There was a cartoon in the New Yorker magazine a while back showing bunches of parents with children flooding into a big store called “Childcrap”. If you’ve ever been to those big box toy stores, or even the big toy department of any shop then you know how accurate that captionless cartoon is. Plastic everything, the worst of the Made in Chinas, gaudy colours, cheap and disposable trendy doodads.
But we adults are no less susceptible to crap toys. Our digital picture frames, our Instant Pots, our mp3 players, our golf club mitts, our milk foamers, our Moroccan hash pipes, our battery-powered thingamajigs, our air fryers, our expensive sneakers, our $50 corkscrews… bits and bobs that are fun but mysteriously transient. Every summer at our house we bring out a chips and salsa platter that plays the Mexican Hat Dance every time someone dips a tortilla chip. Well, maybe the latter example is less crap than a valuable family heirloom. Yeah, that.
In any case, may I present a few of my favourite cartoons relating to today’s casual prompt, “toys”?
Peace, love, and “adult” toys,