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  1. That child even looks unhappy at the thought of being pictured on the box containing the treadmill. . .

  2. But the man in the plastic box… clearly I’m just not up with popular culture, and I don’t geddit. Can someone explain?

  3. Deborah: The alt/title tags are handy…

  4. Well, I think the hands are in pretty standard position for dolls. The real abomination is the $29.84 price tag.

  5. Ummm. Look past girl to nice sized green back yard that would be good to play in. No wonder girl is unhappy!

  6. Ahhh…. geddit. And definitely out of touch – I’ve never watched it. Thanks, L.

  7. Y’know, Edward looks kind of pissed to be plastic doll.
    I wonder how many girls (and it will be mostly girls, if it’s anything like the fans at my school) will use him to stalk Barbie.
    Now I’m going to scrub my eyes out.

  8. Why would anyone think that a treadmill is a good idea for a toy when real ones are so dangerous for small children?

  9. The backyard is just a trompe-L’Oeil painting. She’s actually in a McMansion built to the boundary such as infest Melbourne these days.

    Then I ain’t buyin’.
    OK, I wasn’t gonna anyway…Or maybe I would and glue sparkles all over him.
    The kiddie treadmill makes me *sadface*

  11. Child on treadmill has classic “allergic eyelids”:dark rings, puffy. Just thought as an allergic adult who was an allergic child, undiagnosed, in an allergic family that I’d
    point that out. Teachers in NYC used to be told to look for kids with eye lids like that and check if they are allergic kids.

  12. Turns out there’s a report in today’s Medical Journal of Australia about pediatric treadmill injuries: “Paediatric treadmill injuries: an increasing problem
    A group of Sydney healthcare workers looked at the stats in two hospitals, and child treadmill burn injuries have increased from 3 to 17 to 48 per year in the 2001-2008 period. One friction burn was assessed at covering 7% of body surface area, and 21% of the burns required surgery. The authors say:

    The substantial increase in prevalence of treadmill injuries in children during the past 2 years may be related to increased sales of treadmills as the community becomes more conscious of obesity. The data also reflect other Australian studies that show that children younger than 5 years are at greatest risk, accounting for 90% of paediatric treadmill injuries during the period January 2004 to June 2007.2
    Despite the risk of injury, particularly for children, there appears to be no current national regulations governing the supply of treadmills or advice that should be given to customers at the point of sale.

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