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This week a TPL Kids website visitor poses a wonder that might be in response to last week's caption challenge. So, let's talk about what fads are.

Oxford Dictionary defines a fad as an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived. The word is thought to have originated in the 19th century as a contraction of the word fiddle-faddle.

An article in NPR highlighted a research review which found that fads only get started if they get a boost from key influencers, who can be community members or celebrities.

Whether it be bedazzled denim jackets or troll dolls, every generation has its own share of fads. Sometimes these fads get revived for nostalgic reasons and other times the fads are relegated to the dustbin of history (and unfortunate photos).

So the next time you see something really cool, just remember that 10 years later that really cool thing might not be cool anymore.

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