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By Mark A. Long

From poodle skirts, sizzling pants, and Lava lamps to Pogs, Pokemon, and teen Mutant Ninja Turtles, undesirable Fads takes a clean and humorous examine the video games, gags, dances, and types of the day before today. This enjoyable and mawkish ebook reveals many short-lived well known traits from the previous a hundred years, protecting style (go-go boots and Farrah Fawcett hairdos), collectibles (Rubik's dice and puppy rocks), actions (3D videos and drive-in theaters), and occasions (telephone sales space stuffing and goldfish swallowing). No age staff is spared those embarrassing reminders of the fascinating, strange, and simply undeniable foolish fads of previous a long time.

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But it delighted (and bewildered) American forces—for them it added a touch of levity to a brutal war. But everyone was intrigued by the mystery: Who was Kilroy, and how did he get there before anyone else? At the end of the war. the American Transit Association decided to give a face to the mysterious Kiiroy. They sponsored a radio contest to draw out the phantom, and the winner was a Mr. James J. Kif ray of Halifax, Massachusetts, The association a warded him a twenty-two-ton streetcar, which he eventually converted into sleeping quarters for his children.

In Trinidad, mourners at a traditional funeral approach a horizontal bamboo pole and attempt to walk forward while bending backwards from the waist; the object is to pass beneath the pole without knocking it off its supports. It's meant to symbolize the passage of the deceased one's soul between this life and the afterlife. The journey is a difficult one—the pole is in perpetual danger of falling—and the dancer's prospects of entering heaven at the end of it are uncertain. In short, the dancer is in limbo, the space between heaven and hell.

Others, however, were swept up in the panic over the potential cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union. With the threat of a nuclear war on the horizon, some Americans looked for ways to protect themselves and their families from the horrible destruction. Many chose to barricade themselves inside "bomb proof" fallout shelters. Fallout shelters started springing up across the United States. Some do-it-yourselfers constructed their own; other citizens purchased prefab models from catalogs.

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