This may be the most bizarre toy behavior I’ve ever seen.
The J-Man usually picks a couple of letters or numbers to be his favorite for a given length of time (for a day or two, most of the time). Recently, he settled on two particular numbers while playing with his LeapFrog Clickstart keyboard. So, like many kids who perseverate on things, he’d press the buttons for those numbers many (many) times in a row. The computer/TV would say them back to him, you’d see them on the screen, and from time to time he’d say them along with it.
One of the games on it he likes is Type Time, which basically just lets you type letters and numbers as much as you want. Well, not quite as we discovered.
On the day in which I discovered this mind-boggling ‘feature’, one of those numbers was ‘7’. The other was, well… you’ll see. And you’ll see exactly what the Clickstart won’t let you do.
[This is a video of me (well, my hand at least) with the keyboard and TV both visible so you will see that I’m not making this up. You may have to bump up the volume a bit. Sorry the picture quality isn’t super.]
Some programmer/engineer/I-don’t-know-what decided that this particular game on this particular LeapFrog toy should not allow you to type ‘666’. You can type ’66’, but then it just stops displaying or saying the number. You can press any other key on the keyboard as many times as you want (yes, I tried), but ‘6’ is the only one that will not display more than two times consecutively.
I wish I could make this kind of stuff up. And just think, if he hadn’t been perseverating on the number ‘6’, I would never have known!