November 5, 2007

This Is Your Brain On Aqua Dots. Any Questions?

So far, the most chilling words to come out of the kid's mouth are "No, I learned it on [insert TV show name here]," as in:

"And Daddy, dogs are hunters by nature."

"REALLY. Did you talk about that at school?"

"No, I learned it on Zoboomafoo."

The kid does not watch TV every day, or even much at all, and yet she picks up more stuff than a Swiffer at a cat show. As a result of watching Yo Gabba Gabba! on Nickelodeon, though, she has begun seeing commercials targeted at her. [Thanks to PBS Sprout, she did learn to say, "If you have problems with credit card debt, call the number on your screen." several months ago. We took a Sprout break for a while after that.]


Now it turns out one of the products she schooled me on, Aqua Dots, which are far superior to beads and Elmer's glue for making a tacky plastic mosaic, are being recalled in Australia, where they're sold as Bindeez, because they contain GHB, a powerful anesthetic and rave drug.

Suh-weet. I'm sure if there were a problem with the US toys [which are made in Hong Kong], the CPSC would tell us. Assuming the agency's lone toy tester doesn't have to pick his mother-in-law up at the airport or something.

Bindeez Toys Recalled Over Drug Fears []
Popular Australian Toy Filled With GHB [consumerist]


the distributor of the 'magic beads' in australia say the manufacturuers changed the chemicals used without notice. there is also a case of some young women partying together, dropped the beads in their drinks as a joke, and all had the real Fantasy experience


Uhh, CPSC tester just got back from the airport.
ap/yahoo: Toy containing date-rape drug pulled

[Money quote: "Chris Byrne, a New York-based toy consultant, noted that the incidents could have been isolated, and Spin Master may be erring on the side of caution" (by recalling the easily ingestible toys coated with a coma-inducing drug). -ed.]

It strikes me that there's a B-grade Michael Crichton thriller (if that's not redundant) in all this. The Chinese, seeking to topple the American super-power, begins poisoning those capitalist children with lead and GHB laced toys.

"In a generation the imperialist dogs will be learning-disabled, comatose pawns. Bwaaahaaaa!"

{The Manchurian Playdate -ed.]

Leave a comment

Type the characters you see in the picture above.

Google DT

Contact DT

Daddy Types is published by Greg Allen with the help of readers like you.
Got tips, advice, questions, and suggestions? Send them to:
greg [at] daddytypes [dot] com

Join the [eventual] Daddy Types mailing list!



copyright 2014 daddy types, llc.
no unauthorized commercial reuse.
privacy and terms of use
published using movable type