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10 Classic Toys That Could Kill You

Whether you grew up in the carefree '50s or the safety-conscious '90s, you probably know of a toy that was lots of fun but also caused serious injuries, sometimes even death. Most are off the shelves now, but this list should bring back memories.

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  • How Rumble Robots Work
    How Rumble Robots Work

    Rumble Robots were one of the most popular toys to hit the shelves in 2001. While there's no revolutionary machinery involved in their design, they do combine several familiar technologies in an innovative way. See more »

  • How See 'n Says Work
    How See 'n Says Work

    Have you ever wondered how a See 'n Say produces sound without a battery? And where does it store its 26 different phrases? Solve the mystery of the See 'n Say! See more »

  • How Silly String Works
    How Silly String Works

    Did you know that Silly String has been saving lives in the Iraq War since December 2006? Our article reveals many little known facts about this substance. Find out how troops have used it learn the history of the silly string mystery and uncover its effects on the environment. See more »

  • How Singing Fish Work
    How Singing Fish Work

    Singing fish are everywhere -- at the mall, on TV and in catalogs! They are silly, but it turns out that there is an amazing amount of technology inside them -- they are really simple robots! Find out exactly how they work. See more »

  • How Slot Car Racing Works
    How Slot Car Racing Works

    The slot car craze hit the U.S. in the 1960s and it continues to remain the hobby of choice for many enthusiasts. But did you know that the idea for slot cars originated nearly 100 years ago? See more »

  • How the Flybar Works
    How the Flybar Works

    The Flybar is a new kind of pogo stick for adults that can take you higher than your flimsy childhood toy ever could. Learn about the new technology and design overhaul that makes the new Flybar so powerful. See more »

  • How Water Blasters Work
    How Water Blasters Work

    The classic little water gun has evolved into a double-barrel water blaster that can soak someone standing 50 feet away. This isn't your father's water gun. The pump mechanisms at work here are pretty ingenious. Take a look inside these high-power toys. See more »

  • How Yo-Yos Work
    How Yo-Yos Work

    Yo-yos can be traced back at least 2500 years. It's a toy with true staying power and it lately it’s gone high-tech -- ever heard of a yo-yo with a clutch? Learn about yo-yo physics yo-yo tricks yo-yo history and some serious upgrades in yo-yo design. See more »

  • July 12: Etch-A-Sketch is Introduced
    July 12: Etch-A-Sketch is Introduced

    The invention of the Etch-a-Sketch ushered in a new way to make art without making a mess. Learn about the history, design and inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch device, and how this simple toy became a long-lived classic. See more »

  • Model Rocket Quiz
    Model Rocket Quiz

    You can buy one for a little more than 10 dollars, but can you fly one? See how high your model rocketry smarts will take you with this quiz. See more »

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