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  • St. Paul SWAT Commander Explains Use of High-Powered Weapons

    05/20/2015 6:12:10 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Jay Kohls
    The St. Paul Police Department SWAT Team Commander, Tim Flynn, says the military weapons they use only come out when they face high-risk, dangerous situations. "These weapons are critical to protecting the safety of the public and police officers," Flynn said. The SPPD has 99 AR-15 rifles on loan from the federal government, and they did receive a federal grant to obtain an armored vehicle used in potentially violent cases such as last year's arrest of cop killer, Brian Fitch. In October we reported on how four police departments returned military issued equipment obtained at no cost through a government...
  • Poll: Should Liberty Science Center sell a book teaching kids how to make toy guns?

    02/11/2015 4:33:58 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    NJ.com Jersey Journal ^ | February 11. 2015
    Does a book that shows kids how to make homemade guns belong in a science museum gift shop? One gun control advocate says such a book has no place at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, where Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2: Build a Secret Agent Arsenal is currently available for purchase
  • Iraq uncovers al-Qaeda 'chemical weapons plot'

    06/01/2013 9:08:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Iraq uncovers al-Qaeda 'chemical weapons plot' The authorities in Iraq say they have uncovered an al-Qaeda plot to use chemical weapons, as well as to smuggle them to Europe and North America. Defence ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said five men had been arrested after military intelligence monitored their activities for three months. Three workshops for manufacturing the chemical agents, including sarin and mustard gas, were uncovered, he added. Remote-controlled toy planes were also seized at the workshops. Mr Askari said they were to have been used to release the chemical agents over the target from a "safe" distance of 1.5km...
  • Target defends selling 'Fifty Shades' sex toys: Your safe word is 'bullseye'

    02/05/2015 9:02:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | February 5, 2015 | James Hibberd
    Attention Target shoppers, check out the display of bondage gear in aisle 12! The nation’s second biggest general merchandise retailer is raising shoppers’ eyebrows – and possibly their wrists above their heads – by carrying a line of Fifty Shades of Grey sex gear. Items from “The Official Pleasure Collection” include the Fifty Shades Yours and Mine Vibrating Silicone Love Ring (“the silicone ring stretches to accommodate his girth,” the description assures) and the No Peeking Soft Twin Blindfold Set (“take it in turns to sink into submission”).
  • World's Simplest Electric Train

    02/04/2015 9:48:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    SpicyTec.com ^ | Who knows?
    Look at this simple structure electric train made of just magnet,copper wire and a dry cell. Just a cool, inexpensive scientific effect that might be fun to play with.
  • Toy trains from the past 200 years (For Toy Train Buffs Alert)

    01/17/2015 5:03:44 PM PST · by goldstategop · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/16/2015 | Paul Kerley
    What is it about toy trains that has continued to entertain children, admittedly mostly boys, for nearly two centuries? A major new exhibition is about to find out. They ran to your own personal timetable. Engineering work at weekends was rare. And there were never leaves on the line, just the occasional bit of fluff from the living room carpet. For decades, toy trains have enthralled generations of youngsters - and this coming March the National Railway Museum, in York, looks into why children love them so much, in its exhibition Playing Trains.
  • Mapped: The beaches where Lego washes up

    01/03/2015 12:21:52 AM PST · by moose07 · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 January 2015 | Mario Cacciottolo
    The story of millions of Lego pieces washing up on beaches attracted huge interest when first told by the Magazine. The list of places where the toys have been spotted is still growing. Beachcomber Tracey Williams has been picking up Lego along the Cornish coastline ever since a container spill dumped millions of the toy pieces into the sea in 1997. Since the curious tale was reported by the Magazine, dozens of people have contacted Williams to say they, too, have found parts of the much-loved toy scattered on shores. Snip Most of the people who've contacted her found Lego...
  • Outraged Parents Say New Play-Doh Tool For Kids Is Obscenely Designed

