Sunday, September 9, 2007


  1. In 1996, toy company Mattel released a "Harley Davidson" Barbie. This dolls distinctive feature is a birth mark on her face

  2. Barbie was invented by Ruth Handler after watching her daughter play with baby dolls imagining then in grown up roles.

  3. Barbie's would be if she were life-size: 5 feet 9 inches tall

  4. Barbie's parent’s names are George and Margaret.

  5. The Barbie doll has more than 80 careers.

  6. Totally Hair Barbie is the best selling Barbie of all time. It sold over ten million units.

  7. The unique characteristics of Barbie dolls in Japan are that they have their lips closed with no teeth showing.

  8. Wham-O manufactured twenty-thousand hula-hoops a day at the peak of hula-hoop popularity in 1958.

  9. An airplane mechanic invented Slinky while he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use for the springs.

  10. It requires 63 feet of wire to make a Slinky toy

  11. Over 250 million Slinky toys have been sold since its debut in 1946.

  12. Before 1928, yo-yos used to be called bandalores in the United States.

  13. Males account for 60% of toy injuries that occur in the U.S.

  14. On average, a Canadian girl owns seven Barbie dolls, whereas an American girl owns eight.

  15. Rubik's Cube was originally named the "Magic Cube." In 1980 Ideal Toys came up with the name "Rubik's Cube."

  16. The Danish company Lego, which began in 1932, first manufactured ironing boards, and stepladders.

  17. The name "Lego" came from the Danish word LEg Godt, which means "play well."

  18. Five thousandths of a millimeter is the tolerance of accuracy at the LEGO mould factories.

  19. In Belgium, 94% of children under the age of fourteen own LEGO products.

  20. The first TONKA truck was made in 1947.

  21. The name "Tonka" trucks were named after Lake Minnetonka located in Minnesota. Tonka means "great" in Sioux.

  22. The game JENGA got its name from the Swahili word which means "to build."

  23. The most popular Hot Wheels vehicle sold is the Corvette.

  24. The name Hasbro was invented by the name of the founders: HASsenfeld BROthers.

  25. The word "checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah-Mat," which means the king is dead.

  26. There have been over fifty million Mr. Potato Heads sold since it came out in 1952.

  27. When the divorce rate goes up in the United States, toy makers report that the sale of toys also up.

  28. The two top toys in 1950 were Silly Putty which sold for $1, and Crayola crayons which sold for 50 cents.

  29. The makers of Crayola produce over 2 billion crayons in a year.

  30. The Crayola color flesh was changed to peach in 1962 because of the fact that people have many different skin colors.

  31. Soy crayons have been invented to replace wax crayons and one acre of soybeans can produce over 80,000 crayons.

  32. The first box of Crayola that was ever sold had the same eight colors that are sold in the box today consisting of red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown. The box was sold for a nickel in 1903.

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