Today, we live in a world in which every effort is made to assure that toys are safe. That was not, however, always the case. Perhaps, you as a child, received a gift that today would never have made it to market.
So, purely for the sake of nostalgia what was the most dangerous or the scariest toy you ever received? Did you receive Lawn Darts, an Atomic Energy Lab or some other product designed to delight and create mayhem?
As a 10 year old, I and my friends were each gifted with a real bow & arrow set, one with sharp, metal, points. We happily played with them (unsupervised) by shooting them at each other.
And, oh yes, one year my nine year old neighbor received a working crossbow. It took three of us (again, unsupervised) to pull back the string and cock it. We fired it and, to our amazement, watched it easily penetrate a duffle bag filled with straw, a wooden fence and eventually sink 9 inches into a tree. Amazingly, we never killed ourselves or anyone else but we had a great time trying.
As far as being scared, I believe it was when, as a six year old, someone asked me to open a can of peanuts. It held, as you can imagine, one of those giant spring snakes that flew out and scared the crap out of you. It did.
So, what toys do you remember fondly (or not so fondly) that created fear or fright? Let us know.