Products have to be recalled all the time, so it's not usually a major surprise when it happens. But the following product recalls all share something in common that makes them stand out from the pack. Without exception, we can't believe a single one of these ideas made it past the development stage without someone just standing up in the middle of the meeting and saying, "You know, this looks like it could probably kill a small child."
Here are five recalled products for children that never should have made it to the open market in the first place.
#5. Super Bang Blast Balls
This is an article about toys that everybody should have known were going to be recalled well before they were ever actually recalled. Super Bang Blast Balls were a set of balls that basically exploded when you banged them together. It's as if these things were invented just so they could one day be featured in this article.
And the best part? Banging them together is what you were supposed to do. The main selling point was that they worked like caps. Caps as in the kind you put in a toy gun to make that "BANG" noise. Except now, you don't have to deal with the discomfort and inconvenience of having all that plastic between your hand and the resulting explosion.
The comedic misuse of English is pervasive in Japanese culture, to the point that there are entire websites dedicated just to hilarious gaffes that pop up constantly on billboards and store signs in Japan. But it's definitely not just advertisers and small business owners getting in on the English-mangling fun. Of late, the Japanese anime industry has been making great strides toward turning the concept of "Engrish" into an art form.
Here are three lessons we learned about the English language by watching Japanese anime ...
Will Smith once said in an award show acceptance speech that he didn't need to cuss in his raps to sell records, prompting Eminem to famously call him out in "The Real Slim Shady" with this line:
Will Smith don't gotta cuss in his raps to sell records, well I do, so f**k him and f**k you too.
That line from Eminem is as great as Will Smith's holier-than-thou approach to accepting awards is obnoxious, but both moments ignore one long forgotten fact: Will Smith totally tried to cuss in his raps to sell records once, and the results were absurd.
See, in the years following DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's (who will from here on out be referred to as "Will Smith" to save keystrokes) third album, rap music had taken a serious turn for the gangster. Suddenly, the duo's brand of "Parents Just Don't Understand" jokery was completely out of touch with what discerning rap fans craved, which was songs about the gritty realities of life on the street interspersed with the occasional endorsement of smoking weed every day.
Inexplicably, Will Smith decided that the best way to address claims of his music being for squares was to release a four-minute song about a minor traffic accident and pepper it with enough threats of violence against women to make it a strong contender for inclusion on any future Chris Brown cover album.