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The 8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Vintage Toys
Cracked.com ^ | October 19, 2011 | Tracy V.

Posted on 10/19/2011 11:11:00 AM PDT by EveningStar

These days, if a stuffed animal's plastic eye so much as wiggles, that toy is recalled faster than you can say "class action lawsuit." Back in the day, though, child safety consisted of just getting out of the way and letting natural selection do its thing. If a kid was too dumb to play with a toy the right way, well, he'd just have to learn to get along with one less eye.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Humor; Society
KEYWORDS: childsafety; dangeroustoys; nannystate; toys
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1 posted on 10/19/2011 11:11:09 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro

ping


2 posted on 10/19/2011 11:12:35 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

No lawn darts??


3 posted on 10/19/2011 11:16:01 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: EveningStar
Ahhh...the good old days....when dumb was dealt with early on. Now...we have to put up with the idiots instead...where would the democrats be without them?
4 posted on 10/19/2011 11:19:31 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: EveningStar

no “Bag O’ Glass”?


5 posted on 10/19/2011 11:20:45 AM PDT by stylin19a (obama -> poster boy for Einstein's definition of insanity)
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To: EveningStar
http://www.mesotheliomasymptoms.com/asbestos-toys

Asbestos in Toys A 2007 Seattle P-I article explained that one of that year’s “biggest-selling Christmas toys” was found to contain asbestos. The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit was found to contain traces of this carcinogen, the news source explains. According to the article, that fingerprint kit was a “huge seller,” meaning countless children could have been put at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease later in life.

This Chinese-made kit was just one of several other products licensed by CBS that is based on the popular “CSI” crime series, the Seattle P-I reports. The news source also explains that the science set had “an extensive array of plastic tools, inks and three types of very fine powders -- white, black and glow-in-the-dark.” After analysis, the site reports that “high levels of two types of asbestos” tainted the white and glow powders...

6 posted on 10/19/2011 11:21:58 AM PDT by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: EveningStar

My husband still has his lead soldier making kit.....


7 posted on 10/19/2011 11:23:44 AM PDT by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: EveningStar
One of my childhood favorites:

Ahhh, I still recall the intoxicating smell of this stuff, while it was busily bubbling and cooking off...

I'm sure my ADD was just coincidental.

8 posted on 10/19/2011 11:24:34 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: EveningStar


In 1977, at the height of the Lawn Jart popularity craze, an estimated 120,000 people died each year due to Lawn Jart accidents.
9 posted on 10/19/2011 11:26:19 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: MNDude

I have a set of lawn darts and you can have them when you pry them from my cold dead hands.


10 posted on 10/19/2011 11:26:19 AM PDT by gunnut
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To: stylin19a

11 posted on 10/19/2011 11:26:25 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: EveningStar
[old man voice]

When I was a kid,
WE REALY WERE SMARTER THAN YOU YOUNG SNOTS!
because the stupid people died.

[/old man voice]

12 posted on 10/19/2011 11:27:21 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: EveningStar
Didn't need a toy maker to provide ways for me to walk the thin line between mayhem and disaster. The fun I could have with a plastic model airplane and a can of lighter fluid. Oh and often the unlucky airmen and burning plane was thrown off the roof of our house.
13 posted on 10/19/2011 11:27:44 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: OB1kNOb

14 posted on 10/19/2011 11:29:19 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: EveningStar

I can’t believe they didn’t include the most popular boy kid toy of all...the bb gun. Kids still die from bb guns...four last year in fact. It was my favorite toy growing up.


15 posted on 10/19/2011 11:29:56 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: EveningStar

Hey; they left out the Plumb Boys Axe, which actually wasn’t a toy. I know; I cut completely through my foot with one when 9 years old. Still have the little monster - and my foot, thank God.


16 posted on 10/19/2011 11:30:18 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: OB1kNOb

That product was very popular in Texas and Detroit.


17 posted on 10/19/2011 11:31:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar
Uhm, people don’t do glass blowing anymore? Of course you do it with bare hands! A glass tube can be red hot in the middle and still cold on the edges: It doesn’t conduct heat!
18 posted on 10/19/2011 11:32:14 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Scythian
In 1977, at the height of the Lawn Jart popularity craze, an estimated 120,000 people died each year due to Lawn Jart accidents.

is this a true stat? source??

