Though the Furby had the power to make a child feel maternal, another doll's giggling persona managed to inspire notorious parental riots ...
No. 1: Tickle Me Elmo
One would think the reproduction of fuzzy, smiling Sesame Street character Elmo would be a harmless product debut from toy company Tyco in 1996. However, devoted parents proved them wrong, doing whatever it took to get their hands on one of the Tickle Me Elmo dolls.
When squeezed, Elmo would shout, "That tickles!" followed by fervent shakes and laughter. The toy was promoted by various talk show hosts, and during the shopping season that year, more than a million dolls were sold instead of the estimated 400,000.
The $29.99 item fostered madness, and retail horror stories were reported all over the country. The backlash against the greedy frenzy reached its peak when a Maryland radio station raised $800 for charity by letting one family flatten one of the toys with a 10-ton steamroller.
Later, in September 2006, a man seeking the new Tickle Me Elmo Extreme doll was threatened by a loaded gun to give up the toy in his grasp.
That's not exactly what people have in mind when they talk about peace on Earth and good will toward men.
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