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14th Jan '16 11:47:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the previously secretive world of advertising agencies suddenly became the focus of immense cultural interest. The inner workings of Madison Avenue became the fodder for books, plays, TV shows, and movies (''The Man In the Grey Flannel Suit'', ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', ''Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter'', ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', ''Lover Come Back''). Its unique internal jargon, often focused on CYA and consensus building, briefly flooded American speech; some bits of it still remain (for instance, "run it up the flagpole and see who salutes", which was a well-worn cliche decades before it appeared in HarveyDanger's 1997 song "Flagpole Sitta"), and the TV series ''MadMen'' seems primed to revive much of the old adman slang. (As a nod to the old fad, ''Mad Men'' casts Robert Morse, the leading man in the original 1961 Broadway production of ''How to Succeed in Business...'', as the eccentric Bert Cooper).

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* In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the previously secretive world of advertising agencies suddenly became the focus of immense cultural interest. The inner workings of Madison Avenue became the fodder for books, plays, TV shows, and movies (''The Man In the Grey Flannel Suit'', ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', ''Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter'', ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', ''Lover Come Back''). Its unique internal jargon, often focused on CYA and consensus building, briefly flooded American speech; some bits of it still remain (for instance, "run it up the flagpole and see who salutes", which was a well-worn cliche decades before it appeared in HarveyDanger's Music/HarveyDanger's 1997 song "Flagpole Sitta"), and the TV series ''MadMen'' ''Series/MadMen'' seems primed to revive much of the old adman slang. (As a nod to the old fad, ''Mad Men'' casts Robert Morse, the leading man in the original 1961 Broadway production of ''How to Succeed in Business...'', as the eccentric Bert Cooper).
10th Jan '16 5:30:46 PM phoenix
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* [[TheBeautifulGame Association Football]], a.k.a. soccer, became highly popular in the United States during the late 1970's with the New York Cosmos's signing of several big name international stars such as Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer. After Pelé's retirement, the game's popularity declined and the league folded. Interest revived somewhat with the 1994 World Cup, when the U.S. hosted the event and the men's team reached the knockout stage for the first time in over 60 years, and again in the 2010 World Cup when the men's team won their group on a stoppage-time goal. The establishment of Major League Soccer, and more recently the National Women's Soccer League, may eventually make soccer less of a fad and more of an ongoing niche interest.

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* [[TheBeautifulGame Association Football]], UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball, a.k.a. soccer, became highly popular in the United States during the late 1970's with the New York Cosmos's signing of several big name international stars such as Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer. After Pelé's retirement, the game's popularity declined and the league folded. Interest revived somewhat with the 1994 World Cup, when the U.S. hosted the event and the men's team reached the knockout stage for the first time in over 60 years, and again in the 2010 World Cup when the men's team won their group on a stoppage-time goal. The establishment of Major League Soccer, and more recently the National Women's Soccer League, may eventually make soccer less of a fad and more of an ongoing niche interest.
7th Jan '16 11:40:40 AM nombretomado
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* {{Anime}} may fit this. Outside of Japan, it was an underground subculture that made its first inroads in the West with ''Anime/AstroBoy'' and ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', then percolated in TheSeventies (''StarBlazers'') and TheEighties (''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') before bursting into mainstream in the mid-1990s, peaking in the early 2000s when 85% of people under 35 watched at least one hour of anime a week. It hasn't faded away completely, but it has declined in popularity since the mid-2000s. Much of this may be due to declining quality as production houses, looking to exploit the new American market, focused on making shows that were either fast and cheap or overly filled with injokes for anime fans.

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* {{Anime}} may fit this. Outside of Japan, it was an underground subculture that made its first inroads in the West with ''Anime/AstroBoy'' and ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', then percolated in TheSeventies (''StarBlazers'') (''Anime/StarBlazers'') and TheEighties (''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') before bursting into mainstream in the mid-1990s, peaking in the early 2000s when 85% of people under 35 watched at least one hour of anime a week. It hasn't faded away completely, but it has declined in popularity since the mid-2000s. Much of this may be due to declining quality as production houses, looking to exploit the new American market, focused on making shows that were either fast and cheap or overly filled with injokes for anime fans.
8th Dec '15 5:21:17 AM DeepRed
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* Thanks to [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar cold war intrigue]] and the success of the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise, TheSixties produced a fascination with [[SpyFiction spies and spy culture]]. Shows such as ''Series/ISpy'', ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', ''Series/TheAvengers'', ''Series/MissionImpossible'', and the parody ''Series/GetSmart'', films like ''Film/TheIpcressFile'' (along with parodies like ''Film/OurManFlint'' and Music/TheBeatles' spoof ''Film/{{Help}}''), spy movie-influenced songs like Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" and Edwin Starr's "Agent Double-O-Soul", books by Creator/JohnLeCarre and Creator/LenDeighton, and spy undertones in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' and ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' abounded, and spy toys were popular with young children. The craze died out as the Cold War fizzled, but its influence can be found in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' and the Film/AustinPowers movies and cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''.

