Fake News: Toddler Tamers Is NOT Real Ankle Weight System For Kids

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  • by: Ryan Cooper
Fake News: Toddler Tamers Is NOT Real Ankle Weight System For Kids

Is a meme of "Toddler Tamers" an advertisement of sorts for a "leashless ankle weight system" for kids? No, that's not true: The product is not real. There is no such system to weigh down a child's ankles to prevent them from running away. It is a prank - an empty box that can be used for gag gifts.

The claim originated from a meme (archived here) published by FAIL Blog on November 15, 2018. It opened:

this is such a bad product. you might have temporary control over your tot but youre just going to make it stronger. whats worse than an uncontrollable baby? an uncontrollable baby who has never missed leg day and could kill you with one kick

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

The humorous post has gotten tens of thousands of shares and engagements on social media, but the product is not real. A link to an eBay listing for one of the boxes offered this description:

This is a fake empty box used for joke gifts. You only get an empty box. There is no such thing as "Toddler Tamers"

Just put something heavy inside the box, like a rock or a book. Then give the "gift" and watch your friend pretend to like it when they clearly don't.

The fake product is currently listed on the auction site for $12, which will give the winner an empty box and the eventual gift recipient, perhaps, a few laughs.

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  Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is the former Director of Programming at CNN International, where he helped shape the network's daily newscasts broadcast to more than 280 million households around the world. He was based at the network's Los Angeles Bureau. There, he managed the team responsible for a three-hour nightly program, Newsroom LA.

Formerly, he worked at the headquarters in Atlanta, and he spent four years at the London bureau. An award-winning producer, Cooper oversaw the network's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the uprising in Egypt in 2011. He also served as a supervising producer during much of the network's live reporting on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which CNN received an Edward R. Murrow Award.

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