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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.

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Roller Skating (1880’s)

Skates mounted to wooden rollers had been produced since the 1860’s (in Holland) but several innovative inventions during the late 1870’s and early 1880’s served to fuel the roller skating fad of the 1880’s. In 1876 a design for roller skates wheels was patented in England. In that same year the toe stop was invented allowing the skater to tip the skate onto the toe to stop. These innovations made roller skates practical for everyday use and set the stage for the roller skating fad that was about to come.

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Hoochie Coochie Dance (1890’s)

In 1893, the United States was introduced to a radical new form of dance. Although the public was initially shocked to see the sensual and titillating movement of the dancer, the Hoochie Coochie (or Hootchie Kootchie) belly dance caught on and became the precursor to the striptease type dances that would arrive generations later.

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The Kodak Brownie Camera (1900’s)

With the introduction of the Brownie camera, an inexpensive, quality camera for the masses, a photography boom began that has continued through present day. But the invention of photograph came long before the Brownie camera hit the streets and in fact, can be traced back as early as the year 1021.

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Send a Dime Chain Letter (1930’s)

In the spring of 1935, the United States was caught up in a chain letter frenzy. The chain letter craze clogged up postal offices nearly shutting down operations in several locations. Denver restaurant owner A. McVittle received 2,363 copies of the letter in just two days – April 26 and April 27. Public officials were enraged and vowed to catch the originator of the chain letter scheme and prosecute them in federal court.