These Toothpick Crossbows Might Shoot My Eye Out But That Doesn't Mean I Don't Want One

So cute!!! / Image via AP
So cute!!! / Image via AP

Apparently kids in China are making their parents and teachers angry over something way cooler than fidget spinners: miniature crossbows that shoot toothpicks!

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According to CNN, police are cracking down on the craze and raiding shops that sell these absolutely adorable crossbows, which only cost about a $1 each. But parents are understandably angry about the little wittle baby weapons. “This is not a toy, but a mini weapon of destruction,” said Yan Yan, a mother, on China’s social media platform Weibo.

It is true that the crossbows can be extremely dangerous, as toothpicks shot by a crossbow can reportedly pierce a piece of aluminum 20 to 66 feet away. And one boy, a 10-year-old from Xinjiang, has already suffered irreversible eyesight loss after a toothpick crossbow hurt his right eye.

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If you, like me, are a sicko who still wants one, they seem to be selling on eBay for a few dollars from Chinese sellers:

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I’ve already noticed a few listings have been taken down even since writing this post. So if you want one to complete your American Girl Doll’s sniper look, don’t delay!

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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Cherith Cutestory

I’m not an expert on kids or anything. But it seems like saying “This is not a toy, but a mini weapon of destruction” is just bound to make then sell out faster.