The Insane True Stories Behind The Creation Of Your Favorite Toys

There are toys being sold today that have been around since the 19th century. There are a few toys that have been iconic enough to stand the test of time. Only a select few appeal to kids and kids at heart year after year, decade after decade. Some of these iconic toys emerged out of some very strange circumstances.

Silly Putty Was Invented As A Replacement For Rubber During WWII

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During World War II, Japan invaded rubber producing countries, limiting America’s access to the precious resource. Rubber products were rationed in the US, and the government started funding research into synthetic rubber substitutes.

A couple of researchers discovered that a certain chemical compound could be gooey, sticky, stretchy, and non-toxic. Although it didn’t have all the properties of a proper rubber replacement, it was a lot of fun to play with. In 1949, a toy store owner came across the putty, and the rest is history.