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.
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.
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.
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.
Vaudeville, popular from the late 1880’s through the early 1930’s, was a theatrical form of entertainment in the United States and Canada. Vaudeville performances, which often ran around the clock, ran a series of separate, unrelated acts which included musicians, dancers, comedians, trained animals, magicians, male and female impersonators, acrobats, jugglers, and one act plays. Famous celebrities were featured at the beginning of the vaudeville shows to attract attendees while the weakest acts put at the end in order to clear the house.
It is sold to children and teenagers labeled as bath salts, fertilizer, or insect repellent under names like Ivory Wave, White Lightning, Red Dove, Vanilla Sky, Cloud 9, or Blue Silk. The label says “not for human consumption” but it is intended to be snorted, swallowed, smoked, or injected. As of 2011, the DEA does not regulate them. Its effects are comparable to methamphetamines or cocaine. And it’s been directly implicated in the deaths of several teenagers.
As of 2011, Facebook has over 600 million active users. It is estimated that 42% of the U.S. population have Facebook accounts. Popular with teenagers, Facebook has risen from a local college social networking site into one of the largest technology companies on the planet. And it did so in less than 5 years.
File sharing is the sharing or distribution over the Internet of electronic files such as multimedia files (moves and music), electronic books, video games, and any other digitally formatted media. With the movement of popular entertainment mediums to electronic formats, file sharing has become quite common and widespread. Popular with teens, file sharing often involves copyrighted properties such as music or movie MP3 files and hence, is typically considered illegal.
Known as a Vod-Bomb, Birch, or a ‘DVR’ (double vodka red bull), the newest drinking trend amongst the college and high school aged crowd is a cocktail made by mixing vodka and a highly caffeinated energy drink, typically Red Bull. It is popular among the 18-30 generation in bars and nightclubs around the world. In 2010, an FDA study resulted in a ban placed on several manufacturers of caffeine and alcohol drinks.
Pharming parties (also called pharm parties) is a get-together where prescription drugs are exchanged and randomly ingested, in order to become intoxicated. The earliest mention of such parties appears to have been in the March 8, 2002 issue of the newspaper Public Opinion (Chambersburg, PA), which said this was occurring “in some communities”.