Here’s a great idea: Let’s have children toss sharp-tipped metal darts at each other until they get to twenty points, or one of them loses an eye. That was the general idea of Lawn Darts, a team-based game released to the American public in the 1980’s. The gameplay was roughly similar to that of horseshoes, with twelve-inch long darts that were meant to be thrown at a small plastic ring located on the ground in an underhand fashion. At least, that was if the kids used Lawn Darts in their intended manner, and we all know how often that happens.
Lawn darts stuck to everything: trees, mailboxes, walls, people’s heads… it was not uncommon to think that one had walked into the magical land of the porcupines whenever children were out playing. Use of the toy would result in an estimated 6,700 injuries, along with three deaths, until it was ultimately banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1988 after a particular gruesome incident involving a stray lawn dart and a seven-year-old’s skull. Sometimes it really is better to just let kids sit inside and play video games all day long.