Lawn Darts / Jarts

While visiting my Uncle Joe last week in Chicago, I found the following hiding down in his basement.

In the 1980s, lots of people owned Lawn Darts. Also in the 1980s, lots of people had stories of being hit, or almost being hit, by lawn darts. Similar to horseshoes, the idea behind lawn darts was to throw them into the air and see how close you could get them to a target lying on the ground. Sooner or later, that target became your friends’ feet.

According to Wikipedia, the Consumer Product Safety Commission “banned lawn darts from sale in the United States due to their hazards as a flying projectile with a sharp metal point causing multiple deaths.” The following year, lawn darts were also banned in Canada.

A quick search of eBay turned up no Jarts or Lawn Darts, although occasionally I’ll run across a set for sale at a garage sale or an antique mall. If you’re looking for a set, bring cash. Since being banned Lawn Darts are somewhat difficult to find, and typically priced accordingly.