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Hunkerin (1960s)

As the phone booth stuffing fad was on the decline, a new fad emerged — hunkerin. Participants were to squat on the balls of your feet for a long time. This, of course, led participants to find bizarre place to hunker down. The only other requirement was to ensure you never hunkered alone. A more advanced version was “hunkerin and hollerin” — squatting and drinking beer.

Allegedly, hunkering started at the University of Arkansas — thanks to a shortage of chairs! The name came from the Scottish word for “haunches.” It caught on as students felt it was a good way to bond. They even came up with styles. The Outside Hunker — you had to keep your elbows outside the knees. The Friendship Hunker — you rested your arms on the people to your left and right.

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