Thursday, December 27, 2007

AMAtwilightZONe

Even if you regularly use Amazon.com to buy books and CDs, you may not be aware that you can also order a diverse array of such exotic items as an internally fully carpeted armoured vehicle with built-in stereo system (a snip at only US$20,000), a UFO detector, a can of uranium ore, a fresh whole rabbit (dead) or a vaginal speculum.

If some of these sound like self-parodies (as do other Amazon items like the book "What Would Jesus Eat?"), what makes them even more enjoyable is that many people are now posting spoof reviews of them (as I learned from BoingBoing via I'm Learning to Share!) Take for example the reader who offers the helpful hint that using uranium ore as a facial scrub will give your skin a beautiful glow...

Read these reviews and enjoy before Amazon tracks them down (possibly with the aid of the UFO detector?) and exterminates them.

3 comments:

Manila said...

Thanks for the tip! Have ordered everything except the rabbit (your 'bad taste' label put me off) and the uranium ore (shipping costs prohibitive).

For anyone like me who is shopping early for next Christmas the vaginal speculum is a Godsend.

Private Beach said...

Why wait till next Christmas? Surely it would make a perfect Valentine's Day gift for a loved one - or indeed, several loved ones.

Manila said...

I only have one loved one and he wants training weights. Mind you, the Shopping Channel sells equally bizarre contraptions for improving your abs.