PAAS

PAAS

Decorating eggs for Easter is a practice that dates back centuries, but you needn't go through elaborate measures to join in the fun. For well over a hundred years, the folks at PAAS have offered a variety of inexpensive egg dyeing kits to help kids of all ages partake in this colorful tradition. Continue reading...

The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

For fans of Disney’s Pollyanna who didn’t get enough of young actress Haley Mills, there was a an easy fix – give her two roles in the next film. Up for the challenge, Mills delivered a delightful pair of performances as twin sisters, Susan and Sharon Mills in the beloved 1961 family classic, The Parent Trap. Continue reading...

Marbles

Marbles

For most toys, pinning down the era in which they originated is an easy task. The longer a toy has been around, however, the more challenging the task becomes. In the case of marbles, it’s literally anyone’s guess. In a nutshell - they’ve likely been around for as long as man has been able to roll little balls into each other. Continue reading...

SweeTarts

SweeTarts

The yin and yang of sweet and sour has always had amble representation in the candy aisle. In the 40s, Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip was all the rage. In the next decade, the powdery goodness of Pixy Sticks prevailed. The 60s brought a less-messy, but equally flavorful tablet alternative called SweeTarts. Continue reading...

Chinese Checkers

Chinese Checkers

Let's start with what Chinese Checkers isn't - it neither came from China, nor is it a variation on the game of checkers. The game was originally called Halma and is of European descent. But Halma sounds more like a medical condition than a really fun game, so American game manufacturers gave it a more exotic moniker and the rest is history. Continue reading...

Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes

No, they won’t keep you cool on a hot summer’s day, nor do they belong in a tall glass of lemonade. But for those who love chocolate, these little foil-wrapped squares have been delighting the taste buds for decades, thanks to the German confectioner, Moritz, proud makers of Ice Cubes. Continue reading...

Flipper

Flipper

Film and television producer Ivan Tors had a strong affinity for nature, especially the marine variety. As a result, he produced a string of marine-themed shows like The Aquanauts. However, the most famous and popular of these productions was the hit show Flipper. It was strongly reminiscent of Lassie, but replaced that show's dog character with a more water-friendly dolphin. Continue reading...

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Class, for the next assignment you’ll need pen and paper and possibly a spreadsheet program to keep track of the tangled morass that is the story of Fleetwood Mac. Visual aids will be needed. Narrative threads will most likely get lost. Children will probably cry. But at least all of it will happen to a high-quality, bluesy rock soundtrack. Into the fray, then. Continue reading...