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The Toy Fair's Top 10 Strangest Products

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the log-log-it's-heavy-it's-solid-it's-wood dept.

Toys 173

FloggingMollyrox writes "UGO looks at the recent 2004 Toy Fair's Top 10 Strangest Products. Forget about Lord of the Rings and Spider-Man, the real stuff was an art farm that grows vegetables, a pogo stick that shoots you over the moon, 'real' shrunken heads, and an educational plush toy based on an alien invasion."

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173 comments

Huh... (4, Funny)

Mephie (582671) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377310)

I'm not sure if the Baboochi story is a really cute tale about pacifism (proper spelling optional), or if it's a really screwed up tale of what happens when you try to be nice to people who don't appreciate it...

Either way.. I suppose it's an interesting concept... and they are kind of cute...

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377311)

fp

I'm sure... (5, Funny)

fjordboy (169716) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377319)

I'm sure all linux sysadmins would love the "Root-Vue Farm."
The "Root-Vue Farm" is a good example -- envision something that looks like an ant farm, but instead of bugs and sand, it's filled with soil and half-grown vegetables.
The only downside...now root is viewable by anyone! And the ID labels make it even clearer!

Re:I'm sure... (1)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377423)

Just run the SELinux patches and then it won't matter if the kiddies get root!

Re:I'm sure... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377435)

Ever heard of a comedian named Mitch Hedberg [mitchhedberg.net] ? One of the jokes on his CD is:

"I once had an ant farm ... man, those ants didn't grow shit."

I guess now he can't use that joke anymore. He's a hilarious comedian, though. Worth checking out.

Re:I'm sure... (1)

OECD (639690) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377635)

I was disappointed. After reading the /. story I clicked through hoping to find out what "an art farm that grows vegetables" was. Rubenesque Pumpkins, anyone?

Re:I'm sure... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377747)

Sex Farm


Let's rock and roll / Working on a sex farm / Trying to raise some hard love /
Getting out my pitch fork /
And poking your hay



Scratching in your henhouse /
Sniffing at your feedbag /
Slipping out your back door /
I'm leaving my spray



Sex farm woman /
I'm gonna mow you down /
Sex farm woman /
I'll rake and mow you down



Sex farm woman /
Don't you see my silo risin' high /
Working on a sex farm /
Hosing down your barn door /
Bothering you livestock /
They know what I need



Working up a hot sweat /
I'm scretching in your pea patch /
Plowing through your beanfield /
Planting my seed



Sex farm woman /
I'll be your hired hand /
Sex farm woman /
I'll let my offer stand /
Sex farm woman /
Don't you feel my tractor rumbling by /
by-by-byyyy



Working on a sex farm /
Wolfing down some cornbread /
I'm turning on the tv /
Joining the grange.

Re:I'm sure... (3, Funny)

Hiro Antagonist (310179) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377792)

I'm sure all linux sysadmins would love the "Root-Vue Farm."

Actually, I hear they come bundled in certain recent Linux kernel versions *duck*.

How about Settlers of Catan? (2, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377898)

Settlers of Catan [coolgames.com] , an old favorite will be developed as a premium online game for MSN. Bummer.

At least there's Russian Rails (scheduled) to come out this year, Comrade(!)

Re:How about Settlers of Catan? (1)

tindur (658483) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378038)

It has existed for Linux for many years.

All the things I ever wanted... (5, Funny)

NeoTheOne (673445) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377324)

and was too normal or poor to get

Notstalgic Rant (4, Funny)

chadjg (615827) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377625)

My parents would have laughted their heads off if I had asked for this stuff. Back in my day, the toy store was up hill both ways, and we liked it, damn it!

No seriously, this stuff is a joke! My first toy was a set of wood sticks notched so I could make log cabins & stuff. That and a piece of cheap astroturf & I had a farm! Naturallyt he farm required animals so my father swiped a couple of drones from the bee hive. If you pull their wings off they make perfectly acceptable "cows," "horses," or "mules."

My next toy was a little broken down wagon my dad got from the dump. A little sledgehammer action on the axle & some paint and it was good to go. Of course it took about 30 seconds for us to go to the nearest hilla nd go for a ride. My devil worshiping brother helped me go a bit faster than I liked, usually. I've been thrown at speed and straddled a small tree at speed when rides went wrong, which could account for my present baldness.

Surely somebody else bombarded Destro & Snake from "space" with pellet guns & firecrackers?

Kids these days are getting the shaft. Childhood was a lot more fun before safety and responsible parenting were necessities. The fake vomit from Ned might get a few screams from mothers still. I want that now.

Re:Notstalgic Rant (5, Funny)

jefe7777 (411081) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377688)

>>My first toy was a set of wood sticks notched

you should be so lucky...our parents told us to play with dirt.

Re:Notstalgic Rant (4, Funny)

DjMd (541962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377794)

>>My first toy was a set of wood sticks notched
>you should be so lucky...our parents told us to play with dirt.

Luxury. I had to get up at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down at the mill and pay the mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our mother and father would kill us and dance on our graves singing Halleluja!
Aye, and you try telling young people of today that. And they won't believe you.
Aye, they won't!

Ralph Wiggum's Nose Goblins (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377326)

They hoped to make a killing selling Simpsons-branded "Ralph Wiggum Nose Goblins". Then they found out that all the kids could easily make these themselves.

Ever been to Tokyo? (5, Insightful)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377340)

A few hours browsing at souvenir shops or department stores in the Akihabara district will teach you the meaning of 'strange'. These toys are soothingly ordinary in comparison.

And don't get me started to the Tokyo fish market *shudders*

Re:Ever been to Tokyo? (5, Funny)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377369)

Any fish with three eyes? I lost Blinky while I was over in Japan...

Re:Ever been to Tokyo? (4, Funny)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377401)

Don't worry, at least Blinky tasted good. *burp*

Re:Ever been to Tokyo? (5, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377411)

"A few hours browsing at souvenir shops or department stores in the Akihabara district will teach you the meaning of 'strange'."

Why does the teddy bear transform into a dildo welding killbot? WHY!!!!

"BABOOCHI" (5, Funny)

mcc (14761) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377345)

Baboochi left their planet because they were invaded by the evil Zartans and came to Earth to find a new home in the arms of children.

Baboochi(TM) will help teach your children to brush their teeth, clean their room, share with others, and many more important lessons that parents want their kids to learn.


Holy shit WTF. I must own one of these.

Re:"BABOOCHI" (4, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377419)

Great, interstellar refugees, that's all we need.

So, Baboochi, since you're so into 'sharing,' howzabout making with the interstellar-capable spacecraft? C'mon, sharing is good!

Re:"BABOOCHI" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377706)

Are the scientologists making toys now?

Uhh ohh, here comes another SCO suit (1, Offtopic)

GoMMiX (748510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377349)

Having just read this [groklaw.net] Groklaw article, I must admit - I fear poor SnowMold Industries (See toy#2) could be in for a lawsuit!

You got it wrong (5, Funny)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377352)

It's Log!
It's Log!
It's big, it's heavy, it's wood!

It's Log!
It's Log!
It's better than bad, it's good!

Re:You got it wrong (4, Funny)

Dukael_Mikakis (686324) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377408)

Or another old toy reference...

Do NOT taunt HAPPYFUNBALL!

Re:You got it wrong (1)

Tuxedo Jack (648130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377458)

I'd heard this somewhere about logs, but I can't remember where.

"It rolls down stairs in singles and pairs,
Rolls over your neighbor's dog,
It fits on your back and it's great for a snack,
It's log, log, log!"

Re:You got it wrong (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377546)

Yeah. It's from Ren and Stimpy. See my child post for link to full lyrics.

Re:You got it wrong (2, Funny)

FuzzyBad-Mofo (184327) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377555)

I'd heard this somewhere about logs, but I can't remember where.

Stimpy, you eediot!

Re:You got it wrong (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377460)

Ingredients of Happy Fun Ball include an unknown glowing substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.

On the Fly Bar (5, Funny)

NeoTheOne (673445) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377359)

hang on The Cheat...we're takin this baby TO THE MOOOOON!!

Hi. I'm Troy McClure (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377362)

Hi. I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such toy-fair debut documentary films as "Tickle-Me Elmo - the NC-17 Version" and "Coleco Adam: Miracle in Silicon".

Full page ad (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377376)

Dammit! They have a full page ad in the middle of their story that my banner filter didn't ignore for some reason.

http://image.ugo.com/FoxSearchlight/ClubDread/club DreadFriday.gif

- it doesn't match normal ad size
- it doesn't match a spammy url

i hate advertisers.

I hate club dread. whatever that is. ill never buy it if i do find out.

Re:Full page ad (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377428)

its a movie you retard. you dont see movies though because you never leave your basement.

#1 has Double Use (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377377)

Tellmi's illuminated quills are made of soft rubber and viciously vibrate when he's turned on. I'm not going to examine the double uses for such an item, but at the very least, I could see some necks being massaged.

Yes. Necks. That is the only thing this will be used for, i promise. Cartman's mom is on the other line wanting to order one....gotta go!

Early geek toy... (4, Funny)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377396)

The earliest/weirdest toy I ever got was a drawer full of these weird plastic canadian locking blocks.

My parents, coming out of their hippy-ness, got them for me to "expand my mind and creativity". Being 7, what did I make with them? guns/firearms/rocket launchers/etc.

*sigh* good times.

Re:Early geek toy... (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377598)

Well, personally, I don't blame you. You ever try to make a soybean or a dashiki out of plastic locking blocks?

Trust me. It isn't pretty.

KFG

OK EVERYBODY (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377397)

Don't forget to Vote Nader [slashdot.org] in 2004!!!!!!

The SCO-MOLD (5, Funny)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377398)

The SCO-MOLD squeezes your somewhat generic *nix operating system into a form that SCO can demand a license and sue you for.

Ba-who? (1)

dacarr (562277) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377400)

You know, for a minute, when I saw the last item, I thought somebody had come out with a plushy version of these little bouncy guys [weebls-stuff.com] . Ah, well.

Glowing, vibrating...um...hedgehog? (5, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377405)

Tellmi's illuminated quills are made of soft rubber and viciously vibrate when he's turned on. I'm not going to examine the double uses for such an item, but at the very least, I could see some necks being massaged.

I've read that toy companies target adult buyers via product design, with products for young children- teddy bears for example, have proportions similar to babies, which supposedly triggers a [mat/pat]ernal instinct in parents.

Tellmi's figured out a much better instinct to trigger in the parents, it sounds like :-)

"Mommy, stop borrowing Mr. Quills! Every time you do his batteries are dead!"

I see this as a great strategy. A second one gets bought shortly after the first, for sure. The second one is in part responsible for the purchase of the third, anywhere from 9-36 months later...perfect! What's their stock symbol?

Re:Glowing, vibrating...um...hedgehog? (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377607)

Shades of the Harry Potter Vibrating Broomstick.

Re:Glowing, vibrating...um...hedgehog? (5, Funny)

fireduck (197000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377693)

I actually owned a hedgehog for a while, an African pygmy hedgehog (Mr. Pembleton didn't like Connecticut, unfortunately, and passed away a few months back). While the glowing aspect is not quite accurate, the vibrating very much is. Hedgehogs are rather nervous little guys, and whenever he was startled (i.e., whenever anyone looked at him), he would ball up and vibrate. If he didn't have quills of death it would have been rather cute. As it was, he became a vibrating death cactus.

and the whole "internal sensor that'll keep 'em from idiotically walking into stuff, much like real hedgehogs" this is just wrong, either that or Mr. Pembleton's sensor was quite broken. He would repeatedly walk into the same object (apparently under the mistaken belief that every object was my hand, and I'd surely move it after being stabbed for the fifth time).

Re:Glowing, vibrating...um...hedgehog? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377833)

Actually, one of largest adult-toy manufacturers/importers (they developed the CyberSkin line) used to be a regular toy manufacturer - until they found that the adult business was far and away a more lucrative market. They have a pretty nice website, geared toward distributors, showing all of their products and lines - I just can't remember the name of the company, but they are located in California, and from the outside of the building, you would never have a clue (even their name doesn't give you any clue).

