It's a kind of a lawn dart that touched many lives - and taunted the nanny state:
Long live the 3:1 ratio of boys to girls with “penetrating lawn dart injuries” that led to the ban.
Long live the box copy reading, mostly chronologically: “an outdoor game,” “a missile game,” “an exciting outdoor game of skill for the whole family,” “fun for the entire family.”
Long live the amended copy: “an outdoor skill game for adults,” “a skillful sport for adults,” or “a competition rated adult lawn dart game.”
Long live the end of the jart.
Long live the end of childhood.
Long live the culture of protection.
And on it goes.
(Hat tip: Will Wilkinson, who illustrated the essay.)
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com.