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Bullock's Buzz: The Microorganism Everyone Wants! Giant Microbes

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Microorganism Everyone Wants! Giant Microbes

Win Your Own Giant Microbe!


   Microbes…those tiny little organisms that cannot be seen without a microscope are abundant on Earth.  They live everywhere, in the air, water, rock and soil, in plants, animals and yes, even in us humans!    Some are essential to life, while others are the cause of illness and can even take life.  When one considers microbes, regardless of whether they are the good kind or the bad, rarely does one think ‘cute’ and ‘fuzzy’!  Even more rarely does a person actually WANT to have a microbe!  Rarely, that is until now!

   Now, not only can you see microbes with the naked eye, you can pick your favorite and bring it home to your family!  Yep, with a simple click of your mouse, you can easily have Polio, Norovirus, Ebola, Botulism, Black Death, Food Poisoning, even Herpes or HPV, almost any lovely microbe you can think of.  Heck, you can even give it to your child to snuggle with if you so prefer!  You can have anything you want thanks to GIANTmicrobes!

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   GIANTmicrobes goal is to create unique and unusual gifts for adults and children alike.  And boy did they succeed!  Who wouldn’t love getting a giant microbe of their choice whether for a gag gift, a child’s gift or even an educational toy?  GIANTmicrobes is exactly what the name implies, microbes made into plush toys.  I recently had the opportunity to choose my favorite microbe for review, and let me tell you, I had quite the time deciding which one to get because there is such a great selection!

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  I finally decided on the Waterbear, or hypsibius dojardini, for its unique look and its absolutely amazing ability to survive!  Found all over the world from the highest mountains to the deepest seas, the waterbear is a common tardigrade, aka “slow walker” that lumbers along on eight tiny legs, and uncannily resembles a bear.  The majority of the time waterbears are found in the miniature rainforests created by common mosses, so you can easily find them with a low-powered microscope in your own backyard!

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   These tiny little organisms are able to survive at any temperature whether in boiling water or in temperatures close to absolute zero!  Waterbears do this by entering a state known as cryptobiosis, which is like a super hibernation mode where the metabolism becomes inactive.  They are also able to dry out and survive 99% dehydration for decades.  They can survive a thousand times more radiation than us humans, and they can even survive in the vacuum of outer space!  Amazing survival skills for such a little guy!

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   Now anytime I am feeling blue or like the world is getting the best of me,, I just look at my cute little Waterbear and think of all they are able to survive despite their microscopic size!

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  You can order your favorite GIANTmicrobe, complete with a description card, directly from the GIANTmicrobes website.  There are tons of microbes to choose from, and many come where you can either get the original size plush toy or you can get your microbe as a petri dish set where you get 3 miniatures inside a petri dish!  Too cute!  And they also offer Panoramas which feature microbes in their natural environment, as well as Heart Boxes which are heart shaped boxes filled with specific microbes! 
   Keep in mind, not all microbes cause disease and sickness!  GIANTmicrobes also have ‘good’ microbes such as Bone Cell, Brain Cell, Plasma, Platelet, Yogurt, Beer & Bread and many more!  The options are practically limitless!
  GIANTmicrobes are truly the best gag gifts, as well as an awesome way to teach children science in a fun and interesting way!  Don’t be left out!  Choose your favorite microbe today!
  Be sure to follow GIANTmicrobes on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up with the latest microbes, news and promotions.  Plus you can sign up for the GIANTmicrobes newsletter for all the latest products, promotions, special pricing, discounts and more!
   One lucky Bullock’s Buzz reader will win their very own GIANTmicrobe by entering the Giveaway tools form below! 
***Please remember, be sure to check back after the giveaway ends to see if you won.  I will post the winner’s name on the form, as well as send the winner an email, share their name on the winner’s announcement post and make an announcement on the Bullock’s Buzz Facebook page.  I have had so many giveaway winners not respond to my email, or see any of my posts, which means I had to choose another winner!  Please don’t miss out, the next winner could be you!!*****
  This giveaway begins today and will end March 12th at 7pm CST.  It is open to US residents only.  I will announce the winner no later than March 12th,  as well as post the winner’s name on the Giveaway Tools entry form, so check back!!!!
GOOD LUCK!

24 Comments:

At March 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM , Anonymous Julia Potvin said...

That is so cute my granddaughter would love one, never heard of them before your review, thnks for sharing!

 
At March 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM , Blogger Nori said...

I'd pick a sperm (I think!), because why not? :)

 
At March 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM , Blogger Nori said...

Nope! Not a sperm. I want penicillin!

 
At March 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM , Anonymous tess said...

they are cute, I want plasma and a penicillin.

 
At March 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM , Blogger jjp said...

I just love these things! They are cute AND educational!

 
At March 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM , Blogger Jennifer Williams said...

I would like any of them, they are so cute.

 
At March 4, 2013 at 9:54 PM , Blogger Jordan Young said...

The sperm cell. It cracks me up.

 
At March 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Sam Buck said...

I'd love Plasma! So cute!

 
At March 4, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Blogger Simply Sherryl said...

Plasma is cute but they are all...

 
At March 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM , Blogger Autumn Banks said...

I like the sperm and egg!!!! But I DO NOT LIKE THE CANCER ONE :-(

 
At March 5, 2013 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Mellissa Hanks said...

I like the flesh eating :)

 
At March 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM , Blogger Diana Stanhope said...

They are all so cute. I might pick the flea.

 
At March 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM , Anonymous Melissa C said...

I love them! I would pick the common cold for starters.

 
At March 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM , Blogger Heather Wone said...

The smooch was is really adorable!

 
At March 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM , Anonymous Liberty Boblett said...

I love them! I think I would get Penicillin for my Mom since she is allergic...haha

 
At March 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM , Blogger Suzie Williams said...

There's so many and some of them are super cute! I think the waterbear is the cutest, but I also like scum. If I won I think I might have to pick the sperm cell, although I'd be tempted to give my husband Herpes instead.

 
At March 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Shannyn SimplyShan said...

omygoodness! These are SO cute- even the less than desirable ones! LOL
I'd choose plasma or kissing disease

 
At March 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM , Blogger todd said...

I have dozens! Waterbear is also my favorite, but I love flesh eating, ebola, beer & bread, and anthrax! I also have a giant size common cold and E. coli! GIANTmicrobes are awesome!

 
At March 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM , Anonymous Emily's Frugal Tips said...

That is so cool, I think my son would love to own one

 
At March 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM , Anonymous Elisebet F said...

Hahah, definitely the sperm and egg! I think it would be a great gag gift!

 
At March 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM , Blogger Ronalee said...

I like the Norovirus


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At March 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM , Blogger Janette Rupple said...

Oh my gosh there are so many great choices, but if I had to choose right now I'd say the aquatics specifically the waterbear. Its not to scary for me, lol, and actually pretty darn cute :)

 
At March 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM , Blogger Delphina Miyares said...

I love Algae. all those eyes :)

 
At March 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Marianne Sandling said...

I would pick Rotavirus... My son had this when he was 18 months, and spent a week @ Children's because of it... I think it would be an interesting gift to give him and my husband!!

 

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