In the late 1990s, a peculiar craze swept across America. Overnight, Beanie Babies went from a plush children's toy to a full-blown national obsession. People of all ages started collecting these understuffed bean-filled animals. Collectors feverishly hunted down limited edition pieces and rare retired designs.
When I was still working, a co-worker once very seriously informed me that his wife was "really into beanie babies." I am afraid that my first thought was I was glad that she wasn't my wife. Another co-worker's wife had a major goal of trying to convince people that she was smart. Her main vehicle for this was reciting urban legends and insisting they were true.