Trending Fads

I think this is a good title because when something trends, it can become a fad. So by adding the ing to the trend, it’s turning into a fad. I’m still not sure if it’s appropriate. What is a fad? Websters says “a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal”. I thought of this topic and came across what I thought was a good idea to go back in time and evaluate different fads I was a part of.

Friendship bracelets
When I was a young lad, I used to wear there friendship bracelets up my arm. There was no possibility that I had as many friends as I had bracelets. For whatever reason at the time in the early 90’s, these were on my popular list. I have to imagine that it became who ever had more bracelets, was cooler. Being dedicated to how many bracelets you had on your arm was the fad at the time. You would wear them everywhere, even in the shower. Combine this with the Hersey Hawkins lines that I shaved into my head (he had 3, I had 2), I was one really cool kid.

Snap Bracelets
Funny how I was really into bracelets. These were a different animal than the friendship bracelet and probably peaked a few years after. The bracelet was firm and when you’d slap it against your wrist, it would become a bracelet. They didn’t last long though because the schools starting banning them because kids were using them improperly. I actually remember wearing one recently for the American Odyssey Relay to show who the runner was.

Magic Cards
Like I’ve never jerked off to a Serra Angel? Not. Who can forget the popularity of magic cards in high school. The reason this got so popular is because it was actually a really fun, skillful game. I still remember my Green/White deck and how I needed a Savannah as a mana card and never wanted to spend the 20 bucks for a land. Who could beat the red/black Shivan Dragon/Royal Assassin combo? What about the mystery behind the black lotus and it’s value? Has anyone actually seen a black lotus in person? I remember some lunchtime argument when Aaron Tabas opened up a pack of Arabian knights, saw that there was no rare cards, sealed it back up and then sold it to Jared Trust for full price. Who doesn’t love a game that the more money you spend, the better you get at it.

The circle game
I’m sure people still play this game so I’m not sure if it’s a fad or just a game that will never die. I specifically remember playing it throughout school and considering the maturity level of this game, it probably fades as maturity rises. I can’t describe the game better than urban dictionary:
A game of peripheral vision, trickery and motor skills.

The game starts out when the Offensive Player creates a circle with their thumb and forefinger, not unlike an “A-Okay” signal, somewhere below his waist.

His goal is to trick another person into looking at his hand. If the Victim looks at the hand, he has lost the game, and is subsequently hit on the bicep with a closed fist, by the offensive player.

1. The Offensive Player’s hand must be below his waist.

2. The Victim should attempt to see the circle without looking down. In other words, by peripheral vision, the Victim realizes there is a circle-hand event occurring. The Victim has two possible methods to win the game:

a. The Victim does not look down at the signal. Instead, the Victim stares the Offensive Player in the eye and says, “I’m not going to look at that.” (or words to that effect.)

b. The Victim does not look down at the signal. Instead, the Victim quickly pokes his index finger through the Offensive Player’s circle-hand display. If he can poke inside and break the circle, HE wins, and gets to hit the Offensive player in the bicep. This action requires excellent motor skills (to poke the circle without actually looking directly at it.)

3. If the Victim looks at the circle, he loses (and is hit.)

4. If the Victim attempts to poke the circle and misses, he loses (and is hit.)

5. If the Victim attempts to poke the circle and Offensive player closes the circle, trapp…