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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #390 on: August 16, 2012, 09:27:05 AM »
Why is black clothing for kids odd?

I mean, I see babies in all colors, all the time. I'd think that with their propensity for staining everything, white would be the rarer color.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #391 on: August 16, 2012, 09:38:20 AM »
That's true today but remember, this was about 40 years ago and attitudes toward young children were very different.  Think of 'Rosemary's Baby'. 


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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #392 on: August 16, 2012, 10:12:05 AM »
That's true today but remember, this was about 40 years ago and attitudes toward young children were very different.  Think of 'Rosemary's Baby'.
Oh, yes!  Babies were supposed to be dressed, and surrounded by, only the palest of pastels.  MIL was horrified that I dressed my babies in COLORS!  It would damage their eyesight or something.   
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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #393 on: August 16, 2012, 10:36:11 AM »
I might like "Fresh Mown Hay," but more as a room freshener, not a perfume.

Back in the late 1970s or early 1980s, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, always on the cutting edge of fashion, promoted a fragrance for infants that smelled like new-mown hay.  They also were pushing black clothing for those too young to walk.   

You have to wonder if that's where some Goths got their start.

Poor little Azaria Chamberlain was wearing a black outfit when the dingo killed her and took her away.  That generated a lot of suspicion.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #394 on: August 16, 2012, 10:43:08 AM »
There are two products that immediately spring to mind, and I apologize if they were mentioned before and I missed it while skimming through posts.  Both of these were advertised on TV, and both of these were bought by gullible little me at our local Walmart.

The "Quick Chop", the "fast easy way to chop mince slice and dice with just a tap".  I bought this out of curiosity and with no real expectations, and it's a good thing that I wasn't expecting much.  It worked all right the first time, but it was a pain to clean and it marked up the cutting board.  After that, the blades went dull, and there is no way to sharpen them.

"Smooth Away", a buffer for unwanted face/body hair.  It worked, yes.  It buffed away the hair...after being used long enough to make the skin red-raw.  So, it didn't work very well, and it wasn't really worth it.  Again, no expectations, just curiosity.

The "as seen on TV" aisle is a source of amusement these days.  ;D  "The "Pasta Boat"?  Really?  Yeah, I think I'll just stick with our good pot and a colander, thanks."

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #395 on: August 16, 2012, 11:55:17 AM »
There are two products that immediately spring to mind, and I apologize if they were mentioned before and I missed it while skimming through posts.  Both of these were advertised on TV, and both of these were bought by gullible little me at our local Walmart.

The "Quick Chop", the "fast easy way to chop mince slice and dice with just a tap".  I bought this out of curiosity and with no real expectations, and it's a good thing that I wasn't expecting much.  It worked all right the first time, but it was a pain to clean and it marked up the cutting board.  After that, the blades went dull, and there is no way to sharpen them.

"Smooth Away", a buffer for unwanted face/body hair.  It worked, yes.  It buffed away the hair...after being used long enough to make the skin red-raw.  So, it didn't work very well, and it wasn't really worth it.  Again, no expectations, just curiosity.

The "as seen on TV" aisle is a source of amusement these days.  ;D  "The "Pasta Boat"?  Really?  Yeah, I think I'll just stick with our good pot and a colander, thanks."

Don't give up on the "Quick Chop"!  I, too, bought one from Wal-Mart after having used my mother's since I was about 8.  My aunt got her one from Pampered Chef way back then (hehheh that was only 16 years ago...) and it still works perfectly today!  The Pampered Chef one is so easy to clean; it even comes apart around the blades so you can get those clean, too.  It's just that the Wal-Mart brand one is cheap and chintzy.  Spend a little bit more money for a higher quality one and you'll be happy.  I can't promise that, but I just used my mom's yesterday to make salad and it worked just like knew; I threw out mine about a week after having it.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #396 on: August 16, 2012, 12:07:59 PM »
Hm, I'd never even considered that!

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #397 on: August 16, 2012, 12:14:30 PM »
There are two products that immediately spring to mind, and I apologize if they were mentioned before and I missed it while skimming through posts.  Both of these were advertised on TV, and both of these were bought by gullible little me at our local Walmart.

The "Quick Chop", the "fast easy way to chop mince slice and dice with just a tap".  I bought this out of curiosity and with no real expectations, and it's a good thing that I wasn't expecting much.  It worked all right the first time, but it was a pain to clean and it marked up the cutting board.  After that, the blades went dull, and there is no way to sharpen them.

"Smooth Away", a buffer for unwanted face/body hair.  It worked, yes.  It buffed away the hair...after being used long enough to make the skin red-raw.  So, it didn't work very well, and it wasn't really worth it.  Again, no expectations, just curiosity.

The "as seen on TV" aisle is a source of amusement these days.  ;D  "The "Pasta Boat"?  Really?  Yeah, I think I'll just stick with our good pot and a colander, thanks."

