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by AnotherChris  August 22, 2007 9:32 am

Gentle readers, you may have noticed that Mr. Yuk is sitting up on top of this page glowering at you. Some of you more youthful folks may not remember Mr. Yuk from his heyday of the 1970s and 1980s. He hasn’t disappeared in the intervening years, in fact he’s still going strong. First, a little background from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh…

In 1971, Mr. Yuk was created by the Pittsburgh Poison Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Since then, Mr. Yuk has been used to educate children and adults about poison prevention and to promote poison center awareness. In addition, Mr. Yuk has raised awareness that poison centers are available 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year to assist in the management of poisoning emergencies.

Every Mr. Yuk sticker contains the name of the nearest poison center and the national toll-free poison help telephone number—1-800-222-1222.

It may interest you to know that Mr. Yuk has a theme song and was featured in numerous television ads. I myself remember seeing a safety video in school projected from what was even then a battered old 16mm projector. Indeed it was this same projector who introduced me to the delights of Donald in Mathmagic Land which was thankfully finally put out on an affordable DVD. But I digress. If you’d like to hear the Mr. Yuk theme song in all of its glory, click here: Mr. Yuk is mean!

For more information on Mr. Yuk or to learn how to get Mr. Yuk stickers or wristbands, please visit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh information page here.

Finally, check out this great classic Mr. Yuk commercial from those long ago days!

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