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1 In 3 Adults In Britain Take A Teddy To Bed

Photo: Waugsberg (GNU)

Photo: Waugsberg (GNU)

Is it just a British thing? From the Telegraph:

More than a third of adults still hug a childhood soft toy while falling asleep, according to a new survey. More than half of Britons still have a teddy bear from childhood and the average teddy bear is 27 years old, the poll found.

Travelodge, the hotel chain, surveyed 6,000 British adults and found that respondents said sleeping with a teddy a “comforting and calming” way to end the day.

The survey also found that 25 per cent of men said they even took their teddy away with them on business because it reminded them of home.

Travelodge said that in the past year staff have reunited more than 75,000 teddies and their owners.

Spokesman Shakila Ahmed said: “Interestingly the owners have not just been children, we have had a large number of frantic businessmen and women call us regarding their forgotten teddy bear.”

Corrine Sweet, a psychologist, said cuddling a teddy bear was an ‘important part of our national psyche’…

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Lego Is The Most Popular Toy Ever – But Has Lost Its Patent

Would you have guessed Lego, the Danish phenomenon that has intrigued generations of kids and adults alike? Maybe, but can Lego hold that Number 1 spot now that its patent has expired? Report from Fast Company:
If you grew up thinking Lego was the bomb, better than any other toy in your collection, turns out you're not alone: A new broad-ranging survey of over 3,000 folks has revealed it's the most popular toy ever manufactured, even more so than Barbie, Game Boys and a dozen other pretenders. Firebox.com, an online toy and...
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One Third Of Children’s Toys In The U.S. Are Toxic

AFP reports that you may be giving your kids a stocking full o’ cancer and developmental defects this Christmas:

A third of the most popular children’s toys in the United States this year contain harmful chemicals including lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury, a US consumer group said Wednesday.

The Ecology Center tested nearly 700 toys ahead of the Christmas shopping season and found that 32 percent contained one or more toxic chemical.

Lead levels in toys varied, with seven percent containing more than 40 parts per million (ppm), the highest level recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2007. Another three percent of the products tested had levels exceeding 300 ppm, the federally-mandated limit.

Among the toys with detectable lead levels were the Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit, the Dora the Explorer Activity Tote and the Kid’s Poncho sold by Wal-Mart stores.

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