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* Thanks to [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar cold war intrigue]] and the success of the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise, TheSixties produced a fascination with [[SpyFiction spies and spy culture]]. Shows such as ''Series/ISpy'', ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', ''Series/TheAvengers'', ''Series/MissionImpossible'', and the parody ''Series/GetSmart'', films like ''Film/TheIpcressFile'' (along with parodies like ''Film/OurManFlint'' and Music/TheBeatles' spoof ''Film/{{Help}}''), spy movie-influenced songs like Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" and Edwin Starr's "Agent Double-O-Soul", books by Creator/JohnLeCarre and Creator/LenDeighton, and spy undertones in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' and ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' abounded, and spy toys were popular with young children. The craze died out as the Cold War fizzled, but its influence can be found in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' and the Film/AustinPowers movies and cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. The genre has experienced a new lease of life in the wake of 9/11 and the subsequent WarOnTerror.
8th Dec '15 5:19:17 AM DeepRed
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Cycles are frequently triggered by some innocuous entry into the meme pool, like a popular song or book. See also FollowTheLeader, TheRedStapler.

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Cycles are frequently triggered by some innocuous entry into the meme pool, like a popular song or book. See also FollowTheLeader, TheRedStapler.TheRedStapler, PopularityPolynomial.
19th Nov '15 4:23:07 PM DragonRanger
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* UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1990's thanks to ''Film/JurassicPark'', to the point that the movie singlehandedly made the ''[[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]]'' a {{Stock Dinosaur|s}}. They seem to be coming back in 2014-2015, with the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' franchise getting [[Film/JurassicWorld a revival]], ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' getting [[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction dinosaur]]-[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge focused]] installments, and the release of [[VideoGame/FossilFighters a few]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_Dinosaur other]] dinosaur-focused works.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1990's thanks to ''Film/JurassicPark'', to the point that the movie singlehandedly made the ''[[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]]'' a {{Stock Dinosaur|s}}. They seem to be coming back in 2014-2015, 2014 and 2015, with the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' franchise getting [[Film/JurassicWorld a revival]], ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' getting [[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction dinosaur]]-[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge focused]] themed]] installments, and the release of a few [[WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur other]] [[VideoGame/FossilFighters a few]] [[https://en.dinosaur]]-[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_Dinosaur other]] dinosaur-focused focused]] works.
12th Sep '15 10:35:08 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1990's thanks to ''Film/JurassicPark'', to the point that the movie singlehandedly made the ''[[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]]'' a {{Stock Dinosaur|s}}. They seem to be coming back in 2014-2015, with the ''Franchise/Jurassic Park'' franchise getting [[Film/JurassicWorld a revival]], ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' getting [[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction dinosaur]]-[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge focused]] installments, and the release of [[VideoGame/FossilFighters a few]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_Dinosaur other]] dinosaur-focused works.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1990's thanks to ''Film/JurassicPark'', to the point that the movie singlehandedly made the ''[[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]]'' a {{Stock Dinosaur|s}}. They seem to be coming back in 2014-2015, with the ''Franchise/Jurassic Park'' ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' franchise getting [[Film/JurassicWorld a revival]], ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' getting [[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction dinosaur]]-[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge focused]] installments, and the release of [[VideoGame/FossilFighters a few]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_Dinosaur other]] dinosaur-focused works.
14th Aug '15 7:05:20 PM DragonRanger
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* UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1990's thanks to ''Film/JurassicPark'', to the point that the movie singlehandedly made the ''[[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]]'' a {{Stock Dinosaur|s}}. They seem to be coming back in 2014-2015, with the ''Franchise/Jurassic Park'' franchise getting [[Film/JurassicWorld a revival]], ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' getting [[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction dinosaur]]-[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge focused]] installments, and the release of at least [[VideoGame/FossilFighters one]] other dinosaur-focused work.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1990's thanks to ''Film/JurassicPark'', to the point that the movie singlehandedly made the ''[[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]]'' a {{Stock Dinosaur|s}}. They seem to be coming back in 2014-2015, with the ''Franchise/Jurassic Park'' franchise getting [[Film/JurassicWorld a revival]], ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' getting [[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction dinosaur]]-[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge focused]] installments, and the release of at least [[VideoGame/FossilFighters one]] other a few]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_Dinosaur other]] dinosaur-focused work.works.
22nd Jul '15 5:09:05 PM MarkLungo
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* American interest in AncientEgypt peaked with both the discovery of King UsefulNotes/Tutankhamun's tomb in the 1920's and the touring exhibit of his relics in the 1970's.

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* American interest in AncientEgypt peaked with both the discovery of King UsefulNotes/Tutankhamun's UsefulNotes/{{Tutankhamun}}'s tomb in the 1920's and the touring exhibit of his relics in the 1970's.
22nd Jul '15 5:08:52 PM MarkLungo
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* American interest in AncientEgypt peaked with both the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in the 1920's and the touring exhibit of his relics in the 1970's.

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* American interest in AncientEgypt peaked with both the discovery of King Tutankhamen's UsefulNotes/Tutankhamun's tomb in the 1920's and the touring exhibit of his relics in the 1970's.
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