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

Posted on 10/25/2011 6:38:17 PM PDT by OL Hickory

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.

That meant molten glass, molten metal, hazardous chemicals -- all were included in toys back then ... on purpose.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Education; History
KEYWORDS: fun; irresponsible; kids; toys
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WOW...when men were men and our parents weren't so bright LOL!!
1 posted on 10/25/2011 6:38:25 PM PDT by OL Hickory
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To: OL Hickory

When Toys Were Toys And Boys Were Boys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFObOcjALvQ


2 posted on 10/25/2011 6:45:37 PM PDT by Bobalu (More rubble, less trouble)
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To: OL Hickory

Well, I survived 8, 7 and 3.


3 posted on 10/25/2011 6:45:51 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: OL Hickory

Wow, some of those look like a lot of fun!


4 posted on 10/25/2011 6:45:56 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: OL Hickory

5 posted on 10/25/2011 6:47:33 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: OL Hickory

I want that Atomic Energy Lab.. cool. I just checked eBay and you can buy the alpha radiation replacement.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alpha-Radiation-Source-A-C-Gilbert-Atomic-Energy-Lab-/190593070111?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c603b741f


6 posted on 10/25/2011 6:48:47 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: OL Hickory

Apparently you CAN just walk into a store and buy plutonium in 1955, Doc Brown.

Now that’s just funny right there.


7 posted on 10/25/2011 6:51:24 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: OL Hickory

I had half of those when I was a kid. My favorite was the Gilbert Chemistry Set. The nuke set was a gyp.


8 posted on 10/25/2011 6:52:43 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Cain = National Sales Tax; Perry = Amnesty for Illegals; Romney = Obamacare forever. Who's left?)
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To: OL Hickory
Since you're using the same source URL, here is last week's thread with the same title.
9 posted on 10/25/2011 6:53:07 PM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: OL Hickory

Consumer Reporter: So, you don't feel that this product is dangerous?

Irwin Mainway: No! Look, we put a label on every bag that says, "Kid! Be careful - broken glass!" I mean, we sell a lot of products in the "Bag O'" line.. like Bag O' Glass, Bag O' Nails, Bag O' Bugs, Bag O' Vipers, Bag O' Sulfuric Acid. They're decent toys, you know what I mean?

10 posted on 10/25/2011 6:54:05 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: OL Hickory
The MOST Irresponsible

11 posted on 10/25/2011 6:54:24 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: OL Hickory

They weren’t Gilbert brand, but I had a proper chemistry set complete with toxic and potentially explosive chemicals, and a cool home particle physics lab with radioisotope samples and a cloud chamber!

We didn’t cast our own, but the first generation of D&D players used leaden figures.


12 posted on 10/25/2011 6:56:45 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: OL Hickory

Uranium and radium samples? I am sure that unless you ate the sample you would be fine, but still?


13 posted on 10/25/2011 6:56:45 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: OL Hickory

Giving this to a 9 year old boy--wildly irresponsible.

14 posted on 10/25/2011 7:07:29 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: OL Hickory

You can buy radioactive stuff here!
http://www.unitednuclear.com/


15 posted on 10/25/2011 7:12:56 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SuzyQue

Especially the EMP guns!
http://www.amazing1.com/emp.htm


16 posted on 10/25/2011 7:14:56 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: OL Hickory

Johnny seven assult rifle. Had 7 different weapons components. Had a shelf life of 2months.


17 posted on 10/25/2011 7:21:16 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: Jack Hydrazine
How about the “Thing Maker”, and the Whamo Air Blaster?
18 posted on 10/25/2011 7:22:57 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

The air blaster was cool ... we also had something where you poured this gummy liquid into a mold and heated it and it made these neon bugs — “Creepy Crawlers”, I think was the name of it. There was also some sort of a device that heated sheets of plastic and sucked the air out of it and molded it into little objects - Vac-U-Form?? Those were cool toys!!!


19 posted on 10/25/2011 7:39:41 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (If he has nothing to hide, why is he spending so much $$$ hiding it?)
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To: OL Hickory

I remember that weapon—on TV anyway. Why is it irresponsible?

What irked me as a kid were the ads that lied to me. For instance, I could NOT fly over fences after putting on a pair of PF Flyers.


20 posted on 10/25/2011 7:41:43 PM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He Hate Me Uns)
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To: OL Hickory

Awesome that Jarts didn’t even make the list!


21 posted on 10/25/2011 7:49:24 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: OL Hickory

And I thought the gas powered pogo stick I saw on TV the other day was bad.


22 posted on 10/25/2011 7:54:51 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I concocted all sorts of neat stuff with my chemistry set.


23 posted on 10/25/2011 7:57:08 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: OL Hickory

Remember Vac-U-Form? That was kind of crazy. I damn near passed out from the fumes once and burned myself quite a few times. Great fun though!


24 posted on 10/25/2011 8:13:26 PM PDT by Gettin Betta
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To: Gettin Betta

Matel had the creepy crawlers. little hotplates that would burn the crap out of you and little molds to melt the plastic.


25 posted on 10/25/2011 8:17:38 PM PDT by BOBWADE
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To: OL Hickory; All
We should have those toys available today. They taught kids responsibility.

The really irresponsible ones were the insane legislators that have given us the nanny state.

Down with the nanny state! Bring back freedom. Eliminate stupid national “safety” standards!

