In 1986, Optimus Prime was actually killed off in the Transformers movie, in order to make way for new and more expensive toys. He was eventually resurrected due to Hasbro underestimating the backlash over his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, refused to license his characters for toys or other products. He made an exception for a 1993 textbook, Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, which is now so rare that only 7 libraries in the world have copies. A copy sold for $10,000 in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Until 1964, Mr. Potato Head toys were meant to be used with real potatoes. The toy was shipped with β€œplastic facial pieces,” which had sharp ends that had to be forcibly inserted into a potato (not included), and presented both choking and stabbing hazards for small children. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
When "The Flintstones" added the baby Pebbles in 1963, it was originally going to be a boy, until Ideal Toys pointed out that they would sell a lot more merchandise if they made the baby a girl, as baby boy dolls didn't sell well in that era metv.com/stories/the-flin…
44% of adults have held on to their childhood teddies and dolls, and as many as 34% of adults still sleep with a soft toy every night theguardian.com/global/20…
Computer science used to be a popular field for women to study, but it became more male-dominated in the 1980s as the first personal computers were seen as "toys for boys". npr.org/sections/money/20…
A science kit called Atomic Energy Lab which included samples of radioactive elements was sold as a kids toy in 1950 thebulletin.org/virtual-t…
Wilbur & Orville Wright's father gifted them a toy helicopter (based on an invention of French aeronautical pioneer Alphonse PΓ©naud). They played with it until it broke, and then built their own. They later pointed to their experience with the toy as the spark of their interest in flying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
The long-term ban on switchblades in the US owes its origin to a 1950 article that appeared in β€˜Women's Home Companion’, entitled; β€˜The Toy That Kills’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
For 12 years, the Mr. Potato Head toy was intended to be used with real potatoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
Civil War soldiers patrolling the Rappahannock River once engaged in a Christmas truce. On that day in 1862, greetings were shouted back and forth, and supplies were exchanged via toy boats: Northern coffee, sugar and pork for Southern corn, tobacco, and persimmons. battlefields.org/learn/pr…
Today I learned about Operation Christmas Drop. Every year around Christmas, the US Air Force drops toys, school supplies, and humitarian aid over the islands of Micronesia. It has been running since 1952, making it the longest-running humanitarian airlift in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, never approved a Hobbes plush toy. He said the comic strip is ambiguous as to whether Hobbes is a real tiger or a child's stuffed animal and creating a toy would destroy the magic. It's estimated he lost out on over $300 million in merchandising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
A Florida animal shelter removed breed cards and instead sorted dogs into a "Pawgwarts House" by watching each dog play with a "sorting toy": brave Gryffindor pups are athletic, Slytherins are cunning pack leaders, Ravenclaws are problem-solvers, and Hufflepuffs are loyal and friendly. today.com/pets/shelter-so…
A top-level Dutch football club signed up an 18-month old for a ten year contract, after his father posted a video of the boy kicking a ball into his toy chest 3 times in a row. After scribbling his signature for the club, the toddler celebrated with a glass of orange juice en.espn.co.uk/football/sp…
The Dolly on the Island of Misfit Toys in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is on the island because of psychological issues. Producer Arthur Rankin Jr. said that Dolly’s problem was suffering from depression caused from being abandoned by her mistress and she felt unloved. pcmworldnews.com/news/201…
Gunpei Yokoi, original designer of Nintendo Game Boy, was initially hired as a maintenance worker at Nintendo. He was promoted to the design suite in 1966 after the then President of Nintendo Yamauchi in his factory visit noticed a toy Yokoi built in his spare time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
ViewMaster - the toy stereoscope intended for children - has perfect forward and backward compatibility despite being 80 years old. Every circular wheel of photos will work in every model. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie…
The early versions of the Easy-Bake Oven, a child's toy that allows children to bake small treats, used incandescent lightbulbs as their heat source. That's because these bulbs were so inefficient that only 5% of the electricity they used produced light. The rest produced heat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
The creator of the My Little Pony toy line intended for the toy to be gender neutral. She didn't want them to look so colorful and preferred a more realistic appearance for the toy. She wanted children of both genders to play with them. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
In 1993 Pixar wanted Billy Crystal to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, but Crystal declined. The studio did a composite of what Buzz Lightyear would sound like with Crystal’s voice using audio from When Harry Met Sally. youtu.be/CXf8e_YL0kE
Claw machines are rigged,and the owner can program them to drop a toy after it gets picked up, giving you the illusion of near-success. vox.com/2015/4/3/8339999/…
Bestselling author James Patterson is the one who wrote the famous Toys R Us line "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid" cnbc.com/amp/2018/03/19/j…
Peter Auty, the boy who sang the main theme in The Snowman, wasn't given credit in the film's release in 1982, and missed out on rerecording the song for a Toys R Us commercial due to his voice changing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned of a woman who gave her neighbor a β€˜box of sex toys’ to hold on to. 6 months later the neighbor noticed a stench coming from her closet where the box was stored. She finally opened it and found a decomposing severed head inside. It was the original woman’s husband. nypost.com/2019/10/04/wom…