Don't give up on the "Quick Chop"!  I, too, bought one from Wal-Mart after having used my mother's since I was about 8.  My aunt got her one from Pampered Chef way back then (hehheh that was only 16 years ago...) and it still works perfectly today!  The Pampered Chef one is so easy to clean; it even comes apart around the blades so you can get those clean, too.  It's just that the Wal-Mart brand one is cheap and chintzy.  Spend a little bit more money for a higher quality one and you'll be happy.  I can't promise that, but I just used my mom's yesterday to make salad and it worked just like knew; I threw out mine about a week after having it.

Gish has one, too, and is nuts about it. I didn't realize it came apart to wash it until he showed me  :-[ :P Can you guess who the cook is in our family?

I, too, tried the Smooth Away and lost a layer of skin with it. That thing burns.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #398 on: August 16, 2012, 12:58:33 PM »
Under the 'Yeah, Don't Do That' heading...

The first time I tried Smooth Away, I tried it on my arm pits.
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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #399 on: August 16, 2012, 01:33:05 PM »
Under the 'Yeah, Don't Do That' heading...

The first time I tried Smooth Away, I tried it on my arm pits.

OUCH! That made me literally flinch.

We sold those while I worked at the beauty supply store. I wasn't even remotely tempted by them after the very first person to buy them brought them back, complaining about how raw it made her skin.  We hung it with the Ped-Eggs, which, while I know some people swear by them, I could never see the point of either.
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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #400 on: August 16, 2012, 01:43:59 PM »
There are two products that immediately spring to mind, and I apologize if they were mentioned before and I missed it while skimming through posts.  Both of these were advertised on TV, and both of these were bought by gullible little me at our local Walmart.

The "Quick Chop", the "fast easy way to chop mince slice and dice with just a tap".  I bought this out of curiosity and with no real expectations, and it's a good thing that I wasn't expecting much.  It worked all right the first time, but it was a pain to clean and it marked up the cutting board.  After that, the blades went dull, and there is no way to sharpen them.

"Smooth Away", a buffer for unwanted face/body hair.  It worked, yes.  It buffed away the hair...after being used long enough to make the skin red-raw.  So, it didn't work very well, and it wasn't really worth it.  Again, no expectations, just curiosity.

The "as seen on TV" aisle is a source of amusement these days.  ;D  "The "Pasta Boat"?  Really?  Yeah, I think I'll just stick with our good pot and a colander, thanks."

Don't give up on the "Quick Chop"!  I, too, bought one from Wal-Mart after having used my mother's since I was about 8.  My aunt got her one from Pampered Chef way back then (hehheh that was only 16 years ago...) and it still works perfectly today!  The Pampered Chef one is so easy to clean; it even comes apart around the blades so you can get those clean, too.  It's just that the Wal-Mart brand one is cheap and chintzy.  Spend a little bit more money for a higher quality one and you'll be happy.  I can't promise that, but I just used my mom's yesterday to make salad and it worked just like knew; I threw out mine about a week after having it.

I have the Pampered Chef version as well, and just love it. It works well, satisfies your inner Hulk (I like to yell "Die, cabbage, DIE!"), and is easy to clean. It's extremely sturdy, too. I can see where a "As Seen On TV" cheapo version would be horrible.
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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #401 on: August 16, 2012, 02:06:47 PM »
I always wondered why the "As Seen on TV" ads always trumpet "Not available in stores! You can only get yours by calling 1-800-CHE-ATME!!"  Because if this gadget is the greatest thing since sliced bread and sock monkeys, why ISN'T it sold in stores?  Wouldn't they make more money that way?

Of course we all know that they aren't available in stores because they're so cheaply made that they fall apart after one use. So any ad for gadgetry that is available ONLY WITH THIS TV OFFER!!!! doesn't come into my house any more.
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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #402 on: August 16, 2012, 02:07:17 PM »
I tried the ped egg and just shredded my heels. I was so rough that I had to tweeze carpet fibers from my feet.

I have reconciled myself to the fact that I have to dip my hooves in acid every couple of weeks to keep them from being completely horrible. (yes, acid. it's a gel that you brush on and rinse off after 2-5 minutes, depending on your damage)

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #403 on: August 16, 2012, 02:27:24 PM »
I tried the ped egg and just shredded my heels. I was so rough that I had to tweeze carpet fibers from my feet.

I have reconciled myself to the fact that I have to dip my hooves in acid every couple of weeks to keep them from being completely horrible. (yes, acid. it's a gel that you brush on and rinse off after 2-5 minutes, depending on your damage)

And I love mine!  Its the only thing that work on my lizard feet.  When I use it, of course.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #404 on: August 16, 2012, 03:36:59 PM »
Just found this box in the back of my pantry... Eggies.

https://www.geteggiestv.com/

 My DH brought this home one day after a time when we seemed to be eating lots of boiled eggs.  Because I'm lazy, all I could see was that it was something else to wash.  I can throw shells away.  But after one time trying it, he learned it doesn't work.