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The rise and fall of lawn darts

By Peter Allen Clark

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This post is part of Mashable’s You’re Old Week. Break through the haze of nostalgia with us and see what holds up, what disappoints, and what got better with time.

There are a lot of dangerous children’s toys from previous decades, from Sky Dancers to Moon Shoes, but one particularly perilous game stands apart from the rest: lawn darts.

If you’re unfamiliar with lawn darts, or Jarts as they’re sometimes known, it was a game developed in the mid-20th century, in which weighted spikes were tossed into the air with the hopes of landing in a plastic circle placed some paces away. It was essentially the same game as horseshoes or cornhole, only with metal spikes raining down from the sky instead of bean bags. …

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