    12/31/2014 8:47:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 116 replies
    Parents took to social media to share images of the tool, called the extruder, which came as part of Play-Doh’s Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain play set and which parents agree shares a strong resemblance to a male’s private parts.
  • 'This toy is sexist': French feminists plant warnings in children's Christmas presents

    12/23/2014 7:34:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 47 replies
    telegraph uk ^ | 23 Dec 2014 | Henry Samuel,
    Feminists in France say they have secretly inserted tracts inside children's toys from Barbie dolls to plastic guns issuing a warning that "this toy is sexist". Hundreds of French girls and boys will open Christmas presents at the foot of the tree to find an unexpected accompanying note resembling those found in Chinese "fortune cookies". Except in this case, the message will neither provide instructions nor predict the future. It will read: "Warning, this toy is sexist:" The operation was launched by feminist group FièrEs, which said that it had inserted "around 500" such tracts into a range of toys...
  • Can Barbie Conquer China? (Mattel Tries To Crack China Market Again)

    11/27/2014 8:37:08 AM PST · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/26/2014 | Ian Rose
    In 2013 Mattel brought Barbie back to the Chinese market. Only this time instead of clothes by Oscar De La Renta she had a violin and you could buy Barbie for the much more affordable price of $13 (£8.20). This year there was another launch - a "specialty" Barbie doll in the likeness of Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. Heralding the launch of the doll Mattel declared: "[Fan Bingbing's] collaboration with Barbie will give purpose and meaning to play and help ignite the spark inside girls across China to 'Shine Your Way'." So it's clear that Barbie has learnt that to...
  • Toys R Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls

    10/21/2014 8:05:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 2014 9:18 PM EDT | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Toys Я Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines.Toys Я Us, which is based in Wayne, New Jersey, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and shelves. …
  • Ebola Plush Toys Fly Off the Shelf for Connecticut Company

    10/21/2014 1:16:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 20, 2014 | Barbara Goldberg
    Ebola plush toys fly off the shelf for Connecticut company It may be the only time you will find these words in the same sentence: "Ebola" and "Add to Wishlist." Giantmicrobes Inc., which makes a line of plush toys based on viruses and other microscopic organisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including the small Ebola doll for $9.95, a Gigantic Ebola doll for $29.95 and an Ebola Petri Dish toy for $14.95, according to the company's website. "Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes," says the Stamford, Connecticut-based maker of the "uniquely...
  • Toys R Us Is Selling Crystal Meth Toys From Breaking Bad

    10/20/2014 9:53:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Time ^ | 10/20/14 | Brad Tuttle
    Parents aren't happy that the toy store chain is selling drug dealer dolls, complete with bags of crystal meth and sacks of cash. Susan Schrivjer, a mom from Fort Myers, Fla., was a fan of the award-winning AMC show Breaking Bad.... Even so, she thinks it’s not such a great idea to sell action figures based on the show’s notorious crystal meth dealers Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a store where the customer base is families with young children.
  • [Kittie] Purrfect Arch

    09/11/2014 10:36:57 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 47 replies
    9-12-2014 | Self
    This is not intended as an advertisement or an endorsement of a product. A Harriet Carter catalog arrived today and this picture was on the front cover. I simply thought it captured a typical feline attitude, one of superiority and self-indulgent pleasure.
  • Lego Is the Biggest Toy Company in the World

    09/04/2014 7:29:28 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 9-4-14 | Colin Schultz
    Lego overtook Mattel this year to become the world's most-profitable toy company. Lego has had quite a run over the past few years. Those little colorful bricks and minifigs have rocketed the Danish manufacturer past Mattel, the maker of Barbie and Hot Wheels, to the top slot as the world's most profitable toy company, says Quartz. It was only last year that tLego took the number two slot away from Hasbro, which makes everything from Nerf guns to My Little Pony to Transformers, Jenga, Clue and Monopoly. Lego's ascendancy was built on a few changes. The company, says Forbes, expanded...
  • Breaking: Special Ops Contractors & Former Navy SEALS Deploying to #Ferguson

    08/20/2014 10:06:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/20/14 | Jim Hoft
    Asymmetric Solutions is a Division of Applied Defense Technologies. The St. Louis-based company is staffed by combat experienced SpecOps vets, including: Army Green Berets, Army Delta, Navy SEALs, SEAL 6, and Agency SOF. The company offers a real-world training environment with exceptional instructors on self defense from criminal violence.On Tuesday Assymetric Solutions tweeted out that they were being deployed to Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Sorry Billy, If You Like ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’, You’re a RACIST!

