Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Letter Y: The Choose Your Poison #AtoZChallenge

Today's letter, Y, is represented by Mr. Yuk.

The idea for Mr.Yuk was conceived by Dr. Richard Moriarty of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1971. The design for Mr. Yuk was created by Wendy Courtney Brown, a 4th grader student at Liberty Elementary in West Virginia, USA as part of a contest.
     Mr. Yuk is used to educate children and adults about the dangers of poisonous substances.  Free sheets of stickers are available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
Mr. Yuk
Pittsburgh Poison Center
200 Lothrop Street
PFG 01-01-01
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Each sticker contains the national toll-free number to the Poison Control Center. Calling this number from anywhere in the US or its territories will connect you to the nearest regional poison center. Help is available 24/7.

For your viewing pleasure: a Mr. Yuk commercial from 1971. Very trippy.


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    1. Now all they advertise is toys and stuff. I miss the public service announcements. And the Native American dude with the single tear running down his face - don't litter.

  2. The many things I don't know. Why was this not taught in my school when I was kid! I feel deprived now.

    1. The 70s was a great decade to be in school. We saw movies about the dangers of hitchhiking, LSD, and arson. Most of them were a weird combination of scary/funny. Sorry if you missed those. ;)

  3. Totally remember that sticker. Pretty sure we had it on the phone.