They were cool, they were hip, they were the “in” thing, and they lasted all of three months. They were fads.
Slap on a bracelet, flip a water bottle, hug your Beanie Babies tight and join me as I take a look at seven huge youth-driven fads (with some old people getting into it) from the mid-1980s until today. I examine the background behind each, some of its effects, why they were often banned from schools, and how they died out.
iTunes: Pop Culture Affidavit
Pop Culture Affidavit podcast page
And just for fun, here are the seven fads featured with some footage (where possible)
Snopes article about “Sex Bracelets”
A couple of articles on slap bracelets from The New York Times
“Turning Profits Hand Over Wrist” (10/27/90)
“U.S. Consumer Panel Warns of Injury from Slap Bracelets” (10/30/90)
“Principal Puts a Halt to Slap Bracelet Fad” (10/11/90)
Garbage Pail Kids