No. 2: Furbies

Parents were not quite sure what they were purchasing in 1998 when reaching for a Furby. After all, it looked like an owl or a Gremlin, with an infrared port between the eyes.

Despite the confusion, the public knew they had to have the robotic toy by Tiger Electronics, which had the ability to fall asleep in the dark and spoke English and Furbish.

On Black Friday in 1998 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., more than 500 holiday shoppers physically fought one another through the doors of a local Wal-Mart, instantly wiping the shelves clean of any Furby in sight.

A year later, the National Security Agency considered the fuzzy creature a security threat, considering it repeats what it hears, and subsequently banned them from Fort Meade in Maryland.

Though the Furby had the power to make a child feel maternal, another doll's giggling persona managed to inspire notorious parental riots ...

Tickle Me Elmo Sesame Street toy

No. 1: Tickle Me Elmo

One would think the reproduction of fuzzy, smiling Sesame Street character Elmo would be a harmless product debut from toy company Tyco in 1996. However, devoted parents proved them wrong, doing whatever it took to get their hands on one of the Tickle Me Elmo dolls.

When squeezed, Elmo would shout, "That tickles!" followed by fervent shakes and laughter. The toy was promoted by various talk show hosts, and during the shopping season that year, more than a million dolls were sold instead of the estimated 400,000.

The $29.99 item fostered madness, and retail horror stories were reported all over the country. The backlash against the greedy frenzy reached its peak when a Maryland radio station raised $800 for charity by letting one family flatten one of the toys with a 10-ton steamroller.

Later, in September 2006, a man seeking the new Tickle Me Elmo Extreme doll was threatened by a loaded gun to give up the toy in his grasp.

That's not exactly what people have in mind when they talk about peace on Earth and good will toward men.

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