Saturday, April 28, 2012


As in Mister YUK...
If you grew up in the 70's you are sure to remember bringing home a sheet of stickers to put on all the poisonous substances in your house that looked like this:

This symbol was created by a doctor at the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital to replace the universal skull and cross bones sign of poison as it was said that the skull and bones actually attracted kids because they thought it had to do with pirates rather than anything harmful.  It was later determined that the green sticker of Mr. Yuk didn't really deter children from harmful things either which is why the craze didn't last.  I think parents smartened up as well and started putting those poisonous things in higher cabinets rather than under the sink right in the reach of children.  In the meantime this scary PSA was out there. (thank goodness I can't say I really remember this)

What you may not know is that Mr. Yuk is still available today for your nostalgic safety needs by contacting the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC who gives out free sheets of Mr. Yuk stickers when contacted by mail.  I'm telling you this because I'm seriously considering getting some for myself.  I miss Mr. Yuk.

Are you old enough to remember Mr. Yuk?  Did you put stickers on  the harmful chemicals in your house in second grade?  Do you remember the PSA?


angelshrout said...

I remember schoolhouse rock for crying out loud. Of course I remember him. I totally just dated myself didn't I.

Jessica Morehead said...

I live in WA state and my kids bring these stickers home every year. I always think it's silly as we go around putting the stickers on things that are up on shelves, too high for them to reach anyway... Not to mention by the time they are school age I would hope that I have taught them not to drink bleach better than some green sticker could. It's still a fun little excersise and a nice reminder to them that some things just are not to be played with. I love the cute little green Mr. Yuck stickers!

Christopher Govina said...

I guess Mr. Yuk Missed Massachusetts, though I don't know why. Except for the part about getting sick, sick, sick, it seems like they were playing off the grinch. He almost seems cute, not really what they were shooting for.

Jennifer Hall said...

My kids have brought home Mr. YUK stickers before. Mr. YUK lives!

Joyness Sparkles said...

Mr. Yuk is awesome! He was all over my Grandmothers cabinets when I was a little girl.

I wonder if she put Mr. Yuk on some of the cabinets just to keep me out of her her make-up? ;)