Remember Mr. Potato Head?
Better yet, remember when you used an actual potato to play with Mr. Potato Head?
The older I get, the more nostalgic I become. Maybe it’s because I have increasingly more things to look back on.
What I didn’t remember is that, according to the folks at NowIKnow.com, Mr. Potato Head originally came with a pipe, which he donated to the American Cancer Society to help promote anti-smoking efforts.
In 1964, the plastic potato head was created as the pegs that allowed you to insert the pieces into potatoes and other fruits and vegetables were deemed too sharp for children.
I’m all for child safety, but, try as I might, I can’t remember ever hurting myself on a Mr. Potato Head peg.
Then again, I remember sitting on the armrest in the front seat of the family station wagon on the way to the grocery store. I never wore a helmet when I rode my bike and I never wore a seat belt.
How on earth did I survive these dangers and make it to the advanced age of 53?
What horrific childhood hazards did you survive?