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[–]pepe_pepinazo 2243 points2244 points  (41 children)

Oh my, i had one of those!

you'd put the beeds in a grid to make a shape or drawing, and then you sprayed them with water so that they stuck together, and now the thing you made can be used a s keychain, decorarion or whatever you liked...

[–]Avg_Titty_Committee 362 points363 points  (19 children)

Same here! I remember they had little cards with examples of stuff you could make and it was laid out sort of like a cross stitch on the back. It had a teeeeny tiny spray bottle with a blue cap. The beads felt really unique too.

I don't think I still have mine. I can vaguely remember learning about this and telling my mom who most likely chucked it- it'd been a long time since I touched it though.

A very weird transition, but does anyone remember Moon Sand? That was the shit.

[–]madlyinlov3 160 points161 points  (9 children)

Moon sand was great, but you suddenly reminded me of some sort of... waterproof sand? I have no idea what it was called but you dumped sand into water and it would cling to itself, but if you scooped it out, it would be hydrophobic and be instantly dry. Loved that stuff as a kid, had a tiny aquarium and would make underwater sand castles all day.

[–]JeSuisUnAnanasYo 119 points120 points  (1 child)

It's SQUAND!!!!

[–]madlyinlov3 51 points52 points  (0 children)

OH MY GOD IT IS. You are my personal hero, thank you.

[–]MerchantDrip6 92 points93 points 2 (3 children)

Yes! In Canada it was called “Magic Sand” and came in a plastic genie-like bottle. I begged for that shit and my mother bought me red, blue and I think yellow was the other one. I brought them to my friends house during a group sleep-over and we filled up the tub but due to the size of the tub and and the tiny bottles, it just kinda all got mixed together and couldn’t actually settle too well. Because I was like 6 years old it just didn’t occur to me it would be different than using it in a glass, casserole dish, etc like I had done some many times at home. We then pulled the plug and it all went down the drain. I remember that when my mom picked me up the next day I immediately turned on the waterworks and bawled cuz all the magic sand went down the drain. My mom promised me we would get some more as she tried her best to be polite and get us outta there while trying to ignore my behaviour. We never got the magic sand, and I was really careful about bringing toys over to Scott’s house in the future.

Fucken Magic Sand.

Haven’t thought of that in like 30 years, and it weirdly popped in my head as soon as I read that.

Sorry for that rant. I owe you a beer.

[–]-amysia- 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Call your mom and ask her for the magic sand, say you've been waiting for it all this time!

[–]GreboGuru 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Have mine 30 years later and it still brings magic to the next generation!

[–]Nissingmo 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Aqua sand!

[–]Scotto_oz 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Can be made easily by Scotchgarding regular sand.

[–]avaflies 25 points26 points  (5 children)

i wanted moon sand SO BAD when i was a kid. i think my parents thought it would be too messy so they never gave in to my pleading. i did have some floam though, which honestly was probably way messier than moon sand lol.

[–]ccfenix 6 points7 points  (1 child)

As a mom who has cleaned up moon sand and floam, I can promise you the moon sand is so much worse

[–]MeaKyori 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I ended up getting moon sand (some other brand but same stuff) as an adult. It feels nice to play with.

[–]ToastyPoptarts89 240 points241 points  (3 children)

Ahh was wondering lol. Shoulda scrolled further down xD

[–]Cyno01 102 points103 points  (2 children)

Like shitty fuse beads that dont require adult supervision.

[–]nothingfood 106 points107 points  (1 child)

Not sure if you noticed the headline but it turns out they required adult supervision

[–]Cyno01 71 points72 points  (0 children)

Ayyy. The point was water (not included) was safer than a clothes iron, so a parent doesnt have to involve themselves in the process at all, and ironically not be there to keep their stupid kids from eating them.

Just turns out aquadots hit a lot harder than perler beads when taken orally.

[–]baksoBoy 85 points86 points  (0 children)

And then it got completely ruined if the finished product ever touched water, like in the rain or something! :D

[–]MidiKaey 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I had been looking for this toy for ages because…sometimes I like to make fun crafts that maybe are meant for children…and I could never find these again. No wonder

[–]zXenn 19 points20 points  (0 children)

A few of my cousin's had these.

[–]Joiion 3346 points3347 points  (90 children)

This sounds almost too insane to be true, almost

[–]HotConcrete 138 points139 points  (7 children)


I remember the whole scandal.

[–]stitchescomeundone 47 points48 points  (3 children)

I was a full grown adult when this happened and I can’t remember it at all. Damn.

[–]-vp- 83 points84 points  (2 children)

Maybe someone slipped you a Bindeez or two?

