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7 Pinterest Boards Dedicated to Your Childhood Toys

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So many of our childhood toys have been rebooted into sleek, seductive new gadgets. My Little Ponies have become sexier than any horse has a right to be. Transformers have morphed into jagged, indecipherable harbingers of terror. The kids love ‘em, but we fondly remember the days when plastic was bulky, toys were not marketed to 25 year olds, and Strawberry Shortcake wore pantaloons. Pinterest, home of every collection you can think of, has many boards kept in honor of these memories. Don’t forget to check out Mental Floss’s own Pinterest while you’re at it!

1. He-man and The Masters of the Universe

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I swear by The Power of Greyskull, there are more Pinterest boards dedicated to He-Man and The Masters of the Universe than there are dedicated to wedding photography. And that’s saying something. This board, curated by Matt Butcher, has 350 pins dedicated mostly to classic He-Man, with, thankfully, much less erotic fan art than most of the other He-Man boards.

2. Poochie

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Long before Poochie was a hated Simpson’s dog character, she was a loved Mattel dog character. It’s hard to say what kind of toy Poochie was. Was she a stamp? A doll?  All we can be sure of is that Poochie contained pink multitudes. This is wonderfully demonstrated on Curator Nichole Caulk’s Poochie Pinterest board.

3. Big Wheels

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If you never got a Big Wheel, you’re probably still stinging a bit. Depending on how deep the pain is, you may want to check out the Adult Sized Big Wheels board curated by Melinda Casanova. But if all you really want is to relive the beauty of a 1980s Barbie Big Wheel or the classic bad-tushie red, blue and yellow, check out the Big Wheels and Bikes board curated by Mariesa Huthwaite.

4. Popples

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Warning: If you click on this Popples Board link, your body may not be able to produce enough insulin to offset the effects of a page full of furry rainbow rabbit monkeys bursting out of their own portable wombs. Curated by Abby Sigfrid.

5. NES

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Behold, the Nintendo Entertainment System: 8-bit Central has collected for you over 400 pins in tribute to what amounts to your sweet first kiss in the gaming world. Before you threw away your innocence on high priced trollops like PS4 and X Box One.

6. Sticker books

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As surely as all girls in the '80s would someday get their first training bra, they would also get their first sticker book. Those early sticker collections are an interesting predecessor of Pinterest itself. People collecting pictures of food and unicorns for display. The only difference was that instead of ecard jokes to represent how lazy and cranky we are, we just used Garfield. Curated by Kelly Sweeney Osato.

7. Annie

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Annie has been around for a long time, but until that awesome 1982 movie with an amazing Tim Curry and hilarious Carol Burnett and probably some other actors, she was this unholy comic book ghoul with no eyes.  But as Kori Barnett proves with her Annie the movie board, the early '80s brought an Annie with enough sass and promotional gear to make every girl wish she was a Depression-era orphan.

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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