Did no one else find it strange, as a child, to play Red/Blue and see so many trainers with whips? I mean, as a child, I thought it was morbid! I understould why they whipped their pokemon, but I didn't understand why everyone had to be evil!
I figured atleast most of the trainers wouldn't be cruel to their pokemon... becuase, the TV Show made everyone jacked up on happy pills. What else would I of expected? OK, there was like ONE guy with a whip. He whipped his Sandshrew to make it work harder.
I asked my friend about this earlier, he said he doesn't even remember the whip carrying trainers as a child!
Still, no one noticed that the whole WHIP thing just VANISHED over time?