Here’s the perfect gift for your favorite little Consumerist reader! A giant stuffed e. coli bacterium.
I was shopping at Macy’s in Chicago today to return a baby blanket. I was near the children’s toy section and noticed this unusual toy. I’m not sure if I want my 3 year old daughter to play with a stuffed Ebola doll.
Here is the verbiage from the giantmicrobes.com website. They don’t mention e-coli but I have a picture of one.
“We make stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes–only a million times actual size! Now available: The Common Cold, The Flu, Sore Throat, Stomach Ache, Cough, Ear Ache, Bad Breath, Kissing Disease, Athlete’s Foot, Ulcer, Martian Life, Beer & Bread, Black Death, Ebola, Flesh Eating, Sleeping Sickness, Dust Mite, Bed Bug, and Bookworm (and in our Professional line: H.I.V. and Hepatitis).
Each 5-to-7 inch doll is accompanied by an image of the real microbe it represents, as well as information about the microbe.
They make great learning tools for parents and educators, as well as amusing gifts for anyone with a sense of humor!”
Flesh eating? Anyway, all we can say is that if someone was going to give us e. coli, this is the form we’d like the gift to take. Got that, Topps meat? Oh wait, you don’t exist anymore.