice home-cooked meal on the table. They attend to church every Sunday and they don’t miss it, and Eric and all his friends have fresh baked cookies to eat. Plus, it just so happens to be at the right time when their munchies kick in.

3. Ashton Kutcher is like fine wine

When he graced our TV screens as an attractive 18-year-old, it was just the eye candy the series needed. Now that he’s in his early 30’s, he arguably looks better now than he did when he was young. We can’t help but be jealous of Mila. Which brings me to my next point.

4. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are relationship goals

We saw them dating as an on-screen couple and couldn’t help but love them being together. The two goofballs were a match made in heaven. Now several years later, they’re real-life relationship goals as they are now happily married with two kids. And if the fact that Ashton was Mila’s first kiss at 14, doesn’t make your heart melt—leave.

5. Eric Foreman makes you realize every guy has a chance

Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE Eric. He’s the sweetest, the most well-rounded kid that means the best. But no way in hell would a kid like him and a knockout like Donna be together in real life. But Donna had it in her heart to fall in love with Eric. They too were a set of relationship goals.

6. Hyde is the smartass friend we all want in our life

Sure, he might be mean to his friends and tease everyone for everything, but you have to love him. As the correct supplier, he makes every situation fun, teases Kelso to no end, and always seems to have a pair of shades on, even indoors.

7. Fez is the oddball that somehow completes the friend group

As probably the only foreign exchange student I’ve seen fit in so well with a group like this, he has had one hell of a high school experience. He’s left the audience wondering for years, what is his actual name and just where is he from?

8. You kind of wish you could ride around in that Pontiac

Sure that seems like a really geeky car that maybe our grandparents have at this day in age, but tell me you didn’t wish you could recreate that opening segment with them, and scream “Hello Wisconsin…”

9. It was a bit of a history segment in itself

As someone who was not around for the 70’s the pop culture references were explained pretty thoroughly and it was quite interesting to see some of history’s moments brought to life. Such as the first time Eric goes to see Star Wars at the drive in and he thinks it’s the greatest invention God ever created. Or the time that Kitty so badly wanted to watch Roots but Red convinced her to test out the new recording system so they could watch it on their own time. Ahh, history.

10. The location didn’t make a difference

As a gal who grew up on the west coast, there were many mid-west references made. Although Wisconsin may have its own culture and set of customs that are different to where I’m from, it made the show unique and still made it relatable. Hell, I wanted to be a Green Bay fan myself by the end of the series.

11. The simple events made me envious

The group of six, with the addition of their parents and other random characters, taught the viewers that sometimes the simplest of things can be fun. Hanging around in a basement just to listen to a new record is all sorts of fun, and road tripping without any electronics can make for some pretty rad memories.

So, to those six kids in the basement of Point Place, Wisconsin, thank you. Thank you for being another series to give me a form of entertainment. Thank you for taking me to a blast from the past through the entire 70’s, and thank you for the pop culture references that pertain to my parents.

Cover Image Credit: Netflix

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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