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The Latest Rage and other Insane FADS

Updated on January 8, 2017
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An Upstate WNYer,Paula shares her expertise in preparing for a season of Old Man Winter, while remaining, productive, happy, safe & warm.

No Cream cheese, Hold the lox!

I hope my bow is centered just above my BAGEL
I hope my bow is centered just above my BAGEL

WHO does this?

It's time. It's actually way overdue. Someone needs to say it. When all around us has turned upside down and everyone has gone positively mad, a HERO must arrive. An ordinary person will do, of course, but he/she must have a brain, be completely sane and willing to be 100% honest and realistic.

OK, people! Can I have your attention, please? Those of you, who have always wanted a bagel,cosmetically implanted into your forehead, please, stand. OK, let's see, one....two....three........great!...Will the three morons who stood up, please follow that nice man in the blue scrubs, at the back of the room? Yes, yes, that's right, just go right over there and follow Jeff, our nice orderly, out to the red and white van in the parking lot. There are some big strong guards there to help you hop aboard. It's all going to be just fine. Bye, bye, now. Have a safe, comfortable ride.

The latest beauty trend....uh.... fashion statement....sort of... body art, which comes to us from Japan, "The Bagel Head," recently made it's debut, here in the U.S. Freaks, masochists and lunatics are flocking to the certified Body Mutilators, by the dozen, for their very own bagel, to be implanted into the middle of their forehead.

"W H Y?" you might ask.....

......And I gotta tell you, that's a damned good question. You go right on ahead and think up some sane reasons why a human being, would willingly and intentionally, request that a body artist, stick needles full of botox into one's forehead, in the shape of a bagel. Just off the top of my flat forehead, I'd guess....mmm, maybe because botox rhymes with lox? Seems as good a guess as any other that might only be dumber than that one.

Personally, I'd be a bit apprehensive about asking this question for fear of actually getting an answer. But like I said, you go ahead and ask. I'll just go on a little rant, if it's OK with everybody.

Look, it's just one of those things, ya know? After seeing a few weird, bizarre and totally outrageous fads or new ways to cause shock and awe come and go through the decades, you figure they can't possibly come up with anything more insane. Not so. They can, and they do.

Gimme a large coffee and a .....b....BOY, I just thought of a great idea!!
Gimme a large coffee and a .....b....BOY, I just thought of a great idea!!

So anyway......Who ARE "They?"

I sure as hell cannot imagine who the first person in Japan was who thought up the Bagel Head. Seriously, what kind of person, what age, sex and I.Q. would make up the description of the original artist/creator?

Never mind. That was a rhetorical question. I r e a l l y do not want to know. I prefer to say to that anonymous individual, "Child, you need help.....or a hobby.....or maybe, just a life."
I could be wrong. Maybe most people who have no desire to disfigure their bodies just don't get it!

There are Many ways to decorate the human body.

It certainly is an ancient art form. The Asians have, for centuries, bound the feet of little girls, to stunt their growth, because according to their belief, females should have tiny, dainty feet. They also will tightly bind the female chest to appear as flat as possible. While we may not run into a Tribal Native from the jungles of Africa, hanging out at Stan's Drive-In, we've all read National Geographic. We're familiar with a bone through the nose as well as the plate in the lower lip. Like I said, we, the inhabitants of America, don't see much of this at the malls.

Or....do we? The Tattoo-Piercing BOOM

Have you noticed more and more tattoo parlors popping up everywhere? You have, because in the past decade and a half there's been an enormous surge in the popularity of "tats and piercings." Men, women, young and not-so-young.....let us never forget Miss Casey Anthony's La Dolce Vita!! Nary a tattoo in history, did cause such a stir.

Well before this surge in popularity, tattoos were pretty much seen on the arms of sailors and G.I's and guys who rode motor cycles....and oh yeah, maybe the "carnies" and some freaks in the side shows. Piercings were limited to the ear lobes......of women only at first, but guys followed closely behind. Then, something happened.



Mom, Dad, This is Rocky, my Prom date.

Mom, Dad, This my Prom Date.
Mom, Dad, This my Prom Date.
READ my FACE!!
READ my FACE!!
YUMMY CHOCOLATE DONUT EAR!!
YUMMY CHOCOLATE DONUT EAR!!
MAKE MINE A DOUBLE!!!
MAKE MINE A DOUBLE!!!
MeeeeeOwwwww!!
MeeeeeOwwwww!!

Some people just don't know when to leave well-enough alone.

It seems we'll not know what it was that happened, but we can surely see, it's something beyond a generic imagination. Again, that damned WHY, comes up. This time, let's play with it a little bit, shall we? These human behavior guessing games can be fun, at the very least, a test of one's mental stability. Not to interrupt your serious thought process, I'll take three simple guesses.

