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SNL Finds a Way to Make Unsafe Toys Funny

Annys Shin

Product safety is mostly not funny. So here's a rare bit of levity to brighten your day, courtesy of Ed Mierzwinski over at U.S. PIRG.

Apparently, Saturday Night Live used the advocacy group's Annual Trouble in Toyland report to make a joke.

It's actually PIRG's second mention on SNL, as Ed will proudly tell you.

A brief history of PIRG pop culture references follows:

We're proud to have had our work hit a few other popular shows over the years. "What are balloons?" was once the Final Jeopardy answer (in a special kids' tournament on the show) to the question: "PIRG finds these to be the worst choking hazard." And about 6-7 years ago, the plot of Law & Order featured a visit to NYPIRG's offices after the murder of a NYPIRG intern who'd been conducting an investigation into dangerous practices. The late actor so associated with the show, Jerry Orbach, uttered the immortal (to us, anyway) line: "NYPIRG? What's that?"

By Annys Shin |  December 9, 2008; 10:28 AM ET Annys Shin
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