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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 kinds of the day prior to this. This wonderful and mawkish ebook finds many short-lived well known developments from the previous a hundred years, masking type (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 workforce is spared those embarrassing reminders of the interesting, extraordinary, and simply simple foolish fads of previous a long time.

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