Author: mortaljourney

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3-D (Three Dimensional) Movie Craze (1950’s)

For Hollywood, the 1950’s presented a plethora of obstacles. A weather-beaten Hollywood had to contend with new competition from the highly successful television market. To counter TV, Hollywood looked for gimmicks to attract moviegoers. Once such device was a newly improved medium – the three dimensional or 3D movie.

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Hacky Sack Footbags (1980’s)

Hacky Sacks, or footbags, were popular with youth in the United States during the 1980’s. During the peak of the fad, several million Hacky Sack footbags were sold sold each year. Surprisingly, the Hacky Sack had been invented nearly a decade earlier and footbags in general have been enjoyed by the public for many centuries.

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The Smurfs (1980’s)

The Smurfs, a comic and television franchise, centered on a group of small blue funny talking creatures called Smurfs. Popular in the 1980’s, they appeared on television, t-shirts, miniature models, games, burger boxes, and in toy stores throughout the United States. Many may not know it, but the Smurfs were created over a decade before their surge to success.

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Energy Drinks (2000’s)

They can contain as much as four times the amount of caffeine as would be found in a cup of coffee and contain other chic ingredients such as ephedrine, taurine, ginseng, guarana, creatine, ginkgo biloba, and inositol . And as their name implies, “energy drinks” promise to give you an extra dose of energy. With no regulatory control, their popularity exploded in the early 2000’s and were especially trendy with minors and young adults.

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Pokemon (1990’s)

Pokemon has undoubtedly left its mark on pop culture. The Pokemon characters themselves have become pop culture icons. Two different Pikachu balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, an appearance on the cover of Time magazine, Pokemon Jets operated by All Nippon Airways, thousands of merchandise items, and a theme park in Nagoya, Japan in 2005 and Taipei in 2006, all attest to the impact the cute little monster characters had on our culture.

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Streaking (1970’s)

On July 5, 1799, a Friday evening at 7 o’clock, a naked man was arrested at the Mansion House in London. He was promptly arrested and upon questioning, admitted to authorities that he had accepted a wager of 10 guineas to run naked from Cornhill to Cheapside. Streaking was by no means a novel idea when it became a fad in the 1970’s.

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WWJD Bracelets (1990’s)

During the mid 1990’s, it was common to see a person wearing a brightly colored bracelet with the enigmatic “WWJD” letters on it. To those in the know, these four letters posed a question that would lead the person to a calculated moral decision. What would Jesus do?

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The Macarena Song and Dance (1990’s)

The “Macarena” song and dance grew into an incredibly popular fad. The song and subsequently the Macarena dance, spread like wildfire throughout the mid-1990s, before quickly falling out of fashion and vanishing from popular culture. The song and dance remain an often-referenced piece of 1990’s pop-culture, mentioned in TV shows, movies, books, and even by a United States presidential candidate.

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Silly Bandz (2000’s)

They come brightly colored and in shapes of animals, letters, princesses, and more. Kids trade them, collect them, and shoot them across the room which is why some schools have banned them. A pack of 24 costs about $4. Robert J. Croak, the 47-year-old founder of Brainchild Products (BCP), says he has sold millions and demand continues to rise.

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Croquet (1870’s)

Croquet was introduced to the United States in the early 1870’s. The sport was first taken up by high society in the New York area, but it soon achieved general popularity throughout the country. Lawn tennis was introduced here at about the same time, but from the 1870’s through the 1890’s, croquet enthusiasts far outnumbered the tennis players. A croquet set was mandatory equipment for every estate, and civic leaders provided sets for public parks, which previously had not had facilities for any sport played on grass.