If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Buzzfeed)   Eight classic, wonderful toys that were banned forever because children are stupid and hurt themselves with lawn darts   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 192
    More: Sad, Dick Tracy, soprano, Polly Pocket  
•       •       •

26726 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Dec 2012 at 3:34 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



192 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread
 
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.
 
2012-12-01 04:17:32 PM
One of the four uranium ores included was Po-210 (Polonium)


Chemistry - apparently not taught in high school anymore.


The Madd Mann: Dear Mr. DiSabitino,

Please learn how to read the periodic table.

Thank you.


Furthermore, you're doing nothing to reverse the world's perception of us as morons. Kindly shut up.

Love,

The Rest of America
 
2012-12-01 04:19:43 PM
Meh. I saw not ONE mention of GI Joe and "The Eight Ropes of Danger".
 
2012-12-01 04:20:13 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]


that is awesome. reminds me of a girl Brian on Family Guy was dating. she would call Brian with questions like "how does Cheers & Jeers in the TV Guide work?". voiced by Drew Barrymore. what a great character.
 
2012-12-01 04:20:58 PM

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?

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 500x430]

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 240x180]


I remember that. The smiley-face "safety" hood came off, and the wild hose managed to whack a kid square in the mouth and lodged there, pouring water into his lungs.
 
2012-12-01 04:22:17 PM
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?
 
2012-12-01 04:22:29 PM

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


I was wondering about the ages 4 and up rating. It seems that little knife would go straight into the mouth.
 
2012-12-01 04:23:32 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?


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.
 
2012-12-01 04:24:36 PM

Cerebral Knievel: 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


Hhheeeeyyyyy, that's about 10x of what Lindsay Lohan is worth!
 
2012-12-01 04:24:46 PM

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?


It seems so.
 
2012-12-01 04:25:10 PM

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


FTA:
What's that? Steve the Tramp Action Figure sounds lamer than The Soprano's finale? Well you're right, but he wasn't banned for being a snooze fest. The action figure, released along with the 1990 Dick Tracy film, came in a box printed with the phrase "ignorant bum...you'll smell him before you see him." This offended a few people, causing Steve to be kicked to the curb (poor choice of words).

So not harmful, but offensive to smelly bums.
 
2012-12-01 04:25:36 PM

HotWingAgenda: 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.


If you saw how she loaded the dishwasher, you would understand. She has almost zero spatial reasoning skills...or any skills, for that matter. And she's ridiculously-lazy.
 
2012-12-01 04:26:00 PM
I have one of those derringers, but alas, not the buckle or shootin' shell.
 
2012-12-01 04:26:01 PM

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


trivial use of my dark powers: 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.


This. Just got some for myself while I still could, and there are multiple warnings that they are for adults only and are harmful if swallowed; at least 3 on the packaging. When you order from their website there is a big yellow warning that you must set a check box in stating that you will not give them to children or allow them to be left out near children.
 
2012-12-01 04:26:11 PM

pxlboy: HotWingAgenda: 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.

If you saw how she loaded the dishwasher, you would understand. She has almost zero spatial reasoning skills...or any skills, for that matter. And she's ridiculously-lazy.


Sooooo... did you hit it?
 
2012-12-01 04:26:37 PM

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.
 
2012-12-01 04:26:57 PM

buckler: 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?

It seems so.


Hell yes.
 
2012-12-01 04:27:52 PM

The Downfall: pxlboy: HotWingAgenda: 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.

If you saw how she loaded the dishwasher, you would understand. She has almost zero spatial reasoning skills...or any skills, for that matter. And she's ridiculously-lazy.

Sooooo... did you hit it?


Christ no.
 
2012-12-01 04:27:54 PM

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

I was wondering about the ages 4 and up rating. It seems that little knife would go straight into the mouth.


If they did that, they would have to ban like every action figure ever. All GI Joes have things like that, and so do Barbies. TFA just says something about a lame joke on the package.
 
2012-12-01 04:28:05 PM

MelGoesOnTour: Meh. I saw not ONE mention of GI Joe and "The Eight Ropes of Danger".


I have seen Peter North and the Seven Ropes of Danger, but yours sounds a bit, well, gayer.
 
2012-12-01 04:30:25 PM

Teknowaffle: MelGoesOnTour: Meh. I saw not ONE mention of GI Joe and "The Eight Ropes of Danger".

