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copychief
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It's supposed to say sweet things to little girls like, "You're a wonderful friend," but push its button the wrong way and the Little Mermaid Shimmering Lights Ariel doll may say something else — "You're a slut," according to a California mother.

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/16202156.htm

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Her mother said she would much rather be dancing around the apartment with a singing Ariel than a donkey and baby Jesus.
Who wouldn't?

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Funny it's the same day i came across this video:

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http://www.videosift.com/story.php?id=22938

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``I think this woman should calm down and get a new doll,'' she said.
That says it all.

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Herrera also bought several similar Ariel dolls at Wal-Mart, which she had planned to sell on eBay. She said she likes to sell the toys online for homebound people.
She bought these dolls, stirred up a controversy, and wants to make big profit on E-bay now. Making a profit on E-bay is one thing, but don't disguise it as helping the homebound.

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Lemon Demon
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Is there a recording of the doll saying this anywhere? Because the way the article puts it, it sounds as though the doll clearly says the phrase, but could it be that The mother simply misheard a glitch in the recording that comes out after trying to play the original phrase three times fast?

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The first link had Real Audio clips in it. I honestly couldn't hear anything that sounded like words at all. It just sounded like a glitchy recording to me. What a surprise.

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Pranks and profit-making aside, I suspect that something in human hardware and software makes it our nature to search for and create meaning where there is none,
as well as where there is, or may be.

That same intelligence which allows up to generalize, synthethize, theorize, deduct and induct, doesn't know when to shut off, and we imagine things - subliminal messages, dirty bits in Disney films, etc - that aren't there, or are simply random.

Now I'm off to listen to some rock and roll backwards, and look for Jesus, Mary, and Elvis images in my toast, pancakes, or tortillas. My Paranormal Barbie told me to!

There's a rocky outcrop at a beach near my home that looks like Joseph Smith, but it also happens to resemble any New England man in an early 19th century profile portrait.

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Listened to the clips repeatedly.

It's not deliberately saying anything, it's just a freak mixing of the other phrases which, when you know what to look for, sounds slightly like the naughty words described.

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Yleemjseg
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When i turned it up, and concentrated, i heard it. It's not clear, and only come through because it repeats. At first, i was getting "Slu- you're a, Slu- you're a", and then the mind adjusts. Also, the "t" sound isn't really articulated; it just cuts off, and the mind assumes it's a "t". I think if i told you that it said "You're a sluk" before you'd heard it for yourself, you'd hear that.

Also, it says in the article that the brother was jamming the button into the doll's back... did anyone complain about what the doll said before this? I can't believe that this was intentionally put into the doll.

And finally:

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And some say they see the dandelions Simba plays with in ``The Lion King'' spelling out s-e-x.

I thought the sex was in the swirling dust.

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Actually, the so-called "SEX" from Lion King happens when a grown-up Simba flops down to the ground and a bunch of floaty seeds wash up into the air. And, as I thought, there's something on the main page about this.

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I heard "A-you're a spuh A-you're a sparkle a-you're a spuh A you're a spuh...". Odd that the second time it says "A-you're a", you can hear "Sparkle" in a normal, clear Ariel voice (as opposed to the tinny recorded voice). "Sparkle" is a word used in one of the phrases it says, "You're a" part of another phrase.

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Izzy Quigley
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Brings back memories of going to Wal-Mart with my brother and squeezing all the Teletubby dolls to see if they really yelled dirty words...

ETA: They didn't.

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Richard W
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quote:
Originally posted by Fyndir:
Listened to the clips repeatedly.

It's not deliberately saying anything, it's just a freak mixing of the other phrases which, when you know what to look for, sounds slightly like the naughty words described.

I didn't listen, but that makes sense:

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``You're a slu-ut,'' the Disney doll seems to say with a smile, but only when you push her button three times fast, in a particular rhythm.

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Played with at a regular speed, Ariel says three sentences very sweetly: ``You're a wonderful friend,'' ``Sparkles are so beautiful,'' and ``Life is the bubbles.''

So it's probably saying "You're a [...] Sp- [...] Lif- [...]" and singing a song. That would take four presses to stop the "Life" part, unless the woman thinks it's actually saying "You're a slut is beautiful".

Hmm, now we need a soldier toy whose phrases include

"I'll take the flank!"

"You need to get under cover!"

"Up with America!"

"The battle is won!"

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I can't load the audio but I'm guessing you're close. I see it likey as getting the "you're a" from the first phrase, then the S of sparkles with the L of life and the 'uh' sound of bubbles giving a sssssllllluuuuuhhhh sound which could possibly be construed as becoming "slut" if one choosed to believe that was what one heard.

Does the doll stop one phrase and start the next when you next press the button? That would explain almost everything but going from life to bubbles without the is the.

Go on, run a grammar check over that sentence. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by Izzy Quigley:
Brings back memories of going to Wal-Mart with my brother and squeezing all the Teletubby dolls to see if they really yelled dirty words...

ETA: They didn't.

I have one of those. From reference.com:

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However, this did not stop people from wrongly interpreting the sounds that the original version of the Talking Po doll produced as "faggot faggot," when in fact they were "fai dee, fai dee" (Cantonese for "faster, faster").
I'm no expert in Cantonese, but my doll doesn't sound like that. It also sounds like it says "bite my butt". Endless amusement.

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quote:
Originally posted by sparklygirl:
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Herrera also bought several similar Ariel dolls at Wal-Mart, which she had planned to sell on eBay. She said she likes to sell the toys online for homebound people.
She bought these dolls, stirred up a controversy, and wants to make big profit on E-bay now. Making a profit on E-bay is one thing, but don't disguise it as helping the homebound.

sparklygirl

Damn skippy. SHe's trying to get people to buy, plain and simple. This infuriates me. If she was, as the article says, a "Christian mother with values," then she'd be GIVING the dolls to the homebound. The homebound, if they can buy off of eBay, also can buy from online stores at, I assume, a smaller price. I hope someone calls this NFBSK what she really is.

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quote:
Originally posted by copychief:
It's supposed to say sweet things to little girls like, "You're a wonderful friend," but push its button the wrong way and the Little Mermaid Shimmering Lights Ariel doll may say something else — "You're a slut," according to a California mother.

Well, if the shoe fits...

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
Hmm, now we need a soldier toy whose phrases include

"I'll take the flank!"

"You need to get under cover!"

"Up with America!"

"The battle is won!"

[lol]

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However, this did not stop people from wrongly interpreting the sounds that the original version of the Talking Po doll produced as "faggot faggot," when in fact they were "fai dee, fai dee" (Cantonese for "faster, faster").
I had a cousin who owned one and vowed not to use it again because it supposedly said that. When I listened to it, it sounded like she was saying "paddle, paddle". The Po, not my cousin.
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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
Hmm, now we need a soldier toy whose phrases include

"I'll take the flank!"

"You need to get under cover!"

"Up with America!"

"The battle is won!"

Have you seen Flushed Away? It features a talking soldier doll that says, among other things, "Put down your weapons of mass destruction!"

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the whole talking doll cussing at you reminds me of my talking nana puppy, it would cuss a blue streak at me, we called the company and they didnt believe us, 3 months later they had been recalled an dthey stopped making them altogether.
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