Top 10 Worst Fads of All Time
A fad is a trend that usually lasts for a short period of time but manages to capture the attention of a lot of people. A massively popular fad one day can quickly become unpopular the next. Some fads come back in different forms and some remain gone forever. In this article, we’ll show you a few of these fads.
10. Saggy Pants
Sure, if you were Brad Pitt then having saggy pants wouldn’t be so bad. Unfortunately, not everyone looks as handsome as he does. Saggy pants are a fad that has been around for a long time. It involves wearing pants so low that a person’s underwear begins to show. Some people take this to the extreme more than others. And while the fad is still sticking around, it could be considered one of the worst ones of all time.
Introduced in 1957, Sea Monkeys were creatures that were sold in packets that were “ready to go”. Basically, you would begin by taking a water purifier and adding water to it. One day one nothing happens. But the packet contains eggs and salt and will eventually start to expand once it gets wet. There is a dye that is used in the packet which is used to increase the realism of the Sea Monkey. While you probably won’t see them anymore, they are considered a horrible fad.
8. Virtual Pets
Almost everyone is drawn to the idea of a “digital pet”. Think about it: taking care of a virtual pet by the press of a button and watching your pet grow before your eyes. Virtual pets were very popular in the 90’s and were used by people of all ages. Today they aren’t so common but they were quite popular during their time and there are still a few loyal people who continue to take part in this fad.
7. Mood Rings
Mood rings initially gained massive popularity in the 70’s. They are filled with a hollow bubble that is filled with liquid crystals. These crystals react to your skin temperature and will ultimately tell you what mood you’re in (like you didn’t know). Blue typically means blue, black typically means stressed, and there are many colors in-between that mean different things. They have re-appeared in various shops around the world but their popularity isn’t nearly as high as it used to be when they first came out.
6. Cabbage Patch Kids
This fad was developed in 1979 and became very popular in 1982. Cabbage Patch Kids could be considered the fad of the 80’s. As a matter of fact, it was so popular that parents would have riots and fight over them when the holidays rolled in. While this fad was relatively short lived, their company did manage to gross close to one billion dollars during their run. Today, Cabbage Patch Kids are more of a novelty item and even a collectable.
5. Lava Lamp
One of the more popular fad items of all time will probably have to be the lava lamp. Created in 1960’s, the lava lamp was considered tacky by some people but as genius by others. Basically, it is a glass lamp that contains heated wax sitting in water that moves around like a blob. These blogs slowly make their way from the top of the lamp to the bottom and continues to do this while it is on. It can be quite a site to look at and today you can still find a few in people’s homes.
4. Black Light
Back in the 1960’s, black lights quickly took off in popularity- especially in clubs. People would have fun by painted themselves with fluorescent paint and then standing under these lights so that they could glow. Somehow, this fad managed to carry itself over into the 1980’s and can still be found in various clubs and events today. Some people use black lights for all kinds of purposes. Detectives even use them to pass over bed sheets to determine if there is any male “evidence” on the bed sheets.
3. Smiley Buttons
Smiley buttons became very popular in the 1970’s. Two brothers, Bernard and Murray Spain, seized this idea and quickly placed them into a selling campaign as a novelty item. The package would come with two buttons, a t-shirt, and even a bumper sticker for your car. The phrase “Have a Happy Day” could be found on these smiley buttons and you can occasionally see them today.
2. Pet Rock
Pet rocks became very in the 1970’s and had a relatively short lifespan of six months before they faded in popularity. The “Rock” would even come with a training manual that would provide the owner with all of the instructions needed to properly care for their “Pet”. The manual could contain all kinds of commands that you could use to treat your pet. For example, there were commands that included “roll over”, “stay”, and even “sit”. Needless to say, the pet rock wouldn’t do anything but sit there.
1. Baby on Board
Last but not least, we have the Baby on Board, a fad that was extremely popular in 1985. Their decline started in 1986 but this didn’t take away from the epic run they had. But even after 1986, their popularity continued in Europe and even New Zealand. They included different versions of the Babe on Board including the “Little Person on Board” and “Princess on Board” so show children how to behave in public. There is a rumor that claims that the death of a baby became the inspiration for the Baby on Board fad.
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