Pokemon has undoubtedly left its mark on pop culture. The Pokemon characters themselves have become pop culture icons.
Category: 1900’s Fads and Trends
The history of the Slinky toys (including the time its inventor abandoned the company to join a Bolivian cult).
The Slinky or “Lazy Spring” toy has mesmerized children since the mid 1940’s. In its first sixty years, the Slinky company, led by Betty James of Philadelphia, sold over three hundred million units making the Slinky one of the most successful and highest selling toys of all time.
The Cyberbullying trend that began in the 2000’s continues to grow.
Kids have been bullying each other for many generations. With kids now conducting much of their social activities online, it only makes sense that bullying would carry over into their new communication medium.
The Methamphetamines or Crystal Meth craze that plagued the 1990’s
Methamphetamines, or crystal meth, creates paranoia and hallucinations and can lead to toxic psychosis. It is a psychoactive stimulant that can increase alertness, concentration, energy.
The Smurfs craze of the 1980’s
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.
The Hacky Sack footbag fad of the 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 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.
The 3-D Movie Craze of the 1950’s
The introduction of the first color 3D movie set off a chain reaction of 3D movies that served Hollywood’s purpose well. Movie goers came back to the theaters in droves to see the new technology which itself triggered several new inventions in film making, many of which are still in use today.
The Teddy Bear fad of the 1900’s – How a US President sparked a toy revolution.
When the Teddy Bear was invented in the 1900’s, its popularity soared and turned its inventors from sole proprietors of a local candy store into one of the largest toy companies in history.
The Streaking fad of the 1970’s (and the history of running nude for grins).
Who was the first streaker? 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 the authorities that he had accepted a wager of 10 guineas to run naked from Cornhill to Cheapside. The challenge…
The history of legal and Illegal downloading of files (i.e. file sharing)
With the movement of popular entertainment mediums to electronic formats, file sharing became 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.