If you thought you were just going to waltz right into the work week without seeing something super creepy on the Internet, I'm here to ruin that possibility for you today. A friend of mine sent me a link this morning to a Groupon special that ... well ... it's one of the creepiest things I've ever seen. It's a discount on a super-personalized stuffed animal version of yourself, courtesy of iamastuffedanimal.com. Essentially you order your doll and send in some photos and they make this creepy, stuffed version of you.
Which ... great. Let's all carry around miniature versions of ourselves that probably couldn't be used as weapons. This sounds like a fine idea. But I take issue with the entire concept. When you turn a person into a lifelike, semi-lifelike or entirely fictionalized toy, it's called a "doll." Yes, humans are animals and a stuffed toy version of ourselves could technically be called a stuffed animal, but let's be normal and use words how they were meant to be used. These are dolls. And dolls are inherently creepy, so the IAASA creations are just terrifying. To me. Maybe to you too. Let's never buy these, OK?