EIGHT Wacky Fads That Should Never Come Back

EIGHT Wacky Fads That Should Never Come Back

EIGHT Wacky Fads That Should Never Come Back

Words by Jasmin Pedretti

Okay, so these actually happened. Before Tik Tok and flossing, our human race got into some pretty bizarre stuff.

It’s amazing what the world can obsess over. We have collated the eight most absolutely wacko fads of all time for your amusement. 

1. Death 

Death might seem morbid nowadays, but during the Victorian era, it was all the rage. People wore brooches made from their dead loved one’s hair and skeletal remains. Cemeteries were the perfect spot for a picnic, and it was fashionable to catch tears at a funeral with a glass vile so that when the tears evaporated, they could stop mourning. The discovery of Egyptian Pharaohs saw the upper classes host parties where guests would watch a mummy get unwrapped and disintegrate when it came into contact with the air. Because what else would you do at a party?

  1. Fasting Girls

Based on how bizarre the Victorian Era was, it’s no surprise some young girls claimed they could survive without eating and were an exhibit display in public.

 3. Flagpole sitting

By the mid-1920s fads became a little more fun, if you consider standing on top of a flagpole for extensive periods “fun”. Who knew this was even possible? 

  1. Dance till you die. 

Okay maybe not till death, but dance marathons during the Great Depression were taken very seriously. I guess when times are tough, why not dance till you pass out to make some extra coin? 

  1. Leg paint

During World War II, the manufacturing of nylon stockings stopped because the money went towards the war effort. It became popular for women to wear “leg make-up” to create the appearance of nylon stockings. Nothing could stand in the way of a woman and her style!


  1.   Phonebooth stuffing

Whoever thought it was a good idea to stuff as many people as possible into a phone booth was clearly bored. Somehow, this claustrophobic nightmare caught on and became a huge fad in the late 1950s. 


  1. Hunkerin’

Thankfully, by 59′, phone booth stuffing was old news and was replaced by hunkerin’. Considered by authorities as preferable to the previous craze, people hunkered for hours in random places like car roofs and around campus, wherever people gathered. Apparently, it helped you get to know each other and talk peacefully about issues such as politics.


  1. Banana peel smoking

This is known as the biggest hallucinogenic hoax of all time. The Berkeley Barb published a recipe in 1967 claiming that inhaling dried banana peels would get you high. This became an actual thing, even though the feeling of “tripping” was just a placebo effect. 

These quirky crazes are a testament to either the random stupidity or wild imagination of humanity. If we can gain anything from this history of nonsense, it’s that a group of people will enthusiastically follow any impulse if it becomes popular enough.

They might be peculiar, pointless and often life-threatening, but fads are the ultimate vehicle that bonds all walks of life from all over the world.   


Why We Love Jane

Why We Love Jane

Why We Love Jane

Words by Jasmin Pedretti

Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda embodies the fight for justice and comedic brilliance. She’s intellectual, beautiful and uses her platform to make change using action over rhetoric. 

The most recent example is her protest against climate change. While some celebs tweet a pic of melting ice, Jane gets arrested every Friday for taking direct action with the group Oil Change International outside the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. 

Jane has been drenched in controversy, but no buckets of derision can wash away her shine. She is all about celebrating women, so let’s return the favour. Here are five reasons to love Jane Fonda. 

ONE: Risked her life to protest the Vietnam war. Jane’s voice wasn’t loud enough, so she packed her bags and went to North Vietnam herself to meet the people her country was fighting. Although the problematic anti-aircraft- gun photo often overshadows her bravery, her message was clear: “If they told you the truth, of what your targets really are,” she said, “you wouldn’t fight, you wouldn’t kill. You were not born and brought up by your mothers to be killers. We must all try very, very hard to remain human beings.” Yas kween! 

TWO Was pro-gay rights when it was taboo. Jane didn’t just protest what was popular at the time. She believed in fighting for equality for all people. This interview from 79′ perfectly encapsulates her awesomeness and how she can articulate her opinion calmly in the face of someone trying to patronize the cause. 

