Sunday, November 13, 2005


This Just In from The 65th Crayon:
The 65th Crayon sadly called in this report of the broken bodies of two GI Joes that occurred when a Tonka truck overturned in a construction accident in a sandbox in LaGrange, Illinois.

“Within the hour, toys of all kinds were at the scene calling for a seat belt law for toy vehicles,” he said.

Each year untold numbers of toys and crayons are bent, dented, and broken because there are no seat belts in toy vehicles. About 40,000 people a year die in car accidents, seat belts could prevent death in at least half of those.

“People have had them for decades, but given no thought to the safety of toys,” he went on. “Maybe some people are too silly to wear seat belts,” the crayon evangelized himself purple. “A toy would have to have sawdust for brains not to use them—we're not made with sawdust brains anymore.”

“Over 250 million Tonka trucks have been sold,” said a flat pencil, who’d been run over by truck. “None of them had seat belts. I’m lucky. I was able to get a job in engineering. The Barbie driving didn’t even make it to the Operation Game.”

“Properly worn, seat belts save lives,” our crusading colleague added. “We need to raise awareness of the pain and suffering this senseless oversight is causing kids’ best friends.”

“Heck with the kids,” barked the curmudgeon, Oscar, of Sesame Street. “My trash can gets kicked over at least once a week and goes rolling. I’ve had to jerry rig a bungee cord around my waist—just to stay safe in my own home,” the grump complained. “Imagine the change if a seat belt were made to fit us little guys. Why, I might get to be nice again.”

“Unlikely,” reported the 65th Crayon, pulling the microphone away from the Grouch.

“Though seat belts won’t perform miracles, such as turning Oscar into the Cookie Monster,” our name-dropping reporter said. “It’s time that we saw how many toys are damaged needlessly because we’ve neglected to look out for them. Parents always tell children to take care of their toys. Here is a way for grown people to show kids that they really mean it.”

To support the cause of seat belts for toys, write your senator and ask him or her to support Bill #1800SAFETOY. The cost to toymakers and consumers is said to be as small as Barbie’s waist.
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Anonymous said...

Good Morning

Have I told you how much I love the 65th Crayon!!!

Loved it. And I agree with our reporter. Seat belts should be manditory. Not just for us humans but the toys too!

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Hi Jennifer,
You're one of his favorites too.
But I have to warn you, he's turning out to be quite a ladies man. Gets lots of email from the women.


Anonymous said...

Oh no! I've got competition!!


"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Yeah, but you ARE friends with Darth Tater. That goes a LONG WAY in his book, let me tell you.


Trée said...

Liz, do you like roller coasters, perhaps even ones in space that might just have spactacular views too? You're welcome to come for the ride if you like. :-)

Seat belts optional.

"ME" Liz Strauss said...

Hi Tree,
I think I'll stay on the ground or just fly holding your hand. Machines like that scare me a little.


Trée said...

Liz, this one is in space, so even if you fell out, there would be nowhere to fall--you'd just kinda float away. However, if this is what it takes to hold your hand, then yes, this is a big mean scary roller coaster. Oh my, I'm laughing at myself now. Looking for the silly knob on the back of my head to turn it down a few notches.


"ME" Liz Strauss said...

I guess you're not one of my brothers and you're not teasing me.