23 Annoying Toys That Prove Your Parents Loved You Anything
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23 Annoying Toys That Prove Your Parents Loved You

In trite, cliched movies and sitcoms of the '70s, '80s and '90s, boisterous children are often gifted with drum sets by vengeful family members or ex-spouses. This, we learn, is really a punishment for the child's parents, who will now have to listen to a burgeoning Keith Moon awkwardly learn about rhythm, thus missing out on next several hundred sleep cycles.

But assholes who wanted to screw up their friends and colleagues' lives didn't really have to plunk down the cost of an entire musical instrument – there were an abundance of relatively inexpensive, widely available toys and amusements for children of all ages in that era that would prove equally irritating. If your parents kept some of these around the house for you when you were young, call them and thank them. (NOTE: You should be doing this anyway.) If your parents kept more than 10 of these around, definitely call and thank them, then promise to move them into a better home. One where the orderlies don't steal their antique rings and give them more than 1 hour of outside time a week. It's okay... they'll probably forget you even had this conversation soon enough...
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    So much fondness and nostalgia appeal remains for Hungry Hungry Hippos, the tabletop board game is still produced by Milton Bradley, and plans have been underway for a feature film adaptation for years. But what many parents of the '80s and '90s probably recall more than the mythology of Henry and Homer Hippo, or even the catchy theme song from the commercial, is the deafening racket made any time kids played the game, and the inevitable discovery of loose marbles between the toes, inside the vacuum cleaner bag, or lodged deep within the air canals of beloved infants and pets.

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