THREE Walks the feminist walk, not just the talk. Jane writes a letter about her convoluted journey from advocating the theory but not “living it” internally, to becoming an embodied feminist. Her journey meant leaving her third husband, and “becoming the subject of her own life”. 

FOUR Fights for women’s rights. 

Earlier this year she pressed lawmakers to expand protections for women domestic workers and farm workers. She starred in the Vagina Monologues, cofounded Women’s Media Center and vocally advocated women’s reproductive rights and a movement to end domestic violence. She also made the movie 9 to 5 for working women everywhere, long before the Me Too movement. 

FIVE 82 years old but does whatever the heck she wants. The average 80-year-old lives a quiet, modest life. Not our Jane. She breaks all the “rules” that say older women need to cover up and dress their age. She goes all out in sequins and figure-flattering gowns. She isn’t shy about sex either, even revealing her top sex tips for young women. I mean if you’ve been at it for decades you’re bound to know a thing or two.

Talk about a good role model! Jane is an inspiration to make a practical difference, while also lighting up the screen with her wit and spunk. I can’t get enough. Jane, if you’re reading, between getting arrested and filming Hollywood blockbusters, if you have any spare time for a coffee, hit me up! 


The Paramedic and His Quest For a Fear Less Life

The Paramedic and His Quest For a Fear Less Life

The Paramedic and His Quest For a Fearless Life

by Ponderings Radio

by Jasmin Pedretti

by Jasmin Pedretti


The Paramedic and His Quest For a Fear Less Life

Chris Breen is a paramedic, a father and husband, and a friend to many.

He has assisted at terror attacks in Melbourne and saved lives. But one of the biggest battles he faced was the onset of anxiety and a severe panic attack disorder that lead to years of wrangling. After study, contemplation and countless hours of work, Chris has developed a new paradigm for helping others not only cope with anxiety but to lead A Fear Less Life

When did your panic first present itself? 

The first time it presented itself was when I was about 26 years old and travelling overseas.  

What is something many people might not know about fear that you could educate them about? 

Everybody’s natural response to fear generally is to fight it. They fight two things, the thought and the sensation your body produces. A lot of people don’t realise when you encourage and accept the feeling, paradoxically, it reduces the negative feedback loop of fear, because your body responds thinking there’s a continuous fear stimulant. So, most of us feel anxious and then try to fight it. This fuels the fear versus going, yep, I’ve got a bit of anxiety, I am feeling a bit stressed right now, I’m going to work with it. 

If you could say one thing to that young man on the tube in London, your younger self, what would it be? 

Don’t worry; you will find the answers. Even though I had a medical background, back then, I really wasn’t aware of what was going on. I couldn’t find the answers-  why was this happening to me? How did this happen? How could I make it stop? It was completely debilitating to put it mildly. So the short version is- I had to go on a bit of a quest to find out, investigate and test methods to help myself.

This was a mountain climb. But I was successful. Then it came to the point where I wanted to show other people how to do the same. More research and education, and more experience in psychological studies and evaluation which lead to writing about it and creating some steps. This developed into finite resources to live a life with less fear and a better quality of life, management is key. 

We hear so much about men needing to communicate more. But if you haven’t done much of this growing up and have been influenced by society to hide strong emotions – how can men start to talk more about anxiety? 

Lately, I think there’s been a big push for mental health, especially for men. Also, a lot of AFL footballers and cricketers are coming out and indicating that they have some mental health problems. Younger men and kids start to see their idols affected and I think that opens the forum of discussion to go, hang on, these superhero sportsmen aren’t well. That allows for it to be more accepted and I think we’re moving away from the whole ‘it’s just in your head’ or ‘you’re weak’. It has become more freely spoken about part of life. I think there’ll come a time when talking about how you feel authentically will become the norm.


What is your favourite healthy habit? 

Definitely boxing on Monday nights. 

Do you believe people are suffering more now, or simply talking about it more?

I think that people might be potentially suffering more now because of our current lifestyle, our diet, genetics. I believe  anxiety was often misdiagnosed previously. But I believe our lifestyle and technology may have impacted our mental health because no one shuts off. This isn’t something you can quantify right now, but many people in this field will tell you our modern world is overwhelming to our system. 

