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The Dengler Domain: Fad or No Fad #4

March 24, 2017
Sean Dengler - Columnist , Dysart Reporter

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzz, bang! The super scientific analysis gizmo is ready to go. Time for another edition of FAD OR NO FAD!

The first fad is flagpole sitting. This popular 1920s fad consisted of a person sitting on top of a flagpole. Seems easy? No way. Only the bravest of souls completed this dangerous stunt to climb to the top of a flagpole. The climb was not enough as people were destined to sit on the flagpole for many days. The best flagpole sitters sat on top of a flagpole for over a month. While I have no idea how the obtained food, this would be a long and high reaching accomplishment. In order for this fad to catch back on in today's world, safety standards would need to disappear. No family member would let their relative climb or sit on top of a flagpole. For this reason, flagpole sitting would be NO FAD!

The next fad is bright red lipstick. This is another 1920s fad where the ladies wore bright red lipstick. This lipstick emboldened the female population. The Roaring Twenties were all about pizzazz, and this bright red lipstick was the definition of pizzazz for one's lips. For anyone who walked into a room, the woman with the bright red lipstick would catch the eye. This fad is not as popular as it was in the Twenties, but bright red lipstick has never completely fallen to the wayside. This is means it would be a FAD!

The next fad is the phrase, "Kilroy was here." This popular phrase was mainly written on walls where United States servicemen were stationed, encamped, or visited during World War II. This unique piece of history shows us the psyche of the human mind in times of dire need. "Kilroy was here" was a meme before memes existed. Sidebar, a meme is funny graffiti. A picture of a bald headed man peeking over a wall accompanied this phrase. Originally, they were two separate entities as the bald headed man came from a British cartoonist. These two ideas came together when the Allied forces fought together to form a greater meme. In fact, "Kilroy was here" is so important to the war effort, it is engraved on the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. This shows the great representation of the American spirit. While this meme will never be as popular as it once was, memes will continue to be an important part of American society. It would be a FAD!

Ka-boom! The super scientific analysis gizmo is done for the day. That means I need to ride off into the sunset. See you next time.

Email Sean with your thoughts and ideas for future columns at: sean.h.dengler@gmail.com

 
 

 

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