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2012-12-01 11:57:25 AM  
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

This looks like a Fallout fanatic's wet dream. Hell I'd take one. Captures the 1950s Sci-Fi perfectly.
 
2012-12-01 01:31:28 PM  
Buckyballs were specifically marketed for adults. If you're dumb enough to give them to your kids maybe removing the snowflakes from the gene pool is the right thing to do.
 
2012-12-01 02:34:28 PM  

scottydoesntknow: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x611]

This looks like a Fallout fanatic's wet dream. Hell I'd take one. Captures the 1950s Sci-Fi perfectly.


I've already been all over eBay, these things are harder to find than Lindsay Lohan's sobriety.
 
2012-12-01 02:42:00 PM  
i236.photobucket.com

Does not approve.
 
2012-12-01 02:49:38 PM  
Super Happy Fun Ball not on the list?
 
2012-12-01 03:10:42 PM  

Lsherm: scottydoesntknow: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x611]

This looks like a Fallout fanatic's wet dream. Hell I'd take one. Captures the 1950s Sci-Fi perfectly.

I've already been all over eBay, these things are harder to find than Lindsay Lohan's sobriety.


And if you ever find one, especially in the condition as pictured, they start around $5000
 
2012-12-01 03:19:02 PM  
also, it should be noted that a lot of these items weren't "banned" but rather recalled, or discontinued due to lack of sales.


The atomic energy lab thing sold for close to $100, in 1951.
I dont feel like adjusting that rate for inflation, but that was hella 'spensive back then. It would most likely be purchased by a school districts science program rather than an individual
 
2012-12-01 03:32:54 PM  
I don't know, some of those don't seem unreasonable to ban.
 
2012-12-01 03:42:10 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: also, it should be noted that a lot of these items weren't "banned" but rather recalled, or discontinued due to lack of sales.


The atomic energy lab thing sold for close to $100, in 1951.
I dont feel like adjusting that rate for inflation, but that was hella 'spensive back then. It would most likely be purchased by a school districts science program rather than an individual


It is close to $900 in 2012 dollars.
 
2012-12-01 03:43:12 PM  
Obligatory: Link
 
2012-12-01 03:44:41 PM  
Lawn darts were awesome....especially seeing how high you could throw the dart
 
2012-12-01 03:45:04 PM  
I miss the old Erector sets. If you were a smart, creative kid, you kid build damn near anything. As a plus, the edges were so sharp that you could defend yourself from neighborhood bullies
 
2012-12-01 03:46:10 PM  
My uncle still has a jart stuck in his head from the seventies that they couldn't remove. It's red; comes out the back of his ear.
 
2012-12-01 03:46:50 PM  
I kind of understood all of them except the Dick Tracy action figure. They didn't describe anything harmful about it.
 
2012-12-01 03:49:33 PM  
THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS!

/still waiting for Buzzsaw Babies and Polly Pukes-A-Lot
 
2012-12-01 03:52:21 PM  
When I worked for the ES&H department of a research university, our radiation safety group had one child's toy from the 20's that was basically a kaleidoscope with a small radium chip inside. That's right kids, get a good gamma dose right in the eye. Fun for the whole family!

/The radium water and codpieces for virility were probably a bad idea too
 
2012-12-01 03:53:22 PM  
I am thinking that some horny teenage boy saw potential for a "whole lotta fun" with the Snack Time Cabbage Patch Kid and that it ended very very poorly
 
2012-12-01 03:53:25 PM  
I had one of those belt buckle pistols when I was a youngster. Back then, I didn't have enough fat on me for the thing to work. Now I wish I had one. I've put on a few pounds ....
 
2012-12-01 03:54:29 PM  
Another "want" vote for the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab. I'd love to see the instruction manual in pdf format.
 
2012-12-01 03:56:00 PM  

tweek46420: Lawn darts were awesome....especially seeing how high you could throw the dart


We used to use my sisters hula hoops and throw them over the house, teams of two, one member of each team on each side of the house.

5 points for in the ring, 2 points for within a foot length.

