The '50s and '60s were a big time for nuclear power. America had dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan, and the Russians soon got a hold of it as well. It was the future of all technology everywhere!
The Ridiculous Toy:
Toy manufacturers evidently thought kids really wanted to play with mini atomic power plants -- three different companies made them. They looked ... well, we don't want to say fun, exactly ...
"Merry Christmas. Here's a bunch of metal shit."
They looked like work. Or a school project of some kind. It's the kind of toy you play with if you hate your imagination.
Oh, wait, steam comes out of it? Well, why didn't you say so?
They also sold nuclear engines, because no nuclear power play set is complete without holy shit these toys are boring.
We guess they can double as a dehumidifier?
They even made nuclear cars!
That ... sure is ... nuclear? We guess?
Enough! How many freaking nuclear toys do we have to sift through before we find an atom bomb, literally the only nuclear thing a child might actually want?
The package doesn't even address the most important question: Can we ride it?
Oh, fucking finally ... wait ... "Safe, harmless giant atomic bomb?" You don't really get nuclear power, do you, toy companies?
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