Here are a collection of the trends that have taken the internet by storm in recent months.
For the uninitiated few, 'selfie' officially means "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." Once an obscure word used on sites like Flickr, the 'selfie' has since become a widely-used term: Its frequency in the English language increased by a whopping 17,000 percent over the past year.
Planking is a photo fad which involves lying face down with arms to the sides in unusual public spaces, photographing the scene and sharing the image online. In form, it bears striking resemblance to the Lying Down Game, a similar photo fad that became popular among UK Facebook users in 2010.
Hadokening is a photo fad that involves two or more people staging a “Ki attack” knockout sequence and photographing themselves in mid-action, as seen in the popular Japanese fighting arcade game Street Fighter and manga series Dragon Ball.
Pottering is a photo fad that entails photographing oneself leaping in the air with a broomstick tucked in between the legs in reference to Quidditch, a fictional competitive sport prominently featured in the Harry Potter universe.
Damien Greenhalgh, Labour County Councillor for Glossop and Charlesworth, became a Reddit legend after he posted a picture showing “How to look like Batman, using your cat.” The hilarious photo has already received more than 19K retweets on Twitter, and the guy was named “CATMAN”. It’s not clear whether he was inspired by the popular cat-bearding trend, but it will definitely inspire a new one!
Cat Beards is a photo fad that involves positioning a cat in front of one’s face in such a manner that the feline’s furry chin appears as if it is part of the model’s facial hair. The earliest known example of a “cat beard” photo was uploaded by Tumblr user Catasters on July 28th, 2011, depicting a man touching noses with his tabby cat (shown below).
If you have no cat you can use a dog too
Extreme Ironing (also called EI) is an extreme sport and a performance art in which people take ironing boards to remote locations and iron items of clothing. According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, extreme ironing is "the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt."
Vadering is a photo fad that involves two people recreating the Star Wars scene in which Darth Vader uses the Force to grab an opposing character in a choke hold.
Baguetting is a photo fad in which people photograph themselves while holding a baguette bread in substitute of everyday objects, such as household goods or food products, for comedic effect.
Dogs Wearing Pantyhose
Dogs Wearing Pantyhose is a Chinese photo fad in which dogs are photographed wearing black sheer tights.
Leisure Diving is a photo fad in which people are photographed jumping into a pool in a relaxed pose or partaking in a nonchalant activity such as reading or drinking.
Horsemaning, sometimes spelled “horsemanning,” is a photo fad that involves laying on one’s back on a flat surface with the head hidden over the edge while another person hides behind the same object, only leaving the head exposed in the picture. Such photographs are meant to appear as if the person has been beheaded.