I think I've heard everything now! A German Web site is selling a range of stuffed toys, each with an alleged psychiatric problem. Metro UK reports:
The toys range from Dub, a turtle who suffers depression, to Kroko, a crocodile with an acute phobia of water, as well as an hallucinating snake called Sly and a sheep called Dolly who has a personality disorder.
The toys are made by 36-year-old Martin Kittsteiner, of Hamburg, who says: 'It started as a bit of a joke with my girlfriend, who has lots of soft toys, and then we thought there could be something in the idea.'
He added: '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.'
'I think some adults see it as a form of therapy for themselves.'
The cuddly toys are sold from the parapluesch.de website - styling itself the Psychiatric Institute for Abused Cuddly Toys - where customers can also play an online game as a doctor trying to diagnose the toys' problems.
For the life of me, I can't think of a single healthy thing about this range of toys! Don't kids have enough problems, growing up in our modern world, without adding stuffed psychiatric basket-cases to their load? Whatever happened to the good old-fashioned security blanket?