Oh, the things you find in the Valentine’s Day section of the local Rite Aid while waiting for a prescription refill... Burning questions: * When did Rite-Aid break into the “naughty” novelties business?
* And when, exactly, did bondage become all the rage among the preschooler set?
With air-traffic delays growing ever more prevalent, one company is marketing an idea that will probably take off (no pun intended) in a big way. The “Mini-Motel” is described as an “affordable, portable sleeping tent perfect for the busy 21st century.” The device can be seen at MiniMotel.net, but it’s basically a one-person tent-like device with an air mattress, pillow, sheet, alarm clock, reading light, toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs and eyeshades. Best of all, it goes for a mere $39.95 (with discounts for larger orders). The idea is you set it up when you’ll be stuck for a bit, so you can get some sleep in privacy. Airlines would be wise to stock these for the next strike or storm. Orders of 1,000 or more can be imprinted with your own logo.
Those of us in the snow-belt have to deal with iced-over car mirrors every time it snows or rains in the winter. Now a company called Mirror Mate Mitts is marketing a solution. Their product is a glove-like device that slips over the mirror when you park the car, preventing ice and frost from building up on it while the car sits outside in inclement weather. There’s even an attached strap that you insert into the car door to prevent theft. For $15 a pair, it’s a pretty good idea. And while writing this, we thought of an even better one: Why not tie one of those plastic grocery bags around your mirror? Same result, zero cost. Sometimes we’re so smart we scare ourselves.
RJ Reynolds Tobacco found out last week how some folks feel about cigarettes. But if you still have a nicotine need, Crown7.com has what you want. They’re marketing “an electric cigarette that replicates the act of smoking using a nicotine cartridge, a microchip and a water vapor mist.” The device looks like a butt, with the nicotine hit, and the mist replicates smoke. (Think we’re kidding? Check out the video HERE). At $64.95 it strikes us as a bit pricey, but we don’t smoke anyway, so Feh!
Got a problem with birds hanging around? Some folks do, and for them we present the WhirlyBird Repeller. Marketed by two guys in South Carolina bothered by birds on their dock, the repeller spins and clacks in the slightest breeze, chasing birds away and stopping them from roosting. Sounds dumb, unless you’ve been one of the poor unfortunates who’s had to clean up after the feathered foulers. Check it out for yourself at their site, and be sure to watch the video. Sometimes the simplest inventions are the best.
We got a pitch from a California company that wants everyone to know “Pressaire is a completely new, simple, and easy way to unclog a toilet without contacting the toilet water or clog.” (Ew. The “Clog.”) At the Pressaire Web site you can see an illustration of the device which resembles a big-blue Whoopee Cushion. You’re apparently supposed to lay it over the commode, then press the seat down on it to release a burst of high-pressure air that will allegedly clear the blockage. (We say allegedly because we couldn’t get the video to play; tried several times.) The only thing that would make this a GREAT product would be if it also made a Whoopee-Cushion-like noise while working. Yes, we’re 12; why do you ask?
Used to be when your plants needed water, you’d fill the watering can and take care of business. Now the good folks at Clean Air Gardening Co. want us to use their “Oxygenating Watering Can” which “uses electrolysis to super-oxygenate the water to levels up to 150 percent oxygen saturation.” We don’t quite understand the science, and we really don’t get what the video shows. It’s at their site, Clean Air Gardening.com. Go there, and click on “Video.” Doesn’t it look like Alka-Seltzer? And for the 90 bucks their asking, we’ll stick with that cheap plastic can we got at the 99-cent store.
Next time you think you’ve got the worst assignment ever, be glad that Japan’s Kaneko Sangyo Co. isn’t your client. The company revealed this week that it’s coming out with a portable toilet usable for the car when traffic’s jammed and you, uhhh, aren’t. The company says the “Kurumarukun” toilet (And man, we hope that isn’t something dirty; we searched ALL OVER for a translation) is small enough to fit into a suitcase and goes on sale in November. Briefly, it’s a cardboard toilet bowl you assemble with a plastic liner, and then pull a supplied curtain around you for privacy. We assume you shouldn’t use it on a bus or train. No word on pricing, which is kinda immaterial; we’d rather bust than use one of these.
When we think of water-borne marketing, we visualize those planes that fly slowly over the beach, dragging a banner. But the folks at Hydro-Blade believe in bringing things down to earth … or water, as the case may be. They’re trying to sell a fleet of watercraft that will allow someone to walk on water, either displaying a banner while doing so or customizing the craft so it becomes an ad unto itself. Details are at Hydro-Blade.com, but briefly, the product they’ve invented is a human-powered craft where the operator stands and walks (much like on a StairMaster), propelling the craft with his feet. You can’t help but watch it as it meanders by, but really, how long can one guy pedal like that? See the video for yourself at Hydro_Blade.com.
We suppose even those who carry self-defense items have to market themselves, and the good folks at Self Defense Products Florida make a strong case for their line. They sent us a release with the headline, “The New C2 TASER—Why Women and Men Love This Taser.” The pitch goes on to explain that it packs 50,000 volts, can be used from 15 feet away, and even comes with an optional laser light to “provide precision accuracy.” And to broaden its appeal further, it’s “…Available in Four Colors—Pink, Black, Silver and Blue!” (To coordinate with your outfit?) But the deal-killer (For us, anyway; we’re cheap.) is the $349.95 price tag. It’s 50 bucks less without the laser, but what’s the fun in that?