Since yesterday was an accidental sick day, I spent it discovering that TV commercial producers (long known for selling gizmos and gymcracks and tchotchkes galore, all to solve problems that don’t really exist) have redoubled their efforts.  Now you can buy a pan specifically for baking tortillas into taco salad bowls, yellow-tinted glasses promising to give me “HD night vision”, whatever that is, and a magic pouch to microwave my baked potatoes.  I don’t know if this is a global phenomenon (Spoilerites outside the United States, feel free to weigh in in the comments!), but it seems that there are an infinite number of stupid things to buy on daytime TV…

…but I kinda want one of those always-cool, super-supportive body pillows, which leads us to today’s closed-circuit query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually has one of those blankets with arms, only with a Superman costume on it, which automatically makes it either cooler or not cooler, depending on who you are, asking: Which ridiculous products “As Seen On TV” do you actually think might be kind of useful?


  1. February 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    I don’t know how “useful” it is, but I really like the Star Shower, a light thing that makes a starscape-like points of light appear on whatever surface you aim it at, and it can be used indoors or outdoors.

    I also really like my Slushy Magic. Again, not necessarily “useful”, but it eliminates the need to use multiple items to make a slushy at home and is quicker than blending ice and all that.

  2. February 25, 2016 at 9:07 pm — Reply

    The only thing I remember getting from As Seen On TV is the spray rubber coating. I use it to seal seams and it works great.

  3. PumkinMilk
    February 25, 2016 at 11:10 pm — Reply

    The shamwow is actually really useful for clean ups.

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