Halloween is over, and that means one thing: it’s time to start shopping for the holidays! Here’s the perfect item for the infectious disease specialist on your list: stuffed plush microbes.
These have been around a little while, but after the inquiries we received when we blogged about plushie nuclear annihilation, we figured it was worth another mention:
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.
Unlike the Huggable Atomic Horror, these critters aren’t being marketed as cognitive behavioral therapy. But maybe they’ll remind people about hygiene, or make your child’s next earache more tolerable.
Pictured above is E. coli and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB is part of the “professional series” of plushies, though we wonder why necrotizing fasciitis and Ebola aren’t deemed as menacing).
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