When I was a kid, my dad was always interested in technology, gadgets as he called it. Whenever he bought something new, whether it was a toy or something practical, the very first thing he would do would be take it apart. Not so far that he would break it, but as far as he could to see how it was made and how it worked.
Being my father's son, I've grown up doing the same thing. Today, its even better, because you can explore technology online, join a forum and ask silly questions, or email the manufacturer with detailed questions. You might even get an answer.
If you want to take something new apart, there is probably someone online that has already made a video of disassembling some new toy. For example, the iPad.
This may be a family tradition, but it looks like we are not alone.