The 50 Best/Worst Childhood Fads

Garbage Pail KidsWhat is childhood but a long string of awesome and asinine fads? Joe Carter forces us to look back at what was ridiculously popular among kids from the 1960s until today. Here are a few of my favorite things from his love/hate list:

14. Garbage Pail Kids
What made it the best: They were disgusting.
What made it the worst: They were disgusting.

17. Hello Kitty
What made it the best: They’re so cute.
What made it the worst: Good grief, they’re everywhere!

27. Mood Rings
What made it the best: People could tell what mood you were in by looking at your finger.
What made it the worst: Unless “hot and sweaty” counts as a mood, they couldn’t detect anything.

36. Rubik’s Cube
What made it the best: They made you think you were smart enough to solve them.
What made it the worst: They made you realize you weren’t smart enough to solve them.

46. Tamagotchi
What made it the best: Like having a pet that you could carry around in your pocket.
What made it the worst: Like having all the responsibility of having a pet without the loyalty, love, etc.

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Matchbox/Hotwheels are not fads. They are mainstay toys. My favorites from my sons collection: Ferrari Modena, Ferrari P4 (a LeMans car?), and a Pontiac muscle car.
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Almost every year we used to have yo-yo "experts" come to schools and put on displays of their mad yo-yo skills. They'd usually hang around and teach us some easy stuff, so I used to be able to do a few tricks.
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