It's The End Of The World As We Know It

It's a disaster! It portends the end of the world as we know it! RUN AWAY!!!

What is it that means we might soon see our lives change for the worse? Is it Obama's plans to make us all totally dependent upon government for everything? Is it an asteroid that will hit the Earth and wipe out most life? Is it a plague? War? Global Warming??

No. It's far worse.

Fisher-Price is discontinuing the View Master!

We're all doomed! DOOMED, I SAY!!!

Amber LaPointe's introduction to one of the country's greatest tourist attractions came from small square pictures on a white wheel.

"It was like you could look into a world away," said the 28-year-old from Toledo, Ohio. "My only image of the Grand Canyon was from the View-Master."

The iconic reels of tourist attractions, often packaged with a clunky plastic viewer and first sold to promote 3-D photography, are ending their 70-year run after years of diminishing sales.

I remember using a View-Master as a kid, looking at scenes that stood out just like you were there. You could almost reach out and touch the subjects in those 3-D scenes.

I don't know how many disks I viewed. We had quite a few and traded with other kids in our neighborhood to see new things. That little plastic device and the round cardboard disks let me see things and go places I never thought I'd ever see in real life.

And now it's going away.

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