Wednesday, October 12, 2011

EU Says Kids and Balloons Don't Mix

Here's a FREE chuckle. The euro is on the point of collapse, Greece is about to go bankrupt, the EU itself could fall apart, and what are EU honchos in Brussels focused on? A lengthy legislative debate that resulted in equally lengthy rules that deem balloons too dangerous for children. Well. There you go. That should have them dancing with relief in the streets of Athens. An EU official admitted to The Telegraph, that the new regulations could be difficult to understand, but insisted that safety experts knew best.  "You might say that small children have been blowing up balloons for generations, but not anymore and they will be safer for it," the official said. The new EU rules also zeros in on noise-makers (too dangerous for kids under 14) and playing magnetic fishing games (small, chokable parts). The legislation include restrictions on how loudness of toys such as baby rattles and musical instruments. Even teddy bears did not escape unscathed. Stuffed toys meant for children under three will have to be washable to prevent young children and babies from exposure to dirt and disease. Thoughts?

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