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2012-12-01 05:11:15 PM  
Would you like to know more?
 
2012-12-01 05:11:25 PM  

Rufus Lee King: MelGoesOnTour: And now that I think about it....are "caps" still available for sale? That is, those things you could either put in a cap-gun or smash the whole wad with a hammer and start a fire?

I found some at Dollar General for my recently-acquired "Rifleman" cap-shooter. However, those caps are not like the ones you might remember from your childhood. Wimpy as hell, I'm talking. They hardly make any noise at all.


My husband just bought a lot of vintage cap guns today at an auction (love the dueling pistols, the boys are playing pirates). It's just a hammer that slams onto an open depression. What do you use, surely not crappy red paper caps?

We also have a set of Jarts in the box, will sell to highest bidder.
 
2012-12-01 05:12:22 PM  
 
2012-12-01 05:12:29 PM  

buckler: ongbok: WTF is that? Fisher Price "My first tattoo" kit?

The head contained a battery, motor and spinning weight that would cause the pen to vibrate around, making loops and squiggles as you wrote/drew.


Sounds like a tattoo gun to me.
 
2012-12-01 05:13:21 PM  
johnnygew:
Original Clackers

Trixie212:
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.

Did you also get the hang of using them and not having them shatter into a bunch of sharp bits of shrapnel?

It wasn't the using that mattered - it was the exploding. I had a set of orange Clackers until they decided to give up the ghost. We found a piece stuck in the ceiling...

clackclackclackclackclackclackCRACKowowowow... 

/Had a Thingmaker, a Gilbert Chemistry set, and a number of other fun toys back then
 
2012-12-01 05:15:11 PM  

DaCaptain19: Mugato: I don't know, some of those don't seem unreasonable to ban.

This. Whenever you can go through your own chemistry set, and come upon something Iran would be interested in obtaining...not a good sign.


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2012-12-01 05:17:21 PM  

Thosw: Rufus Lee King: This was one of my favorite toys way back when. At some point, a kid managed to drown himself with one. Tragic, of course, but who knew such a thing was possible?
]

I'm currently reading Triggerfish Twist and a character was actually killed with one of those.

/Serge is twisted, but amusing at times.


That is perhaps my favorite Tim Dorsey book.
 
2012-12-01 05:17:54 PM  

BigNumber12: lordargent: pxlboy: My friend's fiancee was dumb enough to put one of these into the dishwasher with the wrapper still on.

Speaking of which, I never understood why those were even necessary. Even the old ass dishwasher from the 80s (that I just replaced) had a dispenser on the inside to just pour the liquid/solid into. Why do we need individually packaged detergent servings?


More idiot-proof. More expensive. Pre-metered doses don't allow you to use less product for lighter loads. What's not to love?


I don't know, liquid soap gets messy by the end of the bottle, and powdered soap is a nightmare. I pay extra for those things because ultimately, it keeps the cabinet I store detergent in cleaner.
 
2012-12-01 05:18:43 PM  
BigNumber12 : More idiot-proof. More expensive. Pre-metered doses don't allow you to use less product for lighter loads. What's not to love?

Yup.

I don't even fill the dispenser in my washing machine, because most days, I sit at a desk all day.

// when I wash my paintball or hiking clothing though, fill er up.
 
2012-12-01 05:20:26 PM  

talkertopc: Another "want" vote for the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab. I'd love to see the instruction manual in pdf format.


They were all snapped up by some little guy wearing a brass spittoon, muttering about needing to remove Earth because it obstructs his view of Venus.
 
2012-12-01 05:24:42 PM  
I own a Geiger counter. I use it to scan any dildos that I buy that are made in China. Don't need any plutonium 238 in the old pooper.
 
2012-12-01 05:26:59 PM  
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In contries that had sensible natural selection policies for children, unlike the US, Jetfire's gun shot a little plastic missile. And shot well.
 
2012-12-01 05:28:04 PM  
a comic called "Dagwood Spits The Atom"

Why would Dagwood spit atoms? Do they taste bad?


