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Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 5:23 PM
— Christmas morning can be an exciting time for families. While parents want to see their children happy as they open presents, they also want to make sure they’re safe.
That’s easier to do thanks to the World Against Toys Causing Harm, an organization that monitors toy safety, because it has just released its annual “10 Worst Toys” list.
To determine the results, researchers examined products with “poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices” that have the “potential to lead to serious injury and even death,” the site read.
They also scouted “toys with inconsistent and inadequate warnings, cautions and age recommendations as well as other classic safety hazards that continue to re-appear year after year,” they said.
The Hallmark “Itty Bittys” stacking toy was a part of the round-up. While it was recalled over the summer due to fabric pieces to could pose a choking hazard, it is still available online.
The group also also highlighted Tolo Toys’ Pull Along Pony. It’s marketed for kids over age 1, but the chord is 19-inches-long.
Nerf’s Zombie Strike Zone was the list, too. It’s pull back lever is dangerous, because it could cause injuries to the face and eyes.
Want to know what other toys were on the list? Take a look at the top 10 below.
1. Hallmark “Itty Bittys” Baby Stacking Toy
2. Tolo Toys Pull-Along Pony
3. Mattel Wonder Woman Battle Action Sword
4. Hand Fidgetz Spinners
5. Marvel Spider-Man Homecoming
6. Hasbro Nerf Zombie Strike Drone, Official Movie Edition
7. Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit
8. Oval XYLOPHONE
9. Razor Jetts Heel Wheels
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:28 PM
— A dramatic tackle of an armed robber was caught on CCTV in Monterrey, northern Mexico on Monday, April 23.
A store customer wearing a cowboy hat can be seen removing his glasses and tackling a young man who enters the store pointing a gun at employees.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:59 AM
SOUTH LANARKSHIRE, Scotland — A castle in Scotland has lasted for 500 years but the property is apparently no match for an angry badger. Yes, you’ve read that right. An angry badger shut down tourist access to a tunnel at Craignethan Castle, the BBC reported.
Officials allowed the public access to the rest of the 5-century-old building but the tunnel was closed not only for people’s safety, but also for the badger’s, officials told the BBC.
The badger apparently did some damage to the masonry of the castle before it left the building either Friday night or Saturday morning on its own accord.
#badgerupdate While our furry friend left the building over the weekend, we can confirm the #CraignethanCastle cellar tunnel remains closed this week. Our work team on-site need to repair some of the stone masonry the badger damaged. The rest of the castle is open for visitors. pic.twitter.com/MgmJVObWnt— Historic Scotland (@welovehistory) April 18, 2018
The animal left after castle staff members tried cat food and honey to coax it out, the Guardian reported.
Thank you to all our friends and followers for sending through their #badger tips. We now know badgers much prefer peanuts and even bananas, over cat food. If your castle tunnel is experiencing similar problems, remember the @ScottishSPCA can assist with animal welfare enquiries. pic.twitter.com/9iVqVI1LYV— Historic Scotland (@welovehistory) April 18, 2018
Castle staff members who run the property’s Twitter account had a little online fun, posting a GIF image of dancing badgers when they announced the tunnel’s closing.
Beware the #AngryBadger!— Historic Scotland (@welovehistory) April 13, 2018
If you're heading to #CraignethanCastle over the next few days you might find the Cellar Tunnel closed due to the presence of a very angry badger. We're trying to entice it out with cat food & send it home to #chilloot https://t.co/K4C2lA84xD pic.twitter.com/nTuC9VPOuo
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 2:56 PM
— A 18-week-old polar bear cub left the birthing box at Gelsenkirchen's zoological garden for the first time together with his mother on Friday, April 13.
The cub was born on Dec. 4, 2017 and now weighs about 20 kilograms (44 pounds.)
Gelsenkirchen Mayor Frank Baranowski unveiled the name of the little polar bear. Five proposals were up for election for almost two weeks: Nanook, Mathilda, Lenja, Lore and Baerbel.
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:28 PM
— Belgium's Planckendael Zoo on Wednesday (April 11) welcomed its third baby elephant this year, a boost to the zoo's breeding program of Asian elephants.
The new arrival, still without a name, became the first male Asian elephant to be born at the zoo this year.
On his feet within fifteen minutes of his delivery and now walking well, the newborn is perfectly healthy, the zoo said.