The WEIRDEST Trends No One Understands!


– Remember planking? Yeah, I kind of don’t want to either. Over the years, there have
been many fads that just pop up out of nowhere that leave
us all scratching our heads, like why, and some of
these you may have even participated in, but
have you ever wondered where they came from? Well, some of the weirdest
trends, some of which you may or may not have even heard of have some really weird origins. Yeah, let me tell you what those are. Here are the 10 weirdest
trends no one understands. Number 10 is phone booth stuffing. During the late 1950s, a
bizarre fad spread across the United States as well
as Canada, South Africa, and other countries. The fad was known as phone booth stuffing, and it’s as strange as it sounds. Phone booth stuffing involved
cramming as many people as possible into an old phone booth. The more people you could stuff in there, the higher the prestige, I guess. The fad reached its peak
in the spring of 1959 when 25 male students
at a South African YMCA set the world record for phone stuffing. They had to bend and contort the bodies in strange ways to fit all 25 students into one small phone
booth, and when the phone began ringing, nobody
was able to answer it. This bizarre fad was short lived, and while it was extremely
popular for a short time, by the end of 1959 it was
considered just plain silly, and I agree. Number nine are polar bear pictures. Speaking of weird photography fads, another strange one was
popular in Germany for decades from the mid 20th century onwards. This fad involved people
being photographed alongside polar bears, yeah that’s safe. What makes this fad even
stranger is that the bears weren’t even real, but
they were people dressed in strange, cobbled
together bear costumes. Those posing with polar
bears included officers during the second world
war preparing to head off to the eastern front, and
families enjoying a break at a seaside resort. Children and adults alike
seem to revel in the fad, but no one is exactly sure why. It may be that it was
some sort of masquerade or tradition, like people
dressing up as clowns. (imitating clown) Or it may have just been that
people thought it was fun to be pictured next to a giant
bear without it eating them. Well, at least it was fake,
that’s the safe choice. Number eight is a lotus birth. There have been a number of
birthing fads over the years, many of them supposedly
designed to deliver the most natural birth possible. However, the lotus birth,
which was been popular at different time, has come back recently, and it’s weird. The idea of a lotus birth is
that instead of the umbilical cord being cut once the baby
is born, separating the baby from the placenta, it’s
that the placenta is allowed to stay connected to the
baby for as long as 10 days. The argument for this is that
somehow it’s more natural, it stops infection, however,
most medical professionals agree that it could actually increase the risk of infection. Despite this warning,
more people are continuing to carryout this birthing technique, and it’s just really weird. Number seven are tech decks. Known as tech decks or fingerboards, the fad of collecting
miniaturized skateboards that you can play using your fingers was at its peak during the 1990s. I lived through this, I
can attest, it was weird. Those exact replicas of
full size skateboards tended to be around 1/8 of
the size of a normal board. Using your fingers, you could do a number of skateboarding tricks
and even buy model sets of stairs and other real world obstacles, which skaters would often use in real life to perform tricks. Various finger boarding
championships had been held. I know, I’m not making that up. There’s even a snowboarding variant, and one champion finger
snowboarder managed to do a trick which involved
landing his tiny snowboard into a shot of flaming sambuca. Just when you thought this
didn’t involved talent. This ended up not being
good for his fingers, but hey, it’s competition,
so there’s that. Number six is pole sitting. During the 1920s, a new
fad swept the nation called flagpole sitting, and
it involved trying to sit on top of a flagpole
for as long as possible. The person who could sit the longest had the bragging rights, so
it became a test of endurance. To help make the process
a little more comfortable, small platforms were placed
at the top of each pole, but it was still difficult
to do when you consider that Alvin Shipwreck
Kelly, who began the fad, sat on his first pole for 15 hours. But that’s nothing compared
to the eventual record which was 49 days. But that was then broken by Bill Penfield who lasted 51 days and was
stopped by a thunderstorm. This fad died out when
the great depression of the late 20s and early 30s hit. I guess people had more things
to worry about after that than who could sit on
a pole for the longest. Number five is six day racing. Six day racing was a truly bizarre fad which tested a person to their limits. It started as a track
cycling race in Britain but was made popular in the United States. In 1891, the race became popular when it was held in New York. Back then, each team only had one rider seeing who could stay
awake to ride the longest. The thing is this brought about delusions, hallucinations, and inevitably led to dangerous crashes on the track. This was all part of the
allure of the six day race. Yeah, allure, ’cause I wanna
see a guy racing by going, “the devil’s on my face.” It’s clear that the
riders caused themselves severe neurological and physical damage by staying awake for so long. Years later, the race
would be watered down allowing several people
on one team to take turns. It even continues to this
day in a safer format, but the original six day race fad remains a mind blowing feat of
endurance to this day. Number four is goldfish swallowing. Among competing students in America, goldfish swallowing is
one of the strangest fads of all time. It became popular in the 1930s, and it involves swallowing goldfish live and allowing it to swim inside of you. And don’t worry, before you
get scared, the goldfish would always come back
up, so they were safe, kind of gross, but they would be safe. This act became sort of a rite of passage for students with men and
women getting in on the act. Some people would swallow
more than one goldfish at a time to prove that
they were the strongest. The origin of this fad may have come from a group of Chicago bartenders who performed magic tricks
while serving drinks at a family restaurant. They would cut up carrots,
lay them on their tongues, and move them in such a
way to create the illusion that the goldfish was real. So the people caught up in the fad would have saved themselves the trouble of just swallowing carrots instead. You know, the vegan option. Number three are staged train crashes. People still flock to see stunt shows, monster truck shows,
and demolition derbies. But that’s nothing compared to the fad of staged train crashes. This spectacle involved ramming together two steam locomotives running
at full speed together until they smashed into pieces. Don’t worry, there was no people inside, it’s not dangerous, just
weird and crashy crashy. These train wrecks
would pull large crowds, however some of the
organizers didn’t realize how popular this would get. For example, in September
of 1896 in Texas, things got way too out of control. A fake town was erected for the event, which attracted over 40 thousand people. There were so many people there that when the empty
locomotives finally crashed into each other, there
started to be a bit of concern for the audience, and therefore,
this trend just stopped. Why not just use Lego trains, much safer and funner to build. Number two are black teeth. Ah yes, this is a weird one. A number of cultures have embraced the fad of teeth blackening. In Japan, the process of
blackening one’s teeth is called (speaking foreign language). People believe that by
placing a black lacquer on their teeth and painting their eyebrows that they would appear more beautiful. Some have suggested that the
process was to make women less beautiful in order to stop
extramarital relationships, however teeth blackening was also seen in Elizabethan England. Queen Elizabeth I enjoyed sugary treats, and as a result, her
teeth were rotten black. Other aristocrats also had rotten teeth, and so those of lower classes
deliberately blackened their own so that they would
appear to be a higher class. If you want to be seen as
part of a higher class, just wear jewelry or something
or get ringside tickets, or blacken your teeth I guess, ew. And number one are death portraits. Taking pictures of your
family for your photo album to cherish important memories is something most people do, however,
this was taken to extremes in the late 1900s when
it became fashionable for families to photograph
their passed on relatives before they were buried. Known as death photography,
these passed on loved ones were dressed and posed in the photographs as if they were alive. These photographs became
particularly popular when diseases such as
scarlet fever and the measles killed people without robbing
them of their appearance. Therefore, any photographs
taken would make these people appear as if they were alive and not ravaged by some terrible illness. Along with these photographs,
families would often also take trinkets from the loved
ones, including locks of hair, well at least I know that’s
never gonna happen to me. (light music)