Once swallowed the coating on the dots could become gamma hydroxybutyrate, which can cause seizures, unconsciousness and drowsiness.

GHB toys?? These kids are going to grow up to be ravers.
 
2012-12-01 05:30:02 PM  

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


And a pocket full of marbles.

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2012-12-01 05:30:38 PM  

lordargent: pxlboy: My friend's fiancee was dumb enough to put one of these into the dishwasher with the wrapper still on.

Maybe she thought it was one of those one shot packages where it dissolves.



Speaking of which, that last image reminds me of another toy that's on the way to banning (once they're done with buckyballs).

Water balz (or generically "water beads")

Polymer balls that absorb water and expand (and they have a consistency close to those rubber bouncy balls that are sold in vending machines, just more brittle).



Some kid ate one and it expanded in their intestines and blocked it, required surgery to remove.

And this kid, is below the recommended age bracket.


// the evil side of me wonders what these things would do in plumbing


It was in a wrapper. Anyway, the more I have gotten to know her, the dumber she seems.
 
2012-12-01 05:32:20 PM  

lordargent: BigNumber12 : More idiot-proof. More expensive. Pre-metered doses don't allow you to use less product for lighter loads. What's not to love?

Yup.

I don't even fill the dispenser in my washing machine, because most days, I sit at a desk all day.

// when I wash my paintball or hiking clothing though, fill er up.


How come you're the only one who can't figure out the quote button?
 
2012-12-01 05:35:59 PM  

talkertopc: Another "want" vote for the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab. I'd love to see the instruction manual in pdf format.


It's out there. I found a site via google (first result using 'gilbert atomic energy lab manual pdf'), but the word salad on there made me really hesitant to try downloading it.
 
2012-12-01 05:41:16 PM  
Lawn darts were great. As long as you were paying attention.
 
2012-12-01 05:45:53 PM  

SN1987a goes boom: 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.


Thanks for that. I was mobile farking earlier and between brewery tasks. kinda rushing for fark comments.

another thing about that kit is that part of it's experiment set is a "cloud generator." that uses medical grade ethanol that is evaporated in a sealed enclosure, Dry ice is put underneath it, and the super chill causes the ethanol vapors to from a haze on the bottom of the enclosure that will show the radiation bursting from the radioactive samples that you place in the chamber.

my local science museum has a very large one to demonstrate the existence o sub atomic particles and cosmic radiation. very cool to just sit there and watch these random streaks appear in the haze.

I've built a couple of them myself with plastic snack boxes. Use the sensor from a smoke detector as a piece of sample material. it contains Americounim ro what every that isotope is called/spelled.
 
2012-12-01 05:50:53 PM  

Tickle Mittens: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 558x640]
In contries that had sensible natural selection policies for children, unlike the US, Jetfire's gun shot a little plastic missile. And shot well.


Jetfire, AKA VF-01 Valkyrie.

i33.photobucket.com

*cough*RIPOFF*cough*
 
2012-12-01 05:51:00 PM  

FightDirector: 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?


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2012-12-01 05:51:06 PM  

lordargent: pxlboy: My friend's fiancee was dumb enough to put one of these into the dishwasher with the wrapper still on.

Maybe she thought it was one of those one shot packages where it dissolves.

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Speaking of which, that last image reminds me of another toy that's on the way to banning (once they're done with buckyballs).

Water balz (or generically "water beads")

Polymer balls that absorb water and expand (and they have a consistency close to those rubber bouncy balls that are sold in vending machines, just more brittle).

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Some kid ate one and it expanded in their intestines and blocked it, required surgery to remove.

And this kid, is below the recommended age bracket.
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// the evil side of me wonders what these things would do in plumbing


or an ex's gas tank :)
 
2012-12-01 06:00:08 PM  

pedobearapproved: or an ex's gas tank :)


Assuming it uses a semipermeable membrane, shouldn't do anything to a gas tank. Could be really exciting in a radiator, though.

