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Nintendo had a chain of sex hotels in the 1950s.
The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950’s.
Atomic bomb tests were a major tourist attraction in Las Vegas during the 1950s.
The CIA ran secret mind control experiments on U.S. citizens from the 1950s until 1973.
The Dalai Lama was on the CIA’s payroll from the late 1950s until 1974, reportedly receiving US$180,000 a year.
In Bhutan, there were no public hospitals or schools until the 1950s, and no paper currency, no roads or electricity until several years after that.
Congo the chimp was a famous abstract painter in the 1950s who sold paintings to Picasso, Dalí and others for up to US$26,000.
In the 1950s, Las Vegas crowned a Miss Atomic Bomb.
Underwater hockey was invented in the 1950s in Britain and is played with snorkelling gear, a stick, and a puck weighing over one kilogram.
The 1950s sleeping pill thalidomide, which caused 10,000 babies to be born with severe deformities, was tested on animals prior to its commercial release.
An MIT-educated biologist, Katharine McCormick, inherited a substantial family fortune and funded the development of the first birth control pill in the 1950s.
In the 1950s, Nelson Mandela was a crusading attorney by day and an amateur boxer by night.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the CIA funded American modern art in order to fight Communism.