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10 Toys So Popular They Incited Violence

        Entertainment | Toys

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Silly Bandz
Some schools actually banned Silly Bandz in 2010 because they caused conflict in classrooms. © Bob Daemmrich/Corbis
Some schools actually banned Silly Bandz in 2010 because they caused conflict in classrooms. © Bob Daemmrich/Corbis

Every generation of kids has at least one trademark accessory. Mood rings, slap bracelets and jellies have all come, gone and come back again because they appeal to the creative and colorful nature that children often embrace. Silly Bandz looked like regular rubber bands on the wrist, but off it, they returned to their original shapes of animals, musical instruments or symbols. In 2010, they changed the landscape of prepubescent fashion.

The trend started off innocuously enough. But soon kids were spending all their free time – and school time – playing with them, swapping them with friends or slinging them at each other. As a result, a number of schools banned the Bandz, probably upping their hotness quotient to even more impressive levels [sources: Stacey, Rochman]. Although they're still around in 2014, the fervor has definitely peaked and declined to more manageable levels.