    08/02/2014 10:25:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 7/23/14 | Gina Cassini
    It’s all about race. Everything, that is. Just when you think it’s ok for your child to enjoy an innocent, wholesome cartoon that has been thrilling little tikes for seven decades, you find out that it’s — what else? — RACIST! That is, according to the ridiculous screed of Tracy van Slyke, of The Guardian, which is so stupid it just must be a joke. Right? Wrong! She’s serious. Check out what she said about the evil Thomas the Tank Engine: For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think...
  • Coming Soon: Female Lego Scientists

    06/06/2014 2:21:57 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 9 replies
    Newser ^ | June 5, 2014 | John Johnson
    Lego has apparently heard the criticism that its plastic universe is mostly a boys' club, and things will change this summer. A new line of figurines due out in August will feature a female chemist, paleontologist, and astronomer, reports Time. The set was suggested by a female geochemist in Sweden as part of the Lego Ideas platform in which regular folks get to suggest ideas that get put up for a vote. One thing the Guardian likes: The coming set looks "notably devoid of pink." It's about time, writes Abby Phillip at the Washington Post.
  • Tuesday List - Toys in the Toy Hall of Fame

    05/20/2014 7:06:34 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 63 replies
    National Toy Hall of Fame ^ | May 20, 2014 | Scoutmaster
    The National Toy Hall of Fame, established in 1998, recognizes toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Each year, the prestigious hall inducts new honorees and showcases both new and historic versions of classic toys beloved by generations. Anyone can nominate a toy to the National Toy Hall of Fame. Final selections are made on the advice of historians, educators, and other individuals who exemplify learning, creativity, and discovery through their lives and careers.Toys and year of induction: 2013ChessRubber Duck 2012DominoesStar Wars Action Figures 2011BlanketDollhouseHot Wheels 2010Playing CardsThe Game of Life 2009BallBig WheelNintendo Game...
  • Plus-size, double-chinned Barbie sparking controversial debate

    12/28/2013 8:20:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | December 28, 2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    A controversy is brewing over a request to remake Barbie in way contrary to the iconic image so many girls knew growing up. Plus-Size-Modeling.com is suggesting Mattel create a plus-size Barbie. While some say more realistic curves would be a better role model for girls, others say an overly large Barbie would be an unhealthy example. Plus Size Modeling conducted a poll on its Facebook page on Dec. 18 asking, “Should toy companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” In just under two weeks, a picture of the poll has received over 40,000 likes, 5,000 comments and 2,700 shares. “Sure,...
  • Children really are happier climbing a tree and baking than playing with expensive toys

    10/19/2013 6:15:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Mail Online ^ | October 18, 2013 | Hayley O'Keefe
    As parents across the country ponder what to do with their children this October half-term, the results of a new study could come as a welcome relief. Instead of playing with for expensive toys or gadgets, many children would be much happier indulging in simpler pursuits such as baking, finger painting or carving a Halloween pumpkin. Many of the activities make up a seasonal list put together by shoemakers Clarks, which commissioned the research. Children are happier playing simple games according to shoe retailer ClarksAlison Sudbury, spokesman for the shoe retailers told The Express: 'You don't have to spend a...
  • BrickStix, company inspired by a 9-year-old's idea, lands deal with Toys "R" Us (WI)