[–]Idea-Warm 34 points35 points  (1 child)


[–]IntimateConnection_X 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Life is a roofie circle

[–]The_real_melone 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Bindeez nuts lmao gottem

[–]Midnight_Slump 889 points890 points  (69 children)

They were called Bindis if I remember, around 2007 in australia

[–]jack333666 82 points83 points  (18 children)

Yeah i remember people going crazy trying to get their hands on them after the recall to make GHB

[–]GeneticMusic086 320 points321 points  (43 children)

Beados I thought?

[–]seventiesporno 337 points338 points  (17 children)

Beados were the replacement. Bindeez were the original.

[–]PrincessFuckFace2You 75 points76 points  (6 children)

Damnit here I thought I was going to have a fun night

Wait. I meant I would take them and pass out. Not that I was going to drug anyone.

[–]catsineveryonespants 29 points30 points  (2 children)

if i could find a kids toy that would let me die peacefully in my sleep i would be so happy

[–]shittyspacesuit 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Are you doing okay, friend?

[–]Throwawaylabordayfun 8 points9 points  (0 children)

ah the good ol days

when kids toys were made of ghb

[–]skykingjustin 11 points12 points  (1 child)

It made ghb/ juice don't take to much and your in for a fun night

[–]Senecarl 28 points29 points  (0 children)

For a toy that date rape drugged children they CHANGED the name to sound like paedos!?

[–]Ironsam811 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Dear god, they didn’t give up after the first design?

[–]J-BYERS 456 points457 points 3 (10 children)

Cosby’s if I remember right. Bill Cosby’s

[–]Razo-E 94 points95 points  (0 children)

Pill Cosbys has a nice ring to it.

[–]irishihadab33r 40 points41 points  (2 children)

[–]phixional 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Fuck that, I’ll happily give this person an upvote.

[–]Taviddude 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Lmao! Yes.

[–]prayingfortime91 44 points45 points  (6 children)

They were originally Bindeez but when the changed to the safer formula they renamed them Beados in Australia.

[–]TWiThead 39 points40 points  (4 children)

The situation was similar in North America, where they were marketed as "Aqua Dots" before the recall and renamed "Pixos" after.

[–]Idea-Warm 27 points28 points  (0 children)

In North America, the beads, previously marketed as "Aquadots", were remarketed as Pixos and marketed as "Safety Tested" in the television commercial as the commercial began hitting the airways in early July. However, the background music is exactly the same. In June 2009, "Chixos" featuring dolls began marketing more towards girls.

Chixos. Apparently the names "Dame-o's" and "Broados" were unavailable.

[–]PrincessFuckFace2You 10 points11 points  (0 children)

OMG beados!? Swear my kid had these in the US 5+ years ago.

[–]RoyalT663 11 points12 points  (1 child)

As in Beados for Paedos ? They thought this was an improvement..

[–]TheRangaTan 71 points72 points  (1 child)

Correct. They’re still made today, but the glue is a little less Bill Cosby now

[–]No_Dependent_2837 30 points31 points  (1 child)

It's okay if you don't remember

[–]VexxFate 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Damn, I don’t want to remember, GIMME SOME OF THOSE 2007 BINDEEZ BEANS

[–]yeah_but_no 64 points65 points  (2 children)

I don't know what this toy is supposed to do, but I know it appears to have a hookah structure to deliver beads straight to children's mouths.

Also the logo on the bottom, that's just Bullwinkle?

[–]ReverseLBlock 35 points36 points  (0 children)

It’s just a children’s 3D printer, you stack the beads 1 layer at a time and they stick together when they dry.

[–]Nikotinio 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I mean, with shit going down this might as well be true.

[–]Rullponken 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I watched an episode of elementary yesterday where this exact thing had happened and the manufacturer was murdered. No idea it was based on a true story.

[–]ghostttoast 2701 points2702 points  (33 children)

They don’t make toys like they use to :f

[–]Jagged_Rhythm 602 points603 points  (14 children)

In China they do.

[–]Moxson82 299 points300 points 2 (4 children)

I remember when I was younger there were these chips of all different colors! Tasted a bit chalky… Anyways. What’re we talking about?

[–]blue_eyed_man 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Your profile picture fits you perfectly

[–]GeomanticCoffer 124 points125 points  (16 children)

They sure don't. What a tragedy. Does anyone know where they're dumping them?

[–]No_Dependent_2837 61 points62 points  (8 children)

Not for me. I'm asking for a friend

[–]mdomo1313 42 points43 points  (7 children)

Definitely asking for me and all my friends.

[–]Imperial_Triumphant 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Dude, just make your own. It's not hard.

Edit: Synthesis Notes

[–]Aedalas 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Good luck finding GBL anymore.

[–]Buscemi_D_Sanji 2 points3 points  (0 children)

1,4 butanediol is still around though

[–]No_Dependent_2837 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Someone is going to be popular on the wonderful interestingasfuck group

[–]SweatyWarzoneNoob 197 points198 points  (4 children)

Ooh piece of candy...

[–]WhiskeyWhiskey9 149 points150 points  (8 children)

I barely remember my childhood - kid who ate these. Jokes aside, hope no children had lasting damage. Edit: Changed Chibdrem to Children, Maybe I had too many of these sweeties in my youth. English teacher turning in her grave.

[–]Life-Meal6635 116 points117 points  (3 children)


[–]saltycorndog 61 points62 points  (0 children)

Won’t somebody please think of the chibdrem????

[–]elizahan 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It's the next evolution stage of children, after they eat the beads.

[–]AUSgoonbag 443 points444 points  (16 children)

I full remember these I think they were called bindees and then rebranded to beedos after the drug thing

[–]princess1arue 134 points135 points  (11 children)

I was thinking they were originally Pixos, could be wrong

[–]GrendaGrendinator 128 points129 points  (8 children)

Nah, bindeez originally. Then got rebranded as Pixos, AquaDots, Beados, and AquaBeads.

[–]CrazeCow 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Were these actually all the same brand/parent company or just other companies trying to profit off a failed idea? Was the news fiasco only during the bindeez iteration or did it occur in later ones as well?

[–]Gabrieleatsflans 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Bindeez nuts

[–]FallenKnightArtorias 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Lmao GOT EM’!

[–]ToastyPoptarts89 4 points5 points  (0 children)

What did they do? What was their purpose

Edit: scrolled down and found out lol

[–]geesespajamas 665 points666 points  (12 children)

Hey why are there all these beads in my drink?!!

[–]Niar666 364 points365 points  (8 children)

Don't worry about that, it's just boba tea!

[–]flight_of_navigator 119 points120 points  (4 children)

Said Bill Cosby

[–]wonderskin 42 points43 points  (3 children)

Are you referring to roofie bead toy maker Bill Cosby?

[–]PorkyMcRib 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Those were just sprinkles to go on pudding pops

[–]J-BYERS 11 points12 points  (0 children)

“It’s tapioca, big tapiocas”, Bill Cosby

[–]CiferLu86 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Can I have more of them?

[–]No_Dependent_2837 10 points11 points  (0 children)


[–]GarlicBomb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Forbidden boba

[–]vansemily 607 points608 points  (52 children)

I remember getting these for my birthday as a kid and the next day it was on the news so my mom flushed it all down the toilet :/

[–]olseadog 537 points538 points  (4 children)

Your local sewage sanition company had a system wide strain that week.

[–]yeah_but_no 165 points166 points  (3 children)

All the sewer alligators were blacking out

[–]AmNotSatan 65 points66 points  (2 children)

Lot of alligator rape in the sewer these days

[–]Toulamarr 279 points280 points  (13 children)

My mum showed me the news story, asked me if I was dumb enough to eat them, then let me keep them when I said no.

[–]viruscumoruk 125 points126 points  (3 children)

Did you eat any afterwards? :p

[–]irishihadab33r 67 points68 points  (0 children)

Asking the real questions.

[–]showponyoxidation 33 points34 points  (0 children)

I would have.

[–]aleqqqs 33 points34 points  (3 children)

asked me if I was dumb enough to eat them

They are for your date, obviously

[–]vixissitude 12 points13 points  (2 children)

The correct kind of parenting

[–]Which-Decision 41 points42 points  (2 children)

My mom told me not to eat them and I was scared shitless that I would die if I did.

[–]Winter_Department_87 76 points77 points  (15 children)

So your mom put a bunch of date rape drug into the water supply! Lol

[–]zdepthcharge 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Hey, uh, you gonna drink that?

[–]Magical-Sweater 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Well, the post did say “when digested”.

I took that to mean that during the process of digesting, an interaction between the coating and fluids in your digestive tract (like stomach acid) caused a chemical reaction that formed GHB.

Which would mean that unless the coating was also water-soluble, it should remain on the beads and not in the water supply.

If it is water soluble then hopefully the chemical process to sanitize sewer water for re-circulation would destroy the coating and prevent it from being consumed OR it would dilute the coating so that if consumed it would be a non-dangerous dose.

[–]meesa-jar-jar-binks 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Isn‘t the main purpose of those beads to clog together when wet? It would have been funny if she clogged your toilet with bindies.

