Monday, January 15, 2007

Everyone loves toys...

...but what happens When Toys Attack?!

Too late for Christmas, but this article lists some of the most dangerous toys of all time (or at least the last 50 years). Some highlights:

  • Lawn Darts (duh)

  • Home atomic energy lab--with actual radioactive materials!

  • Finger-munching Snack Time Cabbage Patch doll

  • Castration anxiety courtesy of a belt-buckle cap gun

  • The South will Rise Again!--with the Johnny Reb Cannon

  • Battlestar Galactica toys take out the evil Cylons--or little Jimmy's right eye

  • Fisher-Price motorcycle: "Jane, stop this crazy thing!"

Whoever said childhood was innocent?

It is the physical weakness of a baby that makes it seem "innocent", not the quality of its inner life. I have myself seen a small baby jealous; it was too young to speak, but it was livid with anger as it watched another infant at the breast.

-Augustine of Hippo, The Confessions