I wandered alone in near wilderness with a rifle and a dog when I was 12. I spent more time in a canoe and on snowshoes growing up than I did on a bicycle. I started reloading ammunition at 13 and worked in the woods peeling pulp wood logs by hand when I was 14.

We have created a world where we dare not give children responsibility, then expect them to exercise it immediately and fully when they turn 18.

It is an insane expectation.

26 posted on 10/25/2011 8:18:06 PM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Gettin Betta

I’m glad they post lists of the 10 most dangerous toys every year so I know what to get the neighbor kids.


27 posted on 10/25/2011 8:19:06 PM PDT by oldasrocks (They should lock all of you up and only let out us properly medicated people.)
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To: SERKIT

Although there is an Obama button, it looks like Perry.


28 posted on 10/25/2011 8:20:30 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: OL Hickory
Here's a couple.
29 posted on 10/25/2011 8:22:49 PM PDT by redhead (Don't START with me...you know how I get.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

shrinky dinks?


30 posted on 10/25/2011 8:23:46 PM PDT by BOBWADE
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To: OL Hickory

Good ole’ Gilbert. Keeping Doctors busy for decades.

Hilarious article! Thanks for posting.


31 posted on 10/25/2011 8:24:12 PM PDT by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: redhead

popper knockers were cool too.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Clackers-Dark-Yellow-Acrylic-Balls-Popper-Knockers-/150683705569?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231572e0e1


32 posted on 10/25/2011 8:25:06 PM PDT by BOBWADE
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Remember those shoe-store fluoroscopes?

More here.

33 posted on 10/25/2011 8:36:19 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: FreedomPoster

I had completely forgotten about Jarts, they were great. What a shame little boys can’t be trusted with bb guns and Barlow knives anymore.


34 posted on 10/25/2011 8:43:06 PM PDT by wlansberry
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To: OL Hickory

Maybe the kid then were smarter. When I was 10 I went hunting with a 12 ga shotgun after school. Back then no one thought a thing about it!


35 posted on 10/25/2011 8:51:02 PM PDT by ontap
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To: WellyP
I loved chemistry sets!

Our favorite thing to play with was the mercury when we broke a thermometer!

36 posted on 10/25/2011 9:04:53 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Gettin Betta

Damn, I was just gonna mention that!


37 posted on 10/25/2011 9:07:55 PM PDT by quietly desperate (The state is that fiction by which everyone tries to live at everyone's expense.)
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To: oprahstheantichrist

Halloween’s just around the corner.

I look forward to Mr Mainway touting his “Invisible Pedestrian” costume again this season.


38 posted on 10/25/2011 9:43:26 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Poser; SERKIT

I think it’s Blagojevich.


39 posted on 10/25/2011 11:35:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Uranium and radium samples?

Back in the day, most of us carried radium samples on our wrists.

40 posted on 10/26/2011 5:11:16 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: marktwain
We should have those toys available today.

Late to the party, but I wonder how many of the people involved in our space programs started with A. C. Gilbert sets.

Things Of Science was another great introduction. Though on a much less grandiose scale, they reached many.

41 posted on 10/26/2011 5:16:59 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: OL Hickory
Does anyone remember “Bactine?” If you scraped your knee or cut yourself while playing with any of your toys, you'd better pray that your Mom didn't bring out a can of Bactine. It was advertised as a medicine to soothe the pain of cuts and scrapes, however, the burning sensation you got from this product was worse that any pain you were already feeling. I always suspected that Bactine was nothing more than Hydrochloric Acid in a spray can.
42 posted on 10/26/2011 5:21:36 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Poser; Slings and Arrows
Yes, it is Blago:

43 posted on 10/26/2011 5:21:39 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: OL Hickory

The Johnny Reb Cannon by Remco—when you needed artillery to get the job done!


44 posted on 10/26/2011 5:28:21 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

I had a Creepy Crawler maker as a kid. We even had the edible goo to make Incredible Edibles.


45 posted on 10/26/2011 6:34:20 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: cynwoody

Man O Man...when we came to town on Saturday I used to make it a point to stop at the Willis Shoe Bar on west main st and stick my feet in the x-ray machine they had there. Quite the shoe store!


46 posted on 10/26/2011 6:41:28 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: GreenHornet
Dude...Bactine was a step up from the dreaded...Tincture of Merthiolate!


47 posted on 10/26/2011 6:46:58 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: OL Hickory

LOL! When I was about 12-13 I was mail ordering chemicals for my basement lab. Stuff like hydrocloric acid and concentrated sulfuric acid! I’ve always wondered if the folks who bought our house had to overhaul the basement sink plumbing...lots of acid and other stuff was poured down that sink.


48 posted on 10/26/2011 7:01:13 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Avery Iota Kracker
What irked me as a kid were the ads that lied to me. For instance, I could NOT fly over fences after putting on a pair of PF Flyers.

I made the same sad discovery. I haven't trusted TV advertising ever since. Remember when everything was touted as "the best"? Even as a kid, I wondered how *everything* could be "the best". Clearly, someone was lying.

BTW, I survived several chemistry sets, exceeded the recommended portions for homemade gunpowder (by pounds), and had a lead casting outfit. The lead casting skills still come in handy to cast big .45 and .58 caliber slugs.

49 posted on 10/26/2011 12:42:20 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Roccus

It’s a good thing that radium emits alpha particles when it decays that are easily blocked by the watches.


50 posted on 10/26/2011 3:22:29 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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