At last, the age old question will be answered. I've often wondered what the inside of an Etch-A-Sketch looks like, and now I know. When I was a kid, I used to scratch away all that silver stuff so that I could see inside that bad boy, but I never really could get enough removed so that I could see the inner workings.

I have to admit that the urge to take the thing apart so that I could see what was inside was almost more than I could stand, but I knew I'd get in trouble, and the odds of getting it all put back together and working correctly again were slim to none. I did love taking things apart to see how they worked. I was really good at it. I just wasn't that good at putting them back together again.

If your kids have an Etch-A-Sketch, you can satisfy their curiosity and not end up with a destroyed toy or all that silver stuff all over the floor. Of course, I'm sure that you, too, have wondered whats in that thing, so you can satisfy your own curiosity first.

Here's what's inside an Etch-A-Sketch.