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13 Plush Toys Grownups Will Love

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Plush toys really don't serve any serious purpose, and are often bought just to fill a gift obligation. But if you put some thought into it, you can really impress someone with their favorite things, in a form all ready to cuddle up with. You don't even have to look, because the list is right here!

1. Tickle Me Freud
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Forget Tickle Me Elmo! Tickle Me Freud is a serious psychoanalyst until you press his foot, then he shows his real personality with an infectious belly laugh!

2. Monty Python's Killer Rabbit
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From the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this cute little bunny seems harmless, until he bares his teeth and eats you. Available in both original plush-only and electronic flashing-eye version. Run away! Run away!

3. Venereal Disease Microbes
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These toys are greatly magnified versions of the germs that cause Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Herpes. Available individually or as a set of four. Other microbes are available from Giant Microbes, from the flu to Mad Cow prions.

Lots more cool plushies, after the jump.

4. DRDs
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The science fiction series Farscape features little Diagnostic Repair Drones, or DRDs. These cute little robots are available in a 12 inch plush form!

5. Aliens
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You wouldn't think of the creature from Alien and its sequels as a cuddly toy, but someone did. Get an Alien Facehugger with Egg, or a somewhat more mature version of the Alien.

6. Cthulhu
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The elder god comes in many forms, including the original Cthulhu plush toy, the superhero version, a goth version, and the special Christmas version.

7. Badger Badger Badger
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A Weebl's Badger is a perfect gift for someone who has spent way too much time amusing themselves on the internet. If you're not familiar with the Badgers, click here.

8. Space Godzilla
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Space Godzilla is a clone of Godzilla, traveling through space via the power of his shoulder crystals! You may remember him from the movie Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla. Other characters from the Godzilla films are available in plush, too!

9. Celebrity Dogs
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These plush dolls are dogs that look like celebrities, from Happytails Pet Boutique. There are currently fourteen different celebrity dogs.

10. Viking Kitten
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I can never again hear Immigrant Song without thinking of kittens. If you know someone like that, they'd love to have a Viking Kitten of their own, from Rathergood. If you're not familiar with the Viking Kittens, click here.

11. Mars

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You've seen soft cuddly Earth globes, but how about Mars? This Hugg-A-Planet Mars features an accurate map of over 400 Mars locations, including the landing spots for exploratory probes.

12. Roadkill Toys
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This is so new, I'm not sure how it will go over. Roadkill Toys is starting out with a plushie called Twitch the Raccoon, who has been squashed flat, complete with blood and guts, all made from 100% polyester. Other roadkill designs are coming soon.

13. Einstein
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And this list wouldn't be complete without mental_floss' mascot, Albert Einstein. Any genius, wannabe genius, or budding genius could use him for inspiration!

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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14 Things You Owned in the '70s That are Worth a Fortune Now
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From old toys and housewares to books and records, these pieces of '70s memorabilia have aged (and increased in value) like fine wine.

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