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7 (More) Outrageous Items Spotted at the 99¢ Only Store

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As long as the 99¢ Only Store continues to restock its shelves with bizarre merchandise, this post will continue to be a once-a-year feature. If you missed last year's, take a stroll over here. However, this year's finds are far superior and far more bizarre.

Take, for example, exhibit A)

While this might seem like a normal doll + accessories set, the sort of doll that gets washed up on the beach in Miami, that you avoid like a Man o' War, take a look closely at the translated copy on the front of the package:

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Forget for a moment the grammar and sentence construction -- what on earth is this kind of copy doing on the front of the package? Isn't it the pitch the toy company uses in their collateral when they're trying to get distributors to sell the stuff?

On to exhibit B. I just couldn't help but smile that they were calling this a nuisance mask. Beyond that, take a close look at the copy:

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It reads: "Protects against non toxic shop & household dusts, powders and initanst." After a few minutes of pondering, I decided initanst must be irritants, with some substitution and rearranging. What do you guys think???

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Okay, here's exhibit C. I actually had to research this online because I couldn't get a feel for how this worked just by looking at the package. So the basic idea, as I gather now, is that you put the plastic fangs in your mouth, and then the candy, which starts to foam. The effect must be something like saliva coming from the vampire's mouth. Here's the copy I found online, btw: "Yummy tart powder candy that literally makes you foath (sic) at the mouth!"

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Exhibit D is just so off, I can't believe it. What brilliant marketing mavens thought this up? Iron Man Bubble Bath? Are you serious? Wha???



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Exhibit E is beyond me, too. I've seen plenty of lollipups for real, actual dogs, but for kids? Not sure why kids want lollipops shaped like dog biscuits, but there you go.

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Exhibit F is alarming. Never mind that it's just strange to want an eyeball in a superball, scroll down to the next picture and dig the warning label on the package (yes, this is a toy for kids).
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The warning on exhibit G made me laugh out loud. What do you suppose the good folks at Laser Pet Toy have against students?

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What about you all? What's the most unusual thing you've found at the discount store near you?

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Knock-Off Versions of Nerf Ammo Can Cause Serious Eye Injuries
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Nerf toy guns and their foam projectiles, as marketed and manufactured by Hasbro, are virtually harmless when used as instructed. But, as reported by CNN, a recent paper in the UK medical journal BMJ Case Reports is providing a reality check when it comes to using the mock weapons and off-brand ammo improperly.

Three unrelated patients were treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London with ocular injuries that were sustained as a result of being "shot" with Nerf guns. Two adults had bleeding and inflammation in the eye; one 11-year-old had bleeding, inflammation, and damage to the outer retinal layer. All three suffered what the paper described as "significant ocular trauma." Attending doctors treated their swelling, and all symptoms resolved within a few weeks.

So what happened? In the case of one patient, a Nerf play session went awry as a result of using non-licensed ammo that isn't subject to Hasbro's quality control measures and may be made of harder materials as a result. On their Nerf landing page, Hasbro cautions users to "never modify any Nerf blasters or other Nerf products. Use only the darts, water, rounds, and discs designed for specific Nerf blasters."

Pediatric ophthalmologists interviewed by CNN recommend that protective eyewear be used whenever anyone is playing with Nerf weapons. It's also advisable never to aim for the face when shooting and to avoid attempting to modify the weapons to shoot faster or farther.

[h/t CNN]

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Watch Craftsmen Shape Gobs of Molten Glass into Colorful Marbles
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Marbles aren't just for schoolchildren. Humans have likely been playing with the tiny toys for thousands of years, as indicated by ancient Egyptian artifacts and other objects studied by archaeologists. These trinkets have been crafted from materials including clay, stone, wood, glass, and metal. But in the early 1900s, Akron, Ohio–based Martin F. Christensen changed the way the playthings are made when he invented an automated machine that produced glass marbles.

Christensen's machine ultimately paved the way for the mass production of marbles. But in the video below, you can see how they're made the old-fashioned way. Produced by The Magic of Making—a series of short educational films created along with BBC—and spotted by The Kid Should See This, the clip shows glass makers in action as they use large ovens to melt granules of sand into liquid, and as they stretch, twist, and shape the molten goo into fragile (yet still playable) creations.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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