1. This young man, tried desperately to wear his mother's make-up and jewelry, but each time, his father would beat him severely and lock him in a cold, dark basement for days, until he promised to never do it again?

2. Due to a crippling shyness and inability to communicate, his therapist suggested he do something unusual, to attract attention and perhaps, stand out in a crowd.

3. He sincerely thinks he looks awesome.

I'm just overwhelmed with anticipation, to read your in-depth analysis of why a person would subject their head to such slaughter. I knew this would be fun. So why am I crying? This is the horrendous stuff of a parent's nightmare.

Basically, or should I say, Bagelly, we probably shouldn't think this is the ultimate of bodily insults...the creme de la creme of Body Art. Bagel Heads are just the latest.......Bangle-Face having become a bit boring, I imagine. Some new and more curious fad is just around the corner. Be patient. We won't miss it, even if we try to.

I'm a little concerned about my cat, "Noggins." He reads over my shoulder as I write. A few minutes ago he took off into the kitchen and I heard a lot of banging and clanging going on. He just came walking back into the office...and I don't know....What do you make of this?

My cat is a real comedian. He, like most feline do, loves to imitate what humans do. If you're not a cat-lover, perhaps you aren't aware of this. They certainly do not get the credit & accolades they deserve for their incredible intelligence. That they are not really smart animals is nasty rumor, created of course, by dog-lovers! I do like them both and have both canine and feline fur babies which I spoil equally.

I say all this merely because I want to point to the fact that my Noggins is even smarter than people. At least his bagel can be removed, even eaten, if need be. OK? So, I'm just sayin, think about this. Folks, keep the bagels in the toaster!



Go ahead, I dare you.

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    Paula 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Larry.....LOL, Wild? Oh hell yeah. Much more so than my wildest imagination or nightmares. I laugh now when I recall we Boomers (Me....not you!) were considered the wild children. Hardly!!

    Thanks for the visit. :) Paula

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    Larry Rankin 7 months ago from Oklahoma

    Wild world we live in, ain't it?;-)

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    DJ..we may be going steady, but obviously we're NOT going heavy..or you would have KNOWN about my little tattoo on my sexy shoulder.LOL

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    DJ Anderson 2 years ago

    These are some gnarly photos!

    I find no beauty in these extreme mutilations.

    Of course, I had to check out the colored armpit hair.

    I'm throwing up in my mouth as I type.

    I had my underarms lasered 15 years ago.

    Yes, it works. Hurts like hell, but it works.

    Does not work on blonde hair.

    So! You have one of these little jewels on your left shoulder? Do ya??

    You could have told me before we started going steady.

    I thought I had gone rogue with two piercings on each ear lobe.

    Thank God, my stepson is nothing like these guys.

    I asked my son to please never do three things. Piercings, motorcycle

    or get tattoos. He did the first two. No reason for me to think he would

    skip the third one. But, his job requires a suit and tie and conservative

    hair cut/short beard. He cannot wear any ear rings which he had given up for the most part. He says he wants to sell the motorcycle which is sitting in my garage. I'll believe the last one when I see it gone.

    Later,

    DJ.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OH YUK!.....and just before I go to bed. I'm prone to horrid nightmares & this is definitely the stuff nightmares are made of......poetryman....couldn't you have just let me think it simply wasn't true???? LOL

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    poetryman6969 2 years ago

    WARNING! YOU CAN NOT UNSEE THIS!

    Read it and weep:

    http://nypost.com/2014/12/03/the-latest-wacky-beau...

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    For REAL??? ROFLMAO!!! NO! I have not seen this nor do I ever want to!! My first comment (in America) females rid their underarms of any hair at all! I know in some other countries women do not shave their bodies. OK...whatever one chooses........"rainbow colored underarm hair???" Surely poetryman.....you jest!

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    poetryman6969 2 years ago

    Have you seen the ladies with the rainbow colored underarm hair?

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Beth....I too have a pretty tattoo on my left shoulder.....that I had done years ago......but that's it. What we can see here, IMO is nothing short of self-mutilation. Aware that the bagel is a "temporary" work of (Art??).....I still don't understand.

    Usually....the "normal" person who might suffer an injury to the forehead, causing it to swell and puff out.....will treat it with ice packs and bed rest. These people are intentionally walking around like this!!

    I simply fail to see the purpose or the reasoning. Fads are one thing.....THIS is something beyond it all. Yet, some will be very defensive and say we all have the right and the freedom to do whatever we choose to our bodies.

    I accept that. It's true. But, PLEASE don't be shocked that 96% of the public is horrified......If any reasonable human being can in all good conscience state that the faces of these men with tattoos, multiple piercings, skin stretching as well as hardware in nose & ears......is "beautiful" or a "work of art"......seriously? I can and DO reasonably say they need psychiatric help in a HUGE way.

