Phonebooth stuffing

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Phonebooth stuffing was a fad that began during the 1950s in Durban, South Africa[citation needed] and spread to Britain, Canada and the United States by the spring of 1959. It involved a number of people consecutively entering a phonebooth, until the point where the phonebooth would accommodate no more, or there were no more individuals available. At some colleges as many as 25 students managed to cram some of their body into the standard phone booth. Although it was "one of the all-time great fads," it was passé by the end of 1959, replaced by the more sedate fad of hunkerin'. It was akin to the earlier fads of flagpole sitting, goldfish swallowing, and panty raids, and a predecessor of the fad of streaking. [1] [2]


  1. ^ Marum, Andrew and Parise, Frank, "Follies and foibles," section "Telephone booth stuffing (1959)." Facts on File, Inc., New York:1984, pages 108-109. ISBN 0-87196-820-7
  2. ^ "Telephone booth stuffing." Retrieved October 5, 2007