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Snuggies and other Unrealistic Temptations

What is it about infomercials that is so tempting? In the 1990s, I was the not-so-proud owner of the Ab Flex, a kind of Stick Blender called the Daly AND a sandwich press called the SnackMaster. None of them lived up to my expectations--all ended up in the garage sale heap.


So why is it that, even after reading all the terrible reviews, I still kind of want a Snuggie blanket?



And I don't even care that I'd look like one of the Knights Templar when I put it on.


Maybe it's because the infomercials do such a great job of making the ordinary objects we've used all our lives suddenly look astoundingly unacceptable.


I mean, look at the woman in the snuggies commercial. "Blankets are OK, but they can slip and slide!" The woman onscreen looks so baffled by how blankets work. She seems about to cry because she can't figure out how to pull it over her shoulders while still covering her feet.


Yes, why do blankets have to be so difficult?! And then the phone rings! Harumph! Now I have to take my arm OUT of the blanket! What do I do? My hands are "trapped inside!"


Which infomercials have you found most tempting or most ridiculous? It's a fine line. Have any "exclusive TV offers" cut the mustard at your house?


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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