IN CASE YOU MAY HAVE WONDERED HOW THIS TREND BEGAN: A man notices that his co-worker is wearing an earring. This man knows his co-worker to be a normally conservative fellow, and is curious about his sudden change in "fashion sense." "So," he says, "I didn't know you were into earrings." "Don't make a big deal of it, it's only an earring," the co-worker replies peevishly. His friend falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods him to say, "So, how long have you been wearing one?" "Ever since my wife found it in my truck."