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19 Amazing Facts About Stuff We Saw at Toys R Us

Over on Instagram, we’ve been taking pictures of things and offering up slightly amusing facts about them. So far we’ve toured a grocery store and public library. Next up: Toys R Us! For our latest field trip, I dragged along my three-year-old daughter Charlotte. She was paid in coloring books and a Bubble Guppies DVD. This [...]

The Sinking of the Milton Bradley

A pivotal moment in the history of Battleship board game was artfully commemorated by Tim Doyle in this limited print of The Sinking of The Milton Bradley: Link – via Popped Culture Trivia for you: Milton Bradley, yes, the Milton Bradley who started the game company that bears his name today, invented what later became The [...]

A Brief History of Nerf (or Nothin’)

The Nerf brand has been bringing kids foamy fun for over four decades now, but the company’s history might not be as familiar to you as the perfect technique for a crushing Nerfoop dunk. Let’s take a look at the Nerf nitty gritty. It Was Supposed to Be a Volleyball Game Although Nerf has become the [...]

Bud Shaw’s Year in Review

In 2010, retired heavyweight Mike Tyson appeared on Animal Planet. As a pigeon racer. The Pittsburgh Pirates fired a pierogi mascot for ripping the team on Facebook. A Norwegian cross country skier blamed failing to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics on watching too much porn. A Phillies fan purposely threw up on a man and the [...]

Battleship in Real Life

Artist Tim Doyle imagined the Milton-Bradley game Battleship in real life. He created this print for the “Toys in the Attic” 2010 fundraiser. Link via Super Punch | Toys in the Attic Website

Today is the 40th Anniversary of Nerf

The first Nerf product debuted forty years ago today. It began as a humble orange ball created by toy developer Reyn Guyer. His team designed several games that could be played with it and marketed it to Milton Bradley. That company turned him down. So Guyer took his product to Parker Brothers, who bought his [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Horror Board Games

Although Fall isn’t for another 21 days, September 1 means autumn to me… which means I can finally break out the Halloween stuff without being considered the neighborhood loony (I know… I’m only fooling myself). This extends to my virtual neighborhood too, so today’s Quick 10 is about creepy board games. There are a lot [...]