You Had to Be There....
Maybe it's just human nature that we feel compelled to share crazy ideas and activities. And also that so many jump on the bandwagon. This is the only thing that could explain gold-fish swallowing, phone booth stuffing, hula hoops, flagpole sitting bell bottoms, tie-dyed everything and the Mullet.
Though they may be trivial and in some cases a little loony, social fads help evoke the times and define a time time period right alongside importantly historical events, economic conditional and new developments in science and technology.
This website lists fads by decade. http://www.crazyfads.com/
Did you ever join in on a fad? How about your relatives?