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Fads define a society's popular styles and trends throughout the decades. Whether it be crazy hairstyles, popular games or geek chic - you'll find it here.

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8 Groovy Fads of the 1960s

The 1960s were a groovy time, with fads like the lava lamp and go-go boots making their debut. Find out what the grooviest crazes of the 60s were.


How Silly Bandz Work

How Silly Bandz Work

What are Silly Bandz and how did they get so popular? Read all about Silly Bandz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Shepherd, Surfer, Starlet: Who's to thank (or blame) for uggs?

Shepherd, Surfer, Starlet: Who's to thank (or blame) for uggs?

Ugg boots have been adopted by people of all ages all over the world. But how much do you know about uggs' history -- and can you tell the difference between an UGG, an ugg and a fake UGG? See more »

How Dubstep Works

How Dubstep Works

How do you tell dubstep from other types of electronic music? Read about dubstep and the signature dubstep wobble at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Ugg Boots Work

How Ugg Boots Work

Do you own Ugg boots? How did Uggs become so popular? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Fabulous Fads from the 1950s

10 Fabulous Fads from the 1950s

Even if you weren't around in the 1950s, you're probably familiar with these 10 short-lived but long-loved pieces of golden decade pop culture. See more »

Quiz: Hooray for Hula Hoops

Quiz: Hooray for Hula Hoops

There's much more to hula hoops than meets the eye -- how much do you know about hooping? Put your knowledge to the test in this hula hoop quiz. See more »

Flash Mobs: Marketing Strategy or Genuine?

Flash Mobs: Marketing Strategy or Genuine?

Know your flash mob phenomena inside and out? Test your knowledge with the Flash Mobs Quiz from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Hippie Heyday: The Ultimate Flower Power Quiz

Hippie Heyday: The Ultimate Flower Power Quiz

Test your knowledge of the hippie heyday in American history with the Flower Power Quiz from HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

Jelly Shoes Quiz

Jelly Shoes Quiz

Are you a fan of the iconic footwear fondly known as jellies? Prove it by acing this quiz. See more »

Fact or Fiction: The Moonwalk

Fact or Fiction: The Moonwalk

Are you a moonwalk expert, a dancing machine? See if you can separate fact from fiction in this moonwalk quiz. See more »