I still have 'em in the back shed.
 
2012-12-01 03:56:14 PM  
But how am I supposed to pretend to be Jim West without the belt buckle gun?
 
2012-12-01 03:56:39 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-01 03:57:01 PM  
I made my own toys. By heating sheets of plastic until they were molten and slapping them on a mold.

www.spookshows.com
 
2012-12-01 03:57:37 PM  
Original Clackers

www.sampa.com
 
2012-12-01 03:57:53 PM  
The belt buckle derringer was cool as hell and I loved mine.

Greenie Stick-em caps FTW!
 
2012-12-01 03:58:03 PM  
You call that dangerous? Here's dangerous. Loved playing with this when I was a kid.

///was my dad's when he was a kid
//managed to avoid electrocution and serious burns
/still carrying some of that lead around in me though, I'm sure....
 
2012-12-01 03:59:04 PM  
My girlfriend nailed her dad's foot with a lawn dart as a child. She was forbidden to play with them after that.

/csb
 
2012-12-01 03:59:04 PM  
I had both the Thingmaker and Edible Thingmaker, both of which featured a hotplate that got about as hot as a waffle iron, the first to cure a gooey liquid into a rubbery substance in the shape of insects and such, the other hot enough to cook batter in various shapes within minutes. After I ran out of goo and batter, I used them to melt crayons.
 
2012-12-01 03:59:38 PM  
Dangerous was a slingshot and a handful of cherry bombs or M-80s.
 
2012-12-01 04:00:43 PM  
Meh.

www.dangerouslaboratories.org 

Can't afford Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab. Builds nuclear reactor in own shed.
 
2012-12-01 04:01:01 PM  
Yeah, kids are stupid alright. It's kind of their thing. Along with eating small toys, aren't dumb kids also eating those Tide washing machine packets?

Man, I'm glad I wasn't that dumb as a kid.
 
2012-12-01 04:01:04 PM  
keithroysdon.files.wordpress.com

Monster special Thingmaker. 

/hot, like Thingmaker.
 
2012-12-01 04:01:06 PM  

buckler: I had both the Thingmaker and Edible Thingmaker, both of which featured a hotplate that got about as hot as a waffle iron, the first to cure a gooey liquid into a rubbery substance in the shape of insects and such, the other hot enough to cook batter in various shapes within minutes. After I ran out of goo and batter, I used them to melt crayons.


I used the edge of my parents' wood stove.
 
2012-12-01 04:02:04 PM  

HotWingAgenda: I kind of understood all of them except the Dick Tracy action figure. They didn't describe anything harmful about it.


he's got action razor blades that slit out from his arms.

Wait, that might be JOHNNY SWITCHBLADE, ADVENTURE PUNK

bbsimg.ngfiles.com
 
2012-12-01 04:02:12 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: [i236.photobucket.com image 336x357]

Does not approve.


I've heard some of their other offerings are quite entertaining.
 
2012-12-01 04:02:28 PM  
OK, radiation, I can see that...burnt crotches, rarely fun...doll that eats people, okay, I'm not seeing anything really...

Wait...children's books. Farking children's books?! How many farking pages of a book does one have to eat to get a level of lead that even registers, given the microscopic amounts of ink it actually takes to print a book?
 
2012-12-01 04:02:40 PM  

CptnSpldng: Dangerous was a slingshot and a handful of cherry bombs or M-80s.


Heh. When I was a kid, we'd all get together at my grandpa's farm on the 4th. My uncles would send each of the kids off with a bucket full of firecrackers and bottle rockets, and a lit cigarette to use on the fuses.
They'd also give you a sip of beer if your mom wasn't watching.

/They'd probably go to jail for that now
//Yes, I have a lawn, and you shouldn't be on it.
 
2012-12-01 04:02:47 PM  

buckler: I had both the Thingmaker and Edible Thingmaker, both of which featured a hotplate that got about as hot as a waffle iron, the first to cure a gooey liquid into a rubbery substance in the shape of insects and such, the other hot enough to cook batter in various shapes within minutes. After I ran out of goo and batter, I used them to melt crayons.