    09/21/2013 5:07:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-20-13 | Kathleen Gallagher
    BrickStix LLC, a Hartland company formed around an idea young Greyson MacLean had for making removable stickers for Lego bricks, has reached an agreement with Toys "R" Us that will have the retailer carrying the stickers in in all of its stores. The company's stickers will be in nearly 600 Toys "R" Us stores, said Matt MacLean, Greyson's father and BrickStix's lawyer. BrickStix began shipping its patent-pending stickers to the retailer on Thursday, and the product will be available in stores later this month, he said. They are already sold in smaller toy stores across the country, at Harrods department...
  • Outrage as Toy Company Creates 'Crystal Meth Lab' for Children with Breaking Bad Play Sets

    09/08/2013 4:37:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 8 September 2013 | Mia De Graaf
    Outrage as toy company creates 'crystal meth lab' for children with Breaking Bad play sets • 500-part set has all the drugs paraphernalia used in hit American series • Lego refused to sanction or endorse the toy, which was made by independent company Citizen Brick • Twitter users blasted £160 toy as an inappropriate plaything Children can now build their own drug dens with a shocking new play kit inspired by TV show Breaking Bad. The sell-out £160 kit, branded 'SuperLab', lets any child or adult recreate Walter White's notorious crystal meth lab. Complete with protective masks, drug paraphernalia, figurines...
  • Sixty years of Matchbox cars

    07/18/2013 2:24:10 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 38 replies
    Telegraph ^ | July 18, 2013
    This year marks the 60th anniversary of Matchbox die-cast models, which have gone from child's toys to collector's items. I don’t like to boast, but by the time I was 10 years old I owned a fleet of Ferraris, a Lamborghini Countach and a Peugeot Paris-Dakar racer. Being a child, I would smash these motors into each other and then, at the end of a hard day’s driving, forgo the comfort of a dehumidified garage in preference to lobbing them all in an old ice-cream tub. These old Matchbox cars survive to this day, tucked away in my parents’ loft...
  • Air Swimmers - Awesome RC Flying Shark and Clownfish! (video)

    06/02/2013 10:40:41 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 25, 2011 | Uploaded by X-Zylo
    Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the water ...
  • Will shale gas decimate China's toy makers? (Manufacturing moving back to the US?):

    03/27/2013 11:15:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! Finance UK / Reuters ^ | March 28, 2013 | Clyde Russell
    Such is the impact of the shale gas revolution in the United States that it's quite possible that babies born today will no longer play with plastic dolls and cars made in China. It's almost become a fait accompli that China is the world's factory, but the early warning signs that this may be changing are starting to show. The advent of cheap natural gas in the U.S. is threatening to displace expensive naphtha in the production of petrochemicals, the key building blocks for plastics, synthetic fibres and solvents and cleaners. While the shale gas boom is certainly no longer...
  • Inventor of Etch A Sketch dies in France at 86

    02/02/2013 12:46:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Morning Sentinel ^ | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2013
    Andre Cassagnes, the inventor of the Etch A Sketch that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, has died in France, the toy's maker said. Cassagnes died Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb at age 86, said the Ohio Art Co., based in Bryan in northwest Ohio. The cause wasn't disclosed Saturday.
  • Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set {by Muslims}

    01/24/2013 5:37:25 AM PST · by drpix · 60 replies
    telegraph.co ^ | 1/23/2013 | Matthew Day
    Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques. tria’s Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Asians and Orientals as people with “deceitful and criminal personalities.” The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria released a statement calling for Lego to apologise for affronting religious and cultural feelings. The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace”, a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting...
  • Santa Monica Activist Jerry Rubin Resumes Anti-Toy Gun Campaign

    12/28/2012 12:23:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Santa Monica Mirror ^ | December 26, 2012 | Brenton Garen, editor-in-chief
    Following the Dec. 14 violent gun killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 26 people, including 20 children aged 6 and 7, Santa Monica peace activist Jerry Rubin has resumed his "No Toy Guns Merit Award Project.” Rubin’s "Alliance for Survival" peace group will offer merit awards to children and families who pledge to not buy or play with toy guns. Rubin said the free personalized 8-1/2" by 11" merit awards were suitable for framing and could be obtained by sending a letter or email stating "Why I will not buy toy guns...
  • Behold, The Religion of Peace - Tunisian Children's Magazine Prints Molotov Cocktail Recipe ...

