25 Stupid Trends That Will Make You Cringe

People love their trends. Whether it’s fashion, toys, or tech, every year trends pop up, sometime out of nowhere. We always want “the next big thing” and sometimes that can lead to disastrous consequences. Of course, bad trends never look bad at the time. But then hindsight comes around and smacks us across the face. There are trends that are so stupid you will wonder how they became trends in the first place. Check out these 25 stupid trends that will make you cringe.

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Mexican Jumping Beans

Mexican Jumping BeansSource: http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/botany/question265.htm, http://articles.latimes.com/1994-09-11/news/ls-37083_1_mexican-jumping-beans

In a time when the internet wasn’t around to pour more fuel on the trend fire (the 1970s), somehow the Mexican Jumping Bean became a popular trend across America, providing seconds of fun for children and adults of all ages. However, most people don’t know that a tiny moth larva lives inside the bean, making it move. People essentially paid money to watch as a moth larva struggled for survival, and it became really popular. It even made a comeback in 1994 which is kinda of sad.



SarcasmSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..._Not!

One trend that was likely instrumental in killing any young adolescents self-esteem was the catchphrase “…not!” after a positive statement. Usually, it would go like this: “Hey, I love those shoes…not!” said the popular kid in school, followed by laughter and soul crushing defeat. The not-so-clever phrase was popularized by the hit movie Wayne’s World, but over time fizzled out when kids realized it was just a really dumb (and mean) thing to say.


Baby on Board Signs

Baby on boardSource: http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/babysign.asp, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/9599881/Baby-on-board-stickers-cause-one-in-20-accidents.html

Most people think “Baby on Board” signs came about as an awareness program after a horrific automobile accident with a child inside. This is not the case. The Baby on Board sign was developed in 1984 by Michael Lerner after he saw similar signs in Europe. At first, the signs became a huge hit (no pun intended) in 1985 but produced the opposite effect causing people to mock them and later were wildly dwarfed by parody signs. Distracting in nature, there’s also the case that they may cause more accidents. In that case, epic mission failure.


Fanny Packs

Leather_Fanny_PackSource: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-28/fashion-fanny-packs-a-bad-nineties-trend-is-coming-back-for-real, http://www.90s411.com/fanny-pack.html

In the 1990s, fanny packs, against all odds, became a widely popular fashion trend. I mean, they’re practical, colorful, and kind of like a belt. How could you go wrong? Unfortunately for this short-lived trend, the fanny pack was quickly thrown out of fashion’s good graces, leaving it as a calling card for geeks and tourists. Unfortunately for everyone, fashion designers recently have been trying to revitalize the trend. The horror.


Harlem Shake Meme

Harlem_ShakeSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f7wj_RcqYk

It was just another quiet February in 2013 when all of a sudden the bass dropped and thousands of Harlem Shake videos appeared as if from nowhere, spreading across the internet like a contagion. The video meme featured the 2012 song of the same name by musician Baauer. A group of people, usually wearing outrageous costumes, gyrated and danced to the music in the video. Tt’s a funny meme at first, but by the third time, you’re ready to throw the computer screen on the floor.

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