CLOSE
Original image
ThinkStock

9 Passions that are Due for a Comeback

Original image
ThinkStock

Tastes change over time, but if you're a certain age, you no doubt remember being a passionate fan of these fashions, items, and activities in your younger days. We think you'll agree that they're all long overdue for a comeback.

1. Slap Bracelets 

The forgotten accessory passion of the early '90s is well overdue for a comeback, even though many schools initially banned the bracelets for being potentially dangerous once they lost their cloth covers. One of the perks of adulthood is that you can't get sent to the principal's office, so let's revive this springy, metallic glamor.

2. Playing Cards In Bicycle Spokes

How has this one not roared back to cultural relevance yet? All the noise of a motorcycle combined with all the work of a bike! As anyone who slipped an ace of spades between their spokes knows, it's instant credibility on your block.  

3. Red Rover

In an age of adult dodgeball and kickball leagues, how has Red Rover not made a comeback? Probably because it was super dangerous. But an uptick in Red Rover games would revive another trend: Signing your friends' casts. 

4. Claymation

Sure, today's movies and shows are full of lush HD and three-dimensional effects, but where's the clay? Pick any of the top-grossing superhero movies of the last few years and try to honestly tell yourself that it wouldn't be better as claymation. You can't.

5. Clear Sodas

Were color-free colas a poorly planned whiff by big beverage companies ... or a brilliant idea that was before its time? There's only one way to find out. Bring them back! 

6. Striped Tube Socks

Anyone can pull on a pair of plain white tube socks. It takes a special sort of sophistication to slip into a pair of hosiery adorned with a set of understated stripes. Sock makers of the world: bring back the color!

7. Novelty Sneakers

How can today's young people expect to perform well in sports? They can't even inflate their sneakers or count on them to light up with each passing step!

8. Monkey Bars

Modern gyms let you tone your body with elliptical machines, yoga, spinning, and all sorts of complicated equipment. But nothing can match the upper body workout you got from a long journey across the monkey bars. 

9. Grunge

Flannel-clad, arbitrarily gloomy rock music that offers few opportunities for dancing? Bring back the heavily distorted guitars and threadbare jeans! And if you need an excuse to wear grunge's flannel, remember that it's really stood the test of time - similar fabrics date all the way back to 16th century Wales.

Want to see your passions and connections to your friends? Check out Nissan's Passion Genome to create your interactive Passion Portrait and share the passions that make you, you.

Original image
ThinkStock
10 Trails Every Passionate Hiker Must Trek
Original image
ThinkStock

Lace up your boots and grab your walking stick. It’s time to climb!

1. Observation Point
With hikes like Angel’s Landing and the Narrows, Zion National Park in Utah is a goldmine for trail-lovers. But the best view is at Observation Point—your reward for climbing 2100 feet.

2. Tour de Mont Blanc
One of the most popular long distance hikes in Europe, the 100-mile trail passes through Switzerland, Italy, and France. It takes about a week to finish.

3. Appalachian Trail, US
Extending from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, this wild 2200-mile trail is a great way to see 14 states.

4. Kalalau Trail, Hawaii
There’s only one way to get to Hawaii’s secluded Kalalau Beach: you have to hike 11 miles to get there. The trail is a fantastic way to see Kauai’s rugged wild side.

5. Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne
Winding back and forth between France and Spain, the 497-mile footpath travels the length of the Pyrenees—and at high altitudes, too.

6. Cape Wrath Trail
Considered one of the toughest trails in the UK, the 200-mile hike in the Scottish Highlands attracts people the world over.

7. Semien Mount Trek
This National Park in Ethiopia is a World Heritage Site, and with mountains almost topping 15,000 feet, it’s one of the few places in Africa that sees snow regularly.

8. Laugavegurinn
Connecting two nature reserves, the 50-mile Icelandic trail crosses over mountains, glaciers, hot springs, lakes, and rivers. There are 20 waterfalls in just the first seven miles!

9. Copper Canyon
Forget the Grand Canyon. Mexico’s Copper Canyon is deeper, wider, and longer. On one trail, you’ll loop 38 miles and see 20,000 feet of elevation change!

10. Santa Cruz Trek
One of the best ways to see the Andes Mountains, Peru’s 30-mile trek requires you to pass through a 15,617 foot mountain pass.
* * *
Want to see your passions and connections to your friends? Check out Nissan's Passion Genome to create your interactive Passion Portrait and share the passions that make you, you.

Original image
ThinkStock
9 Kitchen Techniques Passionate Chefs Should Master
Original image
ThinkStock

Want to kick your kitchen game up a notch? Learn these nine techniques and watch as your food gets even more delicious.

1. Searing

Searing can add a tasty caramelized crust to your favorite dish. Start with a hot, hot pan. Add a thin coat of oil—enough to make the pan gleam—and add what you’d like to cook. Let it hiss and watch the crust form, then flip.

2. Dicing An Onion

Halve the onion from top to bottom and place the flat sides down on the board. Peel off the skin, face the root end away from you, and make vertical cuts. When you’re done, make horizontal cuts. Don’t cut all the way through the root.

3. Make Pan Sauce

After searing, put those extra brown morsels on the bottom of your pan to use. Add wine, stock, or vinegar to your hot pan. Scrape up those leftover bits on the pan let the sauce simmer for a few minutes. Remove it from the pan and stir in some cold butter cubes. Season.

4. Make Roux

Roux will amp up your gravy dishes. Melt some butter in a saucepan until it foams, and then add an equal amount of flour. Whisk until the concoction is smooth and cook for three minutes. Cook longer for a darker, nuttier roux.

5. Tempering

Every cook should now how to blend ingredients that are different temperatures—especially if they work with eggs or chocolate. When chocolate isn’t tempered, unsightly white blotches of cocoa mighty appear. So heat your chocolate, and let it cool by stirring in a solid chunk. When the chocolate is about 88 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the remaining chunks and dip away!

6. Make Vinaigrette

Here’s the secret: One part vinegar, three parts oil. Add a pinch of salt to the vinegar and a little Dijon mustard. Now use both hands—one to pour the oil and one to whisk the mixture. Keep going until it’s all blended.

7. Blanch Vegetables

To soften the taste of your veggies, blanch them! Boil a pot of very salty water and dump the vegetables into it. Once they’re cooked plunge them into ice water. This will stop the cooking process and make your veggies cool and crisp.

8. Make Your Own Stock

Throw some chicken in a pot of water with onion, carrots, and celery. Bring it to a boil, reduce the temperature, and let it simmer for a few hours. Skim off the fat, strain it through a sieve, and put it in the fridge. Your soups and sauces will never be the same.

9. Make whipped cream

Become a master of desserts with this skill! Put your metal mixing bowl and whisk or beaters in the freezer. When they’re cold, pour a pint of heavy cream and whisk aggressively until the mixture becomes cloudy. As it thickens, add some powdered sugar and vanilla for extra flavor.

*  *  *

Want to see your passions and connections to your friends? Check out Nissan's Passion Genome to create your interactive Passion Portrait and share the passions that make you, you.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios