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Star Trek Happy Meals

Star Trek was the first media franchise to develop a partnership with McDonald’s for themed Happy Meals (1979).

Slinky Postage Stamp

The United States Postal Service in 1999 issued a Slinky postage stamp as part of its Celebrate the Century series.

Magic Sand

Magic Sand from Wham-O achieved its water-repellency through the use of trimethylhydroxysilane — a silicon-based substance that coated the sand.

Risk

The board game Risk was invented by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Albert Lamorisse in 1957.

British and World Marbles Championship

The British and World Marbles Championship tournament dates back to 1588.

World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship

Established in 2019, the World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship is an annual competition organized by the World Jigsaw Puzzle Federation.

Cozy Coupe

The New York Times in 1998 declared the Cozy Coupe to be the “world’s best-selling car for much of this decade”.

Scrabble Game Show

The original Scrabble television game show, hosted by Chuck Woolery, ran from July 1984 to March 1990.

World Video Game Hall of Fame

Microsoft Flight Simulator (1982), Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985), Starcraft (1998), and Animal Crossing (2001) are the 2021 inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.