(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick



Tickle Me Elmo Offering Up Prizes

from the long-lines-at-the-toy-store dept

The folks who brought you "Tickle Me Elmo" (just how many Sesame Street related stories are we going to have this week?), have added a new twist to the extremely popular toy known mainly for causing headaches to parents (both from its incessant giggling, and the problem of actually finding one for screaming kids). The new Elmos are programmed to change their recordings on January 9, 2002. For some folks that means they'll have won a prize. The winners can get a $200,000 check toward the purchase of a new house, $60,000 in savings bonds for their child's education, a Volkswagen Beetle, a new PC and a ride-on battery-operated VW car for the child. Tragically, the VW's are decorated with an "Elmo-theme". I just wonder (1) how many of the toys will be broken by the time January 9 rolls around and (2) how many kids playing with them will be too young to understand why Elmo is reading out legalese instead of giggling.

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