‘Who Wants To Die’ Talking Elmo

Status: Either a prank or a manufacturing defect
image When Angela Bolls bought an interactive Elmo book for her young daughter, Miranda, she had no idea what she would be exposing her daughter to:

Family members said 16-month-old Miranda Boll's new book, "Potty Time With Elmo," was supposed to teach an interactive lesson using voice commands. However, when the book's buttons are pressed, it reportedly says something it is not supposed to -- "who wants to die?" ... Bolls said she checked another copy of the same book and found that it says something completely different; "Who wants to try to go potty?" The company that makes the book said it has had several complaints concerning the book, according to the report.

So I guess some prankster with a dark sense of humor has been tampering with the potty-training books. That, or the books are satanically possessed. I actually don't think the mother should be complaining too much. That book could be worth a fortune on eBay.

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Posted on Tue Jan 03, 2006


: this kinda reminds me of a story in the news
: where one of those teletubbie dolls (the big
: purple one) said something like "I got a gun"
If I'm not mistaken, it's the red one, and he said something along the lines of "f****t" and "b**e my b**t"(also sounds like "I got a gun").
Posted by RAMChYLD  in  Malaysia  on  Tue Dec 12, 2006  at  12:33 AM
I'm not sure if it was a purple one but I do know it was a tellitubby....
Posted by Eva  in  New York  on  Tue Dec 12, 2006  at  02:15 PM
The doll of Tinky Winky (the purple Tellytubby) sounded like a pervert even when his sound files weren't messed up.
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Thu Feb 22, 2007  at  06:10 AM
"You folks are all speculating on this thing without having seen the book. I have the book. Every other button works fine so it's not the battery. And it's certainly not the word 'try' with the end of the sentence cut off. It took us a little time to figure out what it said, but if you look at the context of the sound within the text of the book, then you'll realize that this woman is just over reacting and the recording is actually saying, "Uh Oh, who has to go?" but of course, Elmo, not having teeth or a tongue and a bunch of fur surrounding his mouth has never been known for good pronounciation, so it's just hard to understand."

It seems like snotty, quoted above, is speculatin' just to speculate, thinkin' he's the master and stuff just because he has the book. Last year, when this happened, I rode my bike to four Border's until I found one of the "defective" books. It definitely says "Oh, oh, who want's to die!" People thought I was a nut, going through rows of Elmo Potty books, frantically. I found the golden one, and clutched it all the way to the cashier. Okay, I am a nut.

Anyway, the reality was on the news. A programmer bought a bunch of Potty Time with Elmo books, reprogammed them to say "Who wants to die?" and then sent them all back to Borders. It's actually funny as hell. I have mine sitting here on my desk and it entertains all my office visitors.
Posted by Arva  in  D.C.  on  Fri Feb 23, 2007  at  12:01 PM
Ok this last guy is sorta off his rock...
I bought no less than 6 of these books from different wal-marts. Each one had the lovely phrase "who wants to die". This was not the work of some super cool hacker that bought a bunch of books at borders and then returned em reprogramed. I mean come on please does this even sound believable?
Posted by Erik  in  ok  on  Fri Feb 23, 2007  at  12:16 PM
I'm nuts? You bought four of 'em, dork. Look it was in the news, when the manufacturer was notifed. This was January, 2006. Google it or something. That was the press release that the manufacturer, Publications International Ltd, released. If you don't believe me, call them and get off my johnson.

If you found and bought four, maybe your dork ass should have played the lottery that day instead.
Posted by Arva  in  DC  on  Fri Feb 23, 2007  at  12:36 PM
Oh, I'm sorry. SIX of them. My bad.
Posted by Arva  in  DC  on  Fri Feb 23, 2007  at  12:37 PM
Yes I bought 6 of them.. and did what any good american would do... Sold them to idiots on ebay. I purchased em for 6 dollars and sold them for 50-90 dollars each.
Thats right I'm the moron..
Posted by Erik  in  OK  on  Sun Feb 25, 2007  at  10:34 AM
My husband and I purchased a potty time with elmo book from wal mart back in september of 2005. I never was sure exactley what that thing said but I knew it didn't sound right. It wasn't until it was on the news in 2006 that I realized I had one of those defected books. I played it over and over letting friends and family hear it. I just honestly don't understand how it could be a manufacturing error. It has to be a joke. Well the book is in my closet on the shelf so my kids can't get to it. Maybe I will try ebay seeing that they sell for so much!!!!!!
Posted by Cassie  in  ohio  on  Sat Mar 10, 2007  at  12:22 PM
My God, the Willy, Gilbert & AJ Show was right! That's the thing from the Willy, Gilbert & AJ Show!!! OMG!! Thomas Farris was right they didn't make it up!