19 posted on 10/19/2011 11:32:58 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: driftless2

20 posted on 10/19/2011 11:33:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MNDude

Hey folks, I had a Gilbert Kaster deal in the early fifties.
We played Waterloo, Gettysburg and all sorts of fun stuff. We used lead pipe with a gasoline powered blowtorch plumbers pot.

No girls just dumb boy stuff.

Two MS Degrees in engineering fields sort of debunks the IQ drop with every use.

Caddis the Elder


21 posted on 10/19/2011 11:34:04 AM PDT by palmerizedCaddis
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To: OB1kNOb
Remember that "Super Fun Ball Commercial" SNL did? LOL

"Never look directly at Super Fun Ball ..."
22 posted on 10/19/2011 11:34:27 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: EveningStar
A Revell modeling kit, and a tube of genuine “airplane glue.” The gateway drug if ever there was one.
23 posted on 10/19/2011 11:34:35 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: sten

Na, just razzen’ ya ...


24 posted on 10/19/2011 11:35:13 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: PowderMonkey
and a tube of genuine “airplane glue.”


25 posted on 10/19/2011 11:35:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Scythian

Oh yeah!


26 posted on 10/19/2011 11:36:03 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: EveningStar
The Blago Doll is one of the most dangerous.

27 posted on 10/19/2011 11:37:18 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: palmerizedCaddis
Don't forget mercury and *real* fireworks! *sigh*


28 posted on 10/19/2011 11:37:38 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: dfwgator

I didn’t get mine until I turned 10 years old. My parents were strict like that. ;-)


29 posted on 10/19/2011 11:38:03 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: driftless2
The ultimate kid toy from the 1960s was...a red towel. With a red towel, you have a cape and you can *fly.

* If you're five.

30 posted on 10/19/2011 11:39:20 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: NavyCanDo
Didn't need a toy maker to provide ways for me to walk the thin line between mayhem and disaster. The fun I could have with a plastic model airplane and a can of lighter fluid. Oh and often the unlucky airmen and burning plane was thrown off the roof of our house.

It's funny looking back. As a kid I remember a couple times thinking, "How did it come to this?" Case in point. My brother and I use to set a couple train sets together (one of them was a GI Joe train). We would set army men on them; two trains going around. The original object was to shoot army men off the other guys train train with spit wads. That graduated to slingshots with the snap-pops. Then on to firecrackers. When we almost set the garage on fire with tiny makeshift flamethrowers we went back to spit wads. By then, our trainset was considerably smaller.

31 posted on 10/19/2011 11:39:50 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Government For the People - an obviously concealed oxymoron)
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To: EveningStar

Back in my day (the 80s), we had toys that could take off a finger or blow up in your face. We played on rusted steel jungle gyms that could give you tetanus just by looking at them. That’s the way it was and WE LIKED IT!


32 posted on 10/19/2011 11:41:24 AM PDT by Ace of Spades (Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: EveningStar
I still have my ninja hand claws...
33 posted on 10/19/2011 11:41:52 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Daffynition
There was no toy like an M80. Makes cans fly, takes out beehives, eradicates mailboxes.

They even blew up underwater!

The M80 made ALL other toys a hundred times more interesting, for one instant usually.

34 posted on 10/19/2011 11:42:44 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dfwgator
I was always soooooo jealous of my brother who got all the cool Gilbert sets....I'd have to wait until he went to summer camp and use them on the *sly*.


35 posted on 10/19/2011 11:43:13 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: sten

It does seem way high considering a post earlier of 4 deaths last year attributed to BB guns.


36 posted on 10/19/2011 11:44:00 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: EveningStar

We really had some neat toys when I was a kid. I had a couple of the Gilbert sets.