    10/09/2012 7:29:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    Tundra Tabloids ... ^ | 09/10/2012 | KGS
    TUNISIAN CHILDREN’S MAGAZINE SHOWS KIDS HOW TO MAKE A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL ... Sadly not a misprint. Because that’s the first thing that’s on any kid’s mind, how to light someone else on fire. Kind of reminiscent of the Hamas’ kiddie program featuring mice and bunnies that incite children to commit acts of terrorism. So no folks, this is nothing new. RTNews: A Tunisian children’s magazine “Kaws Kouzah” has recently published a detailed step-by-step instruction of how to make a Molotov cocktail. Now the periodical is facing a lawsuit for endangering kids lives. The Tunisian Ministry for Women and Family Affairs...
  • {vanity} seeking advice on piston recoil reducer for AR-15

    09/30/2012 1:17:31 PM PDT · by Blueflag · 65 replies
    FOB Salerno ^ | 9/30/2012 | blueflag
    Seeking advice on brands and sources to select and buy a piston recoil reducer in my AR-15 stock.
  • Bummer! Beemer and $200,000 Bentley bashed in Chelsea collision

    09/06/2012 9:00:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 6, 2012 | KEVIN FASICK, REBECCA HARSHBARGER and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    Two drunks — one driving a rare Bentley, the other a Beemer — went head-to-head early yesterday, leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of mangled metal littering a Chelsea street corner, cops and witnesses said. Eight people, four from each car, were taken to Bellevue Hospital after the 3:45 a.m. crash, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.
  • Buckyballs toy company fights Nanny State: #SaveOurBalls

    07/30/2012 9:35:08 PM PDT · by RedCell · 46 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 7/30/2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Buckyballs, the three-year-old innovative toy company that makes magnetic desk toys for adults, is in the fight of its life. The Obama administration’s Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed a lawsuit to stop the firm from selling its products and to issue a recall of its toys. Several retailers have yanked the magnets, despite the company’s clear warning that Buckyballs and Buckycubes are for adults — not children. Buckyballs executives have taken to social media and radio airwaves to save the company.
  • Obama Pull-String Doll

    06/30/2012 10:56:24 AM PDT · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 13 replies
    6/30/2012 | Self
    Remember those old Pull-String dolls from the 60's? Every string-pull played a random track from a miniature phonograph inside. Here's a typical example - Vintage Mickey Mouse Chatter Chums Pull String Doll Does anyone make an Obama version of these? Pull string. "Whirrrrrr ... The private sector is doing fine!" Pull string. "Whirrrrrr ... I've been to 57 states!" Pull string. "Whirrrrrr ... This is NOT a tax!" Pull string. "Whirrrrrr ... Only the wealthy who make over $200,000 will pay more taxes." I have seen "Inspirational Quotes" Talking Obama Dolls (gag!) on eBay. And there's a viral image of...
  • 5 things you didn’t know about Silly Putty

    04/25/2012 8:53:37 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 66 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 04/25/2012 | Mike Smith
    Cracking open its egg-shaped packaging, exploring its bizarre, mushy properties, and inevitably leaving it on top of the heater and letting it melt all over the carpet, playing with Silly Putty is a rite of passage for every child. But there's an impressive amount of history, chemistry, and trivia behind these odd, polymer nuggets -- and a few surprising facts. It was a war-time accident. World War II, in fact.
  • A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

    02/02/2012 11:26:06 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/31/2012
    Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for his support.
  • Girls and Legos: With its new “Friends” line, Lego sets off a gender firestorm

