Wacky Product of the Week: Rejected Memorial Day Items
This Memorial Day, you're probably ready to spend the day outdoors at a barbeque with your friends and family, roasting hot dogs at a beach bonfire SoCal style, or taking a long weekend trip to your favorite vacation destination. Memorial Day can be super fun and relaxing, as long as you are well prepared with the tools you need to host a successful BBQ, bonfire, or weekend getaway. Of course, you know exactly what you need--how about all the useless but kind of interesting rejected Memorial Day products available this holiday weekend?
In the land of "Things That Are So Expensive You Wonder If Anybody
Actually Buys Them Let Alone Uses Them," I bring you the Outdoor Inflatable Theater
from Hammacher Schlemmer
). Because, you know, I worry all the time that
my inflatable theater looks a little weird sitting in the middle of my
living room. I can't wait to put this in the middle of my pool and
invite all my friends over to kick back with some wine coolers and watch
"The Hangover" in style.
Despite how silly this may look, it supposedly gets a good picture on its inflatable screen and comes with waterproof speakers so you'll never have to worry about your electronics getting wet. Still, for $999, I'll leave it in the category of "Things I'd Only Buy From In-Flight Magazines While On a Plane"...if even that.
Now say you're relaxing by the pool and watching TV on your new Outdoor Inflatable
Theater. It's noon on a bright, beautiful, cloudless summer day. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, your stomach is just starting to growl, and you
know it's time…to scare the bejeezus out of the kids with the Cthulhu
($35 from RoastMyWeenie.com
Yep, you can stand back and let
the master of darkness hold your hot dogs in his tentacle-like