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Have you 'mocked' this summer? Growing hammock craze sweeps Minneapolis

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If you hear the phrase "wanna mock" in Minneapolis this summer, you're not about to be on the receiving end of a pithy putdown.

No, "mocking" is apparently what the kids are calling "hammocking" (itself a neologism of the noun "hammock"), a trend which has exploded in popularity this year on Minneapolis' Chain of Lakes, according to WCCO.

So what is it? Well ... it's basically hanging a hammock from a tree – ideally among a group of friends – and lying in it.

While it's been a niche activity for many years in Minneapolis, the TV station reports it's been taken on by groups of teenagers across the city, noting that on certain days the Rose Garden by Lake Harriet resembles a hammock city as they, erm, "hang out" in the sunshine.

"It’s really relaxing," mocker Maddie Salazar told the station. "All your friends are together so you can talk to everyone pretty easily."

As many of you will know (because why wouldn't you?) Wednesday is National Hammock Day – or "Swayday" as it's been coined – which will be marked by a gathering of mockers from 4 p.m. at Lake Nokomis, where Minnehaha Creek meets the lake, according to a Facebook event page.

The burgeoning trend has a champion in the form of the Hammock Initiative – a group created in Fargo that had its first collegiate branch at NDSU, but has since been spreading to colleges across the country, The Spectrum notes.

Mocking has been helped to grow, the Star Tribune notes, because of a "desire for community" and new advances in hammock technology that means lightweight nylon hammocks weighing barely a pound can be picked up for less than $100.

Organizing Wednesday's event is Minnesota's "hammbassador" Benjamin Davis, who was unsurprisingly relaxed about the expected turnout.

"We're not too ambitious about it," the 25-year-old told the Star Tribune. "If you spend too much time and energy on this, that defeats the point."

The craze has reached a point that MinnPost reported earlier this month some sporting goods stores can't keep up with the demand among high schoolers and middle schoolers hoping to "hang" with friends and listen to music – or nature – while swaying gently from a tree.

"I like being with my friends and hanging in trees is cool, and you can swing and listen to music and it’s just really fun," Minneapolis youth Tess Lynville told the website. "It’s good to be with your friends in a circle, because you can all see each other and we’re not always on our phones all the time."

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