11 Amazing Facts About Beloved Childhood Toys, Even Koosh Balls!

There are fascinating stories behind all of these toys you loved as a kid. Even criminal tales behind your cutest ones!

1. Twister, when first on the market, was criticized by worried parents as “sex in a box.”
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2. G.I. Joe is short for “government issue Joe.”
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3. The Koosh ball is named for the sound it makes when it hits your hand. (I’m going to have to test that one out…)
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4. A man was sentenced to one and a half years in prison for counterfeiting Beanie Babies, which people used to take incredibly seriously!
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5. To see Cabbage Patch Dolls “born,” go to Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Ga. There, they are birthed by Mother Cabbage daily under the “crystal tree.”
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6. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on TV.
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7. Also, Mr. Potato Head was at first an actual potato!
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8. Because they had little money for advertising, the makers of Play-Doh offered Captain Kangaroo a share of sales to promote it on-air (which he then did three times per week).
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9. An early Nerf slogan was, “You can’t hurt babies or old people!”
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10. According to the BBC, Queen Elizabeth II has a rubber ducky in her tub.
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11. Sea Monkeys, sadly, are not actually monkeys. They are brine shrimp, which can exist in suspended animation when out of water.
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Scouted via Mental Floss.


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