    Does this make me backward, small-minded....judgmental?? OK...so be it. I can live with that.

    Thanks Beth.

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    Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

    Dear goddess in Valhalla, these people must have the lowest self-esteem in the world!

    Yes, this sounds mean, but these people obviously need the service of a good psychologist more than tattoo artists or surgeons that specialize in bagel enhancements. I have a tattoo myself, but I don't hate my body enough to feel the need to "decorate" every inch of skin I was born with. Geesh almighty.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Vincentea.....Thanks for the unsolicited into......even though it has absolutely nothing to do with my hub.....?? Very strange.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    It's definitely weird alright.....amongst other negative things!

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    femi 3 years ago from Nigeria

    Its really weird why people subject themselves to scarification,tribal markings and other strange body altering whims. They forget that it stays with them for life, nothing stranger than a grandad with distended ear lobs and an eagle(Bagel) forehead.

    cool hub fpherj48 voted up

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Crafty......I feel as you do. It actually frightens me to "imagine" what outrageous thing will pop up next!(no pun intended)

    More than this, for the life of me, I wonder who the individuals are who have so much idle time that these "IDEAS" just come to them....as though they are sacred revelations!!

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jodah......When the "bagel" first became the rage...botox was used.....but more recent articles explain that they are using saline, which of course dissipates after a few hours. One hubber thought this should be pointed out (as though this makes the practice any less STUPID) A bagel on your forehead, as opposed to in the toaster for breakfast is rather "bizarre" no matter what substance is used to fill the bagel &disrespect one's body.

    As for the severe tattooing and piercing of the face, the first time I actually SAW this up close and personal, I honestly got tears in my eyes in sadness for the loss of the person's natural & healthy appearance. I wonder how they will justify this at the age of 35 or 40 when the irresponsibility of youthful crazes cannot be used as an excuse?

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    CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

    It gets more disturbing all of the time. Last I heard, women were cutting off their toes to fit better in tiny pointed shoes. Now bagels implanted on the face.

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    John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Crazy stuff. I had never heard of 'bagel head' until I read this, but have seen a few looking like some of the other pics wit tattoos, ear plugs and piercings. These people have to be trying to hide some insecurity. If I looked like this it would make me even more insecure. I don't mind tattoos (I have one) and regular piercings like ears and maybe belly button, but that's it. To me anything else is silly and extreme. I feel Botox is wrong, and I would never have a poison like botulism injected into my body....this hub is both funny and sad at the same time. Voted up.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Shyron...I give up. I don't know how to "think" like these individuals.....and there's no way I can imagine why anyone would do this to their appearance.

    The fact is.....they do......and also have the utter audacity to reject anything that suggests they may just have a slight mental problem........The PERMANENT facial .....(they call it "art"?) destruction, IMO...is as sad as anything I'm able to tolerate. I cannot imagine the horror and heartache of a mother whose adult child completely ruins the beauty they were born with.....and insults the love and concern a parent invests in protecting their child from injury, scarring and/or deformity.

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    Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

    fpherj48, God made us in his own image, that is why I can't understand why these are raging against God.

    Do they think they can improve on what God created? Or is this devil worship?

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Obviously pstosis......They don't think it's "fugly." I can't imagine doing this to one's appearance unless they truly believe it's attractive. That's fine if it's a passing fancy....or just a fad....like the bagel that dissolves...but what about the gross destruction of all the facial ink!!? I cannot help but feel these individuals come to a day of huge regret!!

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    ptosis 3 years ago from Arizona

    Why people what to look fugly?

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Anonymous....? It's rather sad you choose to remain unknown. You can be proud of yourself and your very interesting & informational comment.

    Yes, I did discover that the "original" bagels had been done with botox for a couple of years, until someone a bit more clever & resourceful, changed the filler to saline. And you're correct...it is certainly "weird and funny." ...and also a personal choice.

    Pierced ears? I've worn pierced earrings since I was a child and my Italian Grandmother performed the "traditional ceremony" on all her grand daughters. I also have an expertly done tattoo on my left shoulder, from my young & "Born to be Wild," Harley-riding days...LOL .. perhaps decades before you were born...who knows?

    I think it's fairly obvious my hub refers to the "above, beyond and overboard," of body art, fads, etc. and I do realize this is an opinion...nothing more, nothing less.

    I'll go a little further and admit that when I see young, handsome/beautiful young & vibrant individuals, who have gone to the radical, outrageous extent as those in my hub pictures.....as a Grandmother, my heart literally breaks and I truly want to cry. That these kids have butchered & disfigured themselves ......to me.....is tragic. For me, it's really that simple & authentic.

    If you were in my closet, trust me, I'd be the one to say, "Whoa!!" because I live alone and you would scare the CRAP out of me!

    Thank you for reading and contributing. All opinions are appreciated.

