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Have You Ever Drank from a Novelty Glass? You’re Gonna Die

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?Here’s a funny story. Did you hear about those Shrek glasses that Burger King gave away with its kids meals, all 12 million of which had to be recalled because they had toxic traces of lead in them? Turns it’s not just those Shrek glasses that are tainted — IT’S EVERY SINGLE NOVELTY GLASS GIVEN OUT BY FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS CHAINS IN AMERICA FOR, SAY, THE LAST 50 YEARS OR SO.

Have you used — or are still using — Star Wars glasses? Muppets glasses? Superhero glasses? Any of these? You’re being poisoned. From the AV Club:

A specially commissioned laboratory test of 35 separate drinking glasses
made between the late 1960s to this year–including those with enamel
designs of Superman, Batman, and characters from The Wizard Of Oz–found
that all of them exceeded federal limits on lead in children’s products
by up to 1,000 times, many of these coming from glasses given out as
part of various fast-food promotions over the years.

This of course includes similar glasses that are sold in places like The Disney Store and other places. Feel free to read the huge, clinical report here if you want more details. I’m going to stay here and panic for the next decade or so.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.