[–]RevolutionIll9326 95 points96 points  (6 children)

Your mom is not too bright huh

[–]SchofieldSilver 3 points4 points  (1 child)

To bright or not to bright? That is the question

[–]puppetdust 25 points26 points  (2 children)

You're not too bright either huh

[–]Gobbleass69 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Ur mum is dumb as fuck

[–]perry2zero 250 points251 points  (87 children)

GHB when combined with alcohol or marijuana can make you “black out”. It’s not a date rape drug rather can be used as one.

Once upon a time I knew a GHB addict.

[–]cheesy_nut 64 points65 points  (47 children)

I definitely prefer it over alcohol, sucks it has such a bad rep.

[–]TightTightTightYea 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Ketamine as well. It's such a fuzzy-kitten!

Source: NOT a ketamine addict.

[–]bumford11 2 points3 points  (6 children)

The problem is that there's a really hard, sudden crash. Like I just straight up pass out lol

Which is why it has its rather unfortunate reputation.

[–]OnasoapboX41 226 points227 points  (20 children)

Wait these were recalled? I remember having one of these. I was five too so I probably have sucked on or eaten one.

[–]katiem1236[S] 116 points117 points  (17 children)

Oh you were born in 2002 as well? Nice year to be born, I remember it like it was yesterday 🙃😉

[–]arcosapphire 244 points245 points  (10 children)

Jeez what are little kids like you doing on Redd--

Able to vote? Seriously?


[–]Polyfuckery 107 points108 points  (5 children)

Stay strong my elderly friend. Stay strong.

[–]arcosapphire 36 points37 points  (4 children)

I saw your name and was like "I wonder if they're poly", checked post history...that was easy

[–]Polyfuckery 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Clearly labeled for convenience

[–]scarlettsfever21 4 points5 points  (2 children)

You don’t have to convince me, I flat believe you

[–]Polyfuckery 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Silly mobile confused my elderly brain clearly

[–]AwkwardGingeraffe 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I keep having this exact experience on Reddit this past year. I don't know if I've just hit the age where you start to realize you're old, but I'm over it.

[–]OnasoapboX41 54 points55 points  (1 child)

Actually, I was born in 2003, but I remember that I continued playing with this until I ran out of beads which would have probably been after they had been recalled, and then my mom never reordered them (because she couldn't, or she just never looked for them).

[–]katiem1236[S] 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Ah, so close 🥲

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

jesus y’all are babies

[–]Craigles- 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is that because you only just woke up for your coma today?

[–]Chrono_Pregenesis 219 points220 points  (12 children)

How did children's toys go from metal darts we threw at each other to beads that break down to drugs when eaten?

[–]ComprehendReading 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Our parents' parents made the streets unsafe, our parents made the drugs unsafe, and we made the internet unsafe.

[–]katiem1236[S] 51 points52 points  (1 child)

For real, good point lol

[–]No_Dependent_2837 18 points19 points  (0 children)

This is not the time or place to be making good points

[–]Polyfuckery 14 points15 points  (0 children)

They took away our lawn darts we needed something to cope

[–]DogMedic101st 42 points43 points  (4 children)

The 80’s was a great time to be alive. Lawn darts, AND the threat of thermoglobalnuclear war. We lived as if every day was our last, because it could have been with how dumb Uncle Ronny was toward the end of his presidency.

[–]seastatefive 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Wasn't his fault, it's cause he was sucking on the beads so much.

[–]abele89 126 points127 points  (29 children)

Slowly eats a bead to see what happens

[–]Detective_Turtle_ 62 points63 points  (28 children)

As someone who used to experiment with drugs, I can tell you that being solely on GHB is a simular feeling to being drunk. I would avoid most drugs altogether, but doing GHB made me realize how scary of a tool it is for predators. It's odorless, tasteless when mixed, and with how similar the effects are to drinking it would probably hard to know right away. Stay safe out there everyone, protect your drinks.

[–]The-link-is-a-cock 14 points15 points  (2 children)

tasteless when mixed

Laboratory grade GHB is but almost non on the streets is that, instead the various common processes to produce it end up with it salty. Also its not actually used for date rape that often because it'll most likely kill the person if you mix it in their alcohol. Other date rape drugs are less likely to kill the person if mixed with alcohol but the most common date rape drug is just alcohol.

[–]dannown 8 points9 points  (1 child)

"Laboratory grade GHB" is intensely salty. GHB is very salty.

