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Toddler's Talking Elmo Book Asks 'Who Wants To Die?'
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Posted on 01/02/2006 6:34:23 PM PST by RPTMS

A mother in Dallas is one of several parents complaining about a new interactive book for toddlers in which Sesame Street character Elmo asks "who wants to die?" according to a Local 6 News report.

Family members said 16-month-old Miranda Boll's new book, "Potty Time With Elmo," was supposed to teach an interactive lesson using voice commands. However, when the book's buttons are pressed, it reportedly says something it is not supposed to -- "who wants to die?"

"It's a sick joke," mother Angela Bolls said. "If it's a joke then it's a bad one, you know? And it's not necessary. It's inappropriate."

Bolls said she checked another copy of the same book and found that it says something completely different; "Who wants to try to go potty?"

The company that makes the book said it has had several complaints concerning the book, according to the report.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: elmo; orlandoarea; sesamestreet
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1 posted on 01/02/2006 6:34:24 PM PST by RPTMS
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To: RPTMS; Slings and Arrows

another ping.


2 posted on 01/02/2006 6:35:52 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: RPTMS

Who wrote the book? Scarface?


3 posted on 01/02/2006 6:36:17 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature)
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To: Jet Jaguar; Slings and Arrows; Dashing Dasher

NOT my fault!


5 posted on 01/02/2006 6:37:07 PM PST by Darksheare (Bezerky Jerky the funky Turkey jerky strips! Yum!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

At least Elmo didnt say "Hillary Clinton Is Our Overlord" L0L


6 posted on 01/02/2006 6:37:18 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: RPTMS
Tin foil alert?

Potty Time With Elmo???

I hope it doesn't have pictures.

7 posted on 01/02/2006 6:37:38 PM PST by A.Hun (Democrats suck worse than ice storms.)
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To: RPTMS

Sounds like they employed some writer from the ME.


8 posted on 01/02/2006 6:38:25 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: cripplecreek

I'm laughing so hard that I'm choking.....


9 posted on 01/02/2006 6:39:09 PM PST by mystery-ak (End Freepathons, become a monthly donor...)
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To: RPTMS

So many jokes, so little time.........


10 posted on 01/02/2006 6:39:18 PM PST by A.Hun (Democrats suck worse than ice storms.)
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To: Darksheare

I am guessing that this is an edgier, more streetwise Elmo...


11 posted on 01/02/2006 6:39:26 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: RPTMS

I heard this on the news this morning, and it does sound like it says that....

spooky


12 posted on 01/02/2006 6:39:32 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude ()......Politically incorrect by Intelligent Design........()
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To: RPTMS

LOL!! It's probably a tongue in cheek question aimed at the parents who bought the book. If I had to listen to Elmo, Barney, and half the other crap kids have for educational toys all day or all evening, I'd be ready to jump off a cliff


13 posted on 01/02/2006 6:40:30 PM PST by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I know this is terrible, but I can't help but giggle when I think of Elmo saying that...


14 posted on 01/02/2006 6:40:31 PM PST by Hildy (Spielberg spends his spare time memorializing the last Holocaust while working to justify the next.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Yeah, the Gangster Elmo prototype.


15 posted on 01/02/2006 6:41:23 PM PST by Darksheare (Bezerky Jerky the funky Turkey jerky strips! Yum!)
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To: RPTMS; Darksheare

If your parents need an Elmo book to potty train you, what are your chances of survival? Elmo has it right!


16 posted on 01/02/2006 6:41:47 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

Die rhymes with try.


17 posted on 01/02/2006 6:42:05 PM PST by Zon (Honesty outlives the lie, spin and deception -- It always has -- It always will.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

That's cold.


18 posted on 01/02/2006 6:42:20 PM PST by Darksheare (Bezerky Jerky the funky Turkey jerky strips! Yum!)
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To: RPTMS

"Potty Time with Elmo"

WARNING: Don't tickle Elmo while he's going potty! (very messy)


19 posted on 01/02/2006 6:42:26 PM PST by golas1964 ("He tasks me... He tasks me, and I shall have him!")
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To: RPTMS

Has Elmo gone over to the Dark Side of the Force?

20 posted on 01/02/2006 6:42:52 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Hildy

(Chuckle) especially the way his little voice sounds!


21 posted on 01/02/2006 6:42:54 PM PST by Theresawithanh (You'll get me to stop posting on FR when you wrench my laptop from my cold, dead fingers!)
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To: Cicero

Elmo also yells about the door being open.


22 posted on 01/02/2006 6:44:38 PM PST by Darksheare (Bezerky Jerky the funky Turkey jerky strips! Yum!)
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To: RPTMS

23 posted on 01/02/2006 6:44:38 PM PST by WSGilcrest (Tinky likes it!)
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To: Zon

Ya, but it didn't even sound close to try.......


24 posted on 01/02/2006 6:44:49 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude ()......Politically incorrect by Intelligent Design........()
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To: Darksheare

I am guessing that he is trying to build street cred for his up-and-coming hip-hop career. Up next, Tupac Elmo.


25 posted on 01/02/2006 6:45:02 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: RPTMS

Or like the "Krusty" figure; "I wonder what mommy's medicine tastes like?"


26 posted on 01/02/2006 6:45:13 PM PST by n230099
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To: Cicero

27 posted on 01/02/2006 6:45:41 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: RPTMS

Huh. I'll have a talk with Mom - that may explain why I feel like shooting someone every time I sit down to drop the kids off at the pool...


