Fads

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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How Geek Chic Works

Geek chic: Is it a style, a trend, a movement, a cultural shift or just a love affair with all things uncool? First off, what is a geek? If you're getting ready to argue about this definition, you might be one of them.


Why Do We Love Guinness World Records So Much?

Sure, we all want to see a picture of the guy with the longest fingernails, but Guinness World Records actually serve a greater purpose.

Experts Divided on Whether Fidget Spinners Help Kids With ADHD

Some have seen benefits in their treatment of children, but scientific evidence remains short.

Hobbyhorse Riding: The Sport Galloping to Popularity in Finland

Yep, we're talking about folks acting out real equestrian rides on their not-so-real steeds.

How Silly Bandz Work

Possibly the silliest fad to hit the playground since slap bracelets, these shapely rubber bands took the world by storm in 2010. What's so silly about them, anyway?

How Dubstep Works

How do you tell dubstep from other types of electronic music? What does it mean to "wobble," anyway?

How Ugg Boots Work

From shepherds to surfers to starlets, many love uggs' cozy comfort. But how did boots with a name derived from "ugly" become a pricey status symbol?

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.

How Dieselpunk Works

What if our most advanced technological devices all ran on diesel engines? The dieselpunk subgenre of speculative fiction looks at a world that could have been.

What is a flash mob?

Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are good you've heard about flash mobs. What's the deal with these public spectacles? Who first came up with the fad?

How to Plan a Flash Mob

Flash mobs have become entrenched in 21st century pop culture. But who "invented" them and how can you plan your own?