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Zulu Blow Gun (1950s)

Here’s a recipe for disaster: give a child a toy that requires placing the item to the mouth to blow an object out, and then count the seconds until choking ensues. This is the Zulu Blow Gun in a nutshell. Rising to popularity among children back in the ’50s, the Zulu Blow Gun allowed kids to shoot harmless foam pellets at each other. Problem is, the Zulu Blow Gun requires a mighty gust of breath to launch its projectile.

Thus, kids would often breathe in too deeply, which could cause the projectile to be inhaled, potentially leading to death. The Zulu Blow Gun is seen as so dangerous that it has been outright banned in the United Kingdom, but the toy remains widely available in the States.