In his cavalier defense of Kathy Griffin’s “comedy,” actor Jim Carrey tossed off the remark that all of Creation was just “God’s fidget spinner.” Now fidget spinners are in the news again, as we hear from hysterical media reports and Facebook gone crazy that if Creation were indeed a fidget spinner, we’d all be dead soon from lead poisoning. Tests of a small number of these popular toys have shown a couple of them with extremely high lead and mercury readings, so let’s take a look at the story.

But, as always, let’s keep in mind that Facebook posts –- along with just about every other news source these days –- are a questionable source of facts. Even the person who conducted this testing is saying her conclusions have been overblown. The testing was done on a very small number of these gizmos. All but two of them tested within acceptable range.


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Whenever a consumer product becomes popular, there will be knockoffs from around the world, some of which bear little resemblance to the original product in either quality or performance. Both of the fidget spinners that tested off the chart for toxic metals came from China. This story tells me two things, both of which we already knew: 1) the media love to spin and fidget, and 2) whenever possible, Buy American.

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