Posting this anonymous for a reason...

Orgasmic the Hedgehog (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377407)

Check out "Orgasmic the Hedgehog", that blue sex toy thingy shown on the first page.

Re:Orgasmic the Hedgehog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377522)

Flybar's the coolest one (5, Informative)

heptapod (243146) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377412)

Looks like someone [andymacdonald.com] already got their hands on a Flybar. With video!

Aw. (4, Informative)

Atario (673917) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377490)

Well. That was...disappointing. Here I was, waiting for him to go to the stratosphere, but he just went...about how high you would expect. Feh.

(Still, you deserve +1 Informative for posting the link.)

Re:Aw. (1)

p3tersen (227521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377654)

he doesn't seem to be going for height, but for tricks. looks like there's a lot of compression left in that thing...

Re:Flybar's the coolest one (1)

FuzzyBad-Mofo (184327) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377600)

I initially read that as "Fubar", which I imagine is a possible consequence of (ab)using the Flybar..

Unimpressive video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377859)

The video is really unimpressive. It shows less than 2 feet of air, I'd estimate. (Though his article says he could get 4 feet, which is still less than the claimed 5-6 feet.)

Re:Flybar's the coolest one (2, Funny)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378070)

if the photo on the flybar's website is realistic, i cant imagine what would happen to the user if he lost his balance...

i mean, the footprint of that thing is not enough to make the flybar usable on grass, which means it's going to be used mostly on asphalt and concrete.

then again, i fancy myself racing with a buddy on a local bikepath, doing 5 foot high leaps... enough to scare the crap out of the rollerbladers, who incidentally already pissoff the bicycle riders to no end...

Re:Flybar's the coolest one (1)

rholliday (754515) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378088)

I will have a Flybar or I will die trying.

And once I have one I will probably die using it.

Blade Racers == Micronaut Rocket Tubes ?? (4, Interesting)

L-Train8 (70991) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377413)

[ugo.com]
This sure reminds me of my favortie Christmas present of 1979, this [ebay.com] , although the modern one is so big it must include an expansion set.

This reminds me of... (5, Interesting)

deliciousmonster (712224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377416)

Flat Eric [punchbaby.com] . Not that the Baboochi isn't a good start, it seems that toys that grown-ups can laugh at through one marketing channel and kids can appreciate on their own level will always endear themselves more effectively than simple flat blue animals.

Not unlike the Buddy Lee campaign... which succeeded both as doll-based jingle silliness for TV people and as more mature viral webmercials for the internet set...

Who needs a Tellmi? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377426)

Tellmi's illuminated quills are made of soft rubber and viciously vibrate when he's turned on.

So do mine.

...and the cow jumped over the moon. (4, Funny)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377429)

I may be a fat bastard, but having...a pogo stick that shoots you over the moon...doesn't make me a cow! -Grump

toys (5, Funny)

Enze6997 (741393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377432)

Oh damn... they left out "Bag O' Glass" again!

Re:toys (0)

ImaNumber (754512) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377878)

And it's follow up present: Box o' Bandaids

Ned's Head (5, Funny)

krusadr (679804) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377434)

it's a plush head containing fake vomit, bugs, moldy cheese, rats and worms. -- you just never know which disgusting, vile thing will pop out of his mouth, ears or nostrils next!

Watch out for the lawyers. This is a direct infringement of SCO's business strategy.

Overview (5, Informative)

de la mettrie (27199) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377438)

In case of Slashdotting:

#1 - TELLMI (Digitspace): interactive hedgehog with blinking lights and moving limbs

#2 - THE SNOMOLD (SnoMold Industries): plastic bag filled with snow makes instant snowman

#3 - BLADE RACERS (Dynatech Action): "High velocity infrared racing system"

#4 - VOOT-VUE FARM (HSP Nature Toys): plexiglass box to see vegetables grow

#5 - MARVEL MYSTERY BAGS (Visionary Concepts): Plastic Marvel figures hidden in water-dissolvable bags

#6 - THE REAL SHRUNKEN HEAD (Witch Doctors?): "extremely lifelike", or deathlike, as it were, plastic shrunken human heads

#7 - THE FLYBAR (Flybar Inc.): Pogo stick.

