1. Celebrate the Rubik’s cube’s 40th anniversary with a few fun facts

    Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s cube, the world’s best-selling toy, and Google has created an interactive, playable digital version in its honor. We’ve rounded up a few things you might not know about the iconic toy.

     

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  3. Food face plates:

    For the beauty enthusiast in your life who also likes to play with her food, Ms. Food Face plates are the perfect gift. The dishes feature a bald lady’s face, perfect for dressing up with a salmon wig, a broccoli rabe necklace, and teriyaki sauce eyeliner.

    7 holiday gifts for the kid inside

     

  4. "The stick"?  Really?  Really, National Toy Hall of Fame?

    10 toys that don’t belong in the Toy Hall of Fame

     

  5. "I have to say, I never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that, unlike myself, my kids would someday have the opportunity to re-enact America’s slave trade the way my great-grandfather did! How exciting for them! Never mind those silly dolls showing racial equality and putting ‘black Americans’ (hah! is that the word we want to really use here?) in a positive light — no! With this, my kids can experience first-hand what it might have been like to own their very own slave!"

    The Django Unchained action figures are receiving a lot of backlash

     

  6. After assessing years of life-altering injuries, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging pediatricians to discourage parents from setting up trampolines at their homes. Here, a look at the numbers behind this risky contraption:

    111,851Trampoline-related injuries treated in the ER in 2004

    97,908Trampoline-related injuries treated in 2009

    3,100Those who were required to remain in the hospital in 2009

    10,700Children in the U.S. hospitalized every year as a result of bicycle crashes

    61,000Children in the U.S. injured every year because of skateboarding 

    75Percentage of trampoline-related injuries resulting from multiple people jumping on the mat at the same time

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    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  7. Top: Mattel’s affectionately dubbed “Drag Queen” Barbie was made to resemble her cross-dressing designer, Phillipe Blond. She comes complete with a mini dress, a full-length faux fur, and a heavily made up face. “I can already hear the complaints” about this being “an abomination,” says Michele Zipp at The Stir. “Don’t like it? Don’t buy it.

    Bottom: Mattel and Nabisco thought they hit marketing gold when they paired America’s favorite doll with its favorite cookie in 1994. Selling in both grocery stores and toy stores, the Caucasian Oreo fun Barbie doll flew off the shelves. When Mattel introduced a black version, it was clear that the company hadn’t given much thought to the fact that the word Oreo can be derogatory — it’s used to describe blacks who are accused of being sellouts to the race.

    10 controversial Barbies (Featuring Pregnant Barbie, Busty Barbie and others)
     

  8. On the market for an unsurprisingly short time, from 1950 to 1951, the Atomic Energy Lab featured a Geiger counter, a spinthariscope (used for observing nuclear disintegrations), and a Wilson cloud chamber (which detects particles). More worryingly, the set came with three low-level radiation sources and four Uranium-bearing ore samples. (!)

    This week, the government ordered a halt to the sale of Buckyballs, powerful magnetic toys that, if swallowed, can pinch or trap intestines. Here, a pictorial guide to nine of the most infamous toys of all time.

     

  9. Remember Twister? Not this version. The game has lost its signature spinner, and its slippery, dotted plastic mat, proving that pretty much nothing is sacred. Twister Dance, the latest version of the game, employs an LED light display telling players where to put their feet, and comes equipped with the latest pop tunes for your dancing pleasure.

    8 other classic toys that have been updated for a new generation

     


  10. Good day for beating the odds
    Celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking is preparing for his 70th birthday on Sunday. Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease at age 21, an affliction that most people die of within a few years of being diagnosed.

    Bad day for toy makers and their research skills
    The makers of a triceratops toy were humiliated on YouTube by a young girl who mercilessly pointed out the many flaws — missplaced and missing horns, mostly — in their dinosaur design.

    Check out more winners and losers of today’s news cycle


     

  11. Mattel says tokidoki Barbie is a “funky fashionista,” with a pink bob and skull-heart sweater to complement her "trendy tattoos."

     

  12. Classic toys with modern makeovers: The latest toy being reconfigured to appeal to a 21st-century demographic? The Easy-Bake Oven, first marketed in 1963. The redesign no longer cooks tiny cakes with the heat of a lightbulb, but functions more like a real oven. Also gone: The boxy aesthetic. The swoopy new device looks “like an Art Deco toaster with wings — a purple one.”

    More unrecognizable versions of the toys from your childhood

     

  13. Video Girl Barbie

    The creepiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” - TechCrunch