Did anyone else have one of these as a kid? I kind of feel like I was the only one... It was made by Ohio Art, the same company that produced the Etch A Sketch. You've gotta know what that is, right? The drawing toy that made it impossible to draw a circle. Anyway, this … Continue reading Remember the Animator?
What would you do if your 6-year-old daughter's favorite toy, a talking doll, started trying to convince her that she needed a new friend--the next doll in the company's line? One word. Exorcism. Alternatively, we get some wood, some old newspapers, and maybe some lighter fluid. We start a fire. Then we throw that doll … Continue reading Question of the Week #219
I used to have a Lite-Brite. I loved that thing. It's one of those toys that inspired a creative spark in my childhood. Though, if I were to be completely honest, I was never all that creative with it. They sold all those pages with designs printed on them. They were those thick pieces of … Continue reading Hey, Remember the Lite-Brite?
Are you still paying attention? We've gotten through the first, second, and third parts of this extremely long questionnaire. If you've stuck it out all week, bless you. Let's keep it going... 61. Predict what your life will look like a year from now. I imagine that life will be very different from me this … Continue reading So Many Questions, Part IV
First of all, let's just agree that the guy sitting on the throne of lies at the mall is not the real Santa Claus. But that doesn't make the fake Santa a bad guy. We shouldn't try and pick a fight with him simply because he smells like beef and cheese. The Santas at the … Continue reading Being Santa
I feel the need to give some very careful instructions regarding a classic fortune-telling device known as the Magic 8-Ball. The Magic 8-Ball can be found in a variety of places, usually in the places where toys are sold. Recently, there have been a rash of copycat and novelty 8-Balls, but none can overtake the … Continue reading Oracle
When one thinks of toys, usually a child's plaything comes to mind. That could mean dolls or action figures or tea sets or LEGO sets or any number of things. As a kid, I had plenty of toys to play with. G.I. Joe action figures that I seriously mistreated. I would have the forces of … Continue reading Toys