What’s wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture?

Noted the other day when Minnow was puzzling. It’s a good thing she can’t read yet.


  1. #1 chezjake
    June 13, 2008

    That “octagon” was obviously designed by the same toy designer who did the six-legged stuffed “octopus” that we’ve seen at other ScienceBlogs.

  2. #2 hypoglycemiagirl
    June 13, 2008

    you should send it to the FAIL blog…

  3. #3 B Capp
    June 13, 2008

    Six-sided Octagon does tend to substantiate the dyslexia theory.

  4. #4 Kim
    June 13, 2008


    (We had a puzzle almost exactly like it, except without the words, and with a pentagon instead of the star. It felt a little weird using words like “hexagon” with a child whose vocabulary consisted of “no” and “ball.”)

  5. #5 Epicanis
    June 13, 2008

    For some reason, I find myself slightly disturbed by how quickly I spotted the mistake…

  6. #6 Lab Lemming
    June 13, 2008

    I just hope they didn’t do it because they were afraid that “Hex” would imply the occult…

  7. #7 DrugMonkey
    June 13, 2008

    ditto hypoglycemiagirl, FAIL entry for sure

  8. #8 Propter Doc
    June 14, 2008

    Clearly I am in the same class as the maker of this toy. I couldn’t see what was wrong with it until I read the comments. Doh! (Well in my defense it is early on a Saturday morning….;-)

  9. #9 unbalanced reaction
    June 14, 2008

    Oh, my. Luckily, by the time she can read octagon, she will likely be moving on to more fun toys…or books. 🙂

  10. #10 themadlolscientist
    June 15, 2008

    Geometry FAIL. Definitely belongs on failblog!

  11. #11 SophieHirschfeld
    June 16, 2008

    Instead of being glad the kid can’t read, why not just get some paint or some tacky paper and a permanent marker and fix the error, then you don’t have to worry about creating an associative connection between the shape and the wrong word?

  12. #12 IBY
    June 17, 2008

    Whoever made the toy must have failed geometry badly. 🙂

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