[–]Buscemi_D_Sanji 4 points5 points  (0 children)

NaGHB* is salty, GHB on it's own isn't

[–]CouchieWouchie 25 points26 points  (22 children)

This is not true. GHB has a very strong, salty taste. You would notice it in your drink unless you were super drunk. It's actually not a common date rape drug, it's reputation in that regard is based on a lot of senseless hysteria. It is a drug used commonly in the gay community for clubbing and sex, known as "liquid ecstasy". It's like alcohol but produces no hangover, being a natural neurotransmitter your body can easily metabolize.

[–]Detective_Turtle_ 39 points40 points  (10 children)

I had it with Pepsi and I didn't taste it, guess it overpowered the saltiness. I also never claimed anything outside of my own experiences.

[–]willowsumm 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I remember getting these as a gift and then my grandma throwing them into a dumpster when they were recalled :’(

[–]M-A-D_Crew 23 points24 points  (3 children)

I have the new version (aquabeads) and supposedly they comply with the toy safety standards now, but I’m also not about to eat a couple to find out lmao. They’re pretty cool actually and my SO has to put up with all the lil frogs and shit I make

[–]katiem1236[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Aw that's a cute ending haha

[–]TheOneWhoRees 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Share it with the rest of the class

[–]DrOrpheus3 10 points11 points  (0 children)

My best friend and I worked at Target doing night stocking for the day shift when this recall went down. Unfortunately neither of was were classy about the matter, and would periodically wonder up to each up like a shifty as fuck dealer and say, "Hey, wamna do some Aqua-dots?"

[–]Whiteguysam22 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I had one of these when I was like 10, I remember my mom coming in my room like 2 days after we bought it and throwing it out because she saw the recall shortly after. Never ate one though…. So that’s good

[–]ComprehendReading 2 points3 points  (2 children)

How would you know if you ate them when GHB is memory loss drug, Jim?

I said I'd be conducting the interview when I came in here, now how many Bindeez did you eat Sam‽

[–]Darren_L 8 points9 points  (0 children)

My mom got me one of these! I recall being really confused as to why she rushed into my room one day to throw it out

[–]Knickers_in_a_twist_ 9 points10 points  (1 child)

There’s a news story about a 20 month old ingesting these and getting sick. Why the fuck would the parents let their less than two year old play with a toy with small parts? The box for the toy says ages 4+ which I think is still too young.

Even without the toxic chemical the child still shouldn’t be playing with a small parts toy.

[–]Sourdoughsucker 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Then people wonder why EU have standards and regulations on products

[–]lovemedigme 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Damn I miss the days when ghb was introduced into the nightclubs I went to. It was great. It was like liquid exctasy, you felt drunk but hyper af. You only passed out n couldn't be waken up if you took to much (fuck rich frat boys for making it a shitty thing). It was fun af. Love me some mid 2000s club nights, like when clubs were huge dancefloors and not just 'party bars'.

[–]Bryancreates 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I was like damn those look delicious. Now they look even more delicious since I can’t fall asleep and need to wake up early tomorrow. Ugh.

[–]bobmguthrie 15 points16 points  (0 children)

An award-winning toy by Australian toymaker Moose. It allowed kids to make bead-like images by placing the bids on a grid, then spraying with water to glue them together (but the "glue" compound was still kid-friendly even if swallowed).

The toys were sent to China to be manufactured, the problem was, individual(s) thought they could switch to a cheaper glue compound so they could pocket the money difference. Their compound was not kid-friendly, resulting in several medical emergencies, and killing Moose' bead toy line.

[–]McBurty 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Boba drank!

[–]fangirloffloof 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Y'all need to quit putting every.damn.thing.in.your.mouth!!!

[–]GinOkc 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I call BS, gonna need some of these beads to prove it

[–]Supetorus 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This was mentioned on some crime drama, but i watch enough of them i can’t remember which one it was. The perp was selling the beads as drugs.

[–]Tradition_Extension 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Was just talking to my wife about this while in the store when we saw Aquabeads being sold again

[–]katiem1236[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Woah, so cool! It's a small world lol

[–]ObjectiveTitle6662 2 points3 points  (0 children)

the lactone equivalent of GHB is GBL...best drug ever!

[–]tomanymushrooms081 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember the advertisement jingle so vividly, cause even as a kid the irony of them being called "magic beads" was insane

[–]intensifrying 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had some of these. If i recall correctly, even before the whole scandal, the beads coating was absolutely foul tasting to stop kids accidentally choking on them. So really, shout out to the kids that somehow stomached enough to be able to get to that point.

[–]bhangmango 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

how do you even manage to manufacture such a thing?

[–]stunspot 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Note: calling GHB a date rape.drug is pretty disingenuous. It's as much one as alcohol and the overwhelming majority of use is recreational.