Tardigrades are one of the strangest creatures known to exist. These microscopic organisms – also known lovingly as “water bears” are best known for their incredible ability to survive just about anything. Apparently, they can survive extreme temperatures, complete dehydration, and even the vacuum of space. How scientists have tested these capabilities, I don’t know, but what I do know is that tardigrades are awesome. Or at least Star Trek: Discovery told me so.
Knowing that tardigrades can take whatever you can dish out, it only makes sense to turn one into a squishy stress relief toy.
In fact, Archie McPhee’s Stress Tardigrade is labeled “extra squishy,” something I’d like to see on more product packaging. Basically, it’s a 4-1/2″ long foam model of the impervious little critter designed to help keep you from going postal at the office. I only ask that for every time that you squeeze him, poke him, or prod him, that you give him a little pet on the back or a tickle under the chin. After all, he’s absorbing all of your stress, and he doesn’t have to do that.
And now, sit back, relax, and watch the wonder of the Stress Tardigrade as he works his magic:
If you need a tardigrade to take away your stress, you can grab one over at Archie McPhee now for $7.50.