 You didn’t have any resources that related to your specific experience at the time, is this what lead to A Fear Less Life?

 Yes, because I thought if I can dig myself out of this hole and work out how to fix myself, I had a responsibility to share this template and see it help other people. When this first happened to me, there was not a lot to support you. It’s certainly improved, but there’s a long way to go. I’ve got a template that may help.

You have an Instagram account A Fear Less Life, and you speak at different events, what is your main message? 

Allow people to understand, generally from the anxiety basis, what it is, where it comes from, and what you can do about it, in a simplistic form. I do that because these were the questions I wanted answers to. I had a medical background so you might have  thought I’d have more of an understanding, but I didn’t. It’s giving people knowledge, and the power to make decisions about how they think, act and feel. 

Your favourite way to chill on weekends and why?

Go surfing in the summer. Otherwise, it’d probably be socialising with friends, or just spending time at home pottering around the house.

Tell us your perfect day?

Be associated with great, positive, healthy, happy people. Maybe start with some exercise in the morning to get my endorphins going. Eat clean. And then of course have some great coffee and then at the end have a couple of social drinks.

Who inspires you most?

I’ve got lots of people who inspire me. My mum because she never gives up and she’s got certain physical conditions and health problems that she refuses to bow down to. 

 My wife, Tanya; she’s amazing with everything she does across the board and Kirsten does with all the trials and tribulations she goes through. (insert editor- thanks Chris x)

Treehouse or Cubby-house? 

I think I’m a bit more of a dare-devil, I’d go up the tree for sure. 

A Fear Less Life is a community dedicated to educating and helping others walk in the face of fear and and manage anxiety. Chris is a key note speaker who candidly talks about his personal experience combined with his life’s work to effectively help others who are struggling with anxiety and mental health hurdles. If you’re Chris Breen and the resources aren’t out there, you create them yourself. To get in touch with Chris visit his Instagram Account https://www.instagram.com/chrisbreen_a_fear_less_life/

Interview With a Real Life Ghostbuster

Interview With a Real Life Ghostbuster

The Paramedic and his Quest for a Fear Less Life

by Olivia - Ponderings Radio

Interview With a Real Life Ghostbuster

What is paranormal activity?

It is the occurrence of inexplicable happenings. Bumps and knocks in the night, an eerie presence, a hovering vision…

The paranormal can be so spooky and quite unbelievable to many, horrifyingly real to those who have experienced the supernatural. How do we explain that which we do not understand? The unseen. To protect our sanity we try to deny it. The transparent, little girl floating down the hall is not a spirit, I imagined it. Must have been the salami I ate with the hot chilly. But here’s the thing, if enough people have these experiences, then surely it’s a subject worth pondering. Who better to ask than a Paranormal Investigator?

So many people are drawn to watching scary movies and like to go on ghost tours.

It seems people want to be scared! There are even those, the bravest of them all, that are determined to face these unseen happenings head-on. Perhaps if they walked in Bill’s shoes, they might not be quite so keen. His stories might just make them shiver and quiver. But then when the salami can’t explain it all, who you gonna call? In addition to this, how many spooky events happen that actually have straight forward answers to them? Not paranormal but in fact events caused by other explainable factors. This is where Bill comes in. 

Move over Bill Murray, Bill Tabone, is the founder of the Australian Paranormal Society. By day he is a dedicated every day human working for a local council, by night he makes contact with paranormal activity. 

Bill has explored the paranormal realm for the last 30-40 years, and is known all over the world. His passion lies in helping anyone experiencing the paranormal in their homes and educating the public through tours and lectures. 

Where is the most haunted place you’ve been?

Aradale Asylum up in Ararat. I’m lucky enough to run an investigation tour there once a month. There’s so much unstable energy there because the old ways of treating patients with psychological disorders weren’t always the kindest. There were a lot of people locked up that shouldn’t have been. Wives could be locked up for hanging out clothes on a Sunday or reading too much. Also, I believe places like that attract negative energy anyway. 

Has there ever been a moment where you’ve been scared for your life?