I have seen Peter North and the Seven Ropes of Danger, but yours sounds a bit, well, gayer.


Yeah, I think that Joe comes with "Dutch Rudder Grip".
 
2012-12-01 04:30:31 PM
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.

www.burnetti.comsharing.kxan.comcbsdallas.files.wordpress.com

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).

graphics8.nytimes.com

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.
2.bp.blogspot.com

// the evil side of me wonders what these things would do in plumbing
 
2012-12-01 04:31:47 PM

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

FTA:
What's that? Steve the Tramp Action Figure sounds lamer than The Soprano's finale? Well you're right, but he wasn't banned for being a snooze fest. The action figure, released along with the 1990 Dick Tracy film, came in a box printed with the phrase "ignorant bum...you'll smell him before you see him." This offended a few people, causing Steve to be kicked to the curb (poor choice of words).

So not harmful, but offensive to smelly bums.


Someone was afraid of offending all of the children of homeless people that were going out buying new toys? I don't wanna live in this world any more.
 
2012-12-01 04:33:35 PM

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?

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 500x430]

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 240x180]


i291.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-01 04:34:23 PM
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
 
2012-12-01 04:35:07 PM
I remember my parents got my sister and I one of those slip and slide things. That was stupid of us. The back and front yards are not even surfaces. They also have rocks and other such things; not comfortable to slide unless you find a perfectly level yard.
 
2012-12-01 04:35:48 PM
I want my goddam jarts back governmentards!!

/shakes tiny fist
//misses the lawn jart battles.
 
2012-12-01 04:35:52 PM
David Hahn is furiously fapping to the picture of the Atomic Energy Lab.

He's also probably saying: Damn! That would have saved me from having to steal smoke detectors!
 
2012-12-01 04:36:22 PM

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


I bet the instruction manual glows in the dark.

/Used to own a Seiko self-winding watch with fluorescent dials from radium, I believe. Had it on me 24/7. Wonder when my arm is going to fall off from radiation poisoning.
 
2012-12-01 04:37:17 PM

HotWingAgenda: Someone was afraid of offending all of the children of homeless people that were going out buying new toys?


Don't forget all of the Fark Class Warriors, White Knights, and Advocates-For-People-Who-Never-Asked-For-Their-Help. They need to be offended for someone, damnit. That's, like, activism.
 
2012-12-01 04:39:15 PM

Teknowaffle: MelGoesOnTour: Meh. I saw not ONE mention of GI Joe and "The Eight Ropes of Danger".

I have seen Peter North and the Seven Ropes of Danger, but yours sounds a bit, well, gayer.


ecx.images-amazon.com 

Sheesh....
 
2012-12-01 04:41:17 PM
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

PLUS

s1.jrnl.ie

EQUALS

anongallery.org
 
2012-12-01 04:41:47 PM

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?
 
2012-12-01 04:42:45 PM

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.
 
2012-12-01 04:43:49 PM
"Belt Buckle Derringer Toy Gun" Had one as a kid. Great toy, always good for nailing bad guys who aren't very smart.
 
2012-12-01 04:43:57 PM
www.retroland.com

Now with NEW Super brain cell killing fumes!
 
2012-12-01 04:43:58 PM
Buckyballs were never for kids. They had warnings on them specifically warning parents to keep them away from children.
 
2012-12-01 04:44:37 PM

Gergesa: I remember my parents got my sister and I one of those slip and slide things. That was stupid of us. The back and front yards are not even surfaces. They also have rocks and other such things; not comfortable to slide unless you find a perfectly level yard.


When I was a kid I saw a guy's exposed kneecap because of the slip and slide. There was a big party or something, and it was set up on this hill behind the houses, and apparently unbeknownst to all there was a jagged, rusty metal stake of some sort sticking out of the hill. The guy who hit it wasn't the first to go down the thing by a long shot. Tore his knee wide open. I guess it really wasn't the slip and slide's fault, but after that I refused to go down waterslides of any kind for a long, long time.
 
2012-12-01 04:45:22 PM
snopes re: lead in books etc...

Link
 
2012-12-01 04:50:13 PM
It's not quite the Atomic Energy Lab, but...

/United Nuclear is awesome.
 
