Cute and Cuddly….With a Difference


Nath holds a plush “sperm”


A box of colorful plush viruses

Cute and Cuddly…With a Difference

Who says cuddly creatures can only be cute teddies, doggies, pandas, or bunnies?

At the Hospital in the Rock in Budapest someone with a great sense of humor has come up with the idea of medical-themed plush toys. You can buy plush viruses, or plush sperm, or plush microbes, authentically shaped. All are soft, brightly-colored and come with a label explaining what they are.

Quite a different idea, and could be educational about medical matters if explained properly to kids.


Herpes virus


“The Clap”

gasmaskbuyThe ones we saw were 3000 forint (US$10.50) each.

For “fun” you can also buy a model of a gas mask from the Cold War, for 1500 forint. Personally, I’m not sure I’d want kids to have these, as what message are we trying to send/teach?


About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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