Apparently the first edition of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 was bound with asbestos boards. That's badass. I would love to get my hands on one of these and display it with one of the lead painted Curious George toys.
On the subject of product oddities and mishaps I came across a site devoted to Fisher Price's Little People. There is a page devoted to rarities like the orange Grover, yellow Big Bird and upside-down face bus driver among others.