Some parents are shocked and outraged that a Stamford-based company—GIANTmicrobes—is selling swine flu-shaped stuffed animals. In fact, the pink 7-inch version of the dreaded H1N1 microbe is a huge seller at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s gift shop in Atlanta, GA.
CDC spokesman Dave Daigle told the press, “People will buy it to explain the virus to children. You’ll also find other people who just have to have it for whatever reason.”
In fact, GIANTmicrobes has a whole line of “educational” plush toys based on various diseases, viruses and microbes. Personally, if I were a kid, I’d think these were cool and with most of these toys selling for under $10 each, they are an affordable, fun and educational gift for any inquisitive youth in your life. Hell, I’d be happy to get any of these now (Christmas hint)! And are these really any more inappropriate than giving your child something like this:
(“Pop, I’m gonna shoot me some illegal aliens!”)
You can check out the whole line at GIANTmicrobes’ website, but here are some of my favorites.
We start with the common cold:
Mad cow disease:
The Flesh-eating virus:
And a whole line devoted to sexually-transmitted diseases:
Enjoy, boys and girls!