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    Instant glue, 1973 One drop of this instant glue formed a bond between man and hammer in five seconds. We called it an instant hazard--and rated it Not Acceptable.

    • Robert Stead

      Instant Glue - One drop of this instant glue formed a bond between man and hammer in five seconds. We called it an instant hazard--and rated it Not Acceptable - 1973

    • Scott Sharon

      Crazy magnetic hammer dude

    • Karen Ram

      hammer time

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    Sunglasses, 1952 We test 38 brands -- and find 23 of them Not Acceptable.

    Automatic electric toasters, 1956 In our tests of 22 models, three that are otherwise high in overall quality also present a serious shock hazard. We rate them Not Acceptable.

    Ecology kits, 1973 This Mr. Wizard kit, as its name implies, consists entirely of culturing molds and bacteria. That should be done only under professional supervision--even if you don't follow the kit's suggestion that you culture matter from dirty garbage cans. We rate it Not Acceptable.

    Instant Button-On, 1965 Most of our panelists didn't find this device difficult to use. But we judge that it's unsuitable for anything much besides work clothes or rugged outer garments and sportswear. Our conclusion: Hang on to your needle and thread.

    Permanents, 1938

    Gaylord the Pup, 1963 We check out a reader's complaint and determine that this mechanical basset is one hungry hound. It eats up a set of four D batteries in about two hours. In six months of regular play, we estimate, the cost of batteries will exceed the cost of the toy itself.

    Cooking oils, 1973 Cooking oil is used to fry fish and then doughnuts to test flavor transference of the oil. The fried doughnuts did not pick up any fish flavor or aroma.


    Candy pellets, 1973 For a nickel, a kid who buys Orbits with Blower gets a packet of tiny, hard candy pellets and a fairly large-bore plastic straw. It's dangerous to other kids when used like a pea shooter--and dangerous to a kid who might easily inhale the pellets.

    Kids' sneakers, 1956. We tested 29 brands with the assistance of more than 300 boys and girls living in four New England orphanages. Among our incidental findings: City kids wear out the soles first; country kids wear out the uppers first.

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    Pocket totalizer, 1960. The Clicker Quik-Chek lets you quickly check your total purchases--or double-check the sales clerk--by clicking off the price of each item.

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    Record changers, 1950 The world of records has become complicated: three speeds, three diameters, two groove widths, and two center-hole sizes. But we've found a new record changer, the Webster, that can accommodate any of these formats and play a stack of 10 or 12 records. But it's not completely automatic. With 45-rpm records, it plays the last record endlessly.

    Spot removers, 1977 This surrealist scene is composed of hundreds of swatches drying in our lab after being stained, then treated with spot removers.

    Toys, 1958 Safety is the first consideration. Toys for infants and toddlers should not have parts that might come loose and be swallowed.

    Ojibway Man and Woman by Roland W. Reed

    A view of a tree top in the process of falling to the ground. The tree has been identified a being 260 feet tall. A man is visible harnessed...