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(Gawker)   United Kingdom McDonald's will no longer include toys in their Happy Meals. They will instead be replaced with pieces of paper bound together at the spine with words written on them. What is this madness?   (gawker.com) divider line 14
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2013-01-10 02:52:02 PM  
3 votes:
I wish they'd do that here.  A couple of years ago, I got a kids meal at Wendy's and asked for the toy for kids under three, and it was a little Snoopy board book.  My kids loved it.  Much better than some cheap plastic choking hazard.
2013-01-10 03:35:16 PM  
2 votes:
I'm pretty damn sure I had some books on my shelf as a kid that had come in Happy Meals or their non-union Mexican non-McD's equivalents

Yep, we did.

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2013-01-10 03:25:25 PM  
2 votes:
Books > toys. Really.

From the kid's perspective, there's simply more in the book. With a toy, you play with it until you get bored, and then it's done. With a book, you first enjoy the story, then you can enjoy acting out the story with friends, then you can enjoy imagining how the story might have gone differently with minor changes, then you can act out those changes, then crossover fanfiction happens, then you act out that...and so forth. And some nonfiction kids' books are explicitly about how to make your own toys and games from simple household items. It's way more bang for your buck in terms of fun.

From the parent, teacher or any other adult's perspective, a kid playing with a toy makes noise. A kid reading, provided the kid is past the age of needing to sound out words, does not.

Books are, therefore, superior in every way.
2013-01-10 03:22:00 PM  
2 votes:

egao-gakari: TFA said something about there being a high correlation between book ownership and future success in life. Seem to recall reading somewhere that Rod Blagojewicz had some nutbrained plan to ship a book to every child in Illinois monthly, on the strength of this correlation, and it failed. Badly. Or maybe it just never got started at all.

/don't care enough to google it.


we have this in nyc. its called imagination library. its sponsored by dolly parton. all children get a book per month until they get to kindergartgen. may not create geniuses but my 3 year old appreciates getting her own mail and having new books.
2013-01-10 02:59:41 PM  
2 votes:

CygnusDarius: Cythraul: Kid 1, "Hey!  I got a copy of '50 Shades of Gray' in my Happy Meal!  What did you get?"
Kid 2, "Awww, I got 'Atlas Shrugged."'

Kid 3: "I got The Wheel of Time books!... Where's my burger?"


Kid 4: "I got Les Miserables. Damn this is a thick book! No wonder they're miserable!!"
2013-01-10 02:51:37 PM  
2 votes:

Cythraul: Kid 1, "Hey!  I got a copy of '50 Shades of Gray' in my Happy Meal!  What did you get?"
Kid 2, "Awww, I got 'Atlas Shrugged."'


Kid 3: "I got The Wheel of Time books!... Where's my burger?"
2013-01-10 02:49:28 PM  
2 votes:
Well, at least the *books* have spines in the UK.
2013-01-10 02:48:35 PM  
2 votes:
Kid 1, "Hey!  I got a copy of '50 Shades of Gray' in my Happy Meal!  What did you get?"
Kid 2, "Awww, I got 'Atlas Shrugged."'
2013-01-10 04:05:40 PM  
1 votes:

Too Pretty For Prison: Of course - it's the toys' fault. McDonald's fault, too. It couldn't possibly be the fat-assed parent that is too lazy to cook a decent meal for their children. My small kids get McD's probably once per month. They like the toy and that's the primary reason we go (that, and I like the fries). My kids eat very well. When at a restaurant, my middle daughter asks if she can substitute a veggie for whatever side they offer with the kids' meal (usually fries). Parents that buy their kids too much fat salty garbage are 100% of the problem. It's really easy mom and dad, just say "no". My oldest daughter just turned 10 yesterday. I went to her school for lunch and said I'd bring her anything she wanted (McD's, Taco Bell, whatever). She wanted a Subway Turkey, no cheese, baked chips and a water (and a cookie, of course). That's because I have taught my kids to eat healthy. Please stop blaming everyone and everything because your kid is fat. You're kid is fat because you let it happen. That is all, I'll get off my soapbox now.


Growing up we only ate out twice a week - on Friday we got fast food or pizza or carry out, and on Sunday we went out to eat somewhere with Grandma.  Of course, my Mom worked at most part time while we were growing up (and she worked either as a lunchroom/recess monitor or at a daycare, so her schedule matched ours) and was actually around to cook.

My SO and I don't have any kids, but we both have full time jobs with odd hours.  Even though there's just two of us and I'm usually pretty resourceful, it's hard to remember that we really need to go grocery shopping, what's left in the fridge when we do, planned to take those leftovers to work but you grabbed them, etc.  I honestly can't fault parents who are working their butts off to provide for their kids if they give in to the McD's whining... my Mom was pretty damn firm, and even she cracked now and then and we got fast food on a weekday.

And yeah, cool toys made it more awesome.

Look, worse to worse, even if the parents giving kids Happy Meals on a regular clip are f--k ups, at least the kids will have some educational material.  And parents who take their kids to McDs on a multiple-times-a-week basis probably aren't the type to want to - or simply the type to have time to - read and engage those kids much at home.  So society benefits a bit.
2013-01-10 03:18:34 PM  
1 votes:
a few weeks ago my daughter got a book at Wendys with her meal. she loves it and it will get more use than the toy that wouldve already been lost or broken by now.
2013-01-10 03:15:30 PM  
1 votes:
TFA said something about there being a high correlation between book ownership and future success in life. Seem to recall reading somewhere that Rod Blagojewicz had some nutbrained plan to ship a book to every child in Illinois monthly, on the strength of this correlation, and it failed. Badly. Or maybe it just never got started at all.

/don't care enough to google it.
2013-01-10 03:13:55 PM  
1 votes:
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2013-01-10 02:59:13 PM  
1 votes:

Cythraul: Kid 1, "Hey!  I got a copy of '50 Shades of Gray' in my Happy Meal!  What did you get?"
Kid 2, "Awww, I got 'Atlas Shrugged."'


I ordered a copy of 'Atlas Shrugged' off of Amazon once. All I got was a box with a note inside telling me to grow the fark up.
2013-01-10 02:51:02 PM  
1 votes:
I love the "Reading is for f*ggots!" 'merikun slant of the article. It does wonders for breaking down nationalistic stereo-types.
 
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