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Asking a date to the prom via elaborate “promposals” (2010’s)

Who says creativity and innovation is in the youth of the 2000’s is dead? These days it’s not enough to just ask your date to the high school prom. No, now you have to create a moment that will become as memorable as the magical night itself. One inventive Cedar Cliff High School student put Styrofoam cups on a chain-link fence near the school’s soccer fields, spelling out, “Prom?” Hershey sophomore Nick Pasquini gave his date a box of those little marshmallow peeps. When she finished eating the gooey treats, she saw, “Prom? Nick?” at the bottom. Welcome to “promposals”, the newest fad to sweep the country’s youth, and one that adds a healthy dose of romanticism back into the mix.

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Smoking shisha flavored tobacco from a hookah waterpipe (2010’s)

For kids hoping to avoid the drugs and alcohol crowd, the next best thing is a fad called a hookah which allows groups of teenagers and young adults to smoke flavored tobacco together, in a community-like environment, through a single, multi-hosed water pipe. What most teenagers do not know however, is that smoking from a hookah waterpipe is no safer than smoking cigarettes and in fact, with the additional of charcoal ignition and prolonged smoking-sessions, may indeed be even more harmful than traditional smoking methods.

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Eight Pager Comics

Eight-pager comics, also known as Tijuana bibles, were pornographic comic books that were very popular in the United States during the 1930’s. Created as 8-panel comic strips in a wallet size 3 by 4 inch format, printed on heavy colored stock, and running eight pages long, the subjects ranged from well-known comic strip characters, popular movie stars, to prominent political figures and often contained ethnic stereotypes.

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Planking (2010’s)

Planking is an activity where the person lies on the ground or across an object, arms straight at their side with palms flat and facing inward, toes pointed, and body as stiff as a wooden board and facing downward. It is typically done in a funny or unusual place to create a unique photograph of the planking. A picture is taken and posted online.

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The Board Game Craze (1890’s)

With the industrialization and urbanization of the United States in the early 1800’s, the American middle class experienced an increase in leisure time. The home gradually lost its traditional role as the center of economic production and became the locus of leisure activities and education under the supervision of loving mothers. As a result of this increased leisure time, the demand increased for children’s board games.

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Radio (1920’s)

When KDKA transmitted the first commercial radio broadcast (the election results of the Harding-Cox race) on November 2, 1920, that sound could travel magically through the air to a location many miles away must have seemed magical to the people of that era. Unfortunately, few people heard the broadcast because there were not many radio receivers around at the time. Regardless, the novelty of the radio caught the public’s imagination and soon, manufacturers could not keep up with the demand for radio receivers. Between 1923 and 1930, a whopping sixty percent of American families purchased radios and a custom where families gathered around a glowing box for night-time entertainment took root, forever changing American culture.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Song Lyrics

The soundtrack was released as The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Music From The Motion Picture in 1975. Below are the music song lyrics to all of the songs on the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack. The soundtrack contained the tracks…

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1970’s)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) is a 1975 film adaption of the British classic rock musical stage play written by Richard O’Brien. The movie, a parody of science fiction and “B” grade horror films, was a popular cult movie that developed a tremendous following during the mid to late 1970’s. Following on the success of the stage play version, the movie carried over many of the actors from the stage production, including Tim Curry (Dr. Frank N. Furter), Little Nell (Columbia), Patricia Quinn (Magenta), and Jonathan Adams (narrator), who rose to stardom riding the waves of the Rocky Horror Picture Show mania.

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The Victor Victrola Phonograph (1900’s)

In 1880, Emile Berliner invented the flat phonograph record and recording/playback device called the Gramophone, the direct forerunner to Victor Talking Machine Company’s Victrola phonograph. Three years earlier, in 1877, Thomas Edison had invented the cylinder phonograph. Two problems kept the cylinder phonograph from succeeding though – the wax recording media wore out quickly and you could not mass produce the cylinders. Berliner’s Gramophone on the other hand, used a flat rubber and plastic disc design that allowed copies of the records to be manufactured via a printing press type machine.