Creepy Crawler sets were the best. Really hot, and that great chemical factory smell, plus if you were good at mixing colors it was possible to make extremely realistic looking insects.
 
2012-12-01 04:03:17 PM  

reklamfox: Yeah, kids are stupid alright. It's kind of their thing. Along with eating small toys, aren't dumb kids also eating those Tide washing machine packets?

Man, I'm glad I wasn't that dumb as a kid.


My friend's fiancee was dumb enough to put one of these into the dishwasher with the wrapper still on. I saw it at the bottom of the dishwasher, wrapper intact. She's not the brightest bulb in the fixture.

www.staticwhich.co.uk
 
2012-12-01 04:04:31 PM  
FTFA: One of the four uranium ores included was Po-210 (Polonium)...

Dear Mr. DiSabitino,

Please learn how to read the periodic table.

Thank you.
 
2012-12-01 04:04:33 PM  

johnnygew: Original Clackers


I had a couple sets of those, clear red ones and solid baby blue ones. Knocked the crap out of my knuckles a few times but it didn't take long to get the hang of it.
 
2012-12-01 04:07:44 PM  

tweek46420: Lawn darts were awesome....especially seeing how high you could throw the dart


We decided it would be cool to see if we could throw them over the house. I was on one side of the house, my big brother on the other.

God dad was pissed when he had to patch the roof.

/we didn't get them back after that
 
2012-12-01 04:07:51 PM  

FightDirector: How many farking pages of a book does one have to eat to get a level of lead that even registers, given the microscopic amounts of ink it actually takes to print a book?


Are you a Chinaman?
 
2012-12-01 04:09:01 PM  

pxlboy: reklamfox: Yeah, kids are stupid alright. It's kind of their thing. Along with eating small toys, aren't dumb kids also eating those Tide washing machine packets?

Man, I'm glad I wasn't that dumb as a kid.

My friend's fiancee was dumb enough to put one of these into the dishwasher with the wrapper still on. I saw it at the bottom of the dishwasher, wrapper intact. She's not the brightest bulb in the fixture.

[www.staticwhich.co.uk image 246x158]


To be fair, there's a competing brand that makes something like that with a dissolvable wrapper that you have to leave on.
 
2012-12-01 04:09:44 PM  

Mugato: FightDirector: How many farking pages of a book does one have to eat to get a level of lead that even registers, given the microscopic amounts of ink it actually takes to print a book?

Are you a Chinaman?


In China, each letter would be individually punched from lead foil and glued to the page with toxic adhesive by child slave labor.
 
2012-12-01 04:12:28 PM  

tweek46420: Lawn darts were awesome....especially seeing how high you could throw the dart


I managed to punch a hole in the roof of my dad's car with a Jart once. Amazingly, he let me live.
 
2012-12-01 04:13:39 PM  

Invisible Pedestrian: Eddie Adams from Torrance: [i236.photobucket.com image 336x357]

Does not approve.

I've heard some of their other offerings are quite entertaining.


Looks like its a side effect of the law aimed at chinese lead filled toys
 
2012-12-01 04:13:44 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: [i236.photobucket.com image 336x357]

Does not approve.


userserve-ak.last.fm

Also does not approve.
 
2012-12-01 04:14:31 PM  

pxlboy: reklamfox: Yeah, kids are stupid alright. It's kind of their thing. Along with eating small toys, aren't dumb kids also eating those Tide washing machine packets?

Man, I'm glad I wasn't that dumb as a kid.

My friend's fiancee was dumb enough to put one of these into the dishwasher with the wrapper still on. I saw it at the bottom of the dishwasher, wrapper intact. She's not the brightest bulb in the fixture.

[www.staticwhich.co.uk image 246x158]


It would not be unreasonable to assume that the plastic wrapping dissolves in water.
 
2012-12-01 04:15:54 PM  
I understand lead paint used on toys being banned but books? By the time a kid is old enough to read on his own, they should have outgrown the "puts everything in mouth" phase, if not, then you have bigger problems that lead poisoning.
 
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