The Willy, Gilbert & AJ Show has a plot outline about an army of Kamikaze Elmo Dolls that say "WHo want sto die?" but I didn't know it was loosely based on actual events! Awesome
Posted by Adam DeMora  on  Sun Jul 01, 2007  at  05:30 PM
Here is a funny story related to this one:

Beat up Elmo! Rip out your fur! Come on and shout! Shout! Come on and Shout! Shout!
Come on and shout!
Posted by Jillian  in  New York  on  Fri Aug 10, 2007  at  07:30 PM
What is that Who wet the bed audio?


It reminds me of that Cookie monster book that says "I like to f**t" instead of
"I like my truck"!
This also reminds me of a story in the news where one of those teletubbies dolls (the big purple one) said something like "I've got a gun!"
Posted by Mimitchi Fan  on  Sat Aug 11, 2007  at  08:08 AM
Otaku-maniac wrote:
I used to have a kiddie cd player thing that would say over and over when there was no disk, "please insert disk." When the batteries ran down, it said "please insert piss."

I have furbies just like Tru's cousin.

However, when the book's buttons are pressed, it reportedly says something it is not supposed to -- "who wants to die?"
Posted by Mimitchi Fan  on  Sat Aug 11, 2007  at  08:12 AM
I have an Abby Cadabby doll that says "Twinkle Ouch!" instead of "Twinkle Out!"!
Posted by Mimitchi Fan  in  New York  on  Sun Sep 09, 2007  at  11:04 AM
-sings to the tune of YMCA-
Who wet the bed?
We're gonna say it now,
Who wet the bed?
I don't know who did,
But it was a little seapony kid!
Who wet the bed?

I love My Little Pony!
LOL at rip out your fur!
Posted by Mimitchi Fan  in  New York  on  Sun Sep 09, 2007  at  11:08 AM
My older brother bought a copy of this book, just to see if it said that, and it does!!! He moved and now i have the book, when you press the button with the purple background it really does say "who wants to die"
Posted by Natalie  in  TN  on  Sat Nov 17, 2007  at  10:09 AM
That's terrible. Who wants to teach their kids something inappropriate? Before you know it, they're saying "Uh oh, who wants to die?"
Posted by Oh my gosh!  in  Lexington  on  Sun Jan 06, 2008  at  07:49 AM
There was this story where My Little Pony Newborn Rainbow Dash said "F*** you!" instead of "I Love You!"
I have her,but she doesn't curse!
Posted by Mimitchi Fan  in  New York  on  Sat Jan 26, 2008  at  12:55 PM
How about America stops being so lazy and just stops importing? America can't so anything for themselves. Look at how it is effecting the generations to come. First lead paint and now this? What is going on? It's obviously a case of sneaky pot shots against America. How many are we going to take before we finally put our foot down?
Posted by Anonymous  in  Massachusetts  on  Fri Feb 22, 2008  at  09:06 PM
its batteries or a hoax. new one is out now. could be a manafacuture idea to get press
Posted by wess  on  Sat Feb 23, 2008  at  08:57 AM
Actually, it has nothing to do with the batteries and this is not a hoax! I am the "proud", if you will, owner of 2 of these tainted books. Still in the wrapping! They were all removed from the shelves and replaced with non defective ones. Some of mine years ago sold for 50-75 dollars, I plan on keeping mine and hope its one of the last one's remaining! Let me know what you all think!
Posted by Dan  in  Minnesota  on  Thu Apr 10, 2008  at  10:16 AM
I actually don't think the mother should be complaining too much. That book could be worth a fortune on eBay.
Posted by Data Recovery  in  usa  on  Thu May 13, 2010  at  08:03 AM
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