Saturday, November 03, 2007

Syphilis for Christmas?

Manufacturers are hoping their range of cuddly toy versions of microbes including gonorrhea and syphilis will be a hit for Christmas.

The microbe range of cuddly toys /Giant Microbes

US company Giant Microbes has turned microscopic images of viruses and bugs, which also include malaria and mad cow disease, into soft toys.

Other viruses to cuddle up to include salmonella, ebola, acne, rabies, black death and the good old influenza virus, reports Metro.

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 were intended as learning tools for children but have proved popular with adults looking for amusing gifts for partners and friends.

The sales blurb about the Ebola toy says: "Since its discovery in 1976 Ebola has become the T Rex of microbes. Share the love."

And, of the algae toy, it says: "Anyone for a pool party? Theses guys are always ready to show up. Learn who you're swimming with before you dive in."

The toys are on sale from £4 for one or £20 for a set.

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