BEHOLD, THE CATAPENCIL …
By FITSNEWS || A pencil slingshot, light-up crossbow, glorified fireworks, a plastic “battle hammer” and an electric machine gun that looks a little too close to the real thing … these are among the “ten worst toys” this holiday season.
Since 1973, an organization called World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released a list of what it deems to be the most dangerous toys for sale that holiday season – hoping to inform parents of potential hazards before they do their Christmas shopping.
Overkill? Perhaps … although nine kids died last year as a result of toy-related incidents, most of them the result of asphyxiation. Or so says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Our favorite toy on this year’s list? The “Catapencil” – which advertises itself to kids with the tagline “because the pencil is mightier than the sword.”
It also encourages “target practice for your desktop” – because what teacher doesn’t want their entire class to be armed with slingshots when they’re handing out pop quizzes or giving back graded homework assignments.
Seriously … one of these and a bag of marbles could be all sorts of fun …
Like this example included on the toy’s packaging …
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“Sharpened pencils should not be marketed as playthings, much less a miniature slingshot-style launcher,” WATCH’s warning reads.
In other words, to borrow a line from A Christmas Story, “you’ll poke your eye out, kid.”
To view the list for yourself, click HERE …