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  • Drone Laws Extend to Include Toy UAVs

    06/30/2014 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Kioskea ^ | 06/30/14 | Nicole Motta
    According to a notice released by the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration last Monday, the new regulations now include Amazon drones and even some toy planes. Before Monday's notice, the FAA had distinguished model aircraft from small drones according to their usage: commercial or recreational. Hobbyists were free to use model aircraft as they pleased but with these new rules, even toy quadcopters are considered drones and require users to have special permits to operate them. The Hubsan FPV X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter is targeted towards children but this, and other first-person-view model aircraft, will require a...
  • Have you ever seen kinetic sand? [video only]

    09/27/2013 6:32:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 9-26-2013 | Waba Fun
    A new type of play sand for inside.
  • Democrat Anti-Gun Nuts Gone Totally Insane: Kid Suspended for Playing with Toy Gun

    09/24/2013 6:59:24 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 40 replies
    live leak ^ | 9/24/13 | liveleak
    Democrat Anti-Gun Nuts Gone Totally Insane: Kid Suspended for Playing with Toy Gun Not at school, not at the bus stop, in his own front lawn...this happened in Virginia
  • Man Arrested For Allegedly Shooting Realistic Toy Gun With Kids In Queens Park

    05/09/2013 2:12:46 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 42 replies
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | May 8, 2013 | newyork.cbslocal.com
    ... As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, Jack Pawlowski was led out of his Queens home in handcuffs Wednesday, with his stunned wife and three young kids looking on. He said nothing as detectives put him into a squad car. But earlier, he allowed CBS 2 up to the family’s apartment to get a video of what he calls the harmless “kids’ toys” that started it all. Pawlowski told CBS 2 he took a toy gun, and two of his kids, around the corner to Ditmars Park. It was around noon and packed with kids and their parents. ... “At...
  • Insane Principal Upset at Toy Soldier on Cupcakes (I love this guy!)

    03/17/2013 10:03:32 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | Mar 11, 2013 | E.T. Williams
    Insane Principal Upset at Army Soldier on Cupcakes, Do you want these people teaching your kids, Child In Trouble for Toy Soldier on Cupcake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AVS_pvP630
  • The Perfect Stocking Stuffer For Liberals

    12/21/2012 4:32:28 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 25 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-21-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • BUG-A-SALT HOUSEFLY SHOTGUN! THIS IS AWESOME!

    07/20/2012 8:26:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    youtube/gunwire ^ | 20 July, 2012 | NA
    Check this out. It’s the “Bug-A-Salt” housefly shotgun. Eradicate pesky houseflies with ease with this gun that requires no batteries, and simply uses table salt for ammunition. Brilliant! I’m getting one.
  • So... I have a toy figurine of Michelle Obama..

    03/24/2012 12:49:59 PM PDT · by JoeBrooks · 45 replies
    Joe Brooks ^ | Joe Brooks
    Actually I have three Michelle Obama toys. And I thought it'd be fun to photograph them with messages, and with food. I'm looking for ideas! I'll post some of the unique ones here for free, but, of course, I'm an evil capitalist - so if You have something really unique that think would cost me money to gather the materials (like a bowl full of M&Ms) or it's a personal message to a friend - then please use the Fiverr link above :) Let's have fun :)
  • A Good Warning Label For An Obama Action Figure

    12/19/2011 12:49:33 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 10 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-19-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Parents: Cursing baby doll should not be sold (FReeper Parental Warning)

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Nationally sold baby dolls are causing a controversy because some say the toys utter a bad word. The "You & Me Interactive Triplets," which are being sold at Toys R Us stores in Orlando, are causing the uproar because one of the dolls can be heard saying what appears to be the phrase, "Hey, crazy b****." "Oh, absolutely. She's calling them a crazy b****," Kathy Wetter said. The dolls are recommended for children ages 2 and older, and there is no warning of explicit language on the packaging. Toys R Us said it has received a number...
  • Ailes: 'I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings'

