Shark Sleeping Bag: Is it Brilliant, or Does it Bite?

Filed under: Weird But True, Funny Stuff, Gear Guides: Big Kids, Gear Guides: Tweens

Sharp design. Credit: Kendra Phillips, Rex / Rex USA

History is filled with brilliant combinations. Peanut butter and chocolate. Couch and television. Shark and sleeping bag.

Wait, what?

Art student Kendra Phillips, 19, created the ChumBuddy, which is, indeed, a shark sleeping bag. On the fence? Perhaps this slogan will convince you: "Find it hard to get your children to sleep at night? How about feeding them to a 7-foot shark."

Phillips says in a press release that she thinks sharks are a "very misunderstood animal" and that one of her goals in making the ChumBuddy is "to give them a cuddly reputation." That seems unlikely, but hey, it's always good to have goals.

At least it's not as bad as the episode of "The Simpsons" where Bart can't sleep, so Homer makes him an insanely scary clown bed, causing Bart to mouth the immortal words, "can't sleep, clown will eat me." Still, maybe you should avoid letting the kids watch Shark Week, just to make sure your little ones don't develop selachophobia (aka, a fear of sharks).

Those among us who are of a certain age have our own memories of sharks. One shark in particular. His name was Bruce ...

You can order the ChumBuddy from for $199.95. If you feel like sinking your teeth into that kind of thing.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.