The summer edition of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog arrived in the mail the other day, just in time for Christmas (or was it too late for Christmas?) All great stuff for me — not to buy, of course, but to make fun of. For example:
FOLD-AWAY ADULT BUNK BEDS
This is the perfect gift for ex-cons who simply want to create the homey and secure feeling of being in the slammer. Those living alone will be able to choose either top or bottom without resorting to using a shiv to make a convincing argument.
INSTANT BADMINTON COURT
What better way to get rid of unwanted guests than to suddenly exclaim: How about a game of badminton? You can set up a full-size court in three minutes replete with racquets and whatever those things are you hit over the net. Invited to a party at someone else’s house? The handy carrying case allows you to ruin anyone’s get-together at the drop of a hat. Or whatever that thing is you hit over the net.
SANDLESS BEACH MAT
This is a giant blanket made out of two sheets of polyurethane that has thousands of holes so that by merely lifting the first layer, the sand can sift through, making your seashore experience sand-free, which is every beach lover’s dream. (It is?) Hammacher Schlemmer says this technology was developed by the military for desert operations and involved some highly technical research. My guess is that some scientist thought of this idea when his wife made him clean the kitty litter.
MOSQUITO THWARTING CAMP SHIRT
Is the pocket protector not doing the trick? Are the wing tip shoes not drawing enough attention? Has the bow tie failed to establish you as a nerd? Fear not! How about the Mosquito Thwarting Camp Shirt? It looks like a regular short-sleeve shirt, but just when you think it’s time for the sleeves to call it quits, there’s another foot or two of mosquito netting that extends to your wrists. In the photo, it looks like the guy is wearing a see-through negligee on his forearms. Do the ladies find it sexy? One woman commented on a consumer website: If you want me to be smitten, I’d rather you got bitten.