Lonely Hearts Club Band

It's honestly wonderful to see you so happy, Amy. 

Looks like you're grooving pretty hard there.


Guess what? The time machine has you pegged in 1967 right now. Pretty amazing, right?

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You're listening to music and looking at uniforms?

Wait a minute ...
1967 is Canada's 100th birthday! There must be lots of celebrations going on.

Are you watching a parade with mounties? 


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Is there a marching band?

No, huh?

So, you're currently in 1967 and you're listening to music while looking at uniforms.

Okay, I'll bite. What's with the music and uniforms?

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Uh, yeah.
Still not seeing  any uniforms.

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Okay, yes, these are technically uniforms.

And you're listening to the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band record, right?

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                                 So glad we cleared that up.

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Released in 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will spend 27 weeks at number one on the British music charts. It is the Beatle's eighth LP record.


By the end of April, 1967, $75,000 and four months will have been spent on the making of the album.
By September, it will have sold over two and a half million records in the U.S. alone.


In 1968 it will win four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year - and will be the first album to receive this award. 

The iconic cover includes 57 photographs and six works of wax.

Thanksgiving in the 1960s

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Hey, Amy. 


By the looks of it, you've made it to the prairies.

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Hitchhiking in 1960-something is pretty great, right?


And going by the coordinates on the time machine, you're just entering Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.



Ah, someone you met on the road lives in Saskatoon. You're heading to her family's place for thanksgiving dinner?
Okay, here's what you can look forward to.

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The reality is that for decades Thanksgiving hasn't changed a whole lot.

The tradition of thanksgiving began in the 1600s by pilgrims in the United States. It has basically remained the same since President Lincoln created a national holiday for it in 1863, although Thanksgiving's roots were deep-seated in religion in the 19th century.


To this day it remains a holiday both in the U.S. and Canada.


In the U.S. the fourth Thursday of November was set in 1941 by the federal government. In Canada, Thanksgiving takes place on the second Monday in October, steeped in the tradition of celebrating the year's harvest.

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In 1960-something, you'll be served the traditional homemade dinner, and here's the difference between then and 2018 - everything will be made from scratch ...
- Turkey with stuffing
- Green bean casserole
- Gravy made with the turkey's giblets - the innards  - the liver, heart and gizzard 
- Mashed potatoes
- Pumpkin pie in a flaky crust with freshly whipped cream


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And, of course, a molded recipe made of gelatin-encased ham and vegetables, for instance. 
Gelatin based recipes will all but disappear by 2018.



Just so you know, over 4,000 calories are normally consumed on Thanksgiving Day.

Now all you have to do is enjoy yourself with the people you've met in 1960-something ... and give thanks.

Bell Bottoms in the 1960s

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Yeah, peace to you too, man.


I just need to talk to Amy for a second, so if you wouldn't mind telling her to stop playing the guitar so she can communicate with me that would be great.

Excuse me? Just who am I? 

Well, if you must know, I'm a writer who happens to be the purveyor of a time machine.

Don't believe me, huh? How about I show you both what you're going to look like in 2018, and then you tell Amy to get her butt over here right now.

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I just need a minute to recalibrate the fluxator axiom against the system override zanpendant thingy and we'll be good to go ...

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... and here you are in 2018!


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Oh, hey Amy. That was fast.

What did I say to the hippie couple? They're freaking out?

Uh, nothing they'll believe, so don't worry about it. 


Just checking in to see how it's going in 1960-something - looks like you forgot to communicate with me ... again.

You're loving all the vintage bell bottoms? Uh, yeah, they're not vintage in 1960-something. They're a modern fashion statement for the counterculture youth.

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Wide-legged trousers were originally created for sailors in the 19th century.

Comfortable and easy to roll up when swabbing decks in bare feet or pulling off for an unexpected swim, they're still a part of various uniforms of the navy, although designed now with a straighter leg.



In the 1960s, bell bottoms are becoming a sought after fashion statement in Canada, the U.S. and Europe as the antiwar sentiment spreads..

Youth are rejecting uncomfortable and more formal attire ... and they're landing on the doorsteps of surplus military stores in search of leftover and unused navy bell bottoms.



For the nonconformists who aren't able to get to an army surplus store, fabric is being sown into straight-leg jeans with a "triangle" piece to widen the pants from the knee down.

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This is only the beginning for bell bottoms as they become a symbol of the culture of hippies and those into the trend.


Clothing firms are realizing an opportunity when they see one, and will soon be designing and manufacturing bell bottoms of their own.

The Summer of Love

Okay. So I'm still trying to figure out exactly where you are in 1960-something. The time machine's fluxator still isn't right and the date-stamp portal you went through is no help at all.

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Slang in the 1960s

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Oh, there you are, Amy.


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I'm just wondering what's been happening with you in 1960-something.
You know, what you're up to.

What? You're actually doing it? You're hitchhiking across the continent?


Uh ... okay.

I sound worried?

Oh yeah, no, I'm not worried about you in the slightest.

Why, if nothing terrible happens to you ... I mean, I'm sure only great things will happen to you.


There's lots of friendly people out there who'll pick you up from the side of the long, grey, lonely, dusty highway, right?


C'mon positive brain image ...

Whew. Better.


Okay, well, here's some popular slang words from the 1960s  you should know on your travels.


 I hope you have a groovy, far out time. And try not to sound like a square, huh?
That would be such a bummer.

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ACID - LSD - (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) - a hallucinogenic drug
BUMMER - Something disappointment, a "downer"
ELECTRIC KOOL AID - Combining LSD and Kool Aid during the "Acid Tests" of the 1960s, and a  term written about in a 1968 book by Tom Wolfe, titled, "The Electric Kook Aid Acid Test"
FAR OUT - Something wonderful.
FLIP OUT - Losing your cool
FLOWER POWER - in use during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive resistance
FREAKS - Actually cool people
GET HIGH - Get stoned
JOINT - Marijuana cigarette
NICKEL BAG - $5 worth of marijuana
OUTTASIGHT - Wonderful
PEACE - Mainly refers to the wish for peace in the ongoing Vietnam War
RIGHT ON - an affirmation
SCENE - wherever the cool people are
SPACED OUT - Not with it, may be high
SQUARE - If you're a square, you're definitely uncool
TEENY BOPPERS - those too young to be hippies
TRIP - What you go on when you take a hallucinogen drug
VIETNAM WAR - A conflict occurring between 1955 and 1975 in Vietnam, Laos


There are loads of illegal drugs easily available in the 1960s, and you'll see them everywhere you hitchhike.

Doesn't mean you have to take any. 

And watch out for the fuzz.