2012-12-01 04:54:01 PM

The Southern Dandy: [www.retroland.com image 650x300]

Now with NEW Super brain cell killing fumes!


Man, those things smelled awesome.

/I don't remember my own name.
 
2012-12-01 04:55:24 PM

The Southern Dandy: [www.retroland.com image 650x300]

Now with NEW Super brain cell killing fumes!


I remember that one. Holy shiat did that stuff stink.
 
2012-12-01 04:55:24 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.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x195]

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 850x532]


Heh. The ones I'm thinking of came in a paper roll about an inch in diameter. They worked REALLY well. The fact that the gunpowder was impregnated on a readily combustible paper surface, heh, it's now wonder youngin's* back in the 70's were pyro's.

/ Not Me
 
2012-12-01 04:57:35 PM

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.
 
2012-12-01 04:57:52 PM
Mattel also made a snub nosed 38 special that was banned,it was chrome plated and actual size of the real thing.
It used the the same bullets as the derringer,and greenie stickem caps,some were used in actual robberies,and some kids suffered eye damage due to the plastic bullets,wish I still had mine.
 
2012-12-01 04:58:17 PM

MelGoesOnTour: 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.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x195]

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 850x532]

Heh. The ones I'm thinking of came in a paper roll about an inch in diameter. They worked REALLY well. The fact that the gunpowder was impregnated on a readily combustible paper surface, heh, it's now wonder youngin's* back in the 70's were pyro's.

/ Not Me


I meant "No wonder". Damn typos.
 
2012-12-01 05:03:28 PM

The Southern Dandy: [www.retroland.com image 650x300]

Now with NEW Super brain cell killing fumes!


I used to LOVE those! I think I blew out my eardrums trying to inflate them through that tiny tube.
 
2012-12-01 05:06:06 PM

Rufus Lee King: miniflea: Gergesa: I remember my parents got my sister and I one of those slip and slide things. That was stupid of us. The back and front yards are not even surfaces. They also have rocks and other such things; not comfortable to slide unless you find a perfectly level yard.

When I was a kid I saw a guy's exposed kneecap because of the slip and slide. There was a big party or something, and it was set up on this hill behind the houses, and apparently unbeknownst to all there was a jagged, rusty metal stake of some sort sticking out of the hill. The guy who hit it wasn't the first to go down the thing by a long shot. Tore his knee wide open. I guess it really wasn't the slip and slide's fault, but after that I refused to go down waterslides of any kind for a long, long time.

I used to constantly beg my parents to buy me a Slip-N-Slide, and they steadfastly refused. I guess they knew was was best, after all.

They got me a "Bizzy Buzz Buzz" instead. Boring as hell, but the only way you could hurt yourself with one was to deliberately jam it in your eye, which was something I never felt inclined to do.

www.stevebates.biz


WTF is that? Fisher Price "My first tattoo" kit?
 
2012-12-01 05:08:12 PM
The ones I remember well from my childhood were the Battlestar Galactica toy spaceships. They featured these small red plastic projectiles that would "shoot" like laser bolts when you pushed a button. Killed a bunch of kids in the late 70s and early 80s. They revised the toy later so that the "bolts" were captured. They literally just popped out an 1/8 of an inch or so. BORING!
 
2012-12-01 05:09:58 PM

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.
 
2012-12-01 05:11:14 PM
media.visionforum.com
 
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.


retrothing.typepad.com

img857.imageshack.us
 
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
farm6.staticflickr.com
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.

west.loadup.com
 
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?


wfnameoftherose.files.wordpress.com
 
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.

[www.burnetti.com image 325x244][sharing.kxan.com image 320x231][cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com image 300x300]

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).

[graphics8.nytimes.com image 592x339]

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.
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 600x600]

// 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.

farm2.staticflickr.com
 
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!!!

[www.amyaction.com image 520x227] 

[static.flickr.com image 500x352]

 
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
sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net
 
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.

[farm2.staticflickr.com image 640x404]


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
t1.gstatic.com 

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.
 
2012-12-01 07:41:21 PM

Ronin_S: 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'.


The same as what exactly? I never used a combination of powder and liquid prior to the little Cascade Complete packs.
 
