In case I haven’t made it clear, I wish lawn darts were still in stores. We used to play at my second cousin Warren and Dolores’ house, and in maybe 300 games I only remember two people getting hurt. The had a way worse accident rate, and that product is still around. Instead of banning lawn darts outright, maybe they should have just started sell a couple of small round shields. That worked pretty well in “300.”
But I still miss the game, which was a so-crazy-it-might-work combination of horseshoes and the javelin throw. The plastic fin surrounded the metal, but the shaft still could move independently, which seemed to improve the chances of one of your lawn darts breaking. Even worse things happened when part of one fin broke off, and suddenly you’d have a dart that wobbled and shanked to one side like a pass. might consider it a hazard, but where I come from that was called “added degree of difficulty.”
Originally Posted by Alfred W.
I get how lots of people took it. They think we're raising the biggest bunch of entitled, coddled narcissists ever to plague the earth and that things were much better before seat belts and back when lawn darts was just an exciting bit of afternoon fun.
I totally get why the CPSC got rid of lawn darts, which have been illegal to produce and distribute in the U.S. since 1988. A few people were killed, which is bound to happen when you invent a game that involves throwing chunks of metal with unpredictable flight paths within cramped property lines. And like most things that you play in your back yard, lawn darts was more fun with beer, which added to the potential for an emergency room visit. More than 6,700 people by lawn darts in the late 1970s and 80s, but I suspect that number was much larger. If I was stupid enough to get speared in the thigh by a product made by Wham-O, I would have told everyone it happened during a drive-by shooting.