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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Toxic Toys For Tots!

Wanna' poison a few kids this Holiday season? Name your poison. We've got lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. No extra charge. One-third of fifteen hundred toys tested this year by Ecology Center have "medium" or "high" levels of these chemicals.

Look at the bright side. Your tot will be easier to find in the dark because she'll be glowing.

Children's jewelry is the item most likely to be contaminated. You can find a complete listing here. A Hannah Montana necklace contains 406,510 ppm. That's just a tad above the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommended ceiling of 40 ppm of lead in children's products.


Blah Society said...

What ever happened to toys just being toys? It seems like there's something wrong with everything these days.

Heck, there was never a problem with the Ninja Turtle toys when I was growing up...

Anonymous said...

I used to ride in my dad's Corvair (without the optional seatbelts). God knows what paint they used on my Radio Flyer. I'm still here.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Me, too, and I'm completely normal. Honest!

Seriously, when the lead content on a toy like that HM necklace is so high, it should be illegal. These are our children.

Anonymous said...

Children should be steered away from the plastic artificialness that HM and others represent. It goes beyond lead content. No kids of mine would ever be a HM fan. If I had kids and they told me they were fans of this teenybopper bimbo I would scold them. They would be grounded if I ever caught them watching Nickelodian. Of course my kids would always be allowed to watch tapes of 1970's-80's Georgia Championship Wrestling. That is a different and much worthwhile experience for kids.

J. SPIKE ROGAN said...

I wonder what was the lead content in the Hot wheels, I had as a kid.

Matchbox Cars sucked.

And god knows what my action figures made in Hong Kong had.

I had mostly GI-Joe, but also had Radar from Mash, the whole A-Team, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, and The Real Ghostbusters.

Now that I'm older. I wonder why they made M*A*S*H action figures. It is really high brow and at times dark comedy.

Then there was the HESS trucks. All they had was lights when I was young. Now my GF's nephew got one. Horns, lights, motorized wheels, motorized parts.

Reamember when we had to work as kids to play?

I had a General Lee pedal car (Dukes of Hazzard) as a kid. Power wheels came a few years later.

The pedal car also had the confederate flag and a horn the played dixie. (Until you leave it in the rain one night)

I'm shocked with all the bells and whistles in todays toys how kids get bored. Hell I had to have a freaking imaginiation when I played with toys. Now the toys do it all.

Geoff Brace said...

remember legos...

Anonymous said...

Spike, agreed. When I was a kid, GI Joe's were popular and Hotwheels ruled! Matchbox cars were good for putting firecrackers in and rolling them down the driveway - they blew apart nicely.

Wonder how much lead dust I inhaled as one of those suckers blew up? Might explain a few things!

The Banker

Anonymous said...

Radical Moderate said, "No kid of mine would ever be a HM fan. If I had kids..."

The best parenting experts always seem to have no kids. Quick, have kids while you still know everything!

I am continually surprised by my kids' tastes--they like some of the things I like, but I can't stand some of the junk they like to listen to or watch. It's harmless but holds no entertainment value for me.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I have to tell you, I really love the Hannah Montana necklace. I've received lots of compliments about it, too.

Anonymous said...

I knew I liked the banker. He enjoys blowing shit up too!

Anonymous said...

"Your tot will be easier to find in the dark because she'll be glowing"


Anonymous said...

Hell yeah!

The Banker

J. SPIKE ROGAN said...

They also had Mr T starter kits when I was a kid.

I pity the fool , who don't get that!

Anonymous said...

Spike, sounds like we both had a hell of a time as kids - those were pretty good days.

And we even played pickup basketball, football, etc. without parents hovering over us. I feel bad for today's kids.

The Banker

Anonymous said...

406,510 ppm?

Isn't that 40%?

40% lead????