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15 Utterly Stupid School Trends That Were A “Craze.” Which Ones Were You Into?

A user asked the forum, What utterly stupid things do you remember becoming a craze when you were at school? 

SCENTED GEL PENS 

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“Scented Gel Pens.”

 

RIPPING EACH OTHER’S SHIRT POCKETS 

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“At my school, there was a week where everyone ran around ripping each other’s shirt pockets off. If you were really unlucky, the whole front of the shirt would tear, and you’d have to walk around just like that.”

 

SCRATCHING THE BACK OF THE HAND 

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“Primary school, the late 70s The Chicken Scratch. It involved scratching the back of your hand 100 times. Painful and utterly stupid. Also impossible to hide it from your Mum. It took weeks to heal.”

 

ELEVATING A PERSON WITHOUT PUTTING STRENGTH 

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“Copying the sisters from a film called the craft by making someone lie on a table while the rest of us chanted “light as a feather stiff as a board” over and over and lifted the person from the table but claimed we put no strength into it and the person was levitating.”

 

OLD YOYO CRAZE 

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“When I was at school in the 80’s, there was a massive yoyo craze. But not just any old yoyo; it had to be one that had the likes of Pepsi, Fanta, Coca-Cola, etc.

Conker fights and how people would put nail varnish and all sorts on them to be able to withstand that first hit.”

 

CHEST COMPRESSIONS 

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“Chest compressions. So basically, CPR when you’re alive. People in my year broke ribs doing that.”

 

LICKING THE CUBES 

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“Buying Tesco Value jelly cubes at lunch, tasting the cubes, and then chucking them at anything they would stick to. The humanities block had big glass windows that were covered in several types of jellies.”

 

FINGER SKATEBOARDS 

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“Small finger skateboards. Then eventually, little mini bmx bike for your fingers to do tricks with.”

 

WEARING BACKPACK DIAGONALLY 

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“Wearing one’s backpack with one strap diagonally across the chest.”

 

SELF-TATTOOING 

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“Self-tattooing with a compass.”

 

STEALING THE LOGO 

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“Stealing the logo decal thing off the front of a car. Never did it but had a few friends who had bags full of them.

Shoplifting as entertainment was another.”

 

VICKS 

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“There was a time when people started rubbing large amounts of Vicks vaporub directly under their eyes, making them water and sting heavily. Several people got it directly in their eyes and had to spend the afternoon with the school nurse.

We used to play ‘hacking football’ quite regularly as well, which was essentially a regular game of football with zero rules on contact. If someone had the ball, you could just kick their leg / punch them and throw them on the ground. Unsurprisingly, a lot of people got injured, and a lot of fights broke out as a result of it.”

 

MINT EYES 

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“I remember people doing something called ‘minty eye.’ Chew some strong mint gum, and then blow right into someone’s eye.”

 

EATING EDIBLE PAPER 

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“A very harmless one but eating edible paper for some reason. Local sweetshop loved the fad while it lasted.”

 

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