Hasbro is recalling nearly one million Easy Bake Ovens because children are getting their hands caught in the narrow opening and burning their fingers. I thought this was a good opportunity to point out how ugly the over has become over the years, too. It's aesthetic devolution is as pitiful as the Ford Thunderbird's, from 1955 to 1978. Link (Thanks, Bob!)
We purchased one of these ovens for my 5 year old daughter for Christmas this year. During unpacking and assembly it took my other, 2 year old, daughter all of 45 seconds to get her hand stuck in the door. Thank god it wasn't on and/or hot, she only lost a little skin from her knuckles.
The opening to the oven is about an inch and a half high with a flap-type door that only opens inward so the harder you pull the tighter it gets. Brilliant design... if you're building a hand catcher.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.