3hree (of Hundreds of) Totally Useless Things I Didn't Buy From The SkyMall Catalog On My Flight Home
Sky Mall's existence reminds me of a Louis CK bit about how if he had "Bill Gates money," he'd open (and pay to keep open) a chain of stores called ShitAssPetFuckers. They'd be WalMart-sized pet stores, open 24 hours a day, filled with purposefully rude employees (that F your pet, hence the name), and they'd sell cans of dog food for $1M apiece. They'd never do any business, but they'd never go out of business.
I flipped through the Summer 2010 issue of SkyMall on my flight home on Monday, for no other reason than that the Christopher Hitchens memoir I was reading was putting me to sleep. I also needed somewhere else to look other than out my window, as my mind raced with visions of a plane falling out of the sky in a fiery pile of twisted metal. (This is why I hate flying. My brain makes it impossible to not think about the worst possible scenario that I could be faced with at 38,000 feet.) While nearly every item in the magazine is a useless piece of crap, here are three of my favorites.
(Notes in regular font are mine. The italicized quotes are the quarterly textual masterworks of the fine folks at SkyMall.)
1) Bigfoot Garden Yeti Sculpture
"With alleged Bigfoot sightings the world over, from the Himalayas to the Americas, this elusive, mythical legend has been captured for Toscano in a quality designer resin statue and hand-painted for startling realism."
It's hand-painted. Unfortunately, that hand-painter's palette only has one color on it. Sorry, realism, we're on a budget.
Dimensions: 19-1/2"W x 19"D x 28-1/2"H. 12 lbs.
If the "real" Bigfoot is just a notch over two feet tall and weighs 12 lbs., it's no wonder we haven't found him yet. He's probably curled up in a shoebox somewhere.
"With his characteristically big feet, our more than two-foot-tall Bigfoot, the Garden Yeti Statue will have guests doing a double-take as they admire your creative decor style! Available exclusively through Toscano, our Bigfoot, the Garden Yeti sculpture commands a unique presence in home or garden."
2) King Richard Throne Seat
To further clarify, the King cannot taint the wreath of golden fleur-de-lis with his hiney, nor spackle the sparkling resin with his netherpaste and expect a refund. Squatter's rights.
3) Cherish Lifelike Baby Doll
"Echoing the heavenly beauty of a real live newborn, this breathtaking collectible lifelike baby doll is a marvel, from her exquisite face to her delicate wisps of hair, her supple fingers, and even her tiny, wrinkled feet."
Maybe it's just me, but it seems like this ad is geared towards adults. (I'm not sure that kids require "astounding" levels of realism in their dolls. Maybe it's better to teach them realism in reality?) Show me an adult that owns a Cherish Lifelike Baby Doll, and I'll show you an adult whose handlers require him or her to wear a helmet during "outside time."