Architecture or design from the '50s or '60s that used to be futuristic but is now retro. Think Disney's Tomorrowland, motels and gas stations with big rocket or satellite-themed signs, or just about anything that includes that swirly atom symbol.

George Jetson's world was kind of googie; so were most world fairs from the '50s to the '70s. The term itself comes from "Googie's," a coffee shop in Los Angeles (it's not there anymore).

Keep your eyes open and you'll come across googie buildings from time to time. They're neat but also kind of sad -- discarded rough drafts of a future we never built.

There’s an excellent googie website at