    10/05/2011 3:05:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | October 5, 2011
    Roger Ailes tells the AP that there was nothing political in his decision to hire Sarah Palin as a Fox News contributor. “I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings,” he told Frazier Moore, AP’s television writer, in a long and wide-ranging interview.
  • When love was a warm toy gun

    09/13/2011 8:47:25 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 29 replies
    Renew America ^ | September 13, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    In a way, commercials can tell you more about how we've changed than history books. The other day I came across the following 1960s TV commercial on YouTube; it's for a toy set called the "Gung Ho Commando Outfit" by Marx. And it's a perfect snapshot of the America that, sadly, no longer exists.
  • Tiny lithium battery nearly kills Deer Isle toddler

    07/25/2011 5:39:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    http://bangordailynews.com ^ | Monday, July 25, 2011 | By Sharon Kiley Mack
    DEER ISLE, Maine — Before May 17, Kacen Pedrucci was a normal 15-month-old boy. At his Deer Isle home, he was beginning to talk and was walking around happily, exploring his surroundings and putting things in his mouth as toddlers do. He always had a smile and a sweet disposition. One of his favorite books was The Lion King, which was a “talking book” — by pushing a button on the side of the page, jungle sounds could be heard. But for the last three months, Kacen has been at death’s door, in and out of doctors’ offices, emergency rooms...
  • Voice of Thomas Edison's talking doll, after 123 years scientists crack code of metal ring

    07/17/2011 6:25:08 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 33 replies
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 15th July 2011 | John Stevens
    FULL TITLE: Voice of Thomas Edison's talking doll is heard again after 123 years as scientists crack the code of mysterious metal ring For decades it lay in the bottom of a secretary's desk drawer, its purpose unknown. But now, 123 year after it was made, the secret of this bent metal ring, which was found in Thomas Edison's laboratory, has finally been uncovered. Scientists have found that the microscopic grooves on the ring make up the tune of 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' and mark the world's first attempt at a talking doll and the dawn of America's recording industry...
  • Toy company introduces Anthony Weiner action figure

    06/12/2011 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    the australian ^ | 6/12/11 | NewsCore
    Herobuilders.com is offering two versions of the doll modelled after the New York Democrat who shot to fame around the world last week after admitting to having sent a lewd photo of his crotch to a Seattle college student on Twitter. The Weiner doll comes as a standard doll for $US39.95 ($37.85) and an adults-only "anatomically correct" version for $US49.95 ($47.35). Both figures are dressed in a T-shirt and gym shorts — with the words "tweet this" printed on the shorts. For an extra $US18.00 ($17) customers can add a toy BlackBerry for the doll to hold. The action figure...
  • The Obama Seal Team 6 Action Figure!

    05/13/2011 6:26:04 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-13-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Someone has never seen a picture of Obama shirtless, and thus decided it would be great to make him into a Seal Team 6 action figure. Some of the features on it include the following: When it fires the gun from a pitchers mound the bullets don't reach home plate.The hands cling to the gun with an adhesive that tastes really bitter.The parts of the toy are easy to detach so it can be spread around to kids whose parents can't afford one.Can only be played with if other Seal Team 6 figures are around, since it refuses to...
  • Would You Buy Your Daughter a Doll That She Breastfeeds?

    04/01/2011 3:08:51 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 28 replies
    Is this breastfeeding doll, aimed at young girls, the stuff of a pedophile’s fantasy? Or is it a harmless toy that teaches young girls the importance of nurturing and parenting–skills that she will need in the future? The doll, which hits U.S. stores this spring, is called the Breast Milk Baby, and has already been sold in the European market for a couple of years: A doll that imitates a breast-feeding infant teaches nurturing, the toy’s maker says, but some parents are outraged. Berjuan Toys’ “Breast Milk Baby” comes with a special halter top, ABC News reports. The top has...
  • Disarming the toy box - Providence program destroys children’s toy guns (Barf alert!)

