In a twist, let’s look at a current fad that a lot of people are hoping will die out. Hashtags. These things are everywhere. Hopefully in a few years, we will look back and cringe!
The Master Cleanse is a modified juice fast that doesn’t allow any consumption of food. You are only allowed to consume tea or lemonade made with maple
syrup and cayenne pepper. The Master Cleanse is supposed to detoxify your body and remove excess fat. There is no scientific evidence to support either claim. The short term risks associated with this cleanse include fatigue, nausea, dizziness and dehydration. Long-term effects include loss of muscle mass and an increased risk of heart attacks. Obviously, this is not a real “diet” plan nor meant to be engaged in for a long period of time. This is intended to be used for fasting purposes.
Right away, any bicycle that features a banana seat is considered fashionable and modern. Banana seats have always been a big hit with children as it makes bike riding much more comfortable. The back bar also gives them a greater sense of security, since the bar is there to ensure that the rider can’t slip off the seat.
Jelly shoes were introduced at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. They were re-introduced a year later at a shoe exposition in Chicago by Grendha Shoes. A buyer from Bloomingdale’s saw this display and ordered 2,400 pairs in nine different styles. Jellies went into their catalog and on the main floor of the store and this 80s trend took off. With the prevalence of cheap knock-offs — that sold for $1 or $2 — Grendha was pretty much forced to release a new style every 6 months. One of the designers of jelly shoes was Jean-Paul Gaultier.
If you never experienced the fad, jelly shoes were very comfortable to wear, despite the fact that they were made out of PVC plastic. The plastic allowed them to come in any color imaginable. Jelly shoe styles allowed for both casual or dress wear. Unfortunately, the plastic doesn’t necessarily make for hard- or long-lasting wear and these shoes really really make your feet sweat.
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.
The mood ring was created in 1975 by New York inventors Josh Reynolds and Maris Ambats. They initially retailed at $45 for a “silver” setting or $250 for a gold setting. The rings were first sold at Bonwit Teller, a New York City department store.
The mood ring is a specialized liquid crystal thermometer that is said to indicate the emotional state of the wearer. The ring contains a faux gemstone (usually of quartz or glass) and either contains a capsule of thermochromic liquid crystal or is lined with the thermochromic crystal. Temperature changes cause the crystal to reflect different wavelengths of light which in turn change the color of the gemstone.
Theories say that body heat causes major changes to the ring, but, in fact, the air temperature has a more direct impact. Maybe that explains why the rings revert back to their “neutral” color after a few days and never change again!
Mood rings were very much a mid-70s fad, although they are still available for purchase for today.
Lava lamps (or astro lamps) are decorative novelties, invented by British accountant Edward Craven-Walker in 1963. The lamps contain blobs of colored wax inside a glass vessel filled with clear liquid. The wax rises and falls as its density changes from the heat of an incandescent bulb underneath the vessel. The appearance of the wax resembles pahoehoe lava.
Craven-Walker was inspired by watching a homemade egg timer made out of a cocktail shaker filled with liquids bubbling on a stove top at a pub. The lamps became all the rage through the late 60s and 70s.
In the early 90s, Craven-Walker took on a business partner called Cressida Granger. In 1992, they changed the company name to Mathmos. They continue to make authentic Lava Lamps in the original Poole, Dorset, UK factory where Craven-Walker first set up shop in 1968.
Thanks to the 80s workout craze that saw fitness lovers wearing fluorescent colored leggings, in the 90s those leggings morphed into these awful neon-colored striped bicycle shorts that everyone (and I do mean EVERYONE) had. The sad part is they were not relegated to workout time either. These shorts were everywhere! Don’t you just love a fad that morphs into something else that’s even worse?
An American sneaker brand designed by architect and jogging enthusiast Bob Gamm, KangaROOS were originally produced in the 70s through the 80s and featured a small zippered pocket on the side of the shoe.
Gamm ran about 10km a day and preferred light athletic clothes without pockets, therefore he created shoes where he could store his keys or money. By the early 80s, he was selling 700,000 pairs a day. By the end of the decade, sales were on the decline and the brand quietly faded away. In the late 90s, KangaROOS reappeared and are currently being sold in 60 countries.
Based in Middlefield, Ohio and founded in 1929 by Donald F. Duncan, Jr., Duncan Toys make a variety of yo-yos, gyroscopes and other toy products such as juggling accessories, footbags and yo-yo accessories. Duncan Toys became a subsidiary of Flambeau, Inc. in 1968. With so many different types of yo-yos, of course they have discontinued a few models over the years, including a former Guinness World Record Holder, the Cold Fusion. It was a high end yo-yo made of aluminum with a ball-bearing transaxle and brake pads. It held the Guinness World Record for longest spin time — over 10 minutes. Other discontinued models are the Duncan Mondial that had a unique adjustable gap system; the Ballistic, a plastic take-apart yo-yo; the Avenger and the Metal Zero.