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Anybody here remember Clackers from the 70's?

 
lived to tell
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red with silver glitter inside mine.

wanted the hot pink, they were sold out.

absolutely deadly dangerous, like giving kids slings to bring down goliath

some of us actually mastered the damn things.

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LMAO about the lawn darts. At one of the family BBQs, grandpa impaled grandma's foot. She screamed bloody blue murder & was hexing him.
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Re: Anybody here remember Clackers from the 70's?
red with silver glitter inside mine.

wanted the hot pink, they were sold out.

absolutely deadly dangerous, like giving kids slings to bring down goliath

some of us actually mastered the damn things.

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Yep, there is a picture of what my blue ones looked like! Thanks. I didn't even think to google images for them.
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OMG! They are getting $50.00 for them on a website!
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[link to www.vintageclackersandpopperknockers.com]
OMG! $125.00 for a black set. We should have saved ours.
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LMAO about the lawn darts. At one of the family BBQs, grandpa impaled grandma's foot. She screamed bloody blue murder & was hexing him.
Yep, I lived in Dysfunction Junction. My family was on first name basis with the emergency room crew.
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I loved those things. My uncle threw one at another uncle and hit him in the leg. Horseshoes hurt too.
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DAMN IT!!! I wanted to be able to do that. All I got were bruises!
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un forgettable easter that year. everyone got some in their easter basket

it was like standing around next to people setting off fire crackers in their hands, you had to keep a safe distance when an older teen boy really got going on them

the craze was like a frenzy that lasted till mid summer

i recall they had numerous knockoff versions too, black ones with red lightning bolts. neon/glow in the dark.

then it became the rage to toss them up to powerlines so they would rap and 'dangle' like testicles.

there was a pair that hung on ragged nylon for about 5 yrs till the strings finally rotted and they fell off. ha ha

yes, within a week news of them shattering and splinters going into eyes were sweeping the country.

commie import genius. get all the roundeye children to
knock each other's teeth out, give themselves concussions.

you really had to be there to appreciate the fadcraze

Am I overstating how popular, loud and annoying these were? Consider the quotes on the right and:

An estimated three million were sold in the first six weeks after they were introduced to Italy.

An estimated 1600 companies had manufactured 42 million by March of 1971 in the United States alone and they were said to be the biggest fad since the Hula Hoop!

The first (and probably only) Click-Clack world championships were held in Calcinatello, Italy in August of 1971. (Gualtiero Panegalli won.)

I'd love to tell you who invented these things or at least where they originated, but I can't. Oh sure, there are some today who take credit, but no one back then (or now) had any credible creation story, though an Italian suggested that they came from a Norwegian mental institution where they were used to relax patients. My guess is that those patients were parents of kids who had clackers and had only recently been admitted!

On February 11, 1971, the Food and Drug Administration warned that the acrylic balls could shatter on impact and cause injury. There were reports of eye injuries from sharp, shattered fragments. There were also concerns about the velocity at which the balls fly when the cord breaks and the magnifying effect of the Sun through the transparent ball was apparently responsible for a fire as well! A Democratic FDA might have forced the unsafe product off the market, but with an estimated 100 companies having already manufactured in excess of a million of them, Nixon's FDA decided it would simply post the warning and let retailers decide what to do. Toys 'R Us immediately pulled the product from their shelves, but most kept selling them.

By the summer, the FDA had proposed a ban on Clackers that were either not shatterproof and/or did not have a nylon cord, and many of the companies still manufacturing them complied.
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Thanks for the info............mine had string, not nylon. You are right........it was a fad.........but oh what fun it was while it lasted.
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I still have my set buried in a box somewhere and pull them out once in a while and go to town! I am very good at making them click-clack very fast...it's like having a super power for like 5 seconds at a time. Noisy as hell and kind of scary, too. I loved those things and got many bruises until I mastered them.

