Toys With Mental Illnesses—Seriously

"Oh, what gift to offer the bipolar six-year-old nephew this Christmas...I know! These German toys with mental illnesses would please the little tyke. Would he like the depressive turtle Dub, Kroko the water-phobic crocodile, or the personality disorder-affected sheep Dolly?

Of course, there's also Sly the snake, who happens to suffer from hallucinations..."

Seriously, who makes this shit up? Apparently the answer to that question is Martin Kittsteiner, a German who says that "children and grown ups like their vulnerability and find something in them that gives them a great sense of comfort in helping to heal them."

The toys cost 30 Euros each ($38), and give access to the website, where users can play doctor and "treat" their toys. [Parapluesche via The Awl]