In case you don't remember how one "played" Pog: You threw a thick round piece of plastic (a "slammer") against thinner pieces of cardboard. If the Pog flipped over, you kept it. If it didn't, your opponent got to try and slam yours. That's pretty much it. Originating in Hawaii before spreading to the continental United States and then the world, Pog was banned in some schools when greedy kids would refuse to return the discs they'd won. But if Pogs were lost, Pogs had to be regained. So McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and other fast-food chains began to give away Pogs away with their meals. And to further infect younglings with the gimme gimmes, Pog manufacturers adorned the toys with images of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Hot Wheels, WWF Wrestlers, and other fad-inducers in an effort to imbue, let's repeat, pieces of cardboard meant to be destroyed with phony collectability. Other '90s kids blips like Beanie Babies, Tamagotchis, and Magic: The Gathering looked like the height of human achievement when compared with this crap, which at its root, was nothing more than "extreme" Tiddlywinks. D.M.