Idiots ruin everything. I say leave the stuff out there and let the chips fall where they may. The more we impede natural selection, the worse this will get. In a really imperfect world the Darwin Awards would have to be suspended and who wants to see that happen?
Summer Saturdays were never the same once Jarts
were taken off the market back in 1988. The
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
banned the sale of the metal-tipped lawn darts after
numerous head, eye, and ear injuries, especially in
children. Some companies have skirted the ban
by selling the metal tips and plastic fins separately.
and Buckycubes have been a classic companion (and they're
great for making sculptures for the refrigerator). If ingested,
however, the tiny magnet balls will snap together (as magnets
do), often pinching intestines and requiring surgical removal.
The ban moved into effect in 2010, but the CPSC is
currently pursuing a stop-sale order against Maxfield
& Oberton, since the Bucky products are still being sold.
Several instances of small children unzipping the bags,
climbing inside, and inhaling the tiny pellets were
reported, with life-ending repercussions. Millions of free-
zipping bean bags were immediately taken off the market
in 1994. As a result of the recall, some manufacturers
began making double-stitched and double-zippered
bags, with a safety lock too.
Throwing yourself onto a yellow strip of plastic with
(hopefully) just enough water to keep you slipping and
sliding along—what could go wrong?
If you're ever played on a Slip 'N Slide, you probably know
already: Some people slid off the slide and onto concrete.
Sometimes people didn't even make it that far, expecting
a slip and a slide only to stop abruptly, resulting in some
pretty serious spinal cord injuries.
For reasons including unexpected water-tank projections
and bystander injuries, several water-rocket manufacturers
such as Hasbro were forced to recall about 230,000 of the
famed toy in 2004.
Descending rockets were also known to come back and hit
people in the head.
But when I was a kid, there was simply NOTHING
cooler than a water rocket. They are designed to be
fired into the air but as a young and impressionable boy,
my friends and I used to fire them at each other and require
absolute discipline, standing like a statue. A flinch made
you a coward.