Tuesday, April 07, 2009

They Didn't Really Name Him Oedipus, Did They?

Buster received the Leapfrog Alphabet Pal for Christmas, and by all accounts, it's a friendly enough toy. He's just started to play with it a bit more, pressing one of the many caterpillar legs and triggering letter names and letter sounds.

Just today, we noticed that when you press the little bug lying on the caterpillar's back, it says, "Hello, my name is (something)." That something really, really sounds like Oedipus.

Does anyone have this toy? I googled "Alphabet Pal Oedipus," and clearly other people think that it says Oedipus too. Is this a failure of audio chip clarity, a lack of classical education, or a bizarre sense of humor on the part of the toy designer?

4 comments:

YF said...

ooh we had that toy, i don't think we still do... but Lia taught me a funny thing - try to 'sound' out a curse word and he will giggle but not finish it! :-)

Mir said...

We also had that toy, years ago. Alternating pressing on the A, O and M buttons when it's in "sound it out" mode is positively pornographic, as I recall. ;)

And his name is Alpha Bug, or at least it was when we owned him!

Mayberry said...

We have that toy too and I never noticed. My husband did figure out, however, that you can't make it say curse words. Because he tried.

Asianmommy said...

How funny--those electronic toys!