37 posted on 10/19/2011 11:44:14 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Scythian

“Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball”


38 posted on 10/19/2011 11:45:15 AM PDT by wbill
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To: dead

Remember...when you had a couple of M-80s...you *felt* like you ruled the world? *sigh*


39 posted on 10/19/2011 11:45:20 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: All

bump for greatness


40 posted on 10/19/2011 11:45:31 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: gunnut
Lawn darts are essentially plumbata, the darts that replaced the Roman soldier's pilum in later imperial and Byzantine days.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plumbata

41 posted on 10/19/2011 11:45:31 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: buffaloguy

Are you my brother? [post #35] ;)


42 posted on 10/19/2011 11:46:48 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: dead
I bought a gross of M-500s back in the early 80s, each was equal to about a quarter stick of dynamite. We quickly discovered there was no need for a rod and reel. Fish just boiled up.
43 posted on 10/19/2011 11:46:48 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: EveningStar; JoeProBono

MYRON: That kid's going to need some serious therapy.
HOWARD: Oh, don't say that.
MYRON: Mm-hmm. I know what I'm talking about. See, I never forgave my father. One Christmas, I wanted this one special toy: Johnny Seven O.M.A. Gun. You remember those?
HOWARD: No.
MYRON: I still remember the commercial. Two kids playing out in the backyard:
'Johnny to Peter. Enemy sighted.'
'Roger there! Open fire!'
Johnny would whip out his Johnny Seven O.M.A. One-Man-Army Gun. Seven guns in one!
HOWARD: Huh.
MYRON: [Chuckling] Thing looked like a blast. Of course for my old man, Christmas was just another opportunity to let me down. I never did get that Johnny Seven O.M.A.
HOWARD: Sorry to hear that.
MYRON: It don't mean nothing.
44 posted on 10/19/2011 11:46:48 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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To: EveningStar

We used to cast Tiki heads and put them on a leather thong.

Really cool.


45 posted on 10/19/2011 11:48:23 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy

Click Clacks!!!


46 posted on 10/19/2011 11:53:59 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER (http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/10/05/the-occupy-wall-street-fools/)
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To: EveningStar

It seems to me the real danger with all of these toys would be a lack of parental supervision.

For example, we lost radium to the nuclear fear-mongers, and even now, tritium is a super controlled substance, allowable only in very small quantities (in my experience, so limited it doesn’t actually generate enough light, when it is used for that purpose with phosphors).

Even the Europeans allow enough tritium to be useful, as there are very cool lighted key chains that use tritium, that are outlawed here (free Americans, funny, hehe, harhar).

I think what changed, was not that children became more blunt in their childhood IQ, but that parents were more interested in things that took them away from their children, even in the environs of their own homes. So bothered in fact, a lot of people just skip having any kids nowadays.


47 posted on 10/19/2011 11:53:59 AM PDT by Aqua225 (Realist)
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To: buffaloguy

yah....go tell someone today about your leather thong and they sure won’t be thinking about the same thing you are.

I build model ships for a hobby, but if I ask someone if they model they think I want to take underwear pictures of them...

So many words change meaning over time.....


48 posted on 10/19/2011 11:56:42 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: pfflier

...In England even the cops didn’t carry guns, but, they had 50,000 deaths a year from soccer matches. Walk into a bank in London, “hand over ole’ the pounds, I’ve got a soccer boll!!! “Shht Ian, he’s serious, that’s a Spalding!!!


49 posted on 10/19/2011 11:56:42 AM PDT by gargoyle (...it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them...)
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To: EveningStar

I flew with a pilot who had a mustache. He told me that when he was a little boy, his parents gave him and his brother real bows and arrows for Christmas. They were smaller than adult versions and were made for kids. They ran outside with them and withing five minutes, he said he was running back in the house, holding the arrow that his brother shot at his face. The arrow pierced his gums right above the cupid’s bow and through the skin just beneath his nose. I laughed so hard!!! He has the mustache to hide the scar!!! If you knew this guy, you would have laughed too. He was the best beer drinking, fishing buddy I have ever had.

When I think of all the things I did and walked away unscathed, I am just soooo glad that my sister and I didn’t get bows and arrows, swords or flamethrowers for Christmas when we were kids. We did pillow fight though and it got pretty violent when we threw away the pillow and attacked each other.

Good times.


50 posted on 10/19/2011 11:58:47 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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