Few gifts disappoint children more than receiving underwear for birthdays or holidays. That changed in the late 1970s, when marketing expert Larry Weiss created Underoos, a popular line of briefs and undershirts that featured the costume designs of characters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and others. Though Underoos remained popular for decades, the growth of the licensing industry made them less of a novelty over time, and kids no longer clamored for them in droves. Adults who want a dose of nostalgia, however, are in luck.
Fruit of the Loom, the owners of the Underoos brand, has licensed it to Bioworld Merchandising, which now markets adult-sized Underoos on their website and through Amazon and Walmart. The collections cover the spectrum of pop culture, from He-Man ($30) and Star Wars ($25-$29) to many of the classic superheroes like Batman ($12) and Captain America ($10-$30) who made Underoos a household name in the '70s. You'll also find designs based on properties that weren't around during the original Underoos craze, like Harry Potter ($12) and Despicable Me ($12). You can even buy child-sized Underoos in their original retro packaging. You can find more choices on the Underoos web store or through Amazon and Walmart. At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication. The 2020 hurricane season began on June 1, and already there have been three named storms—Arthur, Bertha, and Cristobal.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a busier-than-normal hurricane season this year, with a likelihood of 13 to 19 named storms, six to 10 of which could strengthen into hurricanes. In the chaos of preparing for the storms to hit land, we would also have to deal with the confusion of telling them apart, if it weren't for a naming system that's been used for decades. Prior to the 1950s, Atlantic hurricanes were identified simply by the year and the order in which they occurred. This system was imperfect, however, especially when meteorologists and the media had to keep tabs on multiple storms at the same time. began using a list of female names ordered phonetically to better clarify which hurricanes were coming when. Male names were assigned to storms in 1978, and in 1979 the co-ed database of names we now use to track Atlantic storms was officially adopted. The list includes 21 names for each year, with names for the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z missing from the lineup. For years when more than 21 storms appear, letters from the Greek alphabet are used to label the extras. The catalog has enough names to last six hurricane seasons, after which it gets recycled. When hurricanes are especially fatal or destructive, those names may be retired. In those cases, the World Meteorological Organization convenes to decide on a new name to fill the empty slot. Andrew, Katrina, Ike, and Sandy are a handful of names that have lost their place on the list in recent decades. Following 2017's historic hurricane season, the World Meteorological Organization retired Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate from their specific roster before it's next used in 2023. While they don't take suggestions, they do make the updated list available for the public to see years in advance. The term 420 is a word used to reference pot smoking. While the term was historically used as a "code" to designate someone's activities or beliefs, such as "420 friendly," most people are now aware of its association with marijuana. Despite the popularity of the term, most people have no idea how or why 420 became associated with marijuana. There are a lot of myths and stories about its origins. There are many rumors floating around about why the term 420 is used. Here are some of the most popular myths: Myth: Police dispatch code for smoking pot is 420. The number 420 is not actually a police radio code for anything. Although it was widely suggested that 420 was associated with the California Penal Code, 420 refers to a law about public land. Myth: There are approximately 420 active chemicals in marijuana. There are actually more like 315 active chemicals in marijuana. This number goes up and down depending on the make-up of the marijuana. While some people believed April 20th is the day you should start growing your marijuana crop, others believed it was some sort of holiday.
Instead, the term 420 led people to think April 20 was somehow associated with marijuana. Although that was Hitler's birth date, the term 420 referred to a time, not a date.
Myth: April 20th is the date of the Columbine school shootings. Although the Columbine shooting occurred on April 20th, 1999, the term was already in place long before the incident. According to Steve Bloom, an editor at High Times magazine, the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971.