#8 - WHAT'S IN NED'S HEAD (Fundex Games): Plush head containing fake vomit, bugs, moldy cheese, rats and worms

#9 - TKO FIT KIDS (TKO Sports Group): Inflatable child-size wrestlers

#10 - BABOOCHI (Baboochi World): Anthropomorphic blue furry M&M-shaped doll

Re:Overview (4, Funny)

Dukael_Mikakis (686324) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377474)

Damn, kids are so spoiled these days, when I was a kid all we got to play with was a stick and a warning not to poke your eye out.

Re:Overview (5, Funny)

moitz (65511) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377525)

You got a warning? Lucky bastard...now stop moving, my depth perception sucks.

-moitz-

Re:Overview (1)

djh101010 (656795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377565)

#4 - VOOT-VUE FARM (HSP Nature Toys): plexiglass box to see vegetables grow

Just ordered one for my 5 year old. They sell a visible worm farm too but it looks like the same frame; we'll get our own worms once we kill off the veggies.

Shrunken heads (5, Funny)

StuWho (748218) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377441)

" "The Real Shrunken Head" collection consists of six different novelty heads, each based on real life artifacts."

Can you nominate heads? What about Bill Gates, George Bush, the CEO of SCO, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Eminem?

Ads... (-1, Offtopic)

mahdi13 (660205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377443)

Those are great and some even funny...but no matter how many ads I see, or how large they are
I AM NOT GOING TO SEE CLUB DREAD!!!

Re:Ads... (1, Offtopic)

imroy (755) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377699)

That ad sucked up like 90% of my CPU and delayed every action in Mozilla. Geez, I thought Flash ads were bad because of my "old" my Athlon-750. When something sucks up 90% of an Athlon-2400, it's just evil. Because of that, Ugo, mediamgr.ugo.com went very quickly into the list of domains that my Squid proxy blocks. It was just intolerable.

Baaaaad! (-1, Offtopic)

$-chavito-$ (732968) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377466)

And the #1 strangest page layout is (queue drumroll sound)...... www.ugo.com. I don't know where to start -- perhaps the 0 left margin or the giant Club Dread ad maybe. And thank Moz for ctrl + or I would have just moved on. Maybe it looks better in IE -- anyone?

and maybe you know what that ad is for? (1)

rbird76 (688731) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377541)

I'm just wondering - the concept of Lenny Kravitz underneath at least six feet of water is okay, but what was the point?

The Flybar (4, Funny)

stripmarkup (629598) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377481)

even on the second bounce, one of the demonstrators had to have himself at least five or six feet above ground

Sounds really cool. I wonder if it comes with a padded helmet for indoor use.

Just Great (1, Funny)

qw(name) (718245) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377489)


I try to follow the link from work and our firewall has it blocked. If I'm real stupid, I can try the link three or four more times so that IT can start an investigation into my web viewing habits. Wahoo!

Developers Action Figures (5, Funny)

SphericalCrusher (739397) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377509)

I say they should design real-life action figures of characters like Bill Gates, Linus Torvalds, and Steve Jobs! Maybe we can even bundle them in two-packs. I think a Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds would look nice together.

What if we throw a CEO for Motorola and Kevin Mitnick in one pack? You know people would dish out the cash for this.

Re:Developers Action Figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377534)

Yeah!!!!!

Re:Developers Action Figures (4, Funny)

djh101010 (656795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377595)

Could we get McBride added to the set? Having Gates, McBride, RMS, ESR, Jobs, Linus, and EvilBill all in one set would be fun. Just to round it out maybe throw in Larry the Oracle guy. It could be sold as a "battle set", give 'em little weapons to use and all that. I'd buy 'em (thinkgeek, you guys interested?).

