Saturday, December 18, 2010

Walking with Superman: Day 150

"Name it! Tame it! Train it! It's TechniPetTM! TechniPetsTM are the electronic pets that respond to your commands! They can walk, they can talk, and they can interact with other TechniPetsTM! Connect your TechniPetTM online for access to dozens of games! Will your TechniPetTM be a lover...or a fighter? With TechniPetTM, it's up to you! And when you upgrade online, TechniPet'sTM incredible nanotechnology upgrades your pet in real life too! With TechniPetTM, the only limit is your imagination! Collect them all!"

TechniPetTM is the breakout toy of the year, selling millions of units and causing stampedes at toy stores across the country. There's not much that the Pawtucket, RI-based manufacturer, Jaguar Electronics, could do to make the TechniPetTM more popular--except possibly a publicity campaign and some charitable donations courtesy of the traveling Superman. The Man of Steel is thrilled to help them donate over a hundred of the units to various charities. But when Clark Kent does a little research on the popular product, he discovers an alarming number of reports of strange activities from new TechniPetTM owners. Identity theft, bank fraud, computer viruses, and other electronic crimes seem to follow the mechanical critters. He decides to take a closer look at the inner workings of one of the pets, but it's none too happy about being dissected! The TechniPetTM has gone rabid, and Superman's going to have to put it down!

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