With the passing of the "inventor" of the pet rock, it's time to consider it's impact on society.
I remember it well in the early 1970's. I was one of those kids who really wanted a pet rock - just like everyone else.
Then it was explained to me that it was just a rock. It didn't do tricks. It could not be taken out for walks. That's when I learned what a "fad" was. And a "scam." Suddenly, consumerism was suspect! The very idea that people would try to sell something useless....I was appalled.
But now I'm just used to it.
Now I see that rocks would never make for good pets. And I have (too many) real pets anyway. Make room for Rocky!
Did you have a pet rock? Tell us about it.
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