    12/20/2010 9:59:24 AM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 19, 2010 | Maria Cramer
    PROVIDENCE — Dominic Johnson, a 10-year-old fourth-grader with a fledgling Mohawk, brandished his black, long-nosed toy gun and caressed the muzzle appreciatively. “It’s like a shotgun mixed with a rifle,’’ he said, as his mother, April, told him to stop pointing it at nearby children. Soon it would be junk. Dominic joined dozens of children yesterday at the annual Toy Gun Bash in the gymnasium of Pleasant View Elementary School. There, they lined up to toss their toy guns, from dainty purple water guns to camouflage-painted pistols, inside the Bash-O-Matic, a large black, foam creature with churning metal teeth and...
  • Boy Rescued After Crawling Into Vending Machine

    10/02/2010 9:21:18 PM PDT · by Ellendra · 26 replies
    SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. -- A 9-year-old boy was rescued on Saturday morning after climbing into a claw-crane vending machine at a Wal-Mart in Sun Prairie. Firefighters said that somehow the boy crawled through the 1-foot-by-1-foot opening on the front of the machine and was sitting with the stuffed animals inside. The lock was cut and the boy was removed a few minutes after help arrived. Officials said that boy wasn't injured and suffered only a small scratch on his nose. After the entire ordeal, the boy went home with two stuffed animals from the machine. The child's mother said that...
  • Fisher-Price Toy Recall

    09/30/2010 7:19:16 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9-30-2010 | Lee Ferran
    More than 10 million children's toys have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the toys' manufacturer Fisher Price, the CPSC announced today.
  • Obama Dice: The People's Toy

    09/21/2010 7:27:25 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-21-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Click the image for a larger version. The Looking Spoon is a conservative humor/satire/art/commentary blog, visit www.thelookingspoon.com to see more posts and art
  • Retinal Injuries from a Handheld Laser Pointer

    09/09/2010 1:47:05 PM PDT · by decimon · 48 replies
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | September 9, 2010 | Stefan Wyrsch, M.D., Philipp B. Baenninger, M.D., Martin K. Schmid, M.D.
    Handheld laser pointers are commonly used in lecture halls and are considered to be harmless and safe.1 However, laser pointers can cause severe eye injury, as demonstrated by the case of a 15-year-old boy. The boy had ordered a handheld laser pointer with green light on the Internet to use as a toy for popping balloons from a distance and burning holes into paper cards and his sister's sneakers. The boy's life changed when he was playing with his laser pointer in front of a mirror to create a “laser show,” during which the laser beam hit his eyes several...
  • Novelty Toy Saved WWII Paratroopers Lives

    05/28/2010 3:10:16 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 35 replies · 1,506+ views
    AP via Rutgers.edu ^ | Jul 2001 | PHIL DAVIS
    TAMPA, Fla. (June 3) - Capt. Sam Gibbons knew his mission was in trouble when he hit the ground in the early hours of the D-Day invasion 63 years ago. The future congressman's 101st Airborne troops were scattered far from their intended drop zone. And the only nearby soldiers he could see where German. "People are always talking about behind enemy lines. Hell, there ain't no lines in combat," said Gibbons, who was 24 when he parachuted into Normandy on June 6, 1944. "We jumped right on top of the Germans." On the ground, in the dark, the scattered American...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Toy Gun Sold in U.S. Can Easily be Converted to the Real Thing..

    05/14/2010 2:05:41 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 38 replies · 1,284+ views
    fox news ^ | may 6 2010 | By Diane Macedo
    A FoxNews.com investigation reveals that a popular recreational pellet gun can be converted easily to a real semi-automatic weapon. And while the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is already aware of the issue, these “toys” -- new, top-of-the-line airsoft rifles -- continue to be sold throughout the country
  • Meter man’s killing of (toy) poodle justified?

    04/23/2010 8:14:32 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 35 replies · 2,898+ views
    California authorities said a meter reader acted in self-defense when he killed a toy poodle after striking it with a metallic rod. But Shirley Newman insisted her 6-pound pet never posed a threat to the worker. “He could have taken his meter stick and shooed her,” Newman told CNN. “Had he caused a laceration I would have said self-defense. But he shattered her jaw and broke her face.” The incident happened on April 16 in Rancho Santa Margarita, a community in Orange County. According to Newman, her four-year-old dog, Calisto, snuck out of a gate that surrounded the family’s garage....
  • BATFE Guilty of More Arrogant Behavior -- Seizes Toy Guns

    03/20/2010 6:56:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies · 683+ views
    opposingviews.com ^ | 18 March, 2010 | GOA
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), apparently unable to distinguish between real guns and replicas, seized a shipment of 30 toy guns in a February bust at the Port of Tacoma in Washington. Airsoft guns, which fire little plastic balls, are used by a growing number of loyal enthusiasts (think paintball, only not as messy). In addition, thanks to their realistic look, weight, and feel, these guns are often used for training purposes by National Guard units and law enforcement. It was this realism that led CBP agents to seize the shipment—which was destined for Airsoft Outlet Northwest in Cornelius,...
  • Why do ATF employees question fitness of agent in 'toy gun' seizure?

    03/13/2010 6:34:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 61 replies · 1,987+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 March, 2010 | David Codrea
    When we first met ATF Special Agent Kelven Crenshaw, he was telling KOINlocal6, Portland, that a shipment of toy guns the agency had seized could be "easily retro-fitted into dangerous weapons": "With minimal work it could be converted to a machine gun," Crenshaw said. To prove his credentials as a professional firearms expert, Crenshaw proceeded to insert a magazine backwards—on video. Click here to watch and pay attention at at the 1:17 mark. In my March 9 follow-up on this story, I mentioned a related three-part series at Pajamas Media by writer Bob Owens. Click the respective links for parts...
  • Clearly Something Impressive (Transparent Digital Keyboard)

    03/02/2010 10:42:21 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 35 replies · 5,858+ views
    Computer User ^ | 27 February 2010 10:44 | Alice Winters
    When it comes to computer technology, thin is always in. It’s indisputable that the thinner, lighter, clearer, the better when dealing with the latest computer gadget. This keyboard is the epitome of the high standards expected of the technological version of the fashion industry. It’s based on image as well, that is, image recognition technology.
  • Toy Rifles Seized in Tacoma

    02/25/2010 11:15:26 AM PST · by Rinnwald · 29 replies · 939+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/25/10 | John De Leon
    Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Tacoma seized a shipment of 30 toy M-4 automatic rifles that had arrived on Oct. 20 in a 40-foot ocean container. The shipment's manifest listed the contents as "Toys and Parts" and was shipped from a manufacturer in Taiwan, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release. The rifles were the same size, weight and look of an M-4 automatic rifle, which is used by the U.S. military. The rifles had no serial numbers and did not have an orange-blaze tip which is required for all...
  • TSA Security Check Point Toy Set

    01/13/2010 11:00:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies · 728+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | January 13, 2010 | Steve McGough
    A different type of educational toy. Unfortunately, the toy set is currently unavailable and Amazon is unsure when it will be back in stock. For those of you looking for reviews on the item, many families were able to pick it up for Christmas and have thankfully posted full reviews so you’ll know if it’s worth the wait. I don’t have any kids, but my wife and I do take the nephews and nieces to Florida to visit Disney during their ninth year. We think the TSA Security Check Point Toy Set (I’ve elected not to be compensated for this...
  • Woman threatened after youtube video (accused of stealing a toy gun at Christmas party)

    01/10/2010 6:28:42 PM PST · by rawhide · 21 replies · 1,211+ views
    ajc.com/video ^ | 01-10-10
    Summary of video: Woman is threatened after video is posted on youtube. She is accused of stealing a child's toy gun. Video shows her covering up the toy gun with wrapping paper, then picking it up.link to video here
  • Airmen, ‘Soldier Santas’ Conduct Toy Drop

    12/24/2009 3:00:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 333+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Lauri Turpin, USAF
    POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C., Dec. 24, 2009 – You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. But on Dec. 6, it was not a team of reindeer, but Air Force Maj. Jeff Dasher, a navigator in the 95th Airlift Squadron here, who guided the mission for the 440th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules that flew a group of “Soldier Santas” across the morning sky. The first paratrooper to jump waits for the "green light" on board a C-130 Hercules Dec. 6, 2009, above Fort Bragg, N.C.. Crews from the National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing from Charlotte, N.C., and the...
  • Mattel Tommy Burst TV commercial 1960s!

    11/14/2009 5:54:59 AM PST · by tlb · 53 replies · 1,877+ views
    Youtube ^ | February 11, 2007 | ctaesque
    Rare early 60s tv commercial for Mattel's Tommy Burst submachine gun detective set. Load in some fresh caps, pull the bolt back, and it made a God-awful noise as it produced a small cloud of smoke around the barrel tip. It was fantastic!! Guaranteed to take your friends & relatives down, one at a time.
  • Wal-Mart announces second round of toy price cuts

    11/02/2009 2:43:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 86 replies · 1,657+ views
    CNBC ^ | 11/02/09 | Nicole Maestri
    Wal-Mart announces second round of toy price cuts By: Reuters | 02 Nov 2009 | 12:23 AM ET Text Size By Nicole Maestri NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Monday announced its second round of price cuts on toys as the world's biggest retailer backs up its intention to be the "price leader" this holiday shopping season. U.S. Walmart stores are cutting prices on 100 toys, like the Buzz Lightyear talking action figure and Star Wars light sabers, by roughly 20 percent to 30 percent. The cuts are in addition to ones the retailer implemented at the end...
  • Michelle Obama Gets Her Own Action Figure

    10/11/2009 5:06:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 110 replies · 3,248+ views
    NBC MIami ^ | Sun, Oct 11, 2009
    Even action figure Michelle is fashion forwardMichelle Obama is now the first lady in action. The company that created the President Obama action figure announced it's releasing a miniature plastic version of the commander-in-chief's better half, according to the New York Daily News. Jailbreak Toys designed the Michelle Obama action figure to show off her toned arms -- and features the first lady in three different sleeveless dresses. The Michelle figurines retail for $12.99 apiece and are due to hit stores on Nov. 20. "Batman has nothing on Michelle Obama," Manhattan mom Eileen Ramos told the paper. "I bought the...
  • Boy, 3, miraculously survives after driving toy truck into river and floating downstream for 8 miles

    07/16/2009 7:19:44 AM PDT · by rawhide · 37 replies · 1,215+ views
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 7-16-09 | by A Daily Mail Reporter
    A toddler has miraculously survived after he drove his toy jeep into a river and then floated nearly eight miles downstream. Demetrius Jones, who turned three yesterday, let himself out of his grandmother's holiday trailer while his family slept and took his battery-operated truck down to the Peace River in British Columbia, where he was swept away by the current. The red miniature Chevrolet Silverado truck flipped over but the boy - who was only wearing a nappy and T-shirt - floated on it, along swirling waters. When his family woke up and realised he was missing police were called...
  • After Dora uproar, Nick and Mattel soothe moms (sexed-up tween Explorer panned)

    03/16/2009 12:16:42 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 93 replies · 3,198+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/16/09 | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
    When toy maker Mattel, working with Nickelodeon, announced earlier this month that a "tween" version of Nick's beloved "Dora the Explorer" cartoon character would be unveiled in the fall, the response was overwhelming ... overwhelmingly negative. Dora the streetwalker. A sexed-up version of a children's icon. A poor example for kids. Those were just some of the terms tossed around the blogosphere after Mattel released a silhouette of the "new" Dora, whose image was drastically changed from the endearing tomboy look Dora fans grew to love, with her bowl-cut hairdo, T-shirt and red shorts. This new Dora appeared to have...
  • Stress toy lets you squeeze the bankers

