2013 In Fads and Trends


To the naked eye, 2013 has been filled with interesting happenings and advances. But looking a little closer, especially in the way of fads and trends, we find all sorts of little gems like:

1. The Cotton Ball Diet – as the name so clearly suggests, this amazing weight loss diet involves eating (or rather swallowing) dipped in various things like juices and smoothies. Apparently, models have been using this diet for decades in order to stay paper-thin.

2. The Gluten-free Diet – Among the dieting fads of the 2010s, this diet is one that many people swear by, not only for weight loss, but also for health reasons, being the only medically accepted remedy for celiac disease. Moreover, gluten also causes intolerance in some people.

3. The Horse-Head Mask – you know it. You’ve seen it everywhere and it’s been creeping you out for a good couple of years. This latex rubber mask was originally sold as a novelty Halloween item, but became an important addition to the 2010 pop-culture.


4. Dog Shaming – or rather, Pet Shaming – this became an annoyingly popular meme that originated on Tumbler in the summer of 2012. Basically, a pet owner will post a picture of their pet, along with a sign that describes the animal’s latest disobedience.


5. Doge meme – the Internet it filled with funny animals and memes, but the Doge meme, along with the intentional broken English text, was immensely popular in 2013. Such popularity. Very meme. So Doge. Wow. While the intentional misspelling of the word dog dates back to 2005 (it was mentioned on the Homestar Runner’s puppet series), the photo of the Shiba Inu, along with the text, originated from the Tumblr blog, Shiba Confessions.


7. Hipster – you cannot talk about 2010s pop-culture without mentioning the word Hipster. For those of you wondering (you know who you are), a hipster is a young, middle-class adult who is all about indie or alternative music, non-mainstream fashion consisting of thrift store and vintage clothing and alternative lifestyle. While the term became popular in the 2010s, it was first used in the 1940s, to describe jazz aficionados, particularly bebop.


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