As far as the detergent-in-a-pouch things, I find they work much better than regular detergent. Not only does it have 3-4 different kinds of cleaner in it, but some of it's in a separate pack within the pouch, presumably so that it takes longer to dissolve.

Kind of like why take capsules, when you could just buy medicine in liquid form?
 
2012-12-01 06:03:48 PM  
But the Doc said that in 1955, Plutonium was a little hard to come by!

I guess he wasn't looking in the childrens toy department. :)
 
2012-12-01 06:10:50 PM  
I miss my Big Electric Cat Kit.
 
2012-12-01 06:13:17 PM  

Southern100: But the Doc said that in 1955, Plutonium was a little hard to come by!

I guess he wasn't looking in the childrens toy department. :)


1955... this product was off the market by 1952. and the quantities in the kit were too cost prohibitive and small to work in the Flux capacitor.. it would probably only get moved in time by a couple of weeks at the most.
 
2012-12-01 06:16:36 PM  
I had one of these - it was a blast.

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2012-12-01 06:17:52 PM  
CSB
My best freind's birthday party on Easter sunday. He and I are playing lawn darts and I heave one skyward. Noticing it's going to land close to my BF I yell for him to run. BF runs the wrong way and gets hit square in the top of his head. ER and 4 stitches later I had put quite the damper on the party.
 
2012-12-01 06:19:40 PM  
Many moons ago - probably early 70's - I remember my parents giving me a toy rocket car that you pressurized with (presumably) aerosol can (or dichloroflouromethane). It literally had a rocket tube and nozzle, into which you inserted a tube from the can. When it was full you put it down, pulled out the tube and watched it scream down the street, leaving a white cloud in its wake. Anyone else have one of these?

(I tried a variety of searches on Google but no luck)
 
2012-12-01 06:25:14 PM  
 
2012-12-01 06:25:31 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: 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?

You're not allowed to question regulations. They're for the children, and no amount of common sense (or impulse to preserve children's literature) will be allowed in the way.



Besides, how else would you get people to voluntarily burn/destroy the majority of books? AND without making any Farenheit 51 remarks either! Easy peasy. Totally brilliant!
 
2012-12-01 06:26:23 PM  

Rufus Lee King: RatMaster999: FightDirector: 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?

I dunno from "The Hardy Boys", but I was really into "Brains Benton" and "The Power Bottom Boys". I had no idea that lead was in any way involved in the printing process. You learn something new every day.

Doesn't seem to have done me any harmeeEYATTAHOOTIE!!!

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2012-12-01 06:26:42 PM  

cirby: johnnygew:
Original Clackers

Trixie212:
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.

Did you also get the hang of using them and not having them shatter into a bunch of sharp bits of shrapnel?

It wasn't the using that mattered - it was the exploding. I had a set of orange Clackers until they decided to give up the ghost. We found a piece stuck in the ceiling...

clackclackclackclackclackclackCRACKowowowow... 

/Had a Thingmaker, a Gilbert Chemistry set, and a number of other fun toys back then


The red ones didn't completely shatter but I knocked a few slivers off of them.
 
2012-12-01 06:33:00 PM  
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2012-12-01 06:34:25 PM  
nytmare: How come you're the only one who can't figure out the quote button?

1) I was doing my quoting before the quote button existed.

2) I don't like the quoting that the quote button does (I don't think that italic text is enough to differentiate quoted text).

3) After doing it this way for over a decade on Fark, it's basically a force of habit now, similar to how 3Horn signs his posts.

4) Get over it, it's a muted font color on a web page, and it's not like I quoted in red. Feel free to add me to your ignore list and you won't have to stress over it. It won't bother me at all.
 
2012-12-01 06:36:23 PM  

fusillade762: a comic called "Dagwood Spits The Atom"

Why would Dagwood spit atoms? Do they taste bad?


Once swallowed the coating on the dots could become gamma hydroxybutyrate, which can cause seizures, unconsciousness and drowsiness.

GHB toys?? These kids are going to grow up to be ravers.


Or date rape victims.
 
2012-12-01 06:42:53 PM  

Southern100: I had one of these - it was a blast.