Modern day Beyblades are based upon the traditional Japanese toy "Beigoma", which originated around the 17th Century Edo Period. The toy was originally made by filling spiral seashells with sand and sealing them with molten wax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
That, while McDonald's is famous for the Happy Meal, Burger Chef (opened in 1958 by Donald & Frank Thomas, who used McDonald's as their inspiration) was the fast-food chain that pioneered the kids' meal concept. First sold in 1973, their "Fun Meal" bundled burgers with a dessert and toy. businessinsider.com/burge…
3D cameras have been commercially available since the 1950s. The majority of the cameras worked by taking two pictures eye distance apart to simulate a 3D image. Additionally, the makers of the View-Master made their own stereo camera that was compatible with the famous toy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Steve Jobs was a producer on Toy Story (1995). latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Love Tester was a novelty toy made by Nintendo to determine how much two people love each other. Users grab one of the connected spherical metal sensors with one hand and hold each other's hands with the other, the meter would then display a "love score" on a scale between 1 and 100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
A whistle given as a toy in Captain Crunch boxes in the 70s was used by early hackers to gain free long distance calls. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The oldest known toys in the world are a number of dolls found in a 4,500 years-old child's grave in Siberia siberiantimes.com/science…
ToyVoyagers, a recreational activity where toys go to other countries by being passed from person to person. You can see where one has been through its "selfies" with famous landmarks, and can track its adventures through a site. It was inspired by the traveling gnome from the movie AmΓ©lie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
It was illegal to sell sex toys in Texas until 2008, and punishable by as many as two years in jail cbsnews.com/news/texas-ba…
A woman was promised a Toyota after winning a contest, but was given a toy Yoda instead. She sued the company and was given the Toyota. snopes.com/fact-check/hum…
A 'cancer patient' underwent surgery to remove a lump in his lungs. It turned out to be caused by a toy traffic cone he inhaled 40 years ago. He did not have cancer after all. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Lincoln Logs was based on the architecture of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. The toy was invented in 1916-1917. The foundation of the hotel was designed with interlocking beams which made it "earthquake proof." It was one of the few buildings left standing after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Kix cereal ran a promotion where they intentionally included the highly radioactive element polonium inside an enclosed toy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kix…
The rainbow lorikeet is a colorful species of parrot native to the forests of eastern Australia. Reportedly, they love showering and sometimes sleep upside down. As intelligent birds, they get easily bored and love to play with noisy toys. When they eat fermented fruit, they can get quite drunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
The CEO of the MGA toy company, Isaac Larian, created the L.O.L Surprise toy line when he stayed up all night watching toy unboxing videos because he couldn't fall asleep. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In Toy Story 4 instead of creating all of the individual cobwebs by hand, Pixer created AI spiders that were programmed to spin the webs wherever the cobwebs needed to be. kottke.org/19/09/pixars-a…
Play-Doh before it was known as Play-Doh, was actually used as cleaner for walls and wallpaper when coal was used to heat homes. After WWII coal was phased out by natural gas to heat homes. Near bankruptcy, the company pivoted to become one of the most successful toy companies in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The CIA once tried to scare Pakistani children with Osama Bin Laden toys in which its skin would peel off to reveal a demon face. independent.co.uk/news/we…
Silly String was invented to be used as an aerosol spray to create an instant cast on broken and sprained bones. It worked, but while testing nozzles it was noticed it produced a 30' string. This inspired the inventor to change the formula to be less sticky, add color, and market it as a toy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Gurudwara in Punjab where People offer Toy Aeroplanes in hope of getting their Visa done faster. daily.bhaskar.com/news/JM…
Today I learned about Skateistan, an organization in Afghanistan dedicated to young people's education and skating. 50 percent of the children skating are girls because Afghanistan culture views it as a toy rather than a sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
Today I learned about the Gee-haw whammy diddle, a deceptively simple wooden toy. You rub one notched stick with another to make a propeller spin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gee…
The avarage human body has enough iron in it to forge a metal nail that is 3-inches long, enough sulfur to kill all fleas on a dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, and enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads. sciencenotes.org/elements…
The founder of Toys-R-Us, Charles Lazarus, died a week after Toys-R-Us announced it would be forced to close its retail stores. cnet.com/news/toys-r-us-f…
Today I learned of a program where shelter cats are cared for by prison inmates. Cats who formerly were in cages can roam freely in a refurbished prison office where inmates are allowed to care for the cats and learn to craft toys, furniture and even knit hats for the cats. youtube.com/watch?v=mpxHz…

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