We may never know for sure why the dinosaurs went extinct or what happened to Jimmy Hoffa. But thanks to an exhaustive investigation by the Slate writer Forrest Wickman, we now know when teens started wearing their backpacks with two straps instead of one.
In a two-page article that features pie charts, photos, videos and interviews with former one-strappers, Wickman attempts to get to the bottom of when it became cooler to use two straps instead of one.
The article, deliberately over the top and oh so serious, includes some legitimately fascinating anecdotes, especially for anyone who fretted over whether they should risk future back problems in the name of fashion.
Inspired by the "21 Jump Street" movie, in which the two characters debate the relative coolness of one-strap versus two, Wickman conducted his own research, "speaking with 75 ex-students and students from all over the country, spanning 60 years of high-schoolers — from the class of 1965 to the class of 2026."
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