Oh, for sure. We’ve worked with a lot of dark entities. Not necessarily demonic, but unfortunately when a human passes, their personality doesn’t change. A person that’s nasty in life will be a nasty spirit too. There have been times where I’ve been attacked or seen people attacked from things you can’t see. I’ve had to pull people out of buildings because they’ve been hurt or made ill.

Have you ever been hurt?

I’ve been scratched and bitten, pushed; I’ve had things thrown at me. We do what we call ‘grounding and protections’, spiritual protections to protect our energy. However, one time, when there was a few of us, some were less experienced. So by protecting them, I left myself open and copped some negative energy. I was ill for 4-5 days. 

Not your average job! What do you love about it?

I say there are no experts in the field because we know so very little about the paranormal. We’re out there exploring things that you can’t see, and trying to work out ways to connect with the other side. I find it intriguing that we can have these experiences. To me, it’s just fascinating to be able to make this contact.

Not all our cases are dark, although those involved, the clients, are usually fearful but it has more to do with fearing the unknown that what’s actually there. Some cases are very positive, especially when we find leave peace for the spirit or spirits involved and also for the living. 

Many times we need to help spirits that haven’t crossed over or moved on, sometimes they are stuck, lost or confused, sometimes just stubborn, among other reasons and didn’t cross when their time came. This is very rewarding and positive work and those in spirit are usually very happy to have help. 

One example is a little girl who was stuck in an old miners cottage, I felt her come and hold my hand because apparently I looked like her dad with my beard and she felt safe, it was a gentle little girls hand holding mine but it was definitely there and was extremely cold. We were ecstatic to help her cross over.

Another is the time we helped an old lady who was stuck in her old house, we actually heard her cross and it was beautiful. We believe the sound we heard was a portal opening, the sound it made was beautiful, and when the sound stops the old lady had gone. We all get shown gratitude for helping in different ways, for example I usually feel my cheek being gently stroked right at the time they are crossing, but others experiences different things like a warm glow over their body of any number of other signs. 

Why do you think some people can see or sense ghosts, while others can’t?

I believe everyone can see to begin with. I can’t, but my partner is a very strong medium. As children, people will say “you’re talking to an imaginary friend, don’t be so stupid”. Kids shut down, so when they become adults, they shut off. I think it depends on how children are treated when it first starts.

When there is paranormal activity, what are the leading scientific indicators that there is activity going on?

Frequency and temperature are part of it. Cold spots, for example, are a sign that there’s a spirit trying to manifest, taking energy from the air. Then again, it could just be an open window. We’ll look at the temperature and work out why the temperature dropped. Is there any black noise, what are the EMF levels (Electromagnetic field), is there anything that might be causing these events that can be explained simply. Then once we’ve eliminated them, if there’s anything else that’s unusual, we can run the investigation. A variety of still and video cameras. These work in the normal light spectrum and some work in infrared, Ultraviolet, multi spectrum and full spectrum ranges. Thermal cameras, and motion sensors, there’s lots of unusual gadgets!


Do you believe humans transmit frequency, so when there is high emotion in the house, there can be disturbances generated?

Oh, 100%. Human emotions create what we call the residual haunting, where the emotion is caught up in the environment and replays sometimes. A classic example is a lady in a castle in England on the 3rd of July every year. Why? She’s doing the same thing. So, she’s not actually a spirit. She’s energy trapped in that environment, in the walls, in the rock. There’s a whole theory behind that called ‘stone tape theory’, but that’s another story. When the environment and time are right, the 3rd of July for example, then you get emotion playing back, so you’ll see the scene that created the emotion. 

What would you say to someone who doesn’t believe in the paranormal?

I never try and push my beliefs onto anyone else. On my investigations, if someone is negative, I’ll pull them aside and ask them to have an open mind. We used to run a public investigation at the Melbourne Royal Hotel. The husbands were bored, but the wives were really into it. We have machines, like modified radios, that allow the spirits to come through, and you can hear their voices. I pulled out the spirit box and just asked to hear someone’s name. It said one of the husband’s first and last name. His mouth fell open. He shook my hand afterwards and just said I’d changed his mind.

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