Why did my brother get a chemistry set for Christmas one year? He wasn't really bothered by science. He was into motorbikes and soul music whereas I was the, ahem, nerd of the litter, the one who would demand to watch James Burke whenever he was on. So how come my brother got the chemistry set and I didn't?
Can't really answer that one, though I did get some sciency presents in my childhood years. The one I do remember well was a microscope, a small one, in a lovely wooden box. It might not have been overly powerful but it did provide nice views of protists from the local ponds when I had a pond dipping phase a few years later. Now I come to think of it, that microscope served me well.
here. I don't remember it being that simple.
Looking on Ebay, you'll find plenty on sale. It seems that everyone who had one must have hidden it in the loft and kept it in good condition. Not me. I gave mine away when I put away childish things and thought I might be grown up. But no man is ever so grown up that childish things are not attractive, and there is something Proustian about gazing upon the various pieces of the game and remembering the smell of the cardboard and sitting around a table with your friends trying to work out the rules. I bet you don't get that with your average Xbox game.