Not Very Fatherly Father of the Week: Elon Musk’s Father Errol: Who Fathered His Step-Daughter’s Baby

“Creepy” is a broad term that should not be used to describe all weird dudes out there because there are various levels of “creepy-ness”.

On one end of the spectrum, you have the harmless weird co-worker who simply looms over your shoulder a couple “Mississippi’s” too long while you’re typing in your password first thing in the morning.

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On the other end of the spectrum is the convict whose knees you would break if they come within 50 yards of your child.

Technology mogul Elon Musk’s father Errol is far from the harmless end of the spectrum.

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He even looks like a douche!

Errol recently revealed that, not only had he fathered a child with his step-daughter (who he met when she was 4-years-old), but that it was “God’s plan.”

(In defense of Tesla and SpaceX founder (and geek boy man-crush heart throb) Elon Musk, he has nothing to do with his father and has even referred to him as “a terrible human being” in a November 2017 Rolling Stone interview.)

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Elon Musk demonstrating the proper form for a backhand slap or “pimp slap”

The 72-year-old senior Musk told the Sunday Times of London that he fathered a son with 30-year-old Jana Bezuidenhout, the daughter of his former wife Heide. Jana was 4-years-old when Errol married her mother.

So 10-month-old Elliot Rush Musk is Elon’s nephew/ half brother I guess. Without a flowchart, I have a hard time with complex family trees. Unless it is Star Wars!

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Apparently it is ok with Errol though because she lived away from family for part of her childhood. Sounds like odd rationale to me…

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“We were lonely, lost people,” he said. “One thing led to another — you can call it God’s plan or nature’s plan.”

I’m not so sure mother nature intended man to father children with their own step children they met while pre-school aged…





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Want Your Child To Get Into An Elite College? Study Shows To Start Buying Them Legos Now!

Legos are one of the most popular and diverse toy lines created in the last 100 years. From the toddler friendly Duplo blocks to the intricate 7,500+ piece Millennium Falcon, everybody loves Legos!

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What A Piece Of Junk!”

Lego Japan recently released the findings of a real interesting study. The study asked 100 graduates from each of six of Japan’s most elite universities (the University of Tokyo and Waseda, Keio, Hosei, Meiji, and Rikkyo Universities) about their childhood habits and how they think it affected their development.

More than 60 percent of the graduates from each of the universities said they played with Legos as children and 92 percent of them didn’t even use the Lego provided instructions (i.e. built from scratch). When asked how they thought the Legos improved their brain development, more than half claimed it improved their concentration, spacial organization, and creativity.

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Last September, the Geeky Family headed over to the Brickworld Fan Exposition to introduce Lil’ G-Man to the wonderful world of Legos. While he was a little too young to appreciate much of the engineering marvels that we saw, he did enjoy tossing the Duplos around.

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Guess The Name Of Geeky Daddy’s Newest Addition To The Family!

A few months ago, the Geeky Family lost our cat Snickers to lymphoma. It was especially tough because she and Lil’ G were BFF’s.

Recently, Geeky Mommy decided that our other cat Tibby (who I still want to re-name General Zod) has been too lonely and needed a new sidekick to hang around with (i.e. terrorize, beat up and act as his minion). She swears the addition of another cat has nothing to do with torturing my cat allergies…

Geeky Mommie Note: Our new kitty is a Siamese, which are low-shedding and better for people with cat allergies!

Enter our newest fluffy little bundle of joy:

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But what to name her? I briefly considered some of the top cat names from Japan such as Fuku (Lucky), but some seemed to really fit.

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If there were 3 of them, I’d do with Tora! Tora! Tora! (Tiger)

Here Are My Top Ten Names We Considered For Our New Cat:

10: Faora (General Zod’s Wife)

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This would obviously be lost in translation without re-branding Tibby as General Zod, which as I already said, I am more than open to. The Terrance Stamp Zod from 1980’s Superman II and not the Michael Shannon version from 2013’s Man Of Steel.

