Monday, March 30, 2015
Before there were "Selfies..."
According to Wikipedia, the card game Solitaire dates back to the German-speaking regions of Central Europe in the late 18th century. So this whole "stuff you can do when you have no friends that doesn't involve reading" thing is actually pretty old.
But this is maybe the saddest toy I've ever seen- a jump rope for people who simply can't manage to round up even two people to play with. Maybe I was too old by the time it came out (apparently it was popular for a few minutes in the mid-80s) or maybe it just wasn't a big-time fad on the campus of the Catholic University of America, but I really don't remember this at all. I do agree with the Nostalgia Critic's take on it, though- it probably should have been called "Trip It," and maybe it vanished off the toy shelves when the class action lawsuits filed by people who had lost teeth falling to the sidewalk began to build up.
Or maybe it was just ahead of it's time and should be reintroduced in 2015, when being a socially isolated loser whose Friends are just names and photos on Facebook and where owning a stick that lets you take photos of yourself is Just Fine No Really You Are Perfectly Normal.