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I had one too. I wasn't too bright and got tired of following the instructions, so I just ran random wires to things. It didn't work too well after that.
 
2012-12-01 06:42:57 PM  
I started buying Jarts at garage sales and flea markets in the late 70's. Still have a couple sets out in the back garage. Foolishly gave a few sets away to friends that I later learned disposed of them because of stupid.
 
2012-12-01 06:59:07 PM  
Huntceet:
I started buying Jarts at garage sales and flea markets in the late 70's. Still have a couple sets out in the back garage. Foolishly gave a few sets away to friends that I later learned disposed of them because of stupid.

I'm surprised nobody's made up a set of plans for "homebrew Jarts". A few standard bits of hardware, slap on a set of fins, and voila!
 
2012-12-01 07:03:22 PM  

cirby: Huntceet:
I started buying Jarts at garage sales and flea markets in the late 70's. Still have a couple sets out in the back garage. Foolishly gave a few sets away to friends that I later learned disposed of them because of stupid.

I'm surprised nobody's made up a set of plans for "homebrew Jarts". A few standard bits of hardware, slap on a set of fins, and voila!


people do do that, and Jarts are only banned in the US.. there is a big homebrew market and Jart leagues that are very active here in the US..

you can't sell Jarts Directlly in the US, but you can buy all the parts and put them together yourself.

this was all mentioned up thread.
 
2012-12-01 07:05:26 PM  
A few times, when I've mentioned to friends that we had lawn darts, they look at me like I'm lucky to be alive. Then someone said, "Aren't you supposed to play catch with them?"

Lawn darts. Catch.

"No, there's a ring you put on the ground. You're supposed to throw it into the ring. You don't play catch with darts, as far as I know."

"Oh..."

The weird thing is, I've started seeing that show up in a few articles and even in a book or two - that lawn darts were for playing catch. I think people have heard about the dangers of lawn darts for so long that they started presuming the toy was dangerous as designed, rather than a toy with unforeseen risks for people who used them improperly.

Our lawn darts looked like http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Lawndarts.jpg. Note the squared-off point. You might get a hell of a bruise, but I doubt that thing could pierce anything. Not unless you dropped it from a cloud.
 
2012-12-01 07:09:22 PM  

RatMaster999: [sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 720x720]


I have frequently wondered what would happen if you put a Cthulhu mythos book-on-tape into a Teddy Ruxpin. Mind you, I'm also the same guy that wanted to cover an entire room in an art gallery with Furbies. Imagine walking through that...
 
2012-12-01 07:09:38 PM  

cirby: I'm surprised nobody's made up a set of plans for "homebrew Jarts". A few standard bits of hardware, slap on a set of fins, and voila!


DIY Jarts Video

There's more via GIS
 
2012-12-01 07:10:51 PM  

louiedog: lordargent: pxlboy: My friend's fiancee was dumb enough to put one of these into the dishwasher with the wrapper still on.

Speaking of which, I never understood why those were even necessary. Even the old ass dishwasher from the 80s (that I just replaced) had a dispenser on the inside to just pour the liquid/solid into. Why do we need individually packaged detergent servings?

// some of the GIS images I posted might have been detergent for clothes washers, but still, detergent packs for dishwashers do exist.

// my new washer also has a dispenser built in

I don't know what's in them, but those individual detergent packs work way better than any combination of liquid/powder detergent and rinse aids that I've tried since phosphates have been removed from consumer detergents here in the US. I got a sample pack of two in the mail and the next two loads that came out of my dishwasher were the cleanest I've seen in a long time. I may buy them when I run out of my current stuff.


It's the same stuff, just premeasured because dishwasher detergent is super concentrated and people tend to use too much, leaving residue and water spots. A scant tablespoon will take care of an entire load of dishes. The dissolving packaging probably also does a 'timed release'.
 
2012-12-01 07:15:30 PM  

peasandcarrots: A few times, when I've mentioned to friends that we had lawn darts, they look at me like I'm lucky to be alive. Then someone said, "Aren't you supposed to play catch with them?"