    01/15/2012 2:04:39 PM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    Annistonstar ^ | January 15, 2012 | Lisa Davis
    Christmas had come and gone, and the toy aisles were emptied of Lego Star Wars sets, and Lego Harry Potter sets, and Lego superhero sets. This is when Lego decided to roll out its newest line: Lego Friends, aimed squarely at girls. Lego Friends figures are strikingly different. They don’t look anything like the traditional Lego minifigure. Lego Friends have big eyes, button noses and pink lips. They wear skirts. They have names like Mia, Andrea and Olivia. They come with pink and purple bricks, in sets that can be built into a pet hospital, or a bakery, or...
  • Obnoxious kid lecturing on why girls have to like pink princess stuff(video)(vanity)

    12/26/2011 3:53:50 PM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 21 replies
    Riley on Marketing
  • The Inspiring, Nerdy Toys of A.C. Gilbert

    12/25/2011 2:56:00 AM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Scientific American ^ | December 24th, 2011 | Rose Eveleth
    Before video games and robotics competitions, toys were much simpler: girls got dolls; boys got model trains and bicycles. Toys that promoted learning and experimentation were rare until one inventor, Alfred Carlton (“A. C.”) Gilbert, started making toys that taught children about science and engineering. His most famous, the Erector set, became one of the best -selling toys of its day and inspired children across the country to build everything from bridges to robots. Gilbert was a man of many talents. He financed his medical degree from Yale University by working as a magician, invented the pole-vaulting box and won...
  • Hand, foot, mouth disease kills 156 in Vietnam

    12/16/2011 4:28:13 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    ap ^ | Dec. 16, 2011
    Vietnam says an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease has killed 156 people, mostly children, and sickened more than 96,000 through late November. ... The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel alert Monday urging people visiting Vietnam to protect themselves from the disease by practicing "healthy personal hygiene."
  • What Are The Top 5 Toys of All Time?

    12/06/2011 9:27:52 PM PST · by This Just In · 132 replies
    December 6, 2011 | This Just In
    I recently read an article titled, 'The Top 5 Toys of All Time'. The author hit the nail squarely on the head when he listed the toys ALL of us have enjoyed at one time or another in our lives. Can you guess which playthings are on the list? Due to their copyright complaint, I was unable to publish the article here. If you would like to read the article and list, visit GeekDad at wired.com NOTE TO ADMIN MODERATOR: I hope this doesn't violate the copyright. My apologies if it does.
  • Toys For Snots (My idea to Rush Limbaugh on Radio 12-2-11)

    12/03/2011 7:35:33 AM PST · by ICE-FLYER · 54 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 12-2-11 | Iceflyer
    It was a hoot to be on with Rush yesterday and I was able to float an idea to him..... Below is the text of my call, and right ater there was a guy who took it astep further to make a contest out of it for fun. So...why not have the nets best minds do the same? Please come up with toy ideas Santa Rush can throw out. Enjoy.. --------- RUSH: Albany in New York. Dave, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello, sir. CALLER: Twenty-plus years of dittos to you, Rush. Thanks for the education and certainly the joy...
  • The 8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Vintage Toys

    10/25/2011 6:38:17 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 51 replies
    cracked ^ | October 19, 2011 | Tracy V.
    These days, if a stuffed animal's plastic eye so much as wiggles, that toy is recalled faster than you can say "class action lawsuit." Back in the day, though, child safety consisted of just getting out of the way and letting natural selection do its thing. If a kid was too dumb to play with a toy the right way, well, he'd just have to learn to get along with one less eye. That meant molten glass, molten metal, hazardous chemicals -- all were included in toys back then ... on purpose.
  • The 8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Vintage Toys

    10/19/2011 11:11:00 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 164 replies
    Cracked.com ^ | October 19, 2011 | Tracy V.
    These days, if a stuffed animal's plastic eye so much as wiggles, that toy is recalled faster than you can say "class action lawsuit." Back in the day, though, child safety consisted of just getting out of the way and letting natural selection do its thing. If a kid was too dumb to play with a toy the right way, well, he'd just have to learn to get along with one less eye.
  • Afghanistan War: Hobbyists' Toy Truck Saves 6 Soldiers' Lives

