The Funniest Creations on the Market Today

Advertising for Poo-Pourri Spray. Image courtesy of Kevin Trotman Photography. FlickrCC https://www.flickr.com/photos/kt/6181409662/.

Advertising for Poo-Pourri Spray. Image courtesy of Kevin Trotman Photography. FlickrCC https://www.flickr.com/photos/kt/6181409662/.

Innovation – it’s what makes life so interesting. We’re not talking about a new Apple product here, but some of the funniest and surprising products that can make a person wonder: How did the inventor even think about coming up with this idea?

For many of these products, there has to be a good back story to be told. Yet for now, here is a list of products that look like something out of a Mad magazine or an article from The Onion, rather than real life inventions.

The Sweet Smell of Success

Shreddies look like any other pair of underwear and comes in a variety of colors. Yet, the company touts their “Shreddies flatulence filtering underwear features a ‘Zorflex’ activated carbon back panel that absorbs all flatulence odors.” They even have an incontinent line for the entire family.

Poo-pourri has the most hilarious commercial. A prime and proper woman (dressed impeccably) while sitting on a throne, talks about how one spritz of Poo-pourri can stop odors from occurring in any bathroom. The video ad can make even the grumpiest person giggle. The company touts their product has a better rating than the iPhone 5, with over 4 million bottles sold.

A Positive Spin on a Prank

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When Pharmaceutical and Insurance Companies Play God

Every day a child waits for treatment that may be denied because a pharmaceutical or insurance company may feel their life is not worth saving. Image: My baby girl hooked up to machine, courtesy of FlickrCC,48395185@ N03/12444307375.

Every day a child waits for treatment that may be denied because a pharmaceutical or insurance company may feel their life is not worth saving. Image: My baby girl hooked up to machine, courtesy of FlickrCC,48395185@ N03/12444307375.

Josh Harding is a 7-year-old boy who is in critical condition and his life teeters in the balance because of a pharmaceutical company’s refusal to give him the drug he needs. Another patient needed a very expensive antibiotic because she acquired necrotizing fasciitis in the hospital after a C-section and when doctors wanted to give her a life-saving medication, they had to ask for insurance approval and were denied.

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Creeped Out by The Elf on the Shelf

While reading one of my favorite blogs: Renae Rude – The Paranormalist, I ran across a heartwarming story about the simple, yet often overlooked wonder of Christmas and the Elf on the Shelf by Ray Yanek.

My story is not as sweet, but I wish it was. My 8-year-old daughter Megan has enjoyed the Elf on the Shelf since 2012 and waited impatiently for when it would return this Christmas.

The elf arrived the week after Thanksgiving and although Megan had read the story and rule book the previous year, she reread it again – taking in every word much more seriously.

She knew that touching the elf would make her lose her magic and was so focused on trying to see when and where the elf went to, she wouldn’t go to sleep. She told me it creeped her out that a toy could come alive while she was sleeping. Continue reading

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The Unexpected

There are very few things that stop me in my tracks. A serious illness that prevents me from thinking or typing coherently, or…death of a loved one.

It is the later mentioned circumstance that has me at a stand still. These are the first words I’ve been able to type. My 26-year-old daughter died unexpectedly and has turned my world upside down.

The world is a little darker with the beautiful light that was dimmed. My daughter - Tiffany Scheel.

The world is a little darker with the beautiful light that was dimmed. My daughter – Tiffany Scheel.

I want to apologize to my followers for the lack of offerings – especially during these holidays that I am usually all about. I also want to apologize to the people I follow and engage with. I miss our collaboration of creativity.

So for those who enjoyed or looked forward to my posts, please have patience. Somewhere within my broken heart is the writer who wants to continue to share and communicate.

I’m hoping that with each day, I will feel more capable of returning to our exchange and commentary. But for now, this is all I can offer.

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Senators and Reps Should be Held Accountable

Democrats and Republicans need to be accountable for their fighting and inability to do their jobs. Image courtesy of Sheltonmedia.blogspot.com

Democrats and Republicans need to be accountable for their fighting and inability to do their jobs. Image courtesy of Sheltonmedia.blogspot.com

This is not going to be another finger-pointing post about the Democrats or Republicans and which one is at fault. Nor will this be a criticism of the President.  Let’s talk about the reality of employees who don’t get the job done.

When most of us go to work, we’re expected to do a certain job. When we don’t do that job to the expectations of the employer, we get some kind of consequence. This could be in the form of being reprimanded to being fired.

Our House and Senate employees need to take notice and be accountable for their actions. Why should they be allowed to sit on their hands and get paid for it? Would an employer stand for squabbling between employees that prevented the work from being completed?

There needs to be a law written(although there never will be)that anyone in the House or Senate that will not cooperate (within reason) with each other will either be fined or fired.

People wonder how our economy has gotten to the point it is. By allowing employees to run amok without being accountable for their work and paying them for the rest of their lives for being a previously bad employee, we’ve essentially gotten ourselves in the red.

Congressional members should not get any special treatment. They need to do the job or face the consequences – like every other person working in the United States of America.

For now, regular citizens can only retaliate by not re-electing the inefficient members who were suppose to be representing The People. Remember their names and make a difference at the voting booths.

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Does Life Today Mimic The Sneetches?

The  1973 story of The Sneetches parallels life today. Images courtesy of Wikipedia and Check Out My Ink.

The 1973 story of The Sneetches parallels life today. Images courtesy of Wikipedia and Check Out My Ink.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch the Dr. Seuss movie The Sneetches, you may want to take this opportunity now in order to understand the following commentary.  A spoiler will follow.

Although it was written in 1961 and made into a 1973 movie, The Sneetches sing a cord of truth that resonates loud and clear in the 21st century.

More people than ever are participating in body modification. This could be tattoos, piercings, or even wearing high heels.  Anything that changes our appearance is body modification. We do it for various reasons. Continue reading

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A Dying Art of Communication: Handwriting

Love letter to Clara Ford

Love letter to Clara Ford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nowadays, we may be still writing letters, but a good percentage of them are done on electronic devices. It hadn’t really occurred to me until I received an 8-page handwritten letter and realized how much more personable it felt to read it.

Having an emotional response to words written in ink, I felt compelled to return the gesture.

Not an Easy Feat

As I began to write, I realized how out of practice I was at using a pen and paper. My cursive was entirely sloppy, and found it took a great deal of care to write legibly.  My hand began to cramp because of muscles that weren’t accustom to the action.  I thought, if I’m like this, there must be many others in the same boat.

With this disturbing revelation, I realized that handwriting was becoming a dying art of communication.

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