Strange Toy Trivia
In order for a standard deck of playing cards to be poperly mixed up to play with, they should be shuffled 7 times.
Tonka trucks were named after Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. The word "Tonka" means "great" in Sioux.
In 1968, the Hot Wheels Corvette, a reproduction of the real one, was on store shelves before Chevrolet had their new '68 model at car dealers.
Hasbro was founded in 1923 in Providence, RI and sold textile remnants and later manufactured pencil boxes covered with them.
Mattel began in 1945 by producing picture frames and miniature furniture made of polyurethane left over from the manufacturer of airplane nose cones.
Kenner started in 1947 making soap and soft-drinks.
Kermit the Frog is left-handed.
Barbie's full name is Barbra Millicent Roberts.
Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
The Hula Hoop was the first major fad created and fueled by the new power in America - TV ads.
The Hula Hoop originated in Australia, where it was simply a bamboo exercise ring used in gym classes.
According to the British Medical Journal, the Hula Hoop was responsible for an increase in back, neck, and abdominal injuries.
Indonesia banned Hula Hoops because they "might stimulate passion." Japan forbade them on public streets.
In the Soviet Union the hoop was seen as a "symbol of the emptiness of American Culture."
Hula Hoop Endurance records: longest whirl - four hours (over 18,000 turns), by a 10-year-old Boston boy; most hoops twirled simultaneously - 14, by an 11-year-old in Michigan.