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    Anonymous 3 years ago

    First off, the bagel head thing is a saline drip, not botox, and its temporary. The saline gets absorbed into the body after 16 to 24 hours. They do it for the same reason kids like sucking on helium filled balloons... cause its weird and funny.

    As far as tattoos, piercings, scarification, implants, tongue forking, etc... these people usually already have alternate lifestyle jobs or are entrepreneurs of some type, and can look however they want... so they a modification here, a modification there. I've had my ears pierced for 10 years, and when I look in the mirror, I don't even see them anymore. Most friends don't even know I have them... they see it when they first meet me, and then forget about it when they get to know me... and when I mention my piercings some years later, they say "whoa, when did you get your ears pierced?" Its the same effect for these guys when they look in the mirror, times one thousand. They get something new, admire it for a few months, then stop seeing it and think, "I want something new." But we see the cumulative effect and go, "whoa." Obviously its different because its permanent, but it's a lot like clothes shopping. I'm sure if I saw your closet, I'd go, "whoa."

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I hear ya!! Loud and clear! LOL

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    If that is art, I am fine with not appreciating it! Haha.

    True, I'm sure they wouldn't intentionally try to look ridiculous, so they must think they look cool.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    KS......Obviously they do NOT think they look ridiculous.....wouldn't you say? Apparently, it is people like you and I that are the pathetic ones, who don't appreciate body "ART.".....???? OK.

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    The photos made me cringe! I have seen many things, but I have never seen the bagel look in real life (yet).

    I have also seen pictures of guys that have horns implanted onto their heads. I don't know if they realize how ridiculous they look, and I wonder how old they will be when they do realize? Oh, well, to each his own!

    This was a very funny and illuminating article.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    and cream cheese, gf! My favorite bagel is the 'is the "everything" bagel......I'm within walking distance of Tim Horton's.....Do you have Tim Horton's in Fl.?

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    The photo for this hub still baffles me. Why any one would purposely place a bagel on their forehead is unreal! Bagels are meant to be eaten...toasted with butter. Yum!!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Vinaya...as is evident in the comments, we are all in agreement. You are being even more liberal than I.....because, individuals who go to these crazy extremes, somehow believe it is acceptable in their world, amongst their associates....therefore it's OK. Some parts of Society has no limits.

    This is beyond unacceptable. It is destructive to the beauty of nature we possess at birth. It is an insult and severe abuse to the human body.....Thank you so much for reading about this "madness' ( how well you describe it!)....good to see you! "Happy New Year" & the best to you.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    This is madness, modern madness. I believe there is something wrong with their brain. Body art is ok as long as it is done in a limit, but then one may question where is the limit. Perhaps limit is the point of social acceptance. As long as socially accepted, it is ok.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Debbie......Since the bagel thing is a passing fancy/fad...and only "temporary," I suppose we can all grin and bear it when we see individuals sporting this nonsense on their foreheads....offer them some cream cheese, or ask if they wouldn't mind if we stick their head in a toaster

    But...the bizarre over-the-top tattoos and piercings are much too far out to handle. The sheer horror. I couldn't help but wonder what the parents of those young men are thinking......"What happened to the beautiful little boy I raised?" This is actually SAD.

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    Debby Bruck 4 years ago

    Man, Paula, you were on a roll (bun - uh, pun intended) when you went deep diving into this strange new planet. I began laughing (ROFL) each time you came up with another smart thing to say (oy!) that double bagel head some one must knock some sense into that boy.

    The shear pain of it all makes me wince, but little kitty bread head had me going there when she looked over your shoulder. Hmmm. Could be the start of a new cartoon series or comic strip?

    I suppose if these people stay to themselves and remain harmless, its okay for them. I believe everyone should live in peace and harmony. Oh! I forgot to mention that Dr Seuss would have had a field day with some of your sox on fox rhymes going here with the lox.

    (HUGS) and blessings, Debby

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    My dear dear friends bil and Linda...I am blessed because of people like you. So glad you came for a visit.....I try to be proactive when it comes to impending difficulties...as I suspect so many more will be next.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Gee, who is this Angel? Such a strange name for such a rude young lady. Angel, if you are listening, your time here is limited to say the least. Take the time to know people before flapping your jaws and imitating a horse's ass. Thank you, and Merry Christmas....if you last that long here on HP.

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Hey Effer, I'm back for a re-visit because I appreciate you taking the time to create this hub so that others who live under a rock and don't get out much get to see how others live. Very few others I hope. I can't imagine too many people walking around like this or else children would never leave their house! They'd be scared outta their pull-ups! I like the way you tactfully wrote and represented these folks. We need more writers like you who are honest and not rude! Keep on hubbing! :)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Trish.....LOL....yes, it certainly does look ridiculous. I mean, really....where's the cream cheese??? LOL!

