I’ve never owned a bump it.
The closest I’ve come to “bump it”, is driving in my flashy 2002 Ford Escort listening to old school hip hop. I may have uttered the phrase “bump it” once or twice in my lifetime. An example of this is when The Cupid Shuffle comes on my iPod and, I might say something along the lines of: “This is my Jam! Bump it!”
As far as owning an actual, real life, bump it? Never.
“I don’t even understand what a bump it is!” You might say.
Here, let me assist you.
Aside from the wildly catchy…ahem…theme song, you can see that the bump it is a fad, possibly induced from the show, Jersey Shore. It is meant to bump your hair up, giving you egg shaped extra volume. I’m just as guilty of listening to the B-52’s as the next girl, because a little “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack” never hurt anybody, but I’m not about to sport a beehive. I’ve always liked being able to walk into my apartment without wedging my hair in the doorframe.
Fads are an interesting part of our culture. One minute you’re watching tv, and the next minute a commercial comes on advertising the latest fad – a bra that also serves as a flashlight, because who doesn’t’ need headlights for undergarments? However, I am guilty of a few past fads of the late 80’s through the 90’s, and if you’re around my age, I’m hoping you are also guilty of taking part in a few of these guiltless fads.
Fad #1 – The Skip It
Jump roping stopped being cool for a while when Tiger Toys came out with the Skip It. Why jump over a rope when you can cuff your ankle into a protruding cable with a ball on the end? The song didn’t lie either, “the very best thing of all, there’s a counter on this ball!” It was all fun and games in the play ground, skipping and counting along with your girlfriends, until somebody couldn’t jump fast enough. Skinning your knees on the black top was a sure way to land yourself in the nurse’s office, effectively making you late for snack time. If there was a chance the nurse had rainbow bright band-aids, it was all worth it.
Fad #2 Tamagotchi
After killing (and crying over) approximately ten fish, my parents pulled the plug. Apparently fish flushing funerals aren’t how my parents wanted to spend their mornings before work, and apparently fish eating too much fish food isn’t comparable to a seven year old eating too much ice cream. The end result of too much ice cream was a belly ache, but the end result of too much fish food was death. The solution – A virtual pet with a restart button. Genius.
Fad #3 Neon clothing – My fashion sense in kindergarten was on point. Everything was neon. My tube socks were neon, my leggings were neon, and even my scrunchies were neon. At six years old I looked like I was heading off to either teach an aerobics class, or to my first college black light party. While I know my mother would like to take credit, because technically she bought my clothes, the pleading, whiny child in the mall was probably attracting more attention that she would have liked. Mom caved. This all could have been solved if Gap Kids would have accepted my trade bargain of one strawberry ring pop for one article of clothing. Suckers.
Fad #4 Gel Pens
Before Facebook determined the true validity of a relationship, there were gel pens. Nothing says everlasting love like “I heart bobby” all over your folders, notebooks, and hands in pink and purple gel pen. I owned hundreds of them. I even had that all black notebook that you would write on with the gel pens. This was way before Jay-Z said that all black everything was cool, I should get credit for that. During middle school science and math (the two classes I hated the most), we would all slip gel pen notes to each other between the cracks of our desks. “Jenny told me that Sarah talked to Ben, and HE SAID that Bobby said he wants to be your boyfriend.” From there it was simple, check yes or no.
Fad #5 Roll On Glitter
Bath and Body Works was a roll on glitter gold mine. Roll on glitter was appealing because you had free range to apply however much you wanted. If you wanted a more toned down daytime look, all you had to do was roll the stick once over your eyelids and you were ready for your play date at the mall. However, if you fancied your eye lids to look the flashing side of a disco ball, you could apply, let dry, and reapply again for a real evening look at the school dance. Seriously, apply, let dry, reapply, and you would have been the center star of that awkward circle you know you and your friends danced in whenever “I Want It That Way” came on.
I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before more wild fads sweep the nation. Until then, I’m going to be wearing lime green leggings, applying my roll on glitter, while feeding my Tamagotchi, with I heart Ryan Gosling on my hand in pink gel pen, during the most epic game of skip it you’ve ever seen.
But I will never own a Bump It.
What are some fads that YOU guys and girls participated in? I am especially interested to hear the male perspective! Did you bleach your tips? Did you play pokemon? Watch Power Rangers? I call the red Power Ranger!