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INSIDE this issue
You Don’t Know Jack page 1
Holiday Light Stroll page 3
Keep Your Trick-or- Treaters Safe This Halloween page 2
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies page 3
Crazes of Yesteryear page 4
Brian Talks SSD page 2
HISTORY’S FAVORITE FADS
“Kilroy Was Here” During World War II, an odd doodle of a bald man peeking over a wall, with the words “Kilroy was here,” appeared scribbled on walls and equipment wherever American servicemen were stationed. Some say German soldiers found “Kilroy was here” on captured American equipment, leading Adolf Hitler to believe Kilroy was the codename of an Allied spy. The connection to GIs was so strong that you can find an engraving of Kilroy on the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Telephone Booth Stuffing This strange fad truly swept across the globe. In 1959, 25 students from South Africa stuffed themselves into a telephone booth and announced they’d broken a world record. Eager to claim that record for themselves, students across the world began forcing their friends into phone booths. Universities challenged each other’s credibility, and some schools insisted each person’s whole body had to fit inside the booth, while others said someone had to make a phone call. The fad died out within the year, but soon after, people were trying to stuff themselves into Volkswagen cars.
Fidget spinners are the latest craze to sweep the globe. These small, pinwheel-like toys claim to help people channel excess energy, and though their usefulness is questionable, over the past several months, every kid wanted one. But will fidget spinners soon go the way of the flash mob? From planking to Pogs to Pet Rocks, people often become enamored with odd hobbies. Here are a few strange fads that thrilled the world. Flagpole Sitting In ancient times, yogic practitioners and holy men would meditate atop tall columns. When the practice became popular in the 1920s, it was more “test of endurance meets publicity stunt.” Stuntman and former sailor Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly started the fad when a friend dared him to sit on a flagpole. Old “Shipwreck” lasted over 13 hours, though other avid sitters lasted weeks. One gentleman from Iowa sat on a pole for 51 days and 20 hours. This fad fell out of favor when the nation fell into the Great Depression.
It’s impossible to predict what’s going to be the next big fad, but when it comes, you’ll know. Everyone will be talking about it.
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