8 banned children’s toys from yesteryear


Only available from 1951-1952, this science kit for CHILDREN included 4 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.”

That’s pretty bad but what might even be worse is the fact that, I’m sure like a lot of you, I actually had many of those old Hardy Boys books they talk about!

  • I wonder if Little Golden Books count.

  • FuzzyPuffin

    I have a complete collection of original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books I collected when I was 8. Some Tom Swift as well. No wonder I felt so angsty in fifth grade…

  • DonDraggleTooth

    “One of the four uranium ores included was Po-210 (Polonium) which, by mass, is 250,000 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide.”

    Great story. Too bad it’s not true. It contained Pb-210 (Lead).


    • Still poisonous.

    • I guess someone didnt read the includes part properlly

      The set came with four types of uranium ore, a beta-alpha source (Pb-210), a pure beta source (Ru-106), a gamma source (Zn-65?), a spinthariscope, a cloud chamber with its own short-lived alpha source (Po-210), an electroscope, a geiger counter, a manual, a comic book (Dagwood Splits the Atom) and a government manual “Prospecting for Uranium.”

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    p>I remember playing with the belt buckle derringer a friend of mine had. I lucked out with no burned crotch.

  • ALL children’s books before 1985? Um… what?

  • Buckeyestar

    I still remember my Mom confiscating the missiles from our Battlestar Galactica vehicles when they were recalled due to some dumb kid shooting one down his throat.

  • Is that a radiation burn on his face?

  • matthewmaurice

    This is one of those great rebuttals to people who say “Market solutions” are always preferable to government regulation. Another is that Coca-Cola used to be made from cocaine, Which brings a whole new meaning to the tag-line: Coke, it’s the Real Thing!