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    Trish89 4 years ago

    Bagel head!!!?? That looks so ridiculous! But, I guess to each his own.

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    Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

    Sharing again, as I just find this trend to be sooooo unusual, would love to see it in real life!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    And of course, I couldn't agree with you more!! Thanks for your interest!

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    Cecelia Kramer 4 years ago from Everywhere but mostly Cali

    I am baffled and confused to why anyone would want the bagel in the head and not the stomach. I think body modifications can be beautiful but when you take it to an extreme with a lot of them then it no longer is unique or beautiful... it's distracting.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Apparently a lot of people want a bagel in the middle of their forehead.......Kind of blows the average "NORMAL" mind, huh? LOL

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    Brenda Krupnow 4 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

    WHO IN THE WORLD WOULD WANT TO BE A BAGEL-HEAD? LOL, I thought piercings and tattoos were bad enough! What a nice well written hub. WAY TO GO!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I have been informed that when the bagel head was first introduced, botox was used....but soon changed to saline.....making them safer and more "temporary." I still doubt it's point....it has no point, actually.....except to have people question your mental stability.

    The photos of those young men who literally destroyed their natural look, by piercing, tattooing, stretching and cutting........well......they have indeed drastically reduced their own quality of life, love, career and respect. Apparently these things mean nothing to them.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Dear God In Heaven!!!! What are they thinking? I really thought, when I first started reading it would turn out to be a joke. And my generation was laughed at for "big" hair. Have they any idea the dangers to botox, forget that it makes them resemble a character on Star Trek - The Next Generation. As your interesting hub clearly states, I have long ago gotten used to seeing young people such as the pictures of piercings. But my same thought immediately comes back to me - "How they are going to regret it when they are older."

    I commend you and thank you for providing me a hub full of a hilarious writing style! Some of your phrases made me laugh out loud!

    Great hub.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    btrbell...Yes...we do have a fine bunch of cocNUTS here, don't we???

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    Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Ok, these are just crazy! Thank you so much for putting together a collection of some of the strangest body "enhancements" (and I use that term loosely!) I have seen. Great hub!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Your profile name is fitting for this hub, "Doodlehead." LOL....It's a cute name really. Holistic? Not quite sure about that, but OK....whatever you say! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

    So funny so weird so well...holistic????????

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    Theophanes 5 years ago from New England

    Ah, well I got my info from a documentary - Taboo. Not sure which one it was on but it was recent (obviously.) *shrug* to each their own. I don't have any tattoos as I feel scars tell my life story far better and they're free!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Theo.....I read up on several articles about bagel heads, in which they specifically claim it is botox that is used. However, I realize not everything on websites is all fact. Saline would certainly be better. In either case, I will not be getting in line, either. It's just basically, dumb. A photographer meaning to do something "artful," is one thing........but, like you say, someone deciding it was "cool," caught on. I actually LIKE tattoos and some piercings. This total permanent catastrophe in the 2 photos here, is well beyond the scope of sane.....Thanks for your input.....appreciate it.

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    Theophanes 5 years ago from New England

    I wouldn't worry too much. Bagel heads are actually made from pumping saline into the forehead, not Botox (that amount would kill you.) Saline is basically salt water. It will reabsorb into the body within the next 24 hours or so.... bagel heads are a way to be outrageous without being permanent like a tattoo. I won't be signing up but I couldn't care less if others do. It was invented by a photographer by the way. He initially only made one bagel head for art's sake and someone somewhere thought, "Hey that's cool! Can I get in?"

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Your Cousins....You have a point there!!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hmmmm.....I would agree also, Keith....my question is, just kind of "lifestyle" are they intending to express?? "Lifestyles of the Dumb & Disfigured??"..........LOL

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Brett.....I have a terrible time with "Noggins." He's terribly susceptible to peer pressure. We're working on being your own individual and using common sense. He saw a poodle once and right away he wanted the same hair-do. It didn't matter to him that he looked ridiculous. KIDS!!

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    Your Cousins 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Like it or not, you have to admit that the bagelheads are quite well done LOL. If you are going to go all out, with the bagels, piercings and tats, at least be the best that you can be in all your madness!

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    KDuBarry03 5 years ago

    I twitched at the sight of all this. I'm a big believer that people should express their lifestyles anyway possible; however, I do think there are those who underestimate the limits. I can't imagine myself having horns in my head or gages that large... or a bagel forehead.

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    Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

    Up, awesome and funny. A very amusing rant, loved the cat bread head at the end lol ... be careful, could be the next trend.

    Shared, pinned, tweeted.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Wayne.....Yeah.....you don't strike me a "bagel-man." LOL!! I had an initial deep curiosity and need to know WHY when I first laid eyes on such sights. I'm over it. Now I actually fear an explanation, were one to be offered. S i g h......what could possibly be next?

