90’s Trivia


Can you name the toy surrounding an urban legend that several intelligence agencies banned these from their offices?

It’s the Furby, of course. This cuddly robot made by Tiger Electronics debuted during the holiday season of 1998. The Furby spoke its own language when new, Furbish, but gradually learned English over time. It was this "learning" ability that got it into trouble with the National Security Agency, which banned these cute little devils from the building. Doh! To read the CNN story about the Furby national security risk, check the CNN story published in January of 1999. In the three 3 years following its initial launch, over 40 million Furby units were sold.



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