Wait no more. The Strong Museum of Play’s National Toy Hall of Fame has announced it’s 2017 inductees. You have the paper airplane; the wiffle ball and the murder-mystery board game Clue beating out Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Cars, My Little Pony, PEZ Candy Dispenser, play food, Risk, sand, Transformers and Uno. Senior Director of Public Relations Shane Rhinewald says winners usually have been around for generations.
They say the Wiffle Ball was invented by a “retired semi-pro baseball player in 1950s suburban Connecticut when he noticed that his son and his friends could not play a game of baseball in the cramped space of their backyard without breaking any windows).” They report a “British couple designed Clue during World War II and based it on the murder-mystery dinner parties popular around that time.” The first paper airplane plane goes back to around 1909 but a guy named Leonardo DaVinci sketched and designed flying creations using parchment in the 15th century.