I made my own "knun-chucks" as well.. (not sure how to spell that.) Loved to "smoke" punks, light those black discs that made snake ash things, light smoke bombs too. Good times growing up as a kid in the 70's. I turned out alright. I was such a tomboy.
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Jarts Lawn Darts

We had these for sure ;-)

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And a great blog for 60's-70's memorabilia :-)
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yeah I still have one Jart packed away in my closet as a memento of my childhood.
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Some things are best forgotten.



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omg omg i remember them too!! god they were great! i could do it really fast.. and i remember them being around telephone cables too, its now trainers tied together.

oh and rock pops are funny with lager/beer but probably quite dangerous!
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Screaming Yellow Zonkers were the BEST, Had Clackers in Jr. High hit myself in the nuts with them then threw them out. Neighbor kid had Jarts we were throwing them one rainy day it slipped from my hand and hit my friend in the back of the head. He only needed one stitch I am glad they took those off the market, had to watch over my shoulders for years for fear of a revenge Jart attack.
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Clackers came out in the mid 60's. These testicular devices were similar to medieval bolos. They gained popularity once more in the 1970's to much dismay and did not last long on the market.
Another 1960's toy was the superball. These objects were just as harmful a clackers. Mrs, Witcher was sent to the nurse after being struck with one.
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Clackers came out in the mid 60's. These testicular devices were similar to medieval bolos. They gained popularity once more in the 1970's to much dismay and did not last long on the market.
Another 1960's toy was the superball. These objects were just as harmful a clackers. Mrs, Witcher was sent to the nurse after being struck with one.
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Superballs were so cool, even the adults were astounded at the physics. Also the pogo-stick caused it's own share of bruises and scrapes, thankfully mercurochrome was replaced by bactine. Ive got a brand new pair of roller skates, you've got a brand new key :-)
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anyone old enough to remember "winky dink" from the late 60's ?
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ever smack yourself in the forehead with some clackers?? I did, had a huge bump all summer laugh
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Hey they now have HOTPINK at www.vintageclackersandpopperknockers.com
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My favorite was my Yellow Duncan Butterfly Yo-Yo
and my whirly whistle ring that kinda sounded like this


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You guys HAVE to check out this site! Not only does it show the Clackers, but it shows a bunch of other old toys that, sad to say, most of them I can remember!



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Ah, ya beat me to it!
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Yeah, got grounded one time cuz I threw them at my little sisters feet as she was walking. Tied her up in a hot second. LOL. Those were the days. Seeing how this country is going/gone to shit, I have been remembering alot of the neat fun stuff from my childhood.


Yeah - we were allowed to play with knives and loaded guns, no safety helmets, etc. and turned out just fine. ;)
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Ah.. those of us that survived, yea. But the Darwinist would say these are the enforcers of natural selection. But then there was something un-natural about Clackers(TM)...

We had several of them ... but I perfered Super Balls.

(Now waiting for jokes about Super Balls... )
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Thanks for the blast from the past. Yes, I had some clackers and they were blue. I could get it going just fine, but it made a loud noise, which got old fast.
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When I was a kid in the sixties,we were poor.We played with Red Diamond matches.
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He got the ass whoopin' of his life for that one.
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remember that - when you actually got a spanking!

The rule in our house was if anyone (mom, teacher, neighbor?!) gave you any type of spanking/scolding you got another one when "dad came home"

and yeah i took out a friend or two with the "clackers" (we used to call them popper knockers) and got a spankin' or two as well...

man - those were good times - good times....
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Another 1960's toy was the superball.
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If you bounced the early ones on asphalt, big chunks would come out of them, especially the dark green ones.
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Yep...had a clear pair of clackers. They hurt like all get out if you didn't do it fast enough and they fell and hit your wrist bone.

It is funny the "dangerous" toys that we had. I had an iron that actually plugged into the wall and got literally smoking hot...a little kid sized coffee pot that my mother would sit on the stove and heat up for me to play with...got a wood burning set when I was about 5 or 6 (still have burn marks from that one)...the little stove set was made out of something like sheet metal with major league sharp corners.
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anyone old enough to remember "winky dink" from the late 60's ?
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Don't remember "winky dink", but how about "Astro-Boy".

Oh yeah and silly putty!
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