#53. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse… and Close the Loop!

Along the same lines as how Al Gore created the internet, the Green Movement actually began with a troop of dancing dinosaurs, led by a hip young Recycle Rex.

His lyrics crept its way in and permanently lodged itself in the coolness segment of your brain. He had you screaming the chorus with the rest of your friends while sprinting to secure the best handball court for recess.

Rex’s tune was definitely catchier than Woodsy Owl’s “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” song from the ’70s and ’80s:

and was also a better call to action than a minute’s worth of stereotypes and a single teardrop.

Sadly, with all of his success from having a number one hit single, 20 years later we find Recycle Rex suffering the same fate as other childhood stars from his era:

Eddie Furlong


Drugs. Rehab. Career…Done.

Eddie was also arrested while drunkenly trying to set lobsters free from a Kentucky grocery store. Perhaps John Connor thought that salvation of the human race began with the preservation of crustaceans. Everyone knows that cockroaches and Twinkies can survive a nuclear holocaust, and that lobsters are the only known bait that can be used to lead a string of cyborgs from the future into a pit of lava like Lemmings.

Life lesson: Never watch The Simpsons alone while downing a fifth of Jack.

Fact: Watching the budding relationship between Homer and Mr. Pinchy will make you emotional.

If the urge to release lobsters into the wild leads you to the seafood section of Safeway, at least buy the damn lobsters first.

The Olsen Twins

Don’t need to downplay rumors here, they’re cracked out fo sho.

Elroy Jetson:

Raging alcoholic.

Recycle Rex all grown up

Today Rex looks like a true (recycling) junkie: a glazed look with heavy bags under his eyes, missing teeth… no pants…

Is he saving the Earth or just supporting his meth addiction one nickel at a time?

Photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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2 Responses to #53. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse… and Close the Loop!

  1. Carrie S. says:

    I was surprised that my co-worker had never heard this song (I myself only remembered the chorus) and happened upon your site trying to figure out where it came from. Turns out only Californians would know what the hell I’m singing about. Still, thank you for taking me down the lane of uber-nostalgia. While browsing the vids of games I forgot I remembered, I also found the ad for Skip-It! And I loved Guess Who! It gives me the urge to find them all again and make drinking games out of them…

  2. J says:

    You are a G….. I wish i had more time to check this all out. i like the style of your writing and your transitions are fun. not jockin, just appreciating. Thank You for the time, energy, and love. May we make many, One. Peace…

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