The Peppy '80s Song "Vamos a la Playa" Was About Nuclear War

Even if you don't remember anything else from that Spanish class you took in high school, you do know how to say "Let's go to the beach." For that you can thank the smash hit song of 1983, "Vamos a la Playa" by the Italian duo Righeira. It still shows up in Spanish classes today, as it does on the lips of moms and dads happily packing up the sunscreen and towels for a day at the beach.

But not many of us ever bothered to learn anything beyond the title lyric, and as it turns out, the song is not as carefree as it seems: It's about the aftermath of a nuclear explosion, though the image of apocalyptic destruction it presents is about as cheerful a version as you can get. Here's what the song is saying:

Vamos a la playa, oh oh oh oh x 4
Vamos a la playa, la bomba estalló
Las radiaciónes tuestan y matizan de azul

Translates to:

Let's go to the beach, oh oh oh oh x 4
Let's go to the beach, the bomb exploded
The radiation toasts and tints everything with blue

And this passage:

Vamos a la playa, todos con sombrero.
El viento radiactivo, despeina los cabellos.

Translates to:

Let's go to the beach, everyone in a sombrero.
The radioactive wind, messes up the hair

And this passage:

Vamos a la playa, al fin el mar es limpio.
No más peces hediondos, sino agua fluorescente.

Translates to:

Let's go to the beach, finally the sea is clean.
No more smelly fish, just fluorescent water.

Keep it in mind as you strap on your own wrist phones and head to the playa this summer.

Afternoon Map
The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

You don't have to pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling to discover the most popular infomercial product in each state: AT&T retailer All Home Connections is giving that information away for free via a handy map.

The map was compiled by cross-referencing the top-grossing infomercial products of all time with Google Trends search interest from the past calendar year. So, which crazy products do people order most from their TVs?

Folks in Arizona know that it's too hot there to wear layers; that's why they invest in the Cami Secret—a clip-on, mock top that gives them the look of a camisole without all the added fabric. No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that Pajama Jeans are the way to go—because who needs real pants?

Unsurprisingly, the most popular product in many states has to do with fitness and weight loss, because when you're watching TV late enough to start seeing infomercials, you're probably also thinking to yourself: "I need to get my life together. I should get in shape." Seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin—have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West Virginia and Arkansas prefer the gentler workout provided by the Shake Weight. The ThighMaster is still a thing in Illinois and Washington, while Total Gym and Bowflex were favored by South Dakota and Wyoming, respectively. 

Kitchen items are clearly another category ripe for impulse-buying: Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians must be using their Slice-o-matics to chop up limes for their poolside margaritas.

Cleaning products like OxiClean (D.C. and Hawaii), Sani Sticks (North Carolina), and the infamous ShamWow (which claims the loyalty of Mainers) are also popular, but it's Proactiv that turned out to be the big winner. The beloved skin care system claimed the top spot in eight states—California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas—making it the most popular item on the map.

Peep the full map above, or check out the full study from All Home Connections here.

A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”


More from mental floss studios