Saturday, November 29, 2008

Zome Face

Today my wife and I were searching online for educational toys, and we came across some interesting project kits from the Zome company. Pretty cool stuff. However, I couldn't help but notice the little girl's face on this DNA kit:

What's with the expression? Is it kids just having fun, or is there something about this product that contorts the face of young ones? Is it so neat that it makes your face pucker up as if licking alum? Does this little girl have "challenged" DNA? If it were only a matter of this one label, I wouldn't think much of it, but I found a similar image on another product:

So what's with the girl here? Did the dog make a certain deposit at her feet? Does she have some sort of animal virus, suggested by the packaging? And is this the same image that the Zome company is using on both labels, or did they have her make this face at least two different times? The former possibility doesn't disturb me as much as the latter. Let's take a closer look at these faces:

I can't tell if they are the exact same image. Can you?

Do I really want to buy a toy with this face on the label?

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