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Take it from any parent who ever shopped for Christmas toys: some of them just look so cute and fun, you grab them and head straight for the register. 

But it behooves us to be smart consumers in the toy aisles as well as in the rest of the store. 

OSPIRG, Oregon's public interest research group, just put out its list of toys that pose potential hazards--toxic, choking, or ingested--and found nearly two dozen of them. 

Keepingkidssafeproject.com

Once upon a time, people might have been shocked at the idea of getting our kids' pictures and fingerprints taken just in case they disappeared. 

But picture-and-fingerprint events have been going on for decades, and they continue still.