100 comments

  1. Interesting though I think you missed a few lol! One still going on in Cities is near a cross walk, someone in a small group stops, looks up onto the sky and points something out to a friend only nothing is there. The others ( Strangers ). Would ask what the person was pointing to, the person says they are not certain, then see how many Lemmings are at the cross walk as the walk sign lights up and you cross, leaving a group of strangers drawing in other strangers to try and see what the one now across the walk cross had been looking at and trying to figure out. It's still funny. Unless there might really be something there. The others are TOO child-like to mention.

  2. Back when people did death photos they were were more likely the only ones they had of the dead loved one since photography was very expensive.

  3. Does anyone remember the trend of collecting these designed chips and playing them in game and trading them. They were thick, cardboard like, round a few inches. They had a lot of different pictures and subjects on them. It was popular for a while. They even made some the size of coasters.

  4. Unfortunately, none of the photos portraying #1 were not postmortems. Lots of misinfotmation out there on this trend and old photography in general.

  5. I seem to recall that one of the locomotive crashes went wrong. I think a boiler either exploded or was thrown into the audience, killing some of them.

  6. People: It's more natural this way!
    Doctors and Scientists: It's not natural. This could kill them.

    People just hate facts for some odd reason XD

  7. The death photos weren't exactly a fad. Photographs were very expensive at the time that this was in fashion, and many families could only afford to get them done once, therefor they would want to immortalized their loved ones, especially children, at the time at or after death.

  8. Wow …phone booth suffering!? Well at least now I kinda know why my father and his Army buddies try to stuff as many of their company into an old Volkswagon beetle. 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  9. As a teacher, I took away so many tech decs that my whole desk drawer was full. I thought about making little roller skates for my cats. lol Dont worry the kids got their toys back at a later date and no cat was harmed. lol

  10. In the train crashing bit you forgot to mention that time that the debris from the crashing trains actually killed and injured a whole bunch of people

  11. Post-mortem photography was done because photography was expensive in the 1800's and that would usually be their only photographs.

  12. Okay seeing someone scream "devil on my face" ya I would be okay with that goldfish NOOOOOO leave those babies alone!!!!

  13. I left the 5,100th like. On the last one I watched I left the 5,601st one. I think I might be starting a trend that's gonna be in one of these videos

  14. Old people are never allowed to make fun of us kids for our memes again. They are way freaking weirder. We know the truth pole sitters.

    I would go see that train crash though

  15. 3:20 to be fair, it's useful for having toy sized skateboards! (Plus, it's the one way i can use a skateboard without falling off and hurting myself)

  16. The moral of this video is that people are weird! I find most fads/trends to be weird and pointless. Though I do brush my teeth with activated charcoal and that's a bit of a fad I guess.

  17. The biggest trend i can't comprehend is in p*rn,
    g*ping is wholly disgusting, whoever started it deserves all my ridicule.

  18. They can always take from your beard lol shave it off and put it in a baggy and BAM they have a little bit of you……

  19. I gave the last Tech Deck I had to my little cousin. He had no idea what it was, but he loved it.

  20. May not take locks of your hair BUT YOU STILL HAVE A BEARD!😂😂😂 😝😝😝 Have an AWESOMERTASTIC DAY!!!✌

  21. deathphotography with less of a fad and more of a necessity. photography at that time was still fairly new and as such was rather expensive…as such this was usually the only time the families could have afforded the one photograph of their loved ones

  22. No one can explain what comes out of the mind of teenagers. You must remember in 1959 teenagers didn't have all the options a young man, born in the 1980's, had. This is why you can't understand telephone stuffing. Of course, I think that Matthew Santoro is an unfulfilled comic. But, he always makes me laugh. I hate the idea of taking pictures of the dead.

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