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Stop tickling me or else

Change a doll's battery and it makes death threats.

TAMPA -- You have probably heard of Tickle-Me-Elmo, but what about Death-Threat-Elmo?

That's what a Tampa-area boy now has.

James Bowman loves Elmo, and his mother thought getting him the high-tech toy, which hooks up to a computer to learn phrases and the child's name would be a great gift.

But when Melissa Bowman changed the batteries earlier this week, Elmo began making the threat.

"It's not something that really you would think would come out of a toy, but after I heard it, I was kind of distraught -- (It said) Kill James," Melissa Bowman said.

Right now, the toy is off limits because James has begun repeating what Elmo says.

The video can be found here for the curious.

I always thought this Sesame street character was in need of prozac. Now we have confirmation. Was it the appearances on Rosie O'Donnell or his testifying before Congress that pushed Elmo over the edge?


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Comments (16)

I'm still waiting for the b... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:

I'm still waiting for the bugger-me-Elmo

Sounds more like Tickle Me ... (Below threshold)

Sounds more like Tickle Me Emo.

I, for one, welcome our Elm... (Below threshold)
Eric Forhan:

I, for one, welcome our Elmo overlords.

Better Keep Elmo away from ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Better Keep Elmo away from handguns and high schools.

Just what brand of batterie... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Just what brand of batteries did they use perhapes some forgein brand

IT'S A TOY. IT'S NOT SAYIN... (Below threshold)
Not Tony:

IT'S A TOY. IT'S NOT SAYING 'KILL'. ARE WE ALL THAT FREAKING STUPID!?!?

I LOVE WHEN PEOPLE TYPE IN ... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

I LOVE WHEN PEOPLE TYPE IN ALL CAPS. IT'S THE COOLEST!!!

So someone hooked it up to ... (Below threshold)

So someone hooked it up to a computer so it can learn knew phrases and it learned a phrase? Wow.

We must insure the survival... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

We must insure the survival of John Connor.

IT'S A TOY. IT'S N... (Below threshold)
Jason Author Profile Page:
IT'S A TOY. IT'S NOT SAYING 'KILL'. ARE WE ALL THAT FREAKING STUPID!?!?

SO WHAT'S... er, sorry... So what's it saying, then?

Oh! She should sell it on ... (Below threshold)
Jason Author Profile Page:

Oh! She should sell it on eBay! She'd make a killing. (No pun intended... maybe...)

I'm not saying anything, bu... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I'm not saying anything, but watch out for Ninja Barbie, 'k?

I got fired from my manufac... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

I got fired from my manufacturing job working with these damnable "Elmos"...

I brought the two, grape-sized marbles to the Q.A. foreman like he asked, and he yelled at me, "I SAID 'how about two test TICKLES!"

I got fired from m... (Below threshold)
Jason Author Profile Page:
I got fired from my manufacturing job working with these damnable "Elmos"...

I brought the two, grape-sized marbles to the Q.A. foreman like he asked, and he yelled at me, "I SAID 'how about two test TICKLES!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0PIdWdw15U

Just what would happen if s... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Just what would happen if some had put a ICE-T tape into TED E RUXPIN?

Cool, An elmo doll that can... (Below threshold)

Cool, An elmo doll that can learn things!

Now we have a viable 3rd party candidate for the presidential election...




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