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Mental Sampler 11

Are goldfish shots still a thing on college campuses?  I can’t remember what jogged this memory, but I was at a party in college where they were serving goldfish shots — tiny, live goldfish swimming in the shot glass, and you downed the whole thing.  Being a vegetarian, I clearly did not partake, but I watched this girl do it and she promptly vomit afterward from the thought that she had just ingested a live goldfish.

What the hell?  I am aware that college students often make poor choices and have terrible ideas, but goldfish shots?  Is this still a thing?

A month into school, I started running in non-goldfish-offering crowds (eg. kids who dressed in all black and recited very deep poetry), but I know that goldfish shots were a pretty common occurrence on our campus at big parties.


I was at a yogurt store that was playing the best 80s mix.  In fact a three-year-old who was chowing down on frozen yogurt, pumped his fists towards the ceiling when Bon Jovi’s Bad Medicine came out and shouted, “I love this!”  Me too, kid.

So I give you this little stroll down memory lane:

Love this song, but this video? Who walks around like this? Can you imagine a woman walking down the street like this? And what is up with the creepy gawking?

Because you can never have too much Toto.

Best video ever, amiright?

I had such a burning crush on Boy George when I was little. I wanted his hairstyle.

Best use of pan pipes in a rock song.

This was our camp song, ’87.

Our other camp song. What? We had two that summer. Midnight Oil is still my favourite concert of all time.

I personally don’t want to rule the world, unless I can do it from the comfort of my home while wearing pyjamas. But I appreciate the sentiment.


1 loribeth { 04.19.16 at 8:02 am }

LOL, that kid has great taste — I love it too. (Although my personal Bon Jovi favourite is “Livin’ on a Prayer.”) Love your 80s mix, brings back lots of fun memories. Music videos were so novel when they first came out… I never saw MTV until 1984, when we were travelling through Michigan en route to my grad school graduation (our motel had a satellite dish), and it was several years before we got MuchMusic (MTV’s Canadian cousin). But you could catch videos on NBC late Friday night (Friday Night Videos) or on a half-hour CBC after school program, whose name I forget.

As for goldfish shots (!!) — must have been after my time. Thank goodness!! Yuck!!

2 a { 04.19.16 at 9:21 am }

Ever since that commercial started playing, the never-ending sound of children singing The Final Countdown has been driving me insane!

3 mijk { 04.19.16 at 11:19 am }

Oh I sing along to all of them. So funny how memories work! (although as a kid my english wasn’t that great so It is kind of phonetic singing along)

4 Charlotte { 04.19.16 at 12:12 pm }

Um, Ew. I always thought goldfish shots was one of those urban legends and no one actually did them. Just gross.

Oh, man! Taking me back. I saw Midnight Oil several times and the shows were epic.
My sister dressed as boy George for Halloween one year and rocked it.
And aren’t all music videos just all weird and out there??

5 JustHeather { 04.19.16 at 2:34 pm }

I heard of goldfish shots. Eew! Poor fishies! I did have a friend drink a still beating heart of a snake in Vietnam…she later puked it up in the airport. 😀 (That amuses me, not sure why.)
Love the flashback! Some of them I have heard just this last week, as I love ’80s music and listen to it semi-regularly. I never knew/remembered that Forever Young is by Alphaville, but many ’80s (and ’90s) songs are like that for me. Know the song, but not the artist. A-ha’s song is my ringtone for hubby. 😀

6 chris { 04.19.16 at 4:23 pm }

Ew. Just wrong on the goldfish shots. I lived in such a rural area that cable didn’t come to it until well, actually I’m not entirely sure it’s there yet (actually it is there now) but when I was a teenager? No way. We had a one of those 6 GIANT satellite dishes but MTV? Not a chance! My dad controlled the satellite. I had never seen a music video until I was well into my twenties. It’s still one of those things I look at and kind of go, huh, I don’t get it. This alternately infuriates/amuses my very musical husband who grew up 100 miles away in the OC and who can’t fathom how “culturally deprived” I was. LOL. *shrug* I guess because I didn’t know any better I still felt music was pretty cool to listen to, you know, on the radio….how quaint, right?

7 Cristy { 04.19.16 at 5:37 pm }

?!?!?!? They weren’t a thing during my time at our alma mater (and now I’m horrified to know they were!!!!!) and don’t believe they are today (none of the undergrads are talking about this). But now I’m going to ask. And maybe cry a little, even though I’m an omnivore.

And now I’ve just had a nice trip down memory lane with the music. Secretly wanting my soon-to-be 3 yr old rocking out to 80’s music.

8 Deathstar { 04.19.16 at 5:54 pm }

I love this and will listen to the music as soon as I can!

9 Lori Lavender Luz { 04.19.16 at 11:30 pm }

Ew. We did NOT do such shots at my college. Ew ew ew.

I had a crush on the Tears for Fears boys. I also wanted to become a Shout Therapist because of them. Or primal scream therapist, as I think it was called.

10 Mali { 04.20.16 at 12:18 am }

Ah, the 80s! I remember them well. Nope, we never had the goldfish thing either. Never heard of it occurring anywhere in NZ. Though it might now, I don’t know.

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