    01/25/2009 5:39:59 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 9 replies · 710+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 24 January 2009 | Claudia Buck
    The economy got you gripped in its clutches? Feeling stressed out by the endless news of layoffs, buyouts and bankruptcies? A San Francisco creative agency has just the fix: Squeeze-the-Banker dolls. Deemed the ultimate stress-buster for troubled times, the squeezable dolls come in likenesses of three familiar Wall Street names: Alan, Ben and Henry. As in, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, current Chairman Ben Bernanke and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. Give 'em a squeeze and feel their pain. Just like so many of us when looking at our year-end financial statements. The stress-ball dolls were dreamed up a...
  • Minn:Muslims Offended by Fast Food toy

    12/19/2008 4:42:22 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 56 replies · 1,299+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Dec. 19Th 2008 | Christopher Logan
    A Muslim family eating in a Long John Silver's restaurant in the Mall of America is upset because their child's meal came with a toy that had "Build with Jesus" written on it. As usual CAIR has gotten involved. They want the restaurant to give the family a written apology, make sure that this never happens again and have representatives of the chain participate in CAIR's sensitivity and diversity training. By diversity do they mean this?
  • Terror Supporting Group, CAIR Fights Jesus Toy

    12/19/2008 2:30:13 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 10 replies · 1,309+ views
    PR Newsletter/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/19/08 | Yidwithlid
    The Long John Silver's in the Mall of America, had a toy in its Kids Meal that included a Bible Phrase and the not "Build with Jesus" written at the top. Last month a Muslim Family went to the restaurant and became outraged when they did not have any toys without the quote, so they complained to the Terrorist Support Group CAIR who called for a Probe of the company's toy distribution policy (Long John Silvers is owned by Yum! Brand who also owns KFC Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and A&W All-American Food). The full story is below:
  • Sarah Palin creates action for Oxford toy maker (She's a doll, superhero AND action figure!)

    09/28/2008 8:40:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 702+ views
    Republican American ^ | LAURESHA XHIHANI
    Sarah Palin creates action for Oxford toy maker3 versions keep the orders flowing BY LAURESHA XHIHANI | REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN Tuesday, September 16, 2008 3:25 AM EDT This undated photo provided by HeroBuilders.com shows "The Sarah Palin Action Figure," by HeroBuilders.com. (AP Photo / HeroBuilders.com) OXFORD — Sarah Palin has been keeping Emil Vicale up nights. Vicale, owner of HeroBuilders.com, and his of designers and manufacturers have produced three different versions of a 12-inch action figure depicting the Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee. And he is selling so many of the Palin figurines that he has barely gotten any sleep since...
  • Chew toy yanked after dogs suffer tongue injuries

    08/30/2008 8:33:34 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 13 replies · 460+ views
    Auburn Citizen NY ^ | Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:08 AM EDT
    NEW YORK -- A Long Island pet supply company is recalling a chew toy after some dogs suffered serious tongue injuries while gnawing on the playthings. At least two dog owners say their pets had to have their tongues amputated because of the mishaps. One New York man says his 10-year-old Labrador mix got his tongue stuck in a hole in the ball. Veterinarians cut the chew toy off, but the dog's tongue became so swollen it needed to be amputated. Another owner says she had to have her dog euthanized after a similar injury. The company that made the...
  • Toy rocket inspires variable-speed bullets (technology scalable to any size, handgun to howitzer)

    07/22/2008 11:27:48 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 58 replies · 198+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/21/08 | David Hambling
    A gun that fires variable speed bullets and which can be set to kill, wound or just inflict a bruise is being built by a US toy manufacturer. The weapon is based on technology used to propel toy rockets. Lund and Company Invention, a toy design studio based near Chicago, makes toy rockets that are powered by burning hydrogen obtained by electrolysing water. Now the company is being funded by the US army to adapt the technology to fire bullets instead. The US Army are interested in arming soldiers with weapons that can be switched between lethal and non-lethal modes....
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,313 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...
  • Children’s Toy to be Banned in New Jersey

