OK, folks, this is going to sound pretty bizarre, but my co-worker can corroborate the whole thing …
I work at a toy store. This week we got a new shipment of Beanie babies. Well, we started opening the bags and slapping price tags on them; after a while I noticed that something smelled funny, but couldn’t place it. Tried sniffing one of the Beanies (it was Goochie the jellyfish) and almost gagged: the thing smelled exactly like old fish. All the jellyfish smelled like that. The other Beanie babies from this shipment, and the jellyfish from the previous shipment, don’t smell like anything in particular. Well, we put the jellyfish in the back room, hoping they’d air out so we could sell them (my boss would not be cool with throwing them away or sending them back), but I’m having second thoughts. What could possibly be causing this, and is it dangerous?
Some (possibly) relevant facts: Beanie babies don’t actually contain beans; they’re stuffed with some mysterious material called (I think) PC pellets. Goochie the jellyfish is made of different material from the other animals (some kind of soft shimmery stuff) but, as I said, the Goochies from the previous shipment seemed OK. I live in North Carolina, and in this climate anything that can possibly spoil WILL.
Any ideas, folks?