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Secretly Collecting…?

In addition to collecting nail polish and beauty products, I also have another passion…collecting stuffties…specifically microbial stuffties! I started collecting them in university, but you can also get them at Giant Microbes. These guys really make infection and disease seem so cute! I cannot get enough of them! Here are the ones I have so far:

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Blue = rhinovirus (aka “the common cold”), green = orthomyxovirus (aka “influenza”) and purple = Epstein-Barr virus (aka “kissing disease/mono)DSCF4310

Beige = shigella (aka “stomach ache”), yellow = Heliobacter pylori (aka “ulcer”), pink = Treponema pallidum (aka “syphilis”) and black = Yersinia pestis (aka “Black Death”)DSCF4311

I remember giving one of these guys as a gift to a friend of mine and actually saying,”I gave her syphilis because she really wanted it” without really thinking about how it may have sounded out of context! Will you be cuddling up with a giant microbe anytime soon?

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  1. eeeeeeeeeeee! you did a stuffies post!
    and i have also given a friend of mine one before too! i thought the idea behind this was utterly genius.
    i think the rhinovirus one is supper cute :)

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    1. LOL, it was in honour of you! The guy who came up with Giant Microbes must be laughing all the way to the bank! I think they're a great way to get people to learn.

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  2. Its kind of cute and kind of scary.. LOL

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  3. OMG, I've never heard of these before. They are super cute! I think the ulcer is my favorite, though mono has some killer eyelashes. :) I found your blog in the blog hop. I'm following, and would love if you followed me back. I'm going to have a giveaway when I hit 150 followers! Beauty-ninja.blogspot.com Thanks!! :)

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    1. Ulcer was my first because at the time, I was suffering from a lot of stomach pains so I got a toy to match my ailment!

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  4. lol these are so cute!! That's funny about giving your friend syphilis lol!

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    1. LOL, I know to this day it's still an inside joke!

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  5. lol Chris just did an advanced first aid course and if the instructor seen you give someone medical attention without wearing gloves she'd give you one of these diseases and it stuck with you for the entire 2 week. I think Chris ended up with herpes? So funny :P I love these, I remember digging through them at Science North (science centre back home) and wanting all of them!

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    1. LOL!! Hahaha, what a great way to remember to wear some gloves!! They are the cutest little buggers ever!

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  6. These are awesome! I love stuffed animals too, but I've never seen anything like these before - I love the little purple one with the long lashes (mono). It's especially funny, as you mentioned, when used in a sentence out of context - e.g. "My husband gave me an ulcer for Christmas". That syphilis bit is hilarious!

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    1. LOL! These are stuffed animals like no other! Mono was given to me as a Valentine's Day gift which I thought was very funny :)

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  7. These are so cute! I've given Dust Mite and Scum as gifts. Syphilis is really cute. I want that one, too, haha. :D

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    1. LOL, then you should ask someone to give you syphilis!

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  8. Those are just the cutest stuffies! For me it's action figures, they're so opposite of how girly I am but I love them as much as my makeup collection! :)

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    1. Oh really? I think that's awesome! Do you have a display case for them?

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  9. Haha, I used to see these in the UBC Bookstore all the time and totally wanted one. They're so cute! But they really make sense for you since you have a science background ;)

    xo, alison*elle

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    1. I got my first one through the Microbiology society and then it just snowballed from there!

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  10. LOL!
    I need to go get me some syphilis on the corner of the street... there's a store there, obviously? Hahaha.
    These are soo cute!

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    1. HAHAHA, don't let your mom hear you say that! She will think I'm a bad influence on you!!

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    2. You think she'd get jealous that I have syphilis?
      Hmm.. that's okay, we can get her syphilis too! :D

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    3. Yes, let's give Christa AND her mom syphilis!

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  11. OH MY GOD lol. I had no idea something this freakishly cute existed. I dunno if I can choose a favorite...mono is so fab with her lashes and I had spent some quality time with her before, I've never had syphilis but I want it haha.

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    1. LOL! I think everyone wants syphilis because it is one of the cutest ones! When I found out about these microbes I just about died!

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  12. I have the kissing disease one too! Haha, so cute!

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  13. wow, you have quite the collection! i have fat cell and bird flu... bought them for my hubby but it's really because i liked them. :)

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    1. I bought the fat cell for my sister because I loved its fat cheeks :)

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  14. Aww Epstein is cute. HAHA jayne has syphilis. Kidding! These are too cute. I should get the syphilis one too and just throw it at people LOL.

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    1. Now, don't you go telling the other bloggers that I have syphilis! Hahaha! "Infecting" people with syphilis, I think you'll make friends very quickly!

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  15. These are too cute ! Who would have guessed it was possible to make diseases look friendly ? lol

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  16. Oh my gosh, these are adorable! And hilarious!!! A Syphilis stuffy ahaha!

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    1. Wouldn't you just love to sleep with little syphi? LOL!

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  17. Wow! These little creatures or microbs are really lovely.

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    1. Aren't they adorable considering what they are? I love them!

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