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This is an article about 3 toys or games that we played with as children. Some of them were eventually taken off the market because of injurious results of their use, while others remained on the market but sales dropped tremendously for apparent reasons. I had all three of these as a kid. HAD being the operative word. I am one of the lucky ones.


The JART or lawn dart was one such play toy that required adult supervision but was taken off the market but not before severe injuries were incurred from it's use. I owned a set of these back in the days of my childhood.

The ban on lawn darts was made effective by one man: go here to read more.

Even after a child was killed by this toy the law mandated that this game be sold only as an adult game but still that was not enough for the man who made it illegal to sell the product for anyone at any age. refer to the link above for full details.


I had some of these and got into serious trouble by bouncing one that went out into the street and hit the windshield of a passing motorist. My parents took them away, all but the ones that got lost by bouncing off into the trees never to be found again. In fact, one superball was run over by a car and literally broke into two halves. The year was 1965 when my neighbor and myself played with these as they were available at the local five and dime.


1961 was the first year this yard toy or game was introduced after being invented by Robert Carrie, according to a Wikipedia article: read more .

The bad thing was it was more or less safer for younger children of lesser weight to play on this water mat yard toy because older teens or adults weigh more and there had been cases of not only serious back and neck injuries by young adults or adults in general one mention of paralysis was given in the above article by Wikipedia by a user of this supposedly fun yard toy. Paralysis? What could be more indicative of a reason to ban a product? Death of course.

Links to these topics from their sources:

1. lawn dart ban:

2. Wikipedia on the topic of lawn darts: Read the article

2. Wham-O super ball was not banned as far as I can tell and by the year 2011 according to A YouTube video, which shows a comparison between the larger original superball from the year 1965 and the 2011 version which is said to bounce up to 75 feet clearly indicates the toy was stsill on the market up to the year 2011: watch the video

Currently, as of April 20, 2016, the Wham-O Super Ball is still on the market.

3. Wikipedia on the topic of the Wham-O Super Ball. read the article

4. Wikipedia provided this source:'N_Slide

additional source:

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MegL wrote on April 20, 2016, 3:20 PM

Yes, some toys should never have been invented!

lookatdesktop wrote on April 20, 2016, 4:53 PM

I actually had all of these at one time and enjoyed them but as a child I did not realize the risks. My parents always trusted the toy manufacturers to make toys that were safe to use if you followed proper instructions but common sense and a few years later I realize all three of these are very dangerous when you realize all the damage they can do. Murphy's Law of whatever can go wrong in fact, will go wrong holds true to this article well.

MegL wrote on April 21, 2016, 1:54 AM

Yes, I read the campaign to ban the lawn darts. That was a great piece of work!

oldies909 wrote on May 17, 2016, 11:33 PM

I never heard of the first two toys but they sound like fun. Are used to have a slip and slide and enjoyed it very much especially when the neighbor kids came over to play on it on it.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 18, 2016, 10:14 PM

I guess I am lucky it did not fall on top of my head when I threw it straight up in the air! I played with these until my mom found out they were dangerous and took them back. One day I came home and asked my mom where did the lawn darts go and she just said, I have no idea.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 18, 2016, 10:17 PM

The superball was the size of a billiard or pool ball, solid black and bounced higher than from the point it was dropped. I would have a lot of time spent looking for it after it went flying over the roof top of our house and into the streets. The Jart was a yard dart, so huge in size it could fall and fatally kill a person. It got banned due to this very fact when a child was killed by one. The slip n slide was fun until my older sister, one of my sisters, who fell and hurt her back from it. My mom took it away and threw it in the garbage but I was upset at first because I actually had fun with it.