Re:Developers Action Figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377781)

Only if we can combine the Tellmi and the Linus Torvalds action figure for the sake of us female hopeless linux geeks. ;) *Pfft*... why have a hedgehog when you can have the man himself. ;) *hides head in shame*

Re:Developers Action Figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377811)

How about a Steve Ballmer figurine that jumps around like a monkey and yells "developers, developers, developers..."

CPU Usage? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377580)

Slightly offtopic, but, did any of you notice that on visiting that page, your CPU usage was at 100%? As soon as I hit back to reload slashdot, it dropped. wtf?

Re:CPU Usage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377621)

happened to me too, what was that all about?

Re:CPU Usage? (0, Offtopic)

crymeph0 (682581) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377664)

Java

And here you just thought I was a bigot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377908)

Java makes baby Jesus cry.

Re:CPU Usage? (2, Informative)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377736)

Many flash adds use as much cpu as they can get to give you a GREAT framerate. sadly.

Re:CPU Usage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377988)

My bet is that the big ad [ugo.com] was set to a different size in the HTML than it actually is (maybe it was set to 450x515, when it is really 475x530) and so Mozilla has to render it smaller than it really is, which is not a strong point for Mozilla. Try viewing the image alone and shrinking your window so that you get scroll bars and see how there's not as much delay as there is when scrolling down that page.

In IE, I get similar CPU usage. It's probably the ripples-in-water effect used in the Flash ad.

It must detect that I've not got a Flash plugin installed for Mozilla and just displays the next best thing, a poorly-sized image.

Infrared Blade Racers? (4, Insightful)

huha (755976) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377603)

I really wonder why the blade racers are called a high-velocity infrared racing system...
Even if they could be steered by infrared remote controls this would be utterly senseless since they'd loose contact to the remote control when doing some loops etc. -huha

Re:Infrared Blade Racers? (1)

cr0sh (43134) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377748)

Not necessarily - the track is clear tubing, and if there are sensors all over the "cars", it should be able to pick up the commands regardless of position or orientation.

Re:Infrared Blade Racers? (1)

huha (755976) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377830)

But the remote control would neet a pretty wide emission angle for the light and would have to be really powerful to cope with "long" distances and these really fast travelling... "toys"
A kind of RF remote control would certainly be more suitable for applications like this :)

-huha

Re:Infrared Blade Racers? (1)

cr0sh (43134) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377861)

I fully agree with you there - plus, as the cars travelled around the track, they would scuff it up, making it more difficult to control. I suppose the IR control might be "pumped up" (think non-columinated IR laser) - though that could be dangerous...

Re:Infrared Blade Racers? (-1)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377757)

The "infrared" refers to the fact that you use an IR remote to control the racers. The remote is aimed at the base station, not the car itself.

flybar video (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377612)

second link on this page [andymacdonald.com] .

not quite low-earth orbit, but still pretty cool.

Jumping (4, Funny)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377639)

That FlyBar reminds me of a toy we saw a few years ago... The Death Wish Shoes [superdairyboy.com] . :D

Re:Jumping (2, Insightful)

bogie (31020) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377868)

I can't possibly see that company not being sued out of existence. Looking at their home page flybar.com shows someone like 6 feet in the air. No way you could use that toy and not break an bone every time you used it. I'm usually of the opinion to just let everyone do what they hell the want bodily harm or not, but I just do think something like this should be sold. At least with a gun once its pointed away from you at a non-human object chances are you'll be O.K.. With this thing its almost like injury for the operator was designed into the product. They should have Dan Aykroyd maketing this along with his "bag of glass".

What? (0, Offtopic)

zelurxunil (710061) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377681)

You mean i seriously wasted 5 mins waiting for this story anxiously only to find out about crappy toys?????

Anatomical mummy mear spills its guts (1)

Ymerej (12280) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377700)

Check out this anatomical mummy bear [actwin.com] , for which there is a thinly veiled advertisement at http://summum.kids.us [summum.kids.us] .

