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Plush Tardigrades Will Teach Your Kids About Nature’s Strangest Creature

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Tardigrades are fascinating microscopic creatures with some properties that baffle most scientists. Also known as ‘water bears’, “they can survive temperatures ranging from near absolute zero (?458 °F) up to 300 °F, withstand pressures 6 times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches or radiation hundreds of times higher than what’s lethal for humans, and even survive in the vacuum of outer space. They can also survive without food and water for over 30 years.” They even survive the vacuum of space. So it sort of makes sense that a creature as cool as these would be made into a plushie, because once you give it to your kid they’ll inevitably ask what the heck it is and you’ll have an opportunity to educate them on a bunch of sciencey topics. They’re as anatomically correct as can be, albeit 1,000 larger than their real life counterparts. They cost 4,104 Yen, or roughly $36USD.

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Vincent Van Gogh Plush Doll With Removable Ear

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Well then… that’s a little creepy. But interesting nonetheless, in a “I-like-creepy-shit” kind of way. You’re looking at the Vincent van Gogh Little Thinker, by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. It’s an 11 inches tall plush doll with a frowny Van Gogh, and more importantly, a removable ear! It sticks with velcro, so you can spend your days taking it off and putting it back on, wondering how life must have been for the tortured artist. The story goes that Vincent cut the ear off “after an argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and left it with a prostitute at a brothel the two frequently visited. There is speculation whether the ear was meant as a memento for Gauguin, a prostitute lover, or if Van Gogh was just batshit crazy.” We’re siding with batshit crazy, but only because that’s the kind of crazy that makes for the most amazing art. The doll is $19, and currently unavailable.

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Revenge Is A Dish Best Served With A Horse Head Pillow

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The Godfather fans, check this out. It’s a severed horse-head-stuffed plushy/pillow thing. That’s what we’d like to think of as “the perfect gift”, but of course only for those with a macabre sense of humour or with an unhealthy obsession with the movie. For all of $45 (or $35 unstuffed), you can own a 19 inch by 33 inch replica of one of the most iconic scenes in Hollywood history.

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Enable The Crazy Cat Lady In Your Life With This Bouquet Of Kittens

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If you know a person who loves nothing but cats, you can either organize an intervention or go with the flow. Going with the flow of course involves enabling her (or his) addiction, and what better way to do so than with a bouquet of kittens? The above features 9 plushy kitties that attach to the “stem” through their velcro collars. Although if it is a guy, maybe a bouquet is not the best idea. We mentioned a guy because, well, gender equality and all that.

It’s $50.

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Vicious Plush Adds Some… Charm To Teddy Bears

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Who said teddy bears had to be cuddly and fluffy and sweet? We like to think plush toys are due for an overhaul, and while some young children might be afraid of the Vicious Plush pictured above, we think that once they reach a certain age, they’ll get a kick out of them. Featuring menacing looks, fake blood, glow-in-the-dark eyes and fangs, the Vicious Plush would make awesome gifts around Halloween. Unfortunately, you can’t get them for this year’s Halloween, because the bears are not commercially available yet. They’re doing the Kickstarter dance and have barely gotten off the ground, so there’s no guarantee they’ll even ever be available. But if you want one, you can help move that along with a $30 early-bird pledge. There are three types, and they’d start shipping in January 2014 if fully funded.

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Become A Fearless Adult By Taming The Mighty Cthulhu As A Child

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Granted, we’re not suggesting you teach your toddler to actually wrestle Cthulhu, especially given that it’s a fictional character. But given its monstrous appearance, it might not be such a bad idea to introduce your child to a giant plush toy fashioned after the creature. If your baby can learn to sleep with a large and heavy tentacled stuffed animal, he may grow up to be of a tougher constitution than a child brought up hugging a yellow sponge with pants. Then again, he may not.. we are not child psychologists and couldn’t be trusted with taking care of anything more complex than a fish, let alone giving parenting advice.

This plush toy is big, and weighs 9.9lbs; it might be better suited as a crib adornment than a huggable teddy bear. But if the mighty Cthulhu tickles your fancy, prepare to pay $460 for the privilege of ownership.

Edit: A concerned parent has pointed out to us that leaving this toy by the crib could present an accidental strangulation hazard. Having no kids ourselves, we would like to make you aware of this and to suggest careful and responsible use, should you decide to buy it.

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