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2017 National Toy Hall of Fame inductees - Wiffle Ball, Clue Board Game, & Paper Airplane

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Richland123, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    The National Toy Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 inductees, and we have to say: they are indeed a bundle of fun ... even if one requires that you solve a murder to play it.

    Inducted Toys: Alphabetical List | National Toy Hall of Fame

    The three classic toys inducted this year are the paper airplane, the Wiffle ball and the board game Clue, and were chosen from 12 finalists that also included Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Cars, My Little Pony, PEZ Candy Dispensers, play food, Risk board game, sand, Transformers, and Uno, according to representatives from The Strong National Museum of Play.

    Where the paper airplane came from exactly is hard to trace, but inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci was drawing flying creations as far back as the 15th century. The Museum suggests that his ideas, plus the Wright Brothers finally taking flight in 1903 may have led to a paper flying machine in 1909, "but its exact origin is unclear," the museum wrote in a statement.

    "Where some toys require financial investment, paper airplanes start with a simple sheet of paper, coupled with creativity and dexterity, to produce a toy with infinite aeronautical possibilities," said Strong Museum vice-president for collections Christopher Bensch, "They allow the imagination to take off and soar!"

    The Wiffle ball came out of the imagination of a semipro baseball player in the 1950s, who wanted to create a baseball that could be played in suburban backyards. Adding slats to a plastic ball made it hard to hit far, but relatively easy to throw. Today, even adults love playing it.

    "Generations of Little League, high school, college and pro sluggers have begun their baseball careers swinging at a Wiffle ball," said Strong's curator Michelle Parnett-Dwyer.

    As for Clue, it was created by a British couple during World War II who based it on the murder mystery dinner parties that were popular then. In 1949 it was released as "Cluedo" and was changed to "Clue" in America. Ever since, we have always suspected it was Col. Mustard in the library with a candlestick.

    It's also the only inductee this year to have been adapted into a movie, a game show, a TV series, a book series for kids, a comic book and an off-Broadway musical.
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  2. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Anti-tort heathen Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    I broke my foot playing wiffle ball, but I love it.
  3. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    They left out My Little Pony? These guys are going to be upset.....
    Bronies in the news

  4. rendevouz


    Jan 8, 2013
    Still no Pet Rock seriously

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