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I Want My Kids To Be SMURFS!

Oh this is GREAT! Crayola has come out with colored bubbles. Sounds kinda neat huh? Well the problem comes in when the bubble pops, the coloring that is supposed to be washable really isn’t that washable. Love it! One mom complains in this article from the Wall Street Journal that the blue bubbles turned her kid into a smurf! Now I am thinking if my son wasn’t 14 years old…

It took nearly two decades of toil and trouble before scientists at toy giant Crayola successfully brewed up the secret formula that lets kids blow floating, glistening bubbles in vivid colors.

Bottles went on sale in February, at $10 for a pack of three. Shoppers have snapped up several hundred thousand packages, the company says, even more than it had expected. Executives were thrilled. “We’ve changed the game on bubble play,” one says.

After years of research, Crayola has hit on the holy grail of bubbles- ones that come in bright colors. But there’s a catch. WSJ’s Ann Zimmerman reports.

But now some angry parents may burst Crayola’s bubble. The problem: when the bubbles pop (or the solutions splash), they leave a neon-bright—and, parents complain, often permanent—mess. Despite the large type on the front of the bottles that says “Washable.”

The Sunset Orange bubble soap that dripped on the floor of Emily Vanek’s garage dried in dark red splotches resembling blood, the Denver mother says. The blue bubbles turned her two boys “into Smurfs.”

Under the headline “The Worst Product I Ever Bought,” Springfield, Ill., blogger Catherine Davis, wrote: “Washable?…It practically requires scrubbing the top layer of your skin off to get the color out.”

“I feel misled as a shopper,” she added in an interview.

And it isn’t just skin. According to angry posts on product-review sites such as and Twitter, it is best to keep the floating bubbles away from walls, carpets, driveways, decks, grout—and just about everything else.

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