2012-12-01 07:42:09 PM
Another one to add to the list:

alma.skr.jp
 
2012-12-01 07:42:10 PM

JonnyBGoode: 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 image 600x600]

*cough*RIPOFF*cough*


Notice the Japanese in yours, which is also a model anyway? There you go. Also, my Takatoku Valkyrie has its original packaging. So does my Strike Valkyrie. Fact remains every American Jetfire is missing a little spring and the missile it shoots awesome with. The Japanese know how to make kick ass toys. "It'll never penetrate the glasses, we're all born nearsighted!"
 
2012-12-01 07:42:45 PM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: trivial use of my dark powers: 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.

This. Just got some for myself while I still could, and there are multiple warnings that they are for adults only and are harmful if swallowed; at least 3 on the packaging. When you order from their website there is a big yellow warning that you must set a check box in stating that you will not give them to children or allow them to be left out near children.


Yeahbut, they sorta ab enticing haazrd. When I got mine I had a random thought that it would be a good idea to show the neighborhood toddlers how cool magnets are. Doh!
 
2012-12-01 07:43:57 PM

Redwing: [media.visionforum.com image 300x377]


You'll shoot your eye out, kid!
 
2012-12-01 07:51:16 PM

ytterbium: 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?


Depending on how vintage, possibly these.
 
2012-12-01 08:24:33 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?


Apparently not. There's always a bigger idiot.
 
2012-12-01 08:27:44 PM
Surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet: The story behind Aqua Dots. This wasn't stupid kids, this was greedy adults.

Australian company comes up with brilliant idea of small beads that glue together when wetted. They used 1,5-pentanediol which was a perfectly safe chemical that acted as a glue when wetted. They contracted with a Chinese company to produce the dots. Said owners of Chinese company, "Why not use 1,4-butanediol? It's much, much cheaper and has the same gluing effect."

1,4 butanediol is metabolized by the body into GHB, a recreational drug.

/Aqua Dots are back on the market under the name Pixos and uses 1,5-pentanediol and bitrex.
 
2012-12-01 08:31:32 PM
Lead ink? As a kid I loved reading my mom's old books from the 50s, and I turned out just potato.
 
2012-12-01 08:31:58 PM
What's wrong with red paper caps?

hellinahandbasket.net

I used to love those things - I'd take a big hammer to 'em a whole roll at a time to see how loud they could get. :)

I don't know about the ones they make now, but back then they could get pretty loud. :)
 
2012-12-01 08:47:26 PM

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?


Yes they are. I saw some for the first time in a VERY long time at a store a couple of weeks ago. The paper roll ones... five rolls all together in a tiny box. Oh the memories. They had the plastic 'disk' ones too.
 
2012-12-01 08:59:33 PM
People_are_Idiots: Another one to add to the list:

Did you know that you could sharpen the little red missiles so that they had points?

Southern100: I used to love those things - I'd take a big hammer to 'em a whole roll at a time to see how loud they could get. :)

Did you know that you could light those on fire?
 
2012-12-01 09:00:18 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.


Yea, they started out with a dull(ish) point but by the time they'd been played with a few (hundred) hours and they had glanced a few rocks, you could have some pretty dirty sharp(ish) points on there. It was kinda like horse shoes in that there were two ring targets you would set up at opposite ends of the yard. Eventually you would just stay at your end as the darts rained down around you and the target...
I took one in the foot about 40 years ago, and despite my best efforts to the contrary, and a nasty infected puncture wound, I did get to keep my foot...
So I was probably one of the kids responsible for the end of lawn darts.
 
2012-12-01 09:03:59 PM

StickyBunBandit: Mattel also made a snub nosed 38 special that was banned,it was chrome plated and actual size of the real thing.
It used the the same bullets as the derringer,and greenie stickem caps,some were used in actual robberies,and some kids suffered eye damage due to the plastic bullets,wish I still had mine.


.38 or eye?
 
2012-12-01 09:45:23 PM
My cousins and I used to play with Jarts by throwing them over our grandparents' house at each other. The adults used to get pretty worked up when they figured out what we were doing. Amazing that nobody got a lobotomy on the lawn.
 
2012-12-01 09:51:12 PM
Boy, these all take me back to the days of fun and dangerous toys.
Played with most of these:

Thingmaker - liquid rubber heated in a metal mold
Vacuform - plastic heated and vacuum formed over a model
Creepy Crawlers - liquid rubber heated in a metal mold
Lead Gilbert casting sets - made red hot toys soldiers
Jarts, cap guns, small fuel cell engines, gas powered model cars and airplanes, Estes rockets, slingshots, pellet guns, and fireworks.

