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    What dangerous toys did you have as a kid?

    I thought this might be a fun discussion. The other day my brother and I were discussing some of the cool toys we had when we were kids and one common characteristic they all seemed to have was - they were all dangerous and could never exist today.

    Just the thought of most of these would send today's Snowflakes running to the nearest therapist. :-)

    Below are just some of my dangerous toys. There were many others.

    Porter Chemistry Set. This was one of several sets that I had. Some of the included chemicals would probably warrant a HazMat team these days.


    Atomic Energy Lab. What kid wouldn't be excited to play with a real chunk of U-238 to view live alpha and beta particle vapor trails. Create your own mutations!



    Sonic Blaster Bazooka. Pump it up and it delivered a tremendously loud boom and air blast. Did we insert anything we found that fit down the barrel? Nooooooooo.


    Johnny Seven O.M.A. (One Man Army). No further explanation needed!


    Air Blaster - Another toy that would not shoot anything out the barrel. Yeah, right. :-)
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    I had several different gun toys. Still do, they just make more noise now. Never had any chemistry or atomic sets. Looking through your list kind of makes you feel sorry for kids these days. They have no idea what fun is.
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    Jarts. The original impaler toy for the whole family. Ain't nothing better than throwing these overhand and trying to get them to stick in the barn siding or a tree. Yeah baby!

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    I had several chemistry sets and the Johnny 7. I cut my fingers on many metal wind up toys that had sharp edges. My gramps once gave me a morse code kit that was built on a piece of wood using a single vacuum tube circuitry that plugged directly into 110v with wires exposed. How did I ever survive? In fact, I still have the Johnny 7 up in the attic.
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    Had the Gilbert chemistry set and Gilbert microscope set.

    Chemistry set or microscope set, don't remember which, had a jewelers loop type magnifier with a piece of radium
    sitting in back of it, where after letting your eyes adjust to dark for 15 minutes or so, you could see the little flashes
    of light.
    Ain't nothing like having your eyeball setting right close to a chunk of radium.

    Had the Red Rider BB gun, but graduated up to the Benjamin .22 pellet rifle and pistol real quick.
    Still have the old Benjamins, wish I still had the old Red Ryder.

    Had the old Schwinn bike, but never had a helmet, knee pads or the rest of the bike riding paraphernalia, so I guess it was dangerous.
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    Oh yeah, BB guns. Forgot about those. I had one that had would hold like 500 BBs at once. lol. I once smashed the heck out of my finger when cocking it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylew View Post
    Jarts. The original impaler toy for the whole family. Ain't nothing better than throwing these overhand and trying to get them to stick in the barn siding or a tree. Yeah baby!

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    Oh man.... forgot about this stuff too. Talk about toxic. Good times, good times.

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    "This toy, manufactured by Wham-O, was like a step above blowing bubbles. You squeezed out a little bit of liquid plastic, rolled it into a ball, and blew through a straw to create colorful durable bubbles.

    Sounds harmless, right? Of course not. The bubbles contained chemicals like polyvinyl acetate (found in glue) and ethyl acetate (found in nail polish remover). And if you inhaled it, you got a mouthful of toxic fumes. It's no wonder the toy was discontinued in the 1980s."
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylew View Post
    Oh man.... forgot about this stuff too. Talk about toxic. Good times, good times.


    "This toy, manufactured by Wham-O, was like a step above blowing bubbles. You squeezed out a little bit of liquid plastic, rolled it into a ball, and blew through a straw to create colorful durable bubbles.

    Sounds harmless, right? Of course not. The bubbles contained chemicals like polyvinyl acetate (found in glue) and ethyl acetate (found in nail polish remover). And if you inhaled it, you got a mouthful of toxic fumes. It's no wonder the toy was discontinued in the 1980s."
    And those that used it have no memory of doing so, which is the class action attorney's worse nightmare.........
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    Had the chemistry lab kit and Jarts. Those were fairly tame though. I guess maybe we were a little weird but we always had several pounds of black powder and machetes around. All the kids in the neighborhood spent most of our time in the woods. Whacking down trees with a machete was a "normal" Saturday morning activity. How else do you build a tree fort? Plus, we'd make bows and arrows from saplings. If you didn't know how to do that sort of stuff by the time your were 7 or 8 you were considered weird. Black powder was for blowing up tree stumps and tossing pipe bombs into ponds (aka "fishing").
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