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VIDEO: Nevermind, Zhu Zhu Pets Are Safe

By Crystal Arcand on December 16th, 2009


On December 7, 2009, a consumer research group called GoodGuide burst onto the hot toy scene with the claim that the gotta-have-it Zhu Zhu Pets aren’t safe for children. Supposedly, the hamsters tested showed levels of antimony that exceeded federal standard levels of safety. With the toys already almost impossible to find in retail stores, it seemed the demand would wane a bit with the bad news. Not so.

Just a few days later, on December 10, 2009,  GoodGuide quietly released a statement saying it was wrong to claim that the toys were not safe. As it turns out, the Zhu Zhu Pets’ chemical levels are below federal safety standards. The consumer group says a different test from the one the government uses was performed when the hazardous results were found. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) confirmed in a statement that the hamsters are indeed safe for child’s play.

Let the frantic shopping restart.

I can’t help but wonder why GoodGuide was so outspoken in releasing the test results. Wouldn’t you check and recheck your results before blowing the whistle on what has already proved to be the toy of the season? Between using differing tests from the government and being so much more *ahem* quiet in the retraction, I’m leaning towards the old “any publicity is good publicity” excuse. Unfortunately, this bad publicity is also totally destroying their credibility. Oops.

Now the only question left is whether or not Mr. Squiggles, Chunk, and their furry little friends are actually worth all this hoopla. Check out our review to read all about it.

Malaysia’s Top 10 Fastest Rising Searches on Google

New Straits Times April 11, 2011

New Straits Times 04-11-2011 Malaysia’s Top 10 Fastest Rising Searches on Google Edition: Main/Lifestyle Section: Tech & U

(Week April 1-7, 2011)

Note: This list shows the search terms that saw the largest spike last week.

1 ABPBH 2011

The Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2010, which honours excellence in the local entertainment industry, was held at Genting Highland’s Arena Of Stars on April 3.

2 April Fools’ Day

Malaysians went online to find out the best April Fools’ pranks, tricks and jokes played the world over on April 1. go to website htc incredible s

3 LHDN e-filing

Taxpayers head for the Inland Revenue Board website to submit their income tax return forms.

4 AF9

The ninth and final season of popular reality show Akademi Fantasia, which is the No. 1 television programme on Astro’s Malay channels, kicked-off on Astro Ria on April 2.

5 Papagomo

The pro-Umno blogger posted a sex video clip implicating an Opposition leader on his blog on April 4. It was removed later. website htc incredible s

6 HTC Incredible S

The Android-based smartphone, which features a unique contoured design and is powered by a 1GHz processor, gains popularity after its launch on March 18.

7 Emily Browning

The 23-year-old Australian actress is seeing her cache rise among local movie fans after debuting as Baby Doll in the movie Sucker Punch, which opened here on March 24.

8 Cricket

Malaysians went online for news, results and to find more about the game after India’s win of the ICC cricket World Cup on April 2.

9 Rebecca Black

The 13-year-old singer’s video for her single, Friday, dubbed “the worst song ever” by music critics, became a viral hit on YouTube on March 11, and to date has received over 85 million views.

10 Selina

The Taiwanese singer expressed her sadness on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site, at having to postpone her wedding, scheduled for April 1 this year, due to the third degree burns she suffered last year.

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