Mental Floss

Did the NSA Really Ban Furbys?

Nick Greene


Well before wary computer users started putting tape over their webcams, Furbys were an object of great surveillance suspicion. People thought that the toys’ sophisticated programming allowed them to record and imitate the conversations of their owners. Fearing the toys would leak classified information, the NSA, the Pentagon, and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard banned them in 1999.