It’s easy to feel like you have no power when you’re a kid. But when it comes to fads and trends, the kid consumer controls which youth product companies will live and die. For the most part, the obsessions we grew up with—slap bracelets, pogs, Beanie Babies—all croaked. Today’s kiddies are all about Silly Bandz, the rubber band bracelets that have been terrorizing schools across America (and banned from them in many cases). Of course, retail analysts, drawing upon past failures, suggest that the brand needs to branch out; otherwise, it will just be another example studied in “Consumerism Failures 101.” Knowing how fickle we were as kids and how ridiculous these accessories are, we predict they’ll fade into oblivion fast … maybe even by the time you’ve finished reading this article.
Are you with us? Think Silly Bandz are on the out like every other kid fad? Or is this one here to stay? (God help us.) [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »
The guy to the left might look like an Average Joe wearing a plain bubble jacket and jeans. But when he turns around, boy, are you in for a surprise! He’s apparently taking part in a new fad that is spreading across Asia — the Half Outfit, aka the Assless Outfit. I’m not convinced that this is trendy anywhere in the world because it’s just too impractical. And if people are making this fashionable, then it’s just to get a reaction, and the joke will get tired fast. But that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh now. After the jump, peep the bum photo. [AfroJacks.com via Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
Yesterday, I saw something on the streets of New York that scared the crap out of me. It was a perfectly cute lady wearing open-toed, high-heel shoe boots with socks. Everyone knows socks with sandals is a faux pas, so why was this girl strutting around downtown have the nerve to stick her wooly, faded, athletic socks under the trendy style shoe? Five other so-called “in” style items I’d like to see OUT by next season, after the jump…
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The Amazing Hydration Diet sounds like an elixir an old timey quack doctor would sell out the back of his wagon at a carnival. However silly sounding, it’s really a trendy diet that was recently popular with folks in Britain. Licensed nutritionist Barbara Nash suggested her chubby client, Dawn Page, take a little bit off by drinking excessive amounts of water — nearly 10 glasses a day. Sure, it seems refreshingly healthy for a diet when compared to the all-you-can-eat-meat Atkins diet, the cabbage soup only diet, and prepackaged low fat foods, but in actuality life-giving water can also kill. Apparently, there is such a thing as water intoxication. Not as fun as plain intoxication and sadly, a Californian woman died last year from a water drinking contest to win a Nintendo Wii. Luckily, Dawn Page survived her hydration detox, including all of the vomiting and the epileptic fit it induced. Keep reading »