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Mazzy...I would agree with about my "cute" kitty......and I LOVE your comment about the smoked salmon! LMAO!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Chronicler......My reaction, especially to the severely tattooed & pierced men.....was probably even more confounded than yours. I'm sorry, but I had to laugh at your comment about "having or not having kids!!!! LOL.......I did raise children....4 of them...all very "stable' (thank Heavens) handsome and successful married men & daddies. As much as I adore them, the thought of any one of them ever having disfigured their faces, makes me cringe, cry and think all sorts of heartbreaking things.

    I'm guessing (or hoping).....these freaks have either been alienated from family for a long time....OR worse....their parents look just like them!!! ROFLMAO!! EEEEK!!!

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    thechronicler 5 years ago

    I am shocked and stupefied by this....WTF?! What would possess any of these people to do this??.....I can only think: insane need for attention in any way possible, zero self-esteem, and a frighteningly disturbing herd mentality. Is there nothing people like this won't do because someone else tells them it's "cool?" Apparently not. I shudder at the thought of what "fad" might be next.

    I keep flip-flopping on the idea of ever having kids, and stuff like the Bagel Head Carnival Freak Show is extremely effective at keeping me and my partner far, far, far away from any fertilization clinics. If a kid we had grew up and disfigured him/herself like this, there is no way I could handle it, and I would (of course) blame myself.

    Anyway, I'd never heard of this fad before. The pictures were also hard to look at for me, but I love your hub's wording and commentary on this insanity. Voted up :)

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    Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

    While I found this amusing, I also wanted to push the "sad" button a couple of times. What possess an individual to make such an outcry for attention? Do they need to define themselves so much to understand their individuality or is it simply a case of the dimwits? I leant toward the latter having conversed with some of these types who actually showed up to apply for a job. Why relegate yourself to working in the circus or traveling carnival for the rest of your life? I would think head shrinks all over the world would be offering their services free of charge in order to just get inside these heads for a while. I subscribe to the advice, "Never do anything to your body that you might later regret but cannot reverse." I suppose I will just live this life plain and boring blended into the rest of the herd. Thanks for sharing....good stuff and scary too for Halloween! ~WB

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    Mazzy Bolero 5 years ago from the U.K.

    An entertaining read, and I agree with you absolutely. I am totally baffled by this. No one could think they look better with a bagel, unless they were a smoked salmon. The cat looks quite cute, however.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Imkarn....Thanks! You have words of wisdom......speaking of bangin bagels......Notice our Asian Man with 2 bagels? Looks like he had a run-in with his girlfriend's chest......huh?

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    Karen Silverman 5 years ago

    LOL...baby - i think you're bangin' your bagel against the wall here...

    LOX think about it: I see many uses for this trend - for instance - a break-fall comes to mind instantly and - of course - keeping all members of the opposite sex(and the same?) far, FAR away!

    And - let's not forget never being hired again!

    Interestingly, i was always told that when the 'boys' come to take me away - they'd be wearing white - NOW - i have to watch out for strange men in white OR blue! (and i swear i'm not paranoid...lol)

    This is ha'ha'ha-larious and speaking of botox - i was writing an ode to it - just yesterday(LOL- if you can imagine) - but put it on hold until after the horror of Sandy...(i completely lost my sense of humor...ya know?)

    sharing with the hub-munity, my friend!

    Awesome write!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kevin...........LOL!!! Good answer!!

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    KevinC9998 5 years ago

    I see brain-dead people.....

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    hbentleymom.....WHY???!!! seems to be the big question here...That, and WTF!!??..........LMAO. I can't tell you how many times I've wondered.......about the guy with the "horns" and the one with the tube going straight thru his nose.........WHAT female in the world would kiss a guy like that?.....Never mind, don't answer that. I just had a picture in my head of what SHE might look like!!

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    hbentleymom 5 years ago from Alabama

    Wow I am all for tattoos (after much thought) and normal piercings can be taken out at anytime but to this is INSANE!!!! How do you come to the conclusion of "Hey that looks awesome! I am going to stretch my ears out to the size of plates, insert horns and put a bagel in my forehead!!" ??? WHY???

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Bruce......Please believe me. It's not US!! If this is something we are supposed to accept...and think anything "positive" about it....count me out. I think tattoos and piercings are all just fine.....they can be attractive in most cases. What we see here is INSANITY. It is outrageous for anyone to think for one second that this is not offensive, disgusting and actually....it should be illegal to allow one's self to be literally mutilated.......My ears are pierced and I have a small tattoo on my left shoulder from years ago. To think of putting holes in your nose and stretching your ear lobes around a hoop....doesn't it make your skin crawl?? lol......thanks for the visit, Coge.

