11.8.15

WE USED TO APPROACH GROWING UP DIFFERENTLY.

Joanne Jacobs shared a Federalist list of "Insanely Dangerous Toys" including miniature kitchen appliances and power tools, glass-blowing and lead-soldier casting kits, a chemistry set, a nineteenth century toy live steam locomotive, a chemistry set, and an atomic energy lab.  All this stuff presumably more dangerous than BB guns, baseball bats, or puppies.  I fear, though, that compilers of the Federalist list didn't understand how responsible parenting used to work, or looked carefully at the toy descriptions.  Yes, you can make the atomic energy lab sound scary by mentioning uranium and radium, without understanding that at the time, luminous watches and clocks had more radium than the cloud-chamber pin did, and that at the time, parents would supervise their children and emphasize reading the instructions.

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