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Casey, making hot chocolate
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This can't be... and yet, it sure as can be is. [Eek!]

A Dallas woman bought a copy of "Potty Time with Elmo" for her kid, only to find out that Elmo wants her daughter dead- Who wants to die???

Am I the only one that hears that pretty clearly? I can't think of anything else it could easily be.

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Elmo's finally snapped.

All those years of being tickled and suffering the Henson Enema have pushed him over the edge. [Wink]

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Well, you know what they give the Tickle-me Elmo before they put him in the box, don't you?

Testicles! (Test tickles, get it, ha ha)

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"Elmo knows where you live." (10 pts for reference)

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quote:
Originally posted by Ean:
All those years of being tickled and suffering the Henson Enema have pushed him over the edge. [Wink]

Just FYI, Elmo's puppeteer is Kevin Clash, not Henson.

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quote:
Originally posted by Canuckistan:
"Elmo knows where you live." (10 pts for reference)

The Simpsons, Episode "MIssionary Impossible."
ETA: I can hear it very clearly. I also find it hilarious in an incredibly dark, twisted fashion.

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quote:
Originally posted by Casey, swimming in the sea:
Am I the only one that hears that pretty clearly? I can't think of anything else it could easily be.

The story that they showed on the local news here in Dallas played the audio before the mother said what she heard, and prior to her statement, it sounded like "Haha, who wants to go?"...but then, after she said what she heard, you can definitely hear the "Who wants to die..."

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Apparently, her murderous book is one of a kind. It may be valuable...

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quote:
Originally posted by Griffin in the wind:
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Originally posted by Casey, swimming in the sea:
Am I the only one that hears that pretty clearly? I can't think of anything else it could easily be.

The story that they showed on the local news here in Dallas played the audio before the mother said what she heard, and prior to her statement, it sounded like "Haha, who wants to go?"...but then, after she said what she heard, you can definitely hear the "Who wants to die..."
Hmm, you're right. Or "who has to go" perhaps.
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quote:
Originally posted by Boodles the Poorly Drawn Kid:
quote:
Originally posted by Canuckistan:
"Elmo knows where you live." (10 pts for reference)

The Simpsons, Episode "MIssionary Impossible."

You get the points, Boodles. Elmo will be by soon enough to deliver them.

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Yay!

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I knew Elmo was too good to be true.

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The story said several parents had complained. It also said Elmo was supposed to say "Who wants to try to go potty" I guess try sounded like die and he got cut off. I played the video without telling my friend what Elmo was supposed to say, and he heard "who wants to die" He thought it was a joke website.

Boodles, I also find it hilarious.

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Sounds to me like it says "Uh-oh, who wants to go." I was hoping it would be something more dramatic, like Elmo's voice suddenly lowering several octives and speaking curses in latin. *shrug*
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Someone claiming to be from the company posted here at the poe-news forum. He says that the original was indeed "who wants to go?" and that audio compression occasionally causes problems like this.

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I dunno, maybe its me, but the idea of Elmo teaching potty training is a little too disturbing for my tastes.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wizard of Yendor:
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Originally posted by Griffin in the wind:
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Originally posted by Casey, swimming in the sea:
Am I the only one that hears that pretty clearly? I can't think of anything else it could easily be.

The story that they showed on the local news here in Dallas played the audio before the mother said what she heard, and prior to her statement, it sounded like "Haha, who wants to go?"...but then, after she said what she heard, you can definitely hear the "Who wants to die..."
Hmm, you're right. Or "who has to go" perhaps.
I saw this on the news too before they said what he was supposed to say and I heard 'die' as well.. So at least for me there is no 'hearing what I wanted to hear'. In fact I didn't even know it was an outrage piece until they got into it, just thought it was the years biggest toy or some such thing.

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That's pretty weird. I hope they figure out what happened; i'm curious.

Our kids here have a Wiggles guitar that plays a song that goes "One Zucchini, one tomato".
And of course, they have accents, so i heard my son singing "One bikini, one fat bottom..." and it does sound quite a bit like that.

It might sorta be my fault, as he and i have spent some time in a bookstore with spelling-type books making them say "bum" and things like that.
For an 8 year old, he has quite a good sense of language and puns!

Anyway, there usually is a bit of problem with clarity in kids' toys that have such recordings. Unless you're listening carefully, it's possible to hear all sorts of weird things in them.

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Elmo says "Who wants to try?" That's all. (The other versions say "Who want to try to go potty?") People imagine the worst things all the time in these speaking toys.
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I think he's saying, "Who wants to try--," but it could (and does) sound like what you're supposed to be hearing. All it seems to be is a defect in the book.

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quote:
Originally posted by Fleance:
I think he's saying, "Who wants to try--," but it could (and does) sound like what you're supposed to be hearing. All it seems to be is a defect in the book.

My first thought is that it probably was 'try' but the more I listened, it just didn't sound like that. Then after I read above that someone suggested 'go', I could see that being the case as well, but hearing "die" certainly isn't the imagination IMO- it sounds more like 'die' to me than the other two.
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Hey he was forcibly addicted to drugs by a toddler of course he's going to harbour some resentment.
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and of course he has been running with a bad crowd.
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I have one of the "who wants to die?" books--or rather, my daughter does--or rather, my daughter did, because now I hid it from her.

Maybe I'm just really affected by the power of suggestion, but it really seems to say "Uh-oh, who wants to die?" I remember "reading" the book with my daughter and not knowing what the heck he was saying.

ETA: I don't think it could be that Elmo was supposed to say "Uh-oh, who wants to try to go potty?" because why would he start that question with "Uh-oh"? That doesn't make sense to me.

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When you see a dark patch forming on the childs pants then yes the sentance would start with Uh-oh.

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I used to work in a toy store that stocked several talking books. When playing with the books (you expected me to actually work?) I noticed that different books spoke with different pitches. It's hard to notice unless you have two or three of the books side by side, and press one button after another.

Anyway, some phrases were harder to understand at different pitches, or were more likely to sound like something else. I don't know if that's the case here, though.

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I own one of these wonderful books (bought it off of Ebay). It does alternate between "Who has to go" and "Who wants to die?". And the way Elmo says it, there's no mistaking "die" for "try".

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