What I was thinking about led to today's topic. What fads or mania were you caught up in back in the day?
First, the mood ring. The fad swept the nation in the early to mid-seventies. I never had one, but I had two teenage daughters during that time frame. The rage not only entertained the young people, it worked its way into the culture. I think I recall that Charles Schulz portrayed an incident in which Peppermint Patty's mood ring exploded because she was so angry with Charlie Brown. The following, though, is my favorite mood ring story.
A woman reported that her husband was unhappy with her mood swings. So he bought her a mood ring. He hoped that he would be able to monitor her moods and prepare himself accordingly. It worked. He discovered that when she was in a good mood, the ring turned green. And when she was in a bad mood. the ring left a big red mark on his forehead. "Maybe next time," she said, "he'll buy me a diamond."
Some other mania that come to mind are these: pet rocks, Cabbage Patch Kids, pogs, Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo.
Me? Beanie Babies. I have a large basketful of them to this day. (Please follow the link.) Pet rocks. I still carry a rock or two in my pocket at all times. They are not official "pet rocks," though. Just rocks.
What fads were you into? Others you remember?