The Cyberbullying trend ticks upward.

Introduction 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.  When bullying is conducted online, we call it cyber bullying (or cyberbullying).  Cyberbullying can take many shapes and forms but the…

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The Methamphetamines or Crystal Meth craze that plagued the 1990’s

Introduction 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. It can induce euphoria and enhance self esteem. Given its activation of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, meth has a high potential for abuse and addiction – some…

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The Smurfs craze of the 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…

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The Hacky Sack footbag fad of the 1980’s

Footbag World cover photo

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.

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The 3-D Movie Craze of the 1950’s

3D movie audience reacting to film

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.

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