9. Tribble

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Who didn’t love those little trouble makers from the classic original Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles”. They even look like the little hair balls left around the house that love to torment my allergies.

8. Mogwai

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I think Mogwai makes more sense for a female cat than Gizmo (which I think sounds more masculine). The name Mogwai comes from Cantonese folklore and is “a kind of demon held to be harmful to humans”. According to my cat allergies, there is no better name for a cat!

7. Jaina (Solo)

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Jaina Solo, AKA ‘The Sword of the Jedi’, was the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia in the now defunct Star Wars Expanded Universe. She was smart, tough, an excellent pilot and written extremely well by author Karen Travis in the Star Wars Legacy of the Force series!

6. Takei

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George Takei has a larger presence in pop culture today than he did in his Sulu days on Star Trek. Takei has always struck me as a good name for a pet. “Takei! Get off the damn counter!”

5. Krull

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What science fiction fan is not familiar with the movie Krull? It totally ranks up there with Last Star Fighter as some truly cheesy 80’s sci-fi fun!

While maybe not the ‘cutest’ pet name imaginable, it does sound tough!

4. Tauntaun

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Tauntaun fits for this cat for a couple reasons. The coloring is very similar between the feline and the trusty steed of our star-fairing heroes in Empire Strikes back. And we did pick up the cat in the middle of a Michigan snow storm!

3. Loki

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As part of Marvel’s numerous attempts to increase their diversity in their comic books over the past decade, Thor’s stepbrother (and often arch rival) has recently reborn as a female human. Why? Because while Marvel’s cinematic universe can do no wrong, it seems as though their comic book universe can do no right.

2. The Kracken

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The Kracken is a legendary sea monster of giant size that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. What does this have to do with a beige cat? Nothing. I just want to be able to walk in the house and say “Release the Kracken!”

1. Kneesaa (female Ewok)

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Kneesaa was a female Ewok who served as Princess of Bright Tree Village.  Later, she became the Chieftainess of Bright Tree Village and wife of Wicket Wystri Warrick. (Geeky Mommy is more of a fan of this name than I am)

Please comment with your guess as to which name you think the Geeky Family ran with for our new addition!

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Whiteboard Wednesday: What If Sean Bean faced a firing squad of stormtroopers?

Happy Hump Day World!

This is the inaugural post of a new feature the Geeky Daddy team is putting together called Whiteboard Wednesday!

With each Whiteboard Wednesday post, Lil’ G-Man and I will attempt to deep dive into Geeky related hypothetical questions that make us go “hmmm…”.

This week we are looking into the curious “What if..” scenario of:

What if Sean Bean faced a firing squad of Imperial storm troopers?”

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Star Wars stormtroopers are known throughout the galaxy as the foot soldiers of the evil galactic empire and the Sith lords Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. They are also more famously known for their comically horrible aim and inability to hit the broadside of Star Destroyer from close range.

Sean Bean is a very accomplished British actor known throughout geek-dom for his memorable roles as Boromir in Lord of the Rings movies and Eddard Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones series, as well as appearing in movies such as GoldenEye, Troy, Equilibrium, Ronin and tons of voice-over work for television and video games.

Bean is also more famously known over the past 3 decades for dying in nearly all of his roles on screen in every conceivable way possible!

So this begs the question:

What if Sean Bean faced a firing squad composed solely of Imperial storm troopers?

Would the storm troopers miss the target so poorly that the firing squad eventually all hit themselves with “friendly fire”?

Would they simply continue firing and missing non-stop until Sean Bean died of old age?

Geeky Daddy’s theory:

The (attempted) execution would have taken place aboard the first Death Star. The storm troopers’first half dozen volleys or so would all comically miss Sean Bean, perforating the wall behind him. The right side of Sean’s mouth curls up into a lop-sided grin as he begins to think that he may escape alive.

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Unfortunately for him however, he is still Sean Bean. The execution is taking place mere moments before the proton torpedoes from Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing reached the 2 meter wide exhaust port igniting the chain reaction that destroyed the Death Star, killing all aboard. Including Sean Bean.