    08/04/2011 1:10:50 PM PDT · by skyman · 21 replies
    Abc News ^ | Aug. 4 2011 | Ned Potter
    Staff Sgt. Christopher Fessenden is on duty in Afghanistan now after tours with the Army in Iraq. He has traveled with standard-issue equipment -- weapons, helmet, uniform, boots and so forth -- plus a radio-controlled model truck his brother sent. The truck is not a toy to him. He says it just saved six soldiers' lives. "We cannot thank you enough," said Sgt. Fessenden in an email from the front that his brother Ernie, a software engineer in Rochester, Minn., shared with ABC News. The little truck was used by the troops to run ahead of them on patrols and...
  • Elliot Handler, Co-Founder of Mattel Toys, Dies at 95

    07/24/2011 3:42:29 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 22, 2011 | LES DUHIGG
    Elliot Handler, who co-founded the Mattel toy company and designed the plastic playthings that have filled millions of Christmas stockings, made dinner parties possible by occupying otherwise fidgety children, and stubbed countless parents’ toes, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95. The cause was heart failure, his daughter, Barbara Segal, said. Mr. Handler helped introduce Barbie, helped design the talking doll Chatty Cathy and popularized Hot Wheels toy cars. He began Mattel in 1945 with his wife, Ruth, and a short-term partner. Until the Handlers were forced out of Mattel in 1975, they oversaw a...
  • Now You Can Own the Taliban Chess Set

    06/21/2011 11:58:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Gawker ^ | June 21, 2011 | Jeff Neumann
    It's too late for Father's Day, but surely you can find a reason to give someone the Taliban chess set, from Canadian toy company Hedwig & Sergeant Major. Fight the "Good War" from the comfort of your own home! For just $250, you can choose a set, such as America vs. Taliban, or Britain vs. Iraqi insurgents and more. You're given a choice between two different kings for the American side depending on who you feel was/is a better Commander in Chief, George W. Bush or Barack Obama. The queen is the Statue of Liberty, the rook is the World...
  • Anthony Weiner Action Figure to be Released

    06/11/2011 9:19:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Gather ^ | June 11, 2011 | Renee Phillips
    An Anthony Weiner action figure is in the works and is expected to be released soon. Do you need a gift for that person that has everything? It's guaranteed that they don't own an Anthony Weiner doll! The doll is being offered in two versions, the "standard Weiner" and the "Weiner Weiner Doll (for adults only)." The site doesn't say exactly what the difference is between the two models, but you can probably use your imagination to figure it out. Both Weiner dolls come dressed in an outfit consisting of a plain white shirt and white shorts emblazoned with the...
  • Fine Barack Obama action figure styled as Rambo, Navy SEAL Team Six

    05/12/2011 5:12:42 AM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    couriermail.com.au ^ | 05/12/2011 | n/a
    Barack Obama has been immortalised in plastic as a Rambo-style SEAL to celebrate the killing of al-Qa'ida chief Osama bin Laden. Toymaker Herobuilders, famed for making sixth-scale action figures of famous political figures, said: "We call him Rambama. "Rambama comes complete with our version of the SEAL Team Six T-shirt and urban camo. Rambama also carries the weapon of choice, the M1-A4."
  • Mattel loses Bratz battle, must pay millions

    04/21/2011 4:28:27 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 20 replies · 1+ views
    MSN ^ | 4/21/11 | Kim Peterson
    Barbie just can't catch a break when it comes to those sassy Bratz dolls. Barbie maker Mattel (MAT) got smacked down by a federal jury today, and was ordered to pay $88.5 million to rival MGA Entertainment in a dispute over the Bratz line. In what's being called a stunning decision, the jury told Mattel that it does not own the Bratz dolls. The legal battle has been going since 2004, and one analyst said today that Mattel's failure to settle was a "tremendously bad decision" by management. "It means they wasted $400 million or so of shareholder money to...