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    Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

    Wow these pictures are painful to view.....what are they thinking?....or is the question....why am I not thinking this is a good idea? I must be getting old...I can only imagine these people when they are much older and wheeling around the senior citizen home......but then again they will not be the only ones wearing the FADS that went out of style years before....interesting hub ...voted up and painful to view...lol.

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    Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I can't imagine why a person would want to do these things to their body. Don't they look in the mirror? I have a very hard time looking at the pictures. I think you right the people with the straight jaackets are on their way to take them away. Up, funny, interesting and awesome.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jeannie

    I do like bagels...but this? Outrageous! I'll opt for a lunch bag!

    daisy:

    You're right and THIS is WAY WAY too far!...lol

    Veronica:

    Noggins is a Rebel child! But soooo cute. He says at this rate, he likes dogs better than people!

    amymarie:

    I wonder......just exactly HOW different do these people need to be? Looks like they prefer to look like ALIENS......

    Shyron:

    I'd say you're in good company. Doesn't appear ANYONE understands this...

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    Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

    I can't understand why anyone would want to deface themselvs.

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    amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

    Wow! There are just some things I will never understand. Hey, I'm all for being different, but these people are just nuts!!! Thanks for writing this. Very entertaining!

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    Veronica Roberts 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

    I love the cat! He's so rebellious! :)

    You are hilarious and I always enjoy your hubs. I definitely could have done without the donut head (hole?) pictures, though. ;) hehe

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    Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

    Weird!! I saw these a while ago, I just don't understand why. Some people just take things a little too far

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Why on earth are people inserting these things in their foreheads? I mean, I would consider it if I could actually store a delicious bagel in my forehead and munch on it when I get hungry. It would actually be quite useful. However, I don't see the use in this. It gives me the creeps and I actually like piercings and tattoos. Thanks for sharing this... umm... lovely...err... trend. :-)

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Susan......I have seen dyed eyeballs......it literally turned my stomach...not to mention made my eyes hurt......I can't imagine that being safe. How crazy does someone have to be? I actually like tattoos that are well-done by good artists and when they are not OVER done.......They look great on guys with muscles!! (Yeah, I'm not THAT old, Susan.....I can still appreciate! LOL)

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    People have taken body art and tattoo's to the extreme. Insanely Extreme! The worlds first eyeball tattoo was done in Toronto . The guy had it done because he wanted to turn the whites of his eyes blue. You can see it here:

    http://inventorspot.com/articles/worlds_first_eyeb...

    What kind of nut jobs do this?

    I'd never seen the bagel thing before. Maybe these people think that we're about to be invaded and if they make themselves look hideous enough they won't be harmed. Who knows.

    Thanks for bringing the bagel heads to my attention. The stuff we learn here at Hubpages :)

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Au fait ROFLMAO......omg....you have cracked me up. Thank you for my morning laugh...woke me up! I could not agree with you more, that these folks need some serious help!! I agree with you 100%....Is this a cry for HELP and ATTENTION or what?? Could any sane individual really think this is attractive in any way?? I was actually sickened by the one young man in the profile pic...with the tube going through his nose perpendicular!! WTF??? I'm off to google! LOL!!

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    C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

    These people must hate themselves or something. I can't imagine wanting to make oneself uglier.

    When I first saw the picture it wasn't a bagel that came to mind it was (sorry) a cervix, and I wondered why anyone would want it to look like they had a cervix on their forehead. Have you ever seen a photo of a cervix? I kid you not, a cervix looks very much like this 'thing' on the woman's head in the photo above. Go to Google images and type in cervix in the search box and see for yourself.

    I really think these people should have a work up.

    Voted up and interesting!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Unstable....at the very least. A tad bit looney, I'd say. Hey, Nell....I just noticed something as I scrolled down my hub! Take a good look at the Oriental man above my kitty cat.......Looks like he took a running rush, to HEAD butt some chick, smack dab in her boobs!! ROFLMAO!!!

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    How did I miss this! lol! a bagel head! haha! what I want to know is, if he or she gets a headache what should they take or put on it? sugar? icing? what? seriously, some of these are slightly unstable to say the least, but I do remember even back in the nineties, me and a friend were in a pub in the next town, and we were talking to a guy who was covered with piercings, he turned around in all seriousness and said to my friend who had a nose stud, hey did that hurt? lol! honestly, we couldn't stop laughing!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Obviosly, "they" have bagels in their heads too!!! lol

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    Nicola Tweedie 5 years ago from East Sussex, United Kingdom

    Super strange...can't get the baguel image out of my head! Yikes.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    How romantic........I'm off to find myself a Chines warlord..........UGH!

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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    You mentioned the foot shaping of yore and it brought the story to mind. Yes, the warlord supposedly slit her Achilles tendons to prevent escape and then fattened her on a diet of Sino sweets into a 400 lb love babe. ha ha the things we do for love and raging fads!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Yes......double take for sure, if, of course, your stomach can handle 2 looks at the likes of some of these creatures.......I must try to find your story about the Southern Belle....hope it's in your collection of hubs.

