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Flagpole Sitting

If you can believe it, flagpole sitting was indeed a fad during the 1920s. This popular spectator sport was started by stunt actor and former sailor Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly. It’s unclear why he decided to do it, either by dare or as a publicity stunt, but his initial sit in 1924 lasted 13 hours and 13 minutes. You can thank the Depression for killing this crazy fad.

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