There’s something to be said for being easily amused. In the 1940s, toy inventor Eddie Goldfarb saw an ad for a false-teeth holder called a “Tooth Garage” and he started cracking up. In his head, he saw a pair of dentures, chomping and sputtering down the road like a car, and parking on their own.
Thus, in 1949, Yakity-Yak Talking Teeth—the
wildly popular wind-up gag commonly known as “chattering teeth”—were
Check out the chompers that inspired countless slapstick comedians—and little wind-up motor that also inspired zombie toupees, clapping hands, and a heart-thumping Jockey undershorts promotion—at Collectors Weekly.