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TYend of big clothing gives
new meaning to extreme
Women looking to |
add that touch of
mystery into their
need only to wear
baggy clothes on
their first dates. As
a man, I can tell
you that revealing,
tight clothing casts
little doubt where
that mystery thing
Fashions and fads. These two
words are often used to describe
entire generations. While fads come
and go, fashions can sometimes be
I cite the Macarena as a fad most
people would like to see disappear,
but it probably won’t. The real
reason the Macarena won’t die is
because it is a dance anyone can do,
including those without any real
sense of rhythm.
Other popular fads include, but
are not limited to: pet rocks, rap
music and extreme sports. I believe
the pet rock is officially dead, but
the other two fads I have listed are
still going strong.
Since we are on the subject of
fads and fashion, one of the latest
fashions has particularly peaked my
interests. This fashion statement is
not as popular as it used to be, but it
still survives in some circles.
I am talking about baggy cloth
you don’t have the benefit of all of
the padding around the wind tunnel,
but that is what makes it extreme.
An interesting property of baggy
clothing is that it does not bunch up
in front as you are falling so it does
nothing to reduce the impact.
■ Land-luge participants
generally do not wear baggy clothes.
This would cause too much drag. So
some extreme sports have not
capitalized on this latest fashion
■ Professional runners no longer
need to train with parachutes. They
just wear baggy outfits. Endurance
results are up 20 percent.
Baggy clothes, 30 mph wind,
blindfold, Super Glue, pencil,
SURGE! Tell me you didn’t see this
Women looking to add that touch
of mystery into their new relation
ships only need to wear baggy
clothes on their firstdates. As a man,
I can tell you that revealing, tight
clothing casts little doubt where that
mystery thing is concerned.
So this fashion has certainly had
its impact on recent fads. The only
real drawback is that it is getting
harder and harder to find what used
to be an abundance of clothes in my
size. I suppose that I will have to
give my custom tent-maker a call
again to replenish my supply of
Until they arrive, put on your
canopy, grab your knee board and
lets do a little land-surfing. I hear
the weather will be perfect for it
MacDonald is a freshman
electrical engineering major and a
Daily Nebraskan columnist.
This particular version of fashion
was originally developed by people
of large girth — myself included.
Any well-proportioned individual
can tell you about the illusion of
baggy clothing. It is supposed to
make you look thinner. Much like
vertical stripes, or is it horizontal
stripes? I can never remember.
Recently, thin people have taken
to wearing grossly baggy clothing to
make a statement. What this
statement is remains a mystery to
me. Are they trying to say that they
would like to look more like me? If
that is the case, put on about 50
pounds and you will better compre
hend why we invented this brand of
fashion. Calvin Klein has nothing
on us. I mean that literally, too.
Certainly, comfort is a primary
factor when deciding what to wear,
and baggy clothing is more comfort
able than tight clothes — at least
less confining. .
With the advent of baggy clothes,
some of the more obscure extreme
sports have been greatly advanced:
■ Para skateboarding has
benefitted considerably. Imagine
being able to do 0 to 60 in under 10
seconds on a skateboard. Catch a
good breeze and you could achieve
close to escape velocity. Now that’s
■ Any sky diver could tell you
that on a good day, you can practice
your form without die aid of a wind
tunnel, just wear baggy clothes and
wait for the wind to take you. The
landings hurt a little more because
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