[Video Link] Chris Robinson produced a short documentary about his family's "sordid past with beanie babies." The tulipomania-like obsession started when Chris' brother wanted to get a Beanie Baby when he was four, and his father got hooked. He spent $100,000 on 15,000 to 20,000 Beanie Babies and Beanie Buddies, and they now sit on shelves and in boxes, nearly worthless.
(Ty Warner, the inventor of Beanie Babies, has a net worth of $2.5 billion, according to Forbes.)
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects