Browsing: Fads

As the seventies began, the search for self-awareness became an increasingly mainstream concept. After the rampant consumerism of the ’50s and early ’60s, and the…

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If you went to see Earthquake (1974) at a cinema, chances are that it was in “Sensurround”. The Sensurround system was designed to envelop the audience with…

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Back in the days before protective padding and fibreglass helmets were ever dreamt of, the first skateboarding craze took off. Grazed knees, concussion and splintered bones…

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Smash Hits was a pop music magazine aimed at teenagers and young adults, featuring lyrics, photographs, interviews and news related to music acts in the…

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Manhattan button manufacturer NG Slater brought out his new line of yellow “smiley face” buttons in 1969, but nobody seemed to want them. Perhaps it…

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Nobody ate Space Dust because it tasted nice. In fact, most people probably couldn’t tell you what it tasted like. It wasn’t intended to be savoured though.…

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Streaking first appeared in the early 1970s when students in the USA used it during protests and demonstrations. They streaked the Lyndon Johnson Library, making…

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The late 1970s saw a huge Disco boom across the world, fuelled by the success of the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever. As the records…

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Once the ancient sport of Hawaiian kings, modern surfing became synonymous with the slacker lifestyle. But it wasn’t laziness that drove these surfers to a…

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Swiss watch company SSIH scored a hit in 1983 with its low-priced Swatch range of brightly coloured watches. Ernst Thomke and Nicolas Hayek developed the…

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“The Talkboy” was originally a cassette recorder and non-working prop designed and built for the 1992 blockbuster Christmas film Home Alone 2: Lost in New…

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