Check this list of the 10 worst toys of 2017 before you finish holiday shopping

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 5:23 PM

Consumer Group Releases List of Most Dangerous Toys

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. 

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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. 

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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


9. Razor Jetts Heel Wheels

10. Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Brianna Babydoll


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WATCH: Cowboy hero takes down armed robber

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:28 PM

WATCH: Cowboy hero takes down armed robber

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. 

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The armed robber turned toward a second employee a few seconds after entering the store, which is when the customer seized the opportunity to attack the robber, whose weapon drops to the floor.

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‘Angry badger’ forces doors to close at 500-year-old castle tunnel, tourist spot

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:59 AM

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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.  

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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.

The animal left after castle staff members tried cat food and honey to coax it out, the Guardian reported.

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.

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WATCH: Polar bear cub takes first steps outside zoo

Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 2:56 PM

Polar bear cub takes first steps outside zoo

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.) 

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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. 

Most polar bear fans voted for Nanook, the animal keepers' proposal, on the zoo's website homepage. Nanook comes from the Inuit language and means polar bear.

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WATCH: Baby elephant born in Belgium

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:28 PM

Baby elephant born in Belgium

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.

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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. 

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The elephant arrived on the birthday of his aunt, delighting zookeepers and boosting the herd to ten members.

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