Toys “R” Us Canada recalls Aqua Dots

My son has been asking for months for this Aqua Dots toy. Luckily for us, I did not buy it.

The toy consists of hundreds of coloured beads that can be arranged into various shapes and designs, and it’s approved for use by children ages four and above in Canada.

With a special 4 colour chamber pen you arrange the beads on a template, then spray water and wait for it to dry.

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Yesterday Toys “R” Us recalled the popular toy after it was discovered that a similar product in Australia releases a hallucinogenic drug when swallowed by kids.

The Australian version of the toy- called Bindeez- was found coated with a chemical that releases the drug gamma-hydroxy butyrate, also known as GHB or fantasy, when swallowed.

GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy, is a depressant that can lead to euphoria, lowered inhibitions, increase sexual desire, as well as dizziness, drowsiness and memory lapses. High doses can cause severe side effects, including hallucinations, seizures, vomiting, black outs, coma and death.

Bindeez, sold by Moose Enterprise in Australia, has been named toy of the year 2007.

Two kids landed in hospital after they swallowed some beads but recovered since then.

It was not immediately known where Bindeez is made.

Aqua Dots, distributed in North America by Spin Master Ltd  will not be available at Toys “R” Us for the foreseeable future. Spin Master noted that both Aqua Dots and Bindeez are manufactured by Moose Enterprise .

According to the media release from Moose Enterprise   they voluntarily recalled the Bindeez from Australian market and is fully cooperating with health and consumers organisations.

The products are manufactured by internationally approved Chinese toy manufacturers.

So the mistery is solved: the toys are manufactured in China.

Media release
7 November 2007

My rambling about ‘The Secret’

I could foam at my mouth talking about The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

And it’s not because I am green with envy for Rhonda Byrne’s genius , it’s because I still believe that the whole ‘Secret’ enterprise it’s nothing but a shameless pyramid scheme. Wonderfully staged by the publishers and endorsed by personalities like Oprah.
I lost my sympathy for Oprah long time ago. Since she became an ego maniacal. Why the heck does she have to be on the cover of every issue of her ‘O’ magazine? Is the magazine about her? I got the explanation that it’s her magazine and she can do what she wants. Really? Whatever! It’s not my rambling about Oprah, it’s about ‘The Secret’ endorsed by her.
That Rhonda Byrne has guts, I must admit it.
‘The Secret’ is like a modern version of the snake oil.
What bothered me a lot is the stupidity, blame-the-victim approach and the bullshit of her preaching.
Random abstracts from the book:
The energy you put into the world — both good and bad — is exactly what comes back to you. This means you create the circumstances of your life with the choices you make every day.”

And another one:
“The only reason any person does not have enough money is because they are blocking money from coming to them with their thoughts.”

Let’s disclose the famous ‘secret’: It is actually the ‘Law of Attractions’ Do good and good will come; think positive and positive will come.
But unlucky you if you are born in Darfur and are not able to think positive.
Maybe Rhonda and her con-partners could help stop the genocide; maybe they are intelligent enough to channel positive thoughts and get rid somehow of the warlords.
The cherry on top of the cake: an article in The Vancouver Sun, featuring a 19 year old new mom, who just heard about the book from her parents (again, did not read it!), went to the store, bought the first lottery ticket of her adult life and won $2.5 million.
How would Rhonda explain that? As in: what about my positive thoughts and visualization of 2.5 million sitting comfortably in my bank account?
Hey, I sent gazillion of positive thinking about the money I need to be mortgage free and to be able to go with my family to a well deserved vacation!

The biggest ‘secret’ is how did Rhonda manage to secure the best selling position with Amazon for over 30-something weeks?