Friday, June 18, 2010

In Loving Memory of Uga, the Inventor of the “Fad”

Hello there people!

It’s me, Oliver and I’m here to talk to you about “Fads”. We all know what fads are, and depending on what generation you happen to be a part of you have no doubt been influenced by a number of them. According to historians the first recorded fad developed shortly after the invention of the wheel when a young boy named Uga realized that he could stuff tennis balls in between the spokes of the family wheel. Sadly, Uga never lived to witness the popularity of this fad as he was eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex while out hunting for tennis balls.

However, Uga’s contribution to modern society is evident everywhere and Americans have been embracing fads for as long as we can remember. There are the “Harmless and Cute” fads, such as the yo-yo and the Rubik’s Cube. The 70’s and 80’s had a slew of “Fashion” fads, such as penny loafers, multi colored silk shirts, and 42 ounces of hairspray on the head of the average teenager. There were some fads which are flat-out dangerous, like the brilliant “banana seat” bikes. You see, the genius who came up with that idea never took into consideration that maybe, just MAYBE, there might be kids crazy enough (me, my brothers, my friends etc..) who would attempt to see how many people could fit on the bike seat and ride at the same time. It was always a rocking good time until the “driver” who couldn’t see 6 inches in front of him with 7 other kids sitting on the seat crashed into a tree or drove straight into an open manhole cover. Ah, those were the days! There have been some fads which can only be classified as “somebody was really drunk and came up with this utterly ridiculous idea which somehow spread like wildfire” fads, such as Gumby (huh?), spandex shorts (good grief), pet rocks (HUH??) and some really catchy marketing slogans like “Drink Pepsi, Get Stuff” (how long did it take them to come up with THAT brilliant theme?).

My point is that fads are everywhere and we all love them. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, OrangeOnions has done just that. This online discount store has the latest fad that’s sweeping the American landscape – Silly Bands! These rubber shaped bracelets are the hottest new fashion accessory and they are flying off the shelves everywhere you turn. Put down your yo-yo and look around you. You’ll see people wearing these crazy Silly Bands bracelets in the shapes of animals, cars, sports objects etc… You name it, they’re wearing it. Stop by OrangeOnions today where you can get a package of 72 Assorted Silly Bands for Only $7.99! At that price you may want to think about buying some extra arms!

Well folks, I’d love to chat more but I have to run home, put on my “Members Only” jacket and stare at my lava lamp.

Oliver the Orange Onion, Professor of Fad-ology

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