We’ve all seen them — those really strange, shocking and definitely funny products advertised on TV that have huge claims, but don’t often deliver, or at least seem too good to be true. Then we receive catalogs in the mail from companies like ‘Walter Drake’ or ‘Harriet Carter’ that feature these “As Seen On TV” items. We end up raising our eyebrows in interest, or roll our eyes because the products sound so dumb or funny. And sometimes just the names end up inspiring a hearty guffaw.
No, this has nothing to do with your actual dog curling up and going to sleep. It’s all about hot dogs, and how to make a spiral cut into them so they’ll not only cook evenly, inside and out, but also hold toppings better. So the item sounds pretty utilitarian, but the name is what will get you to laughing. Can you imagine saying, “Honey, go get the Curl-a-Dog out of the (insert storage area here)?”
The Waving Flag
This item plays two patriotic songs and is supposed to wave like a regular flag. What’s funny or weird about this item is that you can easily get a decent-sized cloth flag that you can hang outside for just as much money. Plus, the whole point of flying a flag is so everyone can see it, not just the people that come into your house.
This is an old-timey-looking lantern that is actually solar powered. But here’s what’s funny about this: there are quite a few old-timey-looking lanterns out there that don’t need the name “Liberty Lantern” to sell it. As far as names go, this runs along the lines of “Freedom Fries.”
Just wrap bacon around the bowls that come in the kit, put in the oven to cook, and you’re supposed to have perfectly formed bacon bowls. What’s funny is the idea of spending money on something like this when you can use an upside down muffin tin. Also, the push is on in this country to be more physically fit, so how is this product going to help that, even with the suggestion of turkey bacon?