28 posted on 01/02/2006 6:45:47 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Who wrote the book? Scarface?

It's Dr. Zarqawi of Towelhead University..sarc

29 posted on 01/02/2006 6:45:49 PM PST by ChristianDefender (There is no such thing as Moderate Islam...)
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To: RPTMS

Sounds like a 'Twilight Zone' episode.


30 posted on 01/02/2006 6:45:53 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: Army Air Corps

He doesn't have any neuticles to worry about getting blasted in ala One Pac.


31 posted on 01/02/2006 6:46:23 PM PST by Darksheare (Bezerky Jerky the funky Turkey jerky strips! Yum!)
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To: Army Air Corps
Up next, Tupac Elmo

Then he'll graduate to....SixPack Elmo

32 posted on 01/02/2006 6:46:56 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude ()......Politically incorrect by Intelligent Design........()
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To: arasina

Ping to the funny.


33 posted on 01/02/2006 6:47:54 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: RPTMS
I feel so sorry for them -- they bought a book, and they found something wrong with it....

What a rough life for these VICTIMS!

FIND A GOOD LAWYER AND SUE!!!

34 posted on 01/02/2006 6:49:02 PM PST by SteveMcKing ("No empire collapses because of technical reasons. They collapse because they are unnatural.")
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Hahaha... i like that pic!


35 posted on 01/02/2006 6:49:27 PM PST by ChristianDefender (There is no such thing as Moderate Islam...)
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To: mylife

"The American government lies to you! Join the fight for Japanese supremacy of the world! More to come!"

36 posted on 01/02/2006 6:49:30 PM PST by RPTMS
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To: RPTMS; EveningStar

South Park did it!

Somebody obviously was inspired by the Chinpokomon episode where the Chinpokomon tells kids to "overthrow the evil American government".


37 posted on 01/02/2006 6:49:36 PM PST by nhoward14
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To: RPTMS

You don't believe in giving many clues do you.

No state in the topics. No hints in the keywords.

Dallas. Not the one in Texas with WKMG call letters. (the only "W" tv station in Dallas is WFAA). Not the one in Georgia. (VHF stations there are 2,5,8, and 11).

That narrows it down to Iowa, SD, NC, Wis, Penn, and Ore.

I'll throw out SD, Ore and Iowa because of the call letters. That leaves Wis, Penn, Iowa and NC. I'll guess Pennsylvania.


38 posted on 01/02/2006 6:50:11 PM PST by PAR35
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To: RPTMS; Lijahsbubbe; aculeus; dighton
Bolls said she checked another copy of the same book and found that it says something completely different; "Who wants to try to go potty?"

Is this supposed to be the "normal" version? Elmo has waaaay too much time on his hands.

39 posted on 01/02/2006 6:51:36 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal (As it was in the days of NO...)
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To: RPTMS
Potty Now Or Else!!!! Basic dog training cammands...
40 posted on 01/02/2006 6:51:39 PM PST by Woodstock
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To: RPTMS

Wait for the ACLU to defend Elmo's freedom of speech and demand that the books stay the way they are.


41 posted on 01/02/2006 6:51:53 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The search for someone to blame is always successful. - Robert Half)
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To: sweetliberty; null and void; Borax Queen; grannie9; EsmeraldaA; nicmarlo; restornu; ...

NOT my fault!


42 posted on 01/02/2006 6:52:17 PM PST by Darksheare (Bezerky Jerky the funky Turkey jerky strips! Yum!)
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To: RPTMS

Having had (at least) one Elmo toy (it was given to us), the sound quality was so bad it was very hard to understand. Frankly, just having to listen to Elmo makes me want to kill someone.


43 posted on 01/02/2006 6:52:41 PM PST by FourPeas ("You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity." Golda Meir)
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To: SteveMcKing
"FIND A GOOD LAWYER AND SUE!!!"


You rang?
44 posted on 01/02/2006 6:52:41 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: RPTMS

Reminds me of news story from a couple years ago,
about a popular Talking Doll, manufactured in China,
that among the normal rotation of recorded sayings
that one can expect from a childs' doll, every once
in a while, when the string was pulled, would say:
"I *hate* you!" in a childs voice with all the
malevolence that one could ever imagine coming
from the mouth of a little girl in a violent rage....


45 posted on 01/02/2006 6:52:49 PM PST by Baby Driver
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To: RPTMS

I'm guessing that Elmo is actually saying something much more innocuous and this these people are letting their imaginations and their desire for controversy overwhelm common sense. My toddler likes Elmo so I think he is alright. But he doesn't speak too clearly.


46 posted on 01/02/2006 6:53:03 PM PST by wideminded
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To: PAR35

This station is in central Florida.


47 posted on 01/02/2006 6:53:30 PM PST by RPTMS
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To: Darksheare

He's been spending too much time around Oscar in the garbage can.


48 posted on 01/02/2006 6:53:50 PM PST by The Red Zone
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To: RPTMS

Oh my. Not as bad as what the alpha bug said but I think I would want my money back.


49 posted on 01/02/2006 6:54:00 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: DJ MacWoW
If your parents need an Elmo book to potty train you, what are your chances of survival?

Children are far more complimcated today than in your time, DJ. So stop raining on their parade.

:) Hehe!

50 posted on 01/02/2006 6:54:26 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh walks in the footsteps of giants: George Washington, Thomas Paine and Ronald Reagan.)
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