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Banned Children’s Toys from Christmases Past

What could possibly go wrong giving a child a nuclear science kit that includes highly poisonous materials inside? Everything of course, which is why that particular toy only lasted a single holiday.

Buzzfeed reports on some of the toys of holidays past that were quickly pulled off the shelves. In regard to the nuclear kit pictured here, they write:

Only available from 1951–1952, this science kit for CHILDREN included four types of uranium ore, a Geiger counter, a comic called Dagwood Spits the Atom, and a coupon for ordering MORE radioactive materials. One of the four uranium ores included was Po-210 (Polonium) which, by mass, is 250,000 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide. “Merry Christmas, Kevin, here’s that giant box of poison you asked for.”

Hit up the link below for more entries, including some pulled from the shelves as recently as 2007.

8 Banned Children’s Toys From Yesteryear [Neatorama]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/4/12

Comments (8)

  1. trinity343

    oooooooo…..i want one!

  2. Jeff Sadowski

    Me too, me too!!!! So cool.

  3. mx023

    Nooooooooo Bucky balls are going under?! That’s not fair those things are awesome

  4. OldSalt

    Order that one and you also get a free home visit from the Department of Homeland Security…

  5. Tom

    Hey, a little nukie never hurt anybody.

    Hell no! We don’t glow!

  6. Pete

    You can see one of these kits on display at the National Museum of Atomic Testing in Las Vegas.

  7. imanoldgoat

    Had one. During the McCarthy hearings, Dad thought it was a Commie plot to hinder development of our A-Bombs. He took it from me and threw it down a mine shaft in Centralia, Pennsylvania. Baa!

  8. Michael Stout

    This ‘toy’ was made by the same A C Gilbert who shamelessly ripped off the Meccano system; measurement for measurement, and hole for hole, from Frank Hornby in the UK. It cost Hornby a small fortune in international litigation to get Gilbert to ‘cease and desist’ production…

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