December 14th, 2006

Incentive!

All the cool toys get recalled

The 10 most dangerous play things of all time

Of course, Jarts, aka lawn darts, are number one. That's a gimme. I loved their description of how they're used - because that's *exactly* how I used them as a kid. We used to have contests to see who could fling one STRAIGHT UP the highest, and then who got it stuck the deepest into the ground. I'd hold it by the tail with both hands, swing it back between my legs, and then whip it forward and up - letting it go, falling on my ass half the time from the force I'd use. Then get up and run like hell, trying to keep an eye on it as it came down. ;-) Or tossing it over the house was always fun. With someone on the other side to toss it back.

But how much of a geek am I to think that #2, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, is WICKED COOL! I would've loved getting that as a kid. NUKES! I was also the kind of kid who'd make dangerous stuff with my chemistry set. :-)

Watch the video for #8, the Johnny Reb Cannon - the very last line kills me. "Remember every boy wants a RemCo Toy! ... and so do girls." Oh, yeah, girls, might as well see if any of them want our shit.

#9 - man, I remember when that happened! All the toys lost their cool missile launchers. I was big into Micronauts (no pun intended) and suddenly they went from having working missiles to being crippled. They'd just glue the missiles in place - or leave out the firing springs so you could remove the missile, but not fire it. Or change it so it'd fire - but remain captive, so it just shot forward an inch.