One of the Biggest Scandals in the History of Toys. The Dark Story of the Cabbage Patch Kids

A “War of the Worlds” Enactment

If you want to know how far the mania went for Cabbage Patch Kids, then here is a story for you.

Once, a radio ad announced that a B-29 bomber would be air-dropping 2000 Cabbage Patch Kids over the Milwaukee County Stadium. The announcement went on to give details: if you came to the stadium with a baseball glove and waved your credit card in the air so that a passing plane could take a picture of your card, then you stood a chance of getting a Cabbage Patch Kid. It was a joke. Or, at least, it was meant to be.

The next thing you know, there were dozens of people at the Milwaukee stadium, carrying baseball gloves and waving their credit cards frantically in the air. It was eerily like an enactment of HG Wells’ War of the Worlds.

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