Proof the New York Times style section has been trolling us all along

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This is it — the last straw. No longer can we pretend The New York Times' style section isn't just outright trolling us all. Now that $350 hobo bags on sticks have made it into the Gray Lady's pages, one can't help but look twice at some of their past features and wonder, is this all a joke?

The answer: Yes. Yes, it is. Below, a selection of the Times' most ridiculous style section trend pieces. Jeva Lange

Hobo Chic From the Bindle Bros. of Brooklyn

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"You can fit any physical objects in a bindle," Josiah said. "But bindles are really meant for your hopes and your dreams."

Bringing Exclusivity to Dogs, and Owners

"Don't worry," Ms. Simon Frost added when we were back inside, where other dogs were undergoing interviews. "Your dog will get into a good college."

How I Became a Hipster

Next I told Rich: "I could also use some mustache counseling. My boyfriend has been growing a 'stache and I want to be supportive." Rich looked confused. I said, "Well, it is sort of like having a small, hairy new pet in the home." Rich counseled: Enjoy the 'stache. Honor the 'stache.

Oh, How the Humble Has Risen

"For some reason when you go to a restaurant and they have a kale salad on the menu, you automatically accept that it's a cool spot," said Chelsea Leyland, a D.J. and downtown fixture. "It's like playing the right music of the moment. It gives it that stamp of coolness."

Should Grown Men Use Emoji?

"Women tend to be more overtly expressive in language," he said. "But something women start in language has a way of making it to men. Men would benefit from using emoji more."

The Only Witches' Brew Here Is the Beer

Ms. Carpenter stressed that there was nothing sinister or cultlike about the group. "We're not 'Helter Skelter,'" she said. "But there's a bond between us. Calling ourselves witches is cool because witches used to be shunned."

Women Who Dye Their (Armpit) Hair

"One woman came in to get them done because she was going on a family vacation and wanted to freak out her in-laws," Ms. Hunt said.

One Part Mr. Peanut, One Part Hipster Chic

"I got it just to have my own style, bring something new to the table," said Jose Vega, 23, an aspiring Miami rap musician who can be seen sporting a monocle on his SoundCloud page. "Also, I'm nearsighted."

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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.