Monday, November 22nd, 2010
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Childhood Joy Will Kill Us All

Your youth was even more poisonous than you remember:

Following the recall of nearly 12 million Shrek glasses over the summer because of toxic levels of brain-damaging, cancer-causing lead and cadmium, the Associated Press has discovered that pretty much every decorative drinking glass ever made carries the same risk, dating back to nearly 50 years ago. A specially commissioned laboratory test of 35 separate drinking glasses made between the late 1960s and this year—including those with enamel designs of Superman, Batman, and characters from The Wizard Of Oz—found that all of them exceeded federal limits on lead in children’s products by up to 1,000 times, many of these coming from glasses given out as part of various fast-food promotions over the years.

I guess the upside is you don't need to run the tap anymore, because you are pretty much full of lead already. [Via]

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C_Webb (#855)

Did my underage drinking counteract the lead poisoning? Or am I demonstrating the effects of both just by asking that?

KarlLaFong (#3,568)

Yes, and yes; I suspect you're a "glass-half-full" person. Welcome to the club!

Matt (#26)

I may or may not have used a collectible Riddler tumbler from McDonald's (which sells the Rib Sandwich, btw) promoting Batman Forever as my illicit vodka and bourbon rocks glass up until the time I finally ditched my parent's house.

Matt (#26)

(Also thanks for reminding me of how you RUINED the Superman theme for me, Alex.)

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I had one of those! The Batman glass was cooler, though.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

It's okay, George Lucas pretty much killed Childhood Joy for most us a long time ago in the 00's. (-sips bourbon out of ad-free old-fashioned glass-)

deepomega (#1,720)

What happens if you ate LEGOs?

Mindpowered (#948)

Lego's weren't that bad, it was Playmobile, that would give you the third eye if you ingested too much.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I'm told ABS plastic resin is stable. Those corners are sharp, though!

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I could swear they addressed this issue with a certain jelly company's commemorative cartoon-character jars during the Ford administration.

C_Webb (#855)

@dntsqz: The Smucker's glasses, right? (Can I say that? Will we be sued?)

Russ Gooberman (#5,538)

It's a good thing that saturated fat and salmonella cancel out lead and cadmium…

Video of the story:
http://www.frequency.com/video/harmful-metals/572355?embed=true

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Fun-Fact: You know when you go to a flea market and see incredibly brightly colored glasses and “bric-a-brac?” Paint is filled with CADMIUM!

Ditto with paint on tons—if not all—of the Matchbox cars made in the U.K. (Lesney).

And you know what? WHO CARES!!!

You really need to be sucking on that paint for a few hours each day or that stuff to affect you.

I think I am going to create a line of neo-retro crap for adolescent adults that is child-like but made of “toxic” materials. If you are 25+ years old and chew on a toy, then nobody can help you anyway. And at least I will get your money, KA-CHING!

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I am fairly certain nothing can possibly go wrong with this business plan.

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