There are stranger.. (5, Informative)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377710)

These may be wierd in a 'oo! It's japanese and odd' way, but for my money, the wierdest toys ever can be found at Disturbing Auctions [disturbingauctions.com] . Just look at the emotionally scarring toys and weep. Half of those are home made and beat hands down anything Japan could come up with.

The Blade Racers need a warning on the box... (4, Funny)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377724)

I mean, if some kid combined that with his Habitrail he could put a powerful hurt on his pet hamster...

[I'll get back to work now.....]

Talking of weird and wacky toys.. (2, Informative)

openSoar (89599) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377731)

I'm sure many of the ideas on this [reemco.com] site really are available in Japan...

Flybar (3, Informative)

Capital_Z (682911) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377734)

I've got to say, that Flybar teaser photo is pretty effective [flybar.com]

ASS PLUNDER!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377768)

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Or to paraphrase... (-1, Troll)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8377905)

You are all a bunch of ass monkeys. (As suggested by a friend)

The big lie of the year (2004 US elections) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8377775)

Thomas Sowell

Big Lie of the year

It may be too early in this election year to determine which will be the biggest of the Big Lies in this political campaign. However, my feeling is that it may be "the working poor." While there are working people who are poor, most poor people are not working full time, not working very long, or not working at all.

These are not matters of opinion. Census data make it unmistakably clear. When it comes to full-time year-around workers, there are more heads of
households who fall into that category in the top 5 percent of income earners than in the bottom 20 percent - in absolute numbers.

There was a time when you could legitimately contrast the idle rich and the working poor. But that time is long gone. Nevertheless, the image is still politically useful, so you are likely to see that image invoked again and again by candidates practicing divide and conquer politics, sometimes known as class warfare or by its more fashionable name, "social justice."

There is even a book by a New York Times reporter titled "The Working Poor." It was previewed by a long article in the New York Times and then given a huge and favorable review in - you guessed it - the New York Times. Journalistic incest lives.

The thesis of both media liberals and political liberals is that there are vast millions of people who work hard all their lives and still remain poor. The next chorus of this song is that only the government can save the day for such people. The grand finale is that politicians need to take more money out of your paycheck to buy the votes of those to whom they give it.

They don't express it like that, of course, but that is what it amounts to. Are there genuinely poor people who stay poor? Yes. However grossly
exaggerated the numbers, there are such people. But studies that follow the same individuals over time find that most of those in the bottom 20 percent of income earners are also in the top 20 percent at some other time in their
careers.

Only a fraction of the people who are in the bottom 20 percent in income at any given time will be there for more than a few years. Of those whose pay is at or near the minimum wage, for example, most are young people or part-time workers, or both.

How much political traction can you get by wringing your hands over some high-school or college kid who is picking up a few bucks flipping
hamburgers, while living with mom and dad?

The solution to this problem, in both the liberal media and among liberal politicians, is to ignore the typical person who is simply passing through
the lower income brackets on his way up and talk exclusively about the atypical person who stays at the bottom for life.

By focusing on those who work hard all their lives and still remain poor - no more than 3 percent of the population - and telling their personal
stories endlessly, liberals can present the Big Lie with a human face. There is an even bigger lie behind all this. That lie is the implication that the purpose of all this hand-wringing is to help the poor. But the poor are just the bait in a political bait-and-switch game.

The fraud becomes apparent the moment anyone suggests that there be means tests, so that the taxpayers' money will be spent only on the poor. Those who pose as the biggest champions of the poor are almost invariably the biggest opponents of means tests. They want bigger government and the poor are just a means to that end.

Whether the issue is housing, medical care or innumerable other things, the argument will be made that the poor are unable to get some benefit that the government ought to provide for them. But the minute you accept that, the switch takes place and suddenly we are no longer talking about some benefit confined to the poor but about "universal health care" or "affordable housing" as a "right" for everyone.

Bait and switch advertising is illegal when unscrupulous businesses engage in it. But it is standard operating procedure in politics. especially during election years.

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell.htm l

Slashdotted, sort of (1)

Xenothaulus (587382) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378074)

Not ugo's main site, but Digitspace's [digitspace.com] , due to all of us sickos that want a vibrating hedgehog.
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