Archive for the 'Toy Urban Legends Revealed' Category

Was Furby a Spy?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: The National Security Agency banned furbies from their offices for fear of the toys recording confidential information. Back in 2015, Samsung’s Smart TV caused a bit of a stir when it […]

Why Did G.I. Joe Have a Scar on his Face?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: The original G.I. Joe had a scar on his face so that Hasbro could trademark the figure’s design. In 1964, Hasbro launched their G.I. Joe: America’s Movable Fighting Man, the first […]

Did Barbie Once Come With a Weight Loss Advice Book That Simply Read “Don’t Eat”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: Barbie was once sold with a diet book that simply read “don’t eat”? Something that anyone telling jokes has to keep in mind is that context is often king. Something that […]

Did the U.S. Military Buy A Hundred Thousand Viewmasters During World War II?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: The United States military purchased millions of View Master reels for training purposes during World War II. Sawyers’ Photo Services was founded in 1911. In 1926, Harold Graves was brought into […]

Were Lincoln Logs Not Actually Named After Abraham Lincoln?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: Lincoln Logs were named after the middle name of the father of the inventor of Lincoln Logs. Lincoln Logs are a famous children’s toy that consists of miniature logs with notches […]

Did the 1970s Gas Crisis Cause the Demise of the Original G.I. Joe?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: The original line of G.I. Joe toys ended because of the 1970s gas crisis. G.I. Joe was a popular children’s doll (or “action figure”) who debuted in 1964. G.I. Joe was […]

Can Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe Never Be Depicted as Being a New York Yankees Fan?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: G.I. Joe‘s Snake Eyes cannot be depicted as being a fan of the New York Yankees. If you grew up in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s it is unlikely […]

Was Mr. Potato Head Nearly Just a Cereal Giveaway?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: Mr. Potato Head quite nearly was “doomed” to simply being a cereal giveaway. In 1949, a toy developer named George Lerner came up with an idea that would go on to […]

Was John Tyler Playing Marbles When He Found Out He Was Now President?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: John Tyler was playing marbles when he was informed that President Harrison had died and Tyler was now President. Marbles have been a popular game for centuries, possibly even in the […]

Was Play-Doh Created as Wallpaper Cleaner?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: Play-Doh was created as and originally produced as wallpaper cleaner! It’s often fascinating to look back at every day life in, say, 1940, and see just how many products that were […]