When I was a youngster, the one fad that miserable underlings and “popular” folks alike really could not be without was the Slap Bracelet. A piece of metal covered with fabric, curls into a bracelet shape when you “slap” it on your wrist. Look at mine, they’re all so 80s! They are all from my childhood.
Clearly I am awesome.
Though wearing these never made me any more popular, I felt cool wearing them… and playing with them if class got too boring. I’m surprised they weren’t banned from school.
You can also set up booby traps with these by laying them flat on the floor of a dark room and they will pop up madly if anyone tries to walk across them, which is semi-entertaining.
When they stopped being popular, rumor had they were no longer available for purchase, because kids had taken the wrappers off the metal and used the core to go hold up convenience stores or commit seppuku, or whatever. More than likely they just died out with slouchy sweatshirts and day-glo socks, though.
I have since seen them for purchase, but nothing can top the ones from the 80s.