    Chinese warloads, I take it, like their love slaves a bit chubby? Not sure I understand the "slit ankles?" Good grief!!

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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Eye-catching subject and whoa sister double-take. Dig your story on the botox bagelers, Effer. Wrote a story once about a Southern Belle that may have taken up with a Chinese warlord who had her ankles slit and then fattened the lady up by 300 pounds for a love slave but this takes the cake- or rather bagel, in sheer nutty hole-in-the-head behavior. Up n veedy interesting.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you mj...This can be a bit shocking, especially to those who have not ever had the pleasure of bumping into one of these characters.....Obviously, even if we did have a comment to make, we're too stunned and confused to speak. This is probably best, since one never knows what the response might be!.....I don't have a daughter, but had I been gifted with one.....she'd have NOT grown up to be attracted to freaks.........Good grief.....please.....I'd have to surrender her birth certificate!! Please visit again!......I appreciate your wonderful comment!

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    mjkearn 5 years ago

    Hi again Effer

    I said I'd come back to read this and I'm a "wee" man of my word. Besides freaky doesn't really cover this. Insane as in your title is defo closer the mark.

    Are these nutters for real?

    As Tammy S said, who would charge money for this. Better still, they, those that would perform this need locking up well before the sad individuals who want this done.

    I'm a pretty easy going kinda fella and I've seen a heck of a lot. I'm a biker after all but I haven't got the tattoo yet.

    There isn't that much that shocks me or causes a stir. I go on the notion each to their own and if they aren't harming anyone and if they are happy in their own skin. You know the sorta thing and the type.

    This has gotten the biggest rise out of me in some time. Oh yes even bigger than when I sat on a steering wheel with an airbag.

    Freaky, nuts, insane, mad, sad and bad.

    Somebody needs locking up for this one or certified and not in the good way.

    I love your pic "mom and dad, this is so and so" and yes honestly "he is human".

    You can just picture the scene. The parents opened mouthed, blank, gaumless and the only thought accelerating through their brains "she was such a nice daughter until now. Where did we go wrong?"

    Fabulous article and awesome topic choice.

    As you can imagine, here in the remote hills of Ireland I sadly, unfortunately and obviously regrettably don't get to meet this kind of valuable contributor to society type of individual.

    I so feel I'm missing out. I really should go to the city more.

    Thanks so much Effer. Undoubtibly the best hub I've read in some time.

    All votes, ticks and justifiably shared.

    MJ.

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Effer, My clean cut nephew has befriended a young man who sounds like this honey at the gas station. We have had him over for dinners, even on Christmas because his parents are so disinterested/ unavailable. Now my family is agog but he is such a decent, lost kid who needs normalcy. I hear you, Sista. You are a good egg. Love, Maria

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    HA! Maria......I agree. funny and sad at the same time. What's really sad about the seriously tattooed and pierced faces, is that no amount of undoing is possible, to ever appear normal or natural again....There's a young man who pumps gas at the station I go to. He has pierced ears, nose and eyebrows.....and has also done the ear lobe STRETCH around a big hoop. He's a sweet kid and always friendly. I want to get out of my car and hug him and say, "I am so sorry you didn't get the love and guidance and nurturing you are entitled to, honey!!"

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    wtf, effer...

    You could probably get a lotta dough for Noggins picture.

    There is self expression and there is madness. This bagel thang and some of these lost teens with their "conversation piece" bodies are a cry for help. To me, this is funny and sad at the same time.

    You did a great job on a macabre subject. Voted UP and all that!

    Love, Maria

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Skarlet...thanks for stopping by...good to see you.....LOOK! you have a normal face......even a beautiful one! Don't you ever get the urge to mess with your beauty and make yourself look grotesque & gruesome??

    Well, I suppose you have a point about the possibility of this being as popular as breast implants, in a few years. I guess we can only hope they don't transfer their breasts to their heads, on either side of the bagel.

    (some freak reading this, just said, "Oh wow, awesome idea!!!")

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ruchira.....Join this groups of shocked, confused and NORMAL people!!! LOL......who knows what's next??

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    Skarlet 5 years ago from California

    Interesting hub. I have never seen the bagel head before. You presented it very well,and funny!

    Its really amazing what people will do to themselves. I guess it seems weird now, but who knows, maybe in a few years this stuff will be as popular as breast implants.

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    Seriously what is wrong with people. Taking in so much pain to implant or change stuff...why??

    Life anyway offers so many hardships that taking upon such insane fads is utmost crazy.

    Great hub though, thanks for informing me about the bagel fad...had no idea.

    Voted up as interesting