Lawn darts. Catch.

"No, there's a ring you put on the ground. You're supposed to throw it into the ring. You don't play catch with darts, as far as I know."

"Oh..."

The weird thing is, I've started seeing that show up in a few articles and even in a book or two - that lawn darts were for playing catch. I think people have heard about the dangers of lawn darts for so long that they started presuming the toy was dangerous as designed, rather than a toy with unforeseen risks for people who used them improperly.

Our lawn darts looked like http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Lawndarts.jpg. Note the squared-off point. You might get a hell of a bruise, but I doubt that thing could pierce anything. Not unless you dropped it from a cloud.


WHAT THE F***!!!!! Catch?!??!?

Oh my god. That makes me want to get some, sharpen up the points, and start selling them. Just to see who'd really be that dumb.
 
2012-12-01 07:17:34 PM  
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I can't wait for next month when we get the "classic cereals", "classic candy bars" or "beers I like" thread.
 
2012-12-01 07:28:42 PM  

cirby: Huntceet:
I started buying Jarts at garage sales and flea markets in the late 70's. Still have a couple sets out in the back garage. Foolishly gave a few sets away to friends that I later learned disposed of them because of stupid.

I'm surprised nobody's made up a set of plans for "homebrew Jarts". A few standard bits of hardware, slap on a set of fins, and voila!


I read that as "homebrew Jews" at first and was like "Whooa... Wait a minute"
 
2012-12-01 07:30:33 PM  
When I was a kid, late 60s (1960s smartasses) I had a rocket powered car. It was the size of a normal model car. Power was provided by these round brown things the size of a penny, maybe thick as 3-4 pennies stacked. You'd pop a fuse into the engine in the back of the car, add the propellant, light the fuse, and enjoy.

/ Bet ya can't get those anymore either
// Surprised model rockets (Estes etc) are still available
/// A C engine fits nicely into the neck of a beer bottle, tape a stick to it and it's somewhat stable
 
2012-12-01 07:32:12 PM  

Gyrfalcon: peasandcarrots: A few times, when I've mentioned to friends that we had lawn darts, they look at me like I'm lucky to be alive. Then someone said, "Aren't you supposed to play catch with them?"

Lawn darts. Catch.

"No, there's a ring you put on the ground. You're supposed to throw it into the ring. You don't play catch with darts, as far as I know."

"Oh..."

The weird thing is, I've started seeing that show up in a few articles and even in a book or two - that lawn darts were for playing catch. I think people have heard about the dangers of lawn darts for so long that they started presuming the toy was dangerous as designed, rather than a toy with unforeseen risks for people who used them improperly.

Our lawn darts looked like http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Lawndarts.jpg. Note the squared-off point. You might get a hell of a bruise, but I doubt that thing could pierce anything. Not unless you dropped it from a cloud.

WHAT THE F***!!!!! Catch?!??!?

Oh my god. That makes me want to get some, sharpen up the points, and start selling them. Just to see who'd really be that dumb.


You can actually get lawn darts form England, there's some loophole in the law so they can't sell full sets but they can sell you REPLACEMENT PARTS... you just order enough replacement parts to get a full set.

/And no... they're not for catch. They're for throwing AT little Timmy from next door... heh heh heh
 
2012-12-01 07:33:22 PM  

Snotnose: When I was a kid, late 60s (1960s smartasses) I had a rocket powered car. It was the size of a normal model car. Power was provided by these round brown things the size of a penny, maybe thick as 3-4 pennies stacked. You'd pop a fuse into the engine in the back of the car, add the propellant, light the fuse, and enjoy.

/ Bet ya can't get those anymore either
// Surprised model rockets (Estes etc) are still available
/// A C engine fits nicely into the neck of a beer bottle, tape a stick to it and it's somewhat stable


The model rockets were never marketed as toys. They were marketed as model rockets for hobbyist. Plus you have a bunch of grown ass people that are into the hobby. That is the reason why they never went away.
 
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