Sitting on top of flagpoles was a fad in the mid to late 1920s, where people would compete to see who could break records for endurance sitting. The world record is 51 days, 20 hours.
Did you know there was actually a ‘Face-book’ in 1902? This newspaper article was originally published in a U.K. newspaper called the Western Times, describing a book in which ‘everyone who comes to stay has to draw a face in… however badly, and sign his name underneath’
There was a fad in the 50s called telephone booth stuffing where young people would try to stuff themselves in phone booths.
The “Alexandra Limp” was a short lived fad in Victorian London. Fashionable young women mimicked the limp of Princess Alexandra. Canny shopkeepers even started selling mismatched footwear, with one high heel, and one low. The practice was widely ridiculed, even at the time.
The 1948 high school fad of “Red-Out” was one of the stupidest high school fads ever. Students would kneel, breathe deeply 10 times, close their lips around their thumbs and then blow, without actually exhaling, until they turned red and passed out. They would wake up believing they had been chased by monsters, while being unconscious.
Pet Rock was so popular in the 70’s that the creator became a multimillionaire about 6 months after marketing it.
Shoe swapping was a high school fad in 1947.