What a cute fake baby you have!


Okay, this is creepy. It's one thing to be fond of toys or dolls. It's another thing to take a doll and treat it like a human being, especially when you're an adult. Youngsters are encouraged to have active imaginations and to pretend when they play. Adults need to be grounded in reality, except when playing with aforementioned youngsters.

"Re-Born" dolls are being sold to adults in the United States and Britain, with the life-size ones selling for $150 to a few hundred dollars. They're dolls that look like real babies, in a scary sort of way. I mean they look so real, it's frightening. Check out this clip from a documentary to see for yourself.

It all sounds creepy to me. Grown women running around with these dolls and pretending they're real? And I suppose there are some really weird men who carry on with them too. They give them baths and change their diapers and generally pretend that these toys are living beings.

Seriously, if you need to bond with a baby, call a friend. They'll be happy to let you babysit for free for an evening or two. Heck, if you're not too weird, they might even let you hang with their kid regularly. Sure beats paying a couple hundred bucks to pretend a hunk of rubber is the real thing.

Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE performs fraud examinations and financial investigations for her company Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting, and is the author of Essentials of Corporate Fraud.