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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

SERVO Magazine

It’s all robots, all the time, in SERVO Magazine.

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The Friday Five: Andrei Cimpian

Doctor Andrei Cimpian studies the effects of gender stereotypes on young children in his cognitive development lab at New York University. Here, he explains his work and expands on his contribution to Mattel’s Dream Gap Project.

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The board game ‘Careers’ was initially developed and self-published by sociologist Dr. James Cooke Brown as a way to demonstrate that being successful in life can take many forms.

Cheap Laffs: The Art of the Novelty Item

If you enjoy the harmless pranksterism of silly things like joy buzzers, whoopie cushions, fake dog poop, or snake nut cans, Cheap Laffs: The Art of the Novelty Item will be right up your alley.

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Trouble from Kohner (1965)

Trouble is a simple “roll-and-move” board game for 2 to 4 players that features the Pop-O-Matic, a small, clear plastic dome housing a single die.

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Ernő Rubik: STEM Pioneer

Ernő Rubik evolved his idea for a simple teaching tool into an international bestselling exercise in frustration and triumph.

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Found Footage Festival

Found Footage Festival spotlights the absurd, funny, and peculiar VHS products of decades past.

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Construct-o-Straws from Parker Brothers (1974)

Parker Brothers’ Construct-o-Straws combined multi-coloured drinking straws with red plastic connectors to create an easy-to-use construction set for children of all ages.

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