Besides his famous couch, Sigmund Freud always kept a few cherished toys in his office. There was a Jack-in-the-box, a yo-yo, and a board game called Rutsche und Leiters (Chutes and Ladders) which he would play with patients if he was picularly pleased with the dreams they shared. Freud knew the importance of toys, and if you do, too, then perhaps you should purchase one of these Sigmund Freud Little Thinker Dolls. This cute and cuddly Sigmund is about 11″ tall and dressed in suit, tie, and eyeglasses. You can ask him for advice whenever you want, and like a real therapist, he won’t say a word in return. Brought to You by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild The origins of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild are shrouded in mystery. Some accounts trace the Guild’s birth to Athens in the latter half of the 4th century BCE. Allegedly, several lesser philosophers grew weary of the endless Socratic dialogue endemic in their trade and turned to crafting household implements and playthings. (Hence the assertions that Socrates quaffed his hemlock poison from a Guild-designed chalice, though vigorous debate surrounds the question of whether it was a “disappearing” chalice.) Others argue that the UPG dates from the High Middle Ages, when the Philosophers Guild entered the world of commerce by selling bawdy pamphlets to pilgrims facing long lines for the restroom. Business boomed until 1211 when Pope Innocent III condemned the publications. Not surprisingly, this led to increased sales, even as half our membership was burned at the stake. More recently, revisionist historians have pinpointed the birth of the Guild to the time it was still cool to live in New York City’s Lower East Side. Two brothers turned their inner creativity and love of paying rent towards fulfilling the people’s needs for finger puppets, warm slippers, coffee cups, and cracking up at stuff.