    01/04/2008 3:08:54 PM PST · by jdm · 71 replies · 200+ views
    NJ Biz ^ | Jan. 04, 2008 | Scott Goldstein
    Gov. Jon Corzine signed a bill yesterday that prohibits the sale of a children’s toy called “Yo-Yo Waterballs” in New Jersey. The toy has been blamed for injuring hundreds of children nationwide and has already been banned in Canada, Britain, France, Switzerland and Australia. Violators of the New Jersey ban, which goes into effect in three months, face a fine of up to $10,000 for a first offense and up to $20,000 for all subsequent offenses. Yo-Yo Waterballs, which also are sold under various other names, are squishy toy balls on a bungee-cord string with a finger loop at one...
  • Australian Company Probes Toxic Toy

    11/09/2007 5:03:27 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 7 replies · 78+ views
    Peoplepc Online | November 9, 2007 | Staff
    ALERT SYDNEY, Australia - The Australian company behind a popular Chinese-made toy found to contain a chemical that converts into a potentially fatal drug when ingested said Friday it was investigating how the toxin ended up in its product. An 18-month-old boy became the fourth child hospitalized in Australia in recent weeks when he collapsed after eating the toy. Retailers have pulled millions of the toys, known as Bindeez in Australia and Aqua Dots in the United States, from their shelves this week after scientists found the products contain a chemical that converts into the so-called "date rape" drug gamma...
  • Some Toy Makers Shun the China Label

    09/18/2007 1:46:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 353+ views
    NYT ^ | 09/18/07 | MARK LANDLER and IVAR EKMAN
    Some Toy Makers Shun the China Label By MARK LANDLER and IVAR EKMAN FRANKFURT, Sept. 17 — Playmobil of Germany has long promoted its colorful plastic pirates, firefighters and farm animals as better-than-your-average plaything — toys to be handed down rather than chewed up. Now it can add another selling point: they are made in Europe, not China. The same goes for Lego, the Danish maker of toy bricks, and for Ravensburger, a German puzzle and game manufacturer, though it does produce small quantities of nonpaper toys in Chinese factories. With Mattel and the American toy industry reeling from recalls...
  • China toy boss kills self after recall (Mattel recalled 1 million of his products)

    08/12/2007 10:43:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 60 replies · 1,905+ views
    AP ^ | 08/13/07 | AUDRA ANG
    China toy boss kills self after recall By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press Writer 28 minutes ago BEIJING - The head of a Chinese toy manufacturing company at the center of a huge U.S. recall has committed suicide, a state-run newspaper said Monday. ADVERTISEMENT Zhang Shuhong, who ran the Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd., killed himself at a warehouse over the weekend, days after China announced it had temporarily banned exports by the company, the Southern Metropolis Daily said. Lee Der made 967,000 toys recalled earlier this month by Mattel Inc. because they were made with paint found to have excessive...
  • 11-Year-Old Arrested For Using Rubber Band Gun

    06/07/2007 7:59:37 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 129 replies · 3,476+ views
    mangalorean.com ^ | 06/06/07 | mangalorean.com
    11-Year-Old Arrested For Using Rubber Band Gun OCOEE (Florida), June 7: An 11-year-old Ocoee boy was arrested for playing with a toy gun. Police said the arrest was necessary, because it was a safety issue. The boy was using a rubber band gun and his father said the kid did nothing wrong, but police said they take it as a serious threat and the 11-year-old is facing felony charges. The crime isn't very common, but Ocoee police said it is serious. It centers on an 11-year0old boy and his toy short-barreled shotgun. The incident started Sunday afternoon, when the 11-year-old...
  • Schools declare themselves 'war toy free zones' (Australia)

    02/18/2007 7:34:27 PM PST · by Ellesu · 22 replies · 573+ views
    townsvillebulletin.news.com.au ^ | 02/18/07 | Lian Houlihan
    TOY soldiers, model war planes and wrestling figurines have been banned in schools across the state in a politically correct crackdown. Primary schools and kindergartens have declared themselves "war toy free zones" and outlawed traditional toys and playground games that have even a tenuous link to war. All schools contacted by the Sunday Herald Sun said they had a policy banning war toys. Principals said schools feared they could be sued by litigious parents if they allowed plastic weapons and war toys in the school ground. Children at primary schools and kindergartens are also forbidden from playing "war-like games" such...