Kids have no clue what they are missing - and we didn't know how friggin' dangerous this stuff was back then.
Gilbert Chemistry kits! make your own fireworks

Fortunately, still have all appendages and eyes/ parts. damn lucky I do.
But boy, was it fun.
 
2012-12-01 09:57:45 PM
SDRR:
And a pocket full of marbles

When I was a Boy Scout, we used to bring our Wrist Rockets when camping
until one kid got shot in the neck with a chocolate Whopper.

i51.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-01 09:59:18 PM

belhade: 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?

Apparently not. There's always a bigger idiot.



No doubt, hence the "more." You can't save 'em all.
 
2012-12-01 10:08:10 PM
Just tried out my clackers in honor of this thread. 5 was the most i could do tonight. My record is 12.

/Those are up and down clacks.
 
2012-12-01 10:09:10 PM

Porous Horace: I miss my Big Electric Cat Kit.


Big Electric Cat?
 
2012-12-01 10:15:53 PM
hariseldon : When I was a Boy Scout, we used to bring our Wrist Rockets when camping
until one kid got shot in the neck with a chocolate Whopper.


That's making me LMAO thinking of improvised wrist rocket ammo.

// think of any kind of candy that has multiple flavors in the package ... think of that one nasty flavor that nobody likes ... imagine that flavor hurtling through the air with all of the momentum that two pieces of surgical rubber tubing and a leather strap can provide.
 
2012-12-01 10:28:05 PM

johnnygew: Original Clackers


I had original clackers- not just before the stick version replaced the string version- I had the glass ball ones that would shatter at high speed. They should actually be in my storage shed. They were blue and I seem to remember I liked them specifically because of 'Big Blue Marble' the kids show, and yes, mine fractured. there is a chuck missing from one about the size of a quarter that I imagine went shooting off at high speeds, but luckily didn't hit me. (I did get a pretty good cut from a glass bottle coke that exploded in my hand when I was about three. You can still count the stitches 38 years later.)
 
2012-12-01 10:34:34 PM
We had part of a Slinky. But I straightened it.
 
2012-12-01 10:36:31 PM
Last summer I went to a XXXXX sale in XXXXX and found a set of Jarts sitting on top of a coat rack. Knowing (based on Fark threads) that these things are "banned" and have a market, I picked 'em up. Apparently they were on top of the coat rack because somebody told the sale organizers they were "illegal." Being an out-of-towner, I promised to forget where I got 'em.

$2.

Hanging on to them for now (they're in the original red white and blue cardboard box).
 
2012-12-01 10:39:36 PM

The Southern Dandy: [www.retroland.com image 650x300]

Now with NEW Super brain cell killing fumes!


Did those ever work? I got a kit a few times over the years and was never able to actually make a bubble of any sort.
 
2012-12-01 10:42:08 PM
CSB:

When my son was about 6 I took him to Ringling Bros. circus. He bought a little plastic cannon that shot a little soft foam man about 2 inches tall. He had a little plastic helmet; the whole projectile weighed only a few grams.

No. 1 Son was downstairs playing with it when he suddenly yelled "Daddy! I broke off my tooth!"

The inside corner of one of his top two front teeth was indeed broken off about halfway up and halfway across. He swore the projectile had hit him in the mouth.

I didn't believe him at first. The cannon was cocked to fire by pulling down a little lever on the side; it was a pretty stiff spring and I thought he'd tried to use his teeth to pull on it.

But I found the broken-off piece and the little cannonball guy -- the tooth fragment had a little smear of red paint on it and the little (red) plastic helmet had a chip of red paint missing.

Our dentist said he'd seen kids chip their teeth on marshmallow nougat candy bars; he wasn't surprised.

/no, I didn't sue
 
2012-12-01 10:58:03 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
Kinder Eggs.
 
2012-12-01 11:13:41 PM

The Southern Dandy: [www.retroland.com image 650x300]

Now with NEW Super brain cell killing fumes!


SuperElasticBubblePlastic doesn't kill brain cells... I made at least potato of those things.
 
2012-12-02 01:15:05 AM
Gyrfalcon: 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.


First place I heard it was some comedian on television. The audience was howling while I sat there with an expression of "Hwaaah?" on my face. Might have been Gaffigan; for some reason I have him in my head when I think about it, but the memory ain't what it used to be. There was a LOT of crappy standup on TV at the time. After that, I started noticing it thither and yon elsewhere, though, shame on me, googling "playing catch with lawn darts" yields nothing useful.

But yeah; get someone more than fifteen years younger than me, and when I mention the lawn darts, there's a fair chance that they'll believe that lawn darts were for playing catch and that only a complete idiot would own a set.
 
2012-12-02 01:21:08 AM

twofedoras: upload.wikimedia.org
Kinder Eggs.


Fisher Price "My first drug smuggling" kit?
 
2012-12-02 01:26:26 AM
The Southern Dandy: www.retroland.com

Now with NEW Super brain cell killing fumes!

I can still taste it. I wonder what sort of second lives those straws went on to lead lol?
 
2012-12-02 03:14:11 AM
 
2012-12-02 04:29:20 AM
www.prestoimages.net

A '70's classic for the Junior Psycho on your list. Don't forget the scantilly clad Victim model to go with it!
 
2012-12-02 05:16:11 AM

ytterbium: 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.


If they're like the ones I had growing up they probably take a paper "roll" of caps. See if the side of one of the pistols swings up and there's a little post inside it.

/My little brother and I had a mini arsenal of toy weapons xD
 
2012-12-02 09:49:25 AM
s3-ec.buzzfed.com 

hobo hand-job?

/curiously aroused
 
2012-12-02 09:58:14 AM

PutterPutterNutterButter: 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)


I had one of those too but sadly can't remember the name of it.
 
2012-12-02 11:24:42 AM

pheed: 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.

[retrothing.typepad.com image 550x542]

[img857.imageshack.us image 237x344]


very nice!
 
2012-12-02 11:27:56 AM

puckrock2000: Can't imagine why this was discontinued.


Who came up with that..Ron Jeremy?
 
2012-12-02 11:56:15 PM

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


Richard Pryor or George Carlin cassette tape in a Teddy Ruxpin.
Leave it for the younger kids to find, preferable at a preschool.

Laughs were had.
 
2012-12-03 12:04:26 AM

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

trivial use of my dark powers: 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.

This. Just got some for myself while I still could, and there are multiple warnings that they are for adults only and are harmful if swallowed; at least 3 on the packaging. When you order from their website there is a big yellow warning that you must set a check box in stating that you will not give them to children or allow them to be left out near children.


Of course, the sad thing is, the problem wasn't the expected toy ingestion hazard (namely, the two-year-old who puts everything in his mouth eating a handful of Buckyballs) but rather was rock-stupid teenagers and tweens who were using them as faux tongue and lip piercings...and accidentally swallowing them in the process.

Buckyballs are a legitimate case of where some clinically derptarded individuals got a cool toy functionally banned :P

(As for the book bans--that's more of a case where old books did get caught up in some major tightening up of lead standards (when the Chinese were selling lead-fortified toys)--unfortunately, the level that things had to be lowered to in order to keep the cheap, cheerful and Chinese stuff out also managed to hit every book printed before 1978, back when lead was still routine in paints and inks.)
 
2012-12-03 12:28:57 AM

vodka: The Southern Dandy: [www.retroland.com image 650x300]

Now with NEW Super brain cell killing fumes!

Did those ever work? I got a kit a few times over the years and was never able to actually make a bubble of any sort.


Where I grew up we couldn't afford the fancy superelasticbubble plastic, so we bought a cheap chinese knockoff that had even MORE fumes in tubes half the size for a quarter each (this was the 1970's). Sh*t smelled like a tire patch kit and the bubbles would get hard in seconds as the volatile solvents evaporated. Made a real nice fireball when lit, as some of those solvents were trapped inside the bubble... at least those that we didn't suck into our lungs.
 
2012-12-03 08:23:26 AM

Cerebral Knievel: 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



Per Wiki, "$458.99 in 2011 US dollars."

Wow, it even had a cloud chamber!

And a gamma-source?!

It's kind of scary looking back, but the giddy exuberance about atomic energy in the 1950s must have been fascinating.
 
Displayed 192 of 192 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report