So you remember the askme from 5 years ago where we all tried to figure out what 80's tv show/intro had a character stepping through a door and getting slathered with paint as they did? Well, this recent 1980's themed Progressive insurance commercial has been airing during the current NCAA tournament, and at 18 seconds in, guess what happens. A character opens a door and gets a paint roller across their chest. This doesn't resolve the question, but perhaps the answer is out there, somewhere. We can't all be making this up, right?
Within the last few months, there were a couple of posts on The Blue about a combined speculative fiction/conspiracy theory that we as a society have collectively forgotten (or had our memories erased of) a number of years -- perhaps a decade -- between the 1980s and 1990s? I recall it referring to an "N Decade" or the "19N0s," but MeFi searches along these lines have come up empty.