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craze

(krāz)
v. crazed, crazing, crazes
v.tr.
To cause to become mentally deranged or obsessed.
v.intr.
To become mentally deranged or obsessed.
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This two-volume encyclopedia contains entries on popular fads and crazes throughout decades in American history, from the pre-1900s to the 2010s, showing why fads and crazes happened when they did.
North East firefighters are warningparentsto watch out for a dangerous craze which sees young people risk causing a fire by putting tin foil in the microwave.
Mr Klein, who runs his own private practice, said: "Simply telling children off can sometimes make it more likely that children will engage in those crazes as it fosters an 'us vs them attitude'."
It will come as a deeply worrying development in light of other deadly crazes in the past.
But before we get our knickers in a twist about this latest daft craze, let''s remember that it''s just the latest in a long line of stupid things and will certainly be followed by another stupid thing.
Sam Loyd fuelled the Fifteen Puzzle craze by offering a $1,000 prize for anyone who could find a solution showing all the moves required to solve this puzzle.
Crazes come and crazes go, but this vampire craze seems to be going on forever.
Beating other fashion disasters such as bum bags and leg-warmers, the horror hairdo has topped a poll of the worst crazes ever.
Fearne introduces old pop videos and showcases the hits that inspired the crazes, with performances from soul diva Jocelyn Brown, Wigfield, Britain's Got Talent runners-up Signature, Jimmy Osmond, Claire Richards from Steps, and the cast from Grease.
Adults aren't immune to crazes either, with increasingly bizarre novelty items fetching big sums on eBay.
Tim Riley of Tweedle and Pip in Royal Arcade, Cardiff, said: 'Scoubis are our best sellers at the moment - we usually tend not to go for crazes and stick to traditional and educational toys but these are a great crafts activity.'
PROFILE BOOKS have brought out Jessica Warner's Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason ([pounds sterling]8.99), a look at one of the country's first 'crazes' and Alan Bennett's Three Stories ([pounds sterling]7.99).