So, these plush toys are, ahem, microbes (Giant Plush Microbes). Yes, that kind of microbe. Well, no, they do not actually GET you sick. They just resemble them in a cute (?) and cuddly (?) way. Sort of. I mean, it wouldn’t be so bad if there were a handful of common microbes. The site, however, has close to 100 of the little stuffed germs, diseases and parasites. Sure, it would be funny to send an ex-boyfriend a box set of venereals, including chlamydia, Syphilis, the clap AND herpes. Funny, in a sick, you-shouldn’t-have-cheated-on-me-you-loser kind of way.
A scientist friend might find humor in receiving a plush version of her life’s work, but what kid really wants to snuggle up with cimex lectularius, dermatophagoides pteronyssinus or lucilia sericata? That would be: a bed bug, a dust mite or a maggot. Although, you could nickname that cute little maggot Lucy…no?
Ooh! Wait – my mother-in-law! I could send her C.Diff or diarrhea. LOL I could really get in trouble here. She’s not exactly my favorite person. Where were we? Oh yea, fluffy, snuggley microbes. Crappy for sweet dreams, funny as gifts.