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7 pet fads through the decades

By: Matt Hickman on Oct. 3, 2013, 1:54 p.m.
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It may be difficult to keep track of the evolving popularity of certain dog breeds or what exotic animal Paris Hilton is currently carrying around in her handbag, but pinpointing overall pet fads isn’t as daunting a task. Over the decades, we’ve seen some truly unusual — and questionable — pet fads emerge and disappear quicker than you can say “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (a franchise that itself spawned a pet turtle boom). We’ve rounded up seven memorable pet fads ranging from insects to brine shrimp (really!) to inanimate objects.