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Curious How Many Wonder Woman Costumes To Expect On Halloween? Google Trends Has Your Back!

Wonder how popular a certain character is going to be this Halloween? Or, more specifically, how popular that particular character is going to be this year in your specific area?

Well the data collecting minds at Google have made it easy to figure it out this year with their Fright Geist dashboard.

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Simply choose from their expansive list of costume ideas (as general as “Pirate” or as specific as “Harley Quinn”) and you’ll be able to see how popular that costume is, it’s national rank, searches by city, search trends of the past dozen years and category popularity.

Google Trends is like having your own personal Bat-computer!

For example, with Wonder Woman we can see that she is trending more popular than ever and comic book characters are making up about 11% of all costume searches this year!

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Wonder Woman results

What will Google think of next!

Geeky Daddy Visits The Lego Brickworld Fan Exposition

A few of my buddies have been trying to convince me to get involved in building Legos. I keep hearing it is “a relaxing way to mentally decompress” after work and the kids.

So this weekend, the Geeky Family met up with my high school buddy Elon (Lego enthusiast and advocate) and his daughters for the Lego Brickworld show at the Surburban Collection Showcase Center in Novi Michigan.

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Lil’ G-Man makes friends everywhere he goes

I was floored at the creativity and skill levels they had on display! (We left our mark on the graffiti wall!)

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The world of Legos is so much more vast and complex than the basic solid color blocks I remember it as a kid.

From basic child Lego Duplo blocks to their ultra realistic Architecture collections, Lego has kits and collections for every age, interest or skill level.

Here is just a taste of what we saw. (Please keep in mind that pictures and videos can only do these sets so much justice)

Walking in the door, the first thing you see is a gigantic recreation of the U.S.S. Missouri battleship.

This ship was made famous in 1945 when representatives of the Japanese Empire officially surrendered on its deck, ending World War II.

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I could not tell if MacArthur had his classic corn cob pipe.

But enough with the history lessons.

How about some “Geeky” stuff!

Like a space mining colony!

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The work with the LED lights was amazing

One vendor had an amazing set up (over a hundred linear feet) of motorized Lego factory sets linked in unison. Utilizing computers and timing software, they were able to create an assembly line that moved tiny soccer balls along the entire circuit!

How about some cool Lego Star Wars sets! Like the Battle of Jakku!

Or a little more classic Star Wars like the Moon of Endor and the second Death Star from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi!

The Lego sets were not just limited to good Star Wars movies either. There was also a gigantic set depicting a scene from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. (Sorry for the video being horizontal, not sure what happened there)

 

There was lots of local flair as well as the Detroit area was well represented by the Lego creators!

General Motors Renaissance Center

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Lego General Motors Renaissance Center

Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater

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Lego Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater

Detroit’s Griswold Building

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Lego Detroit’s Griswold Building

Detroit’s Dime Building/ Chrysler House

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Lego Detroit’s Dime Building/ Chrysler House

Detroit’s Guardian Building

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Lego Detroit’s Guardian Building

The Wayne County Building

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Lego The Wayne County Building

The Renaissance Faire!

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Lego The Renaissance Fair

Even the Grand Hotel on Machinac Island complete with horse poop (thankfully, Legos are not scratch ‘n’ sniff)

But the show wasn’t just for the adults, there were plenty play areas for the kids to do their thing.

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Which, for Lil’ G-Man, meant crawling around aimlessly and tossing things on the floor. Just like home.

It was a lot of fun, we met some great people and are looking forward to the next Brickworld event! Thanks Elon!

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My friend Elon, his daughter Scarlet, Lil’ G-Man and myself

Best Christmas Movie Of All Time Finally Gets A Children’s Book Edition

It is a controversial discussion that every family needs to have at some point. It can lead to impassioned debates, fist fights, spilled eggnog and even permanently divide families.

The controversial topic I’m talking about isn’t a trivial topic like politics, religion or gun control, but serious stuff.

Is DIE HARD one of the “best Christmas movies” of all time?

I look forward to the day that Lil’ G-Man is old enough to enjoy the tail of how John McClane descended down the chimney on Christmas Eve to deliver some 9mm rounds to a bunch of European terrorists in the whimsical world of Los Angeles. (Seriously, how much Jingle All The Way or Charlie Brown Christmas can a person take?)

Well, thanks to author Doogie Horner and illustrator JJ Harrison, that glorious day may be this Christmas, thanks to their new collaboration A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic!

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Available on October 17th on Amazon and listed as low as $10,  this wonderful bedtime story will be the perfect way to introduce your child to the true meaning of Christmas: The launch of Bruce Willis’s action hero career.

The book will obviously show multiple violent scenes, so some parental discretion will be advised, but blood splatters can always be explained away as ketchup or cranberry sauce splatters.

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And just look how good Karl’s hair looks!

Best of Amazon’s “Geek Boutique”

In honor of Comic-Con, Amazon created a “geek boutique”. Since they just kind of threw together every geeky toy they could think of, Geeky Daddy curated the list for the best of the best that every geek needs.

Risk: Game of Thrones Board Game

It’s a little pricey at $59.93, but Game of Thrones made into a Risk game is just too perfect! You can fight for the Iron Throne with a bit less blood and gore with two custom-designed game boards and seven armies from which to choose. Which house will you pick to gain control over Westeros?

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Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot

Lil’ G-Man loves dancing to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, so it makes sense that Baby Groot does too! This dancing Baby Groot dances to clips from Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 songs, or can dance to your own playlist. His eyes light up and he dances to the music. He also says over one million phrases, although they all sound the same: “I am Groot.” And while this is really meant for your little one to dance with, I won’t judge any adults who need Baby Groot in their lives.dancing baby groot.jpg

Funko Pop! Toys

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Nearly half of the listings in the Geek Boutique are those cute little Funko toys. Lil’ G-Man has an ewok for his Star Wars themed nursery, but they come in every pop-culture geek theme you can think of. The little plastic figures (they call them action figures, but I think they’re more for display purposes) range from Wonder Woman to Overwatch to Game of Thrones (you can get Dany on a dragon!). They’ve also just launched some Scrooge McDuck ones for all you Duck Tales fans.

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Funko Pop! Conor McGregor

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They should make a variant wearing a crazy silk suit

With the much (over) hyped fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather coming up on August 26th, anything with Conor’s name (or likeness) has been super popular.

While I do not see the resemblance between the Funko UFC Conor McGregor and the real thing, this collectible has been flying off the shelves.

 

Darth Vader Apron

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Be the (Dark) Lord of the grill with this Darth Vader Apron!

The manufacturer ICUP (which sounds pretty funny when you spell it out loud) actually makes a number of cool character aprons, such as Han Solo, Captain Kirk and Batman, but none are more intimidating than the excellently detailed Dark Lord of the Sith.

DC Super Hero Girls Harley Quinn 12″ Action Doll

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This detailed and fully posable 12″ doll is from the kid friendly DC Super Hero Girls collection. Although Mattel has done an excellent job revamping their Barbie line to make the Barbies more realistic and diverse, if I had a daughter, I would still rather see my girl playing with the Super Hero dolls than Barbies.

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Geeky Daddy Hack: Amazing Way To Keep Your Speedy Army Crawler Safe!

So Lil’ G-Man brought home another pathogen from the daycare last week. I have yet to see convincing evidence that the “daycare” is not a secret military black site where they are testing new biological weaponry…

Anyway, G is making a strong comeback and is back to setting new world speed records in army crawling. However, a week later, Geeky Daddy is still fighting off the plague that was brought into our home.

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“Sorry Daddy”

This results in me simply not having the energy to chase him down every time he crawls off the padded play mat and onto the hardwood floor. I needed a quick and easy way to keep Lil’ G-Man from cracking his head against the floor, fireplace or any other hard objects (in spite of major baby proofing already!).

So I had to think: What would MacGyver do?

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Enter the easy to assemble Geeky Daddy Play Pen for under $30!

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All you need is an inflatable pool, a hairdryer, some blue painters tape and a pop/soda bottle (Coke if you are in the Greater Atlanta area). I prefer Mt. Dew due to the higher caffeine content!

Tools for Quickly Inflating a Pool

Step 1: Drink the contents of the pop bottle

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Nectar of the gods!

Step 2. Using a razor blade, cut the pop bottle in half around the equator. (Keep the cut above the bar code and you can still return it for the 10 cent refund if you live in Michigan.)

Step 3. Using the blue painters tape (because it won’t leave a glue residue behind), tape the top of the pop bottle to the hair dryer as shown. Keep the hairdryer on “cool” so the plastic bottle won’t melt.

Step 4: Inflate the walls of the pool starting with the bottom level and working your way up. We chose this pool because it has 22″ tall walls.

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Step 5: Inspect the floor of the pool for any plastic shavings of particles from manufacturing that may have fallen in. I vacuumed mine because there were some tiny rubberish pieces.

Step 6: Insert baby (face down) into the pool along with some baby toys.

Step 7: Sit on your recliner, pop open a cold one and congratulate yourself on a job well done, knowing that Richard Dean Anderson would be proud of you!!

(Obviously, you still should never leave your baby unattended, but at least this way you can relax knowing they are not going to crack their head on anything too hard.)

We have a padded playmate that I left beneath the pool. This keeps the floor of the pool soft. If you have a carpeted area, this is probably unnecessary.

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The Top Teethers for Your Baby Geek

Lil’ G-Man still has no teeth, but he drools like Niagara and loves to put just about anything and everything in his mouth. Watch your fingers around this little guy! So we decided to save our knuckles and stock up on some epic teethers. Here are our top choices for geeky teethers.

Bumkins – DC Comics Silicon Teether Combo Pack – Superman & Batman

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Why have one superhero teether when you can have two? Bumkins really nails it with their superhero line-ups and the silicone makes it really easy to clean. For little girl geeks (or boys who think she’s awesome), they also have Wonder Woman, but not part of a set. Lil’ G has Batman because we purchased before we knew we could get in a two-pack.

Bumkins Nintendo Silicone Teether, Game Boy

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Did I mention how much I love Bumkins and how I think they’re super cool? They also show their geek love toward retro gaming with the Game Boy teether. You can also get a Nintendo NES remote, but the Game Boy is just too amazing not to get. And if Lil’ G ever gets interested in Game Boy, we still have a fully functioning system in black & white and everything!

Little Toader Teething Toys, Baconease Appe-Teethers

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Mmm…bacon. Not sure exactly how it happened but bacon has somehow made its place in geeky culture (much like the beloved Mountain Dew). This bacon-shaped teether is sure to get you plenty of looks when out in public. And love the name – Baconease, not to get confused with the condiment Baconnaise. (which is awesome)

MyBoo Autism/Sensory/Teething Chewable Dragon Pendant – Green

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While not quite as intimidating as Dany’s Drogon, all fantasy geeks need to have their own dragon chew toy. This dragon comes in a pendant format (with a safe, breakaway clash) so mommy or daddy can also look stylish. Ok, so maybe not stylish, but it’s better than a lot of teething necklaces on the market!

Fresh Baby So Easy First Teether, Green

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So while this teether isn’t technically a sword – it’s a SWORD! It has little nubbies on the top to soothe gums and feel like a baby toothbrush, and a guard so that your baby isn’t the next greatest sword swallower.

Sugarbooger Silicone Teether, Retro Robot, 2 Count

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So not exactly sure what a sugar booger is, or if I’d ever care to know (seriously – who approved that name for a company?), but these retro robots are pretty adorable. They feel very Mystery Science Theater 3000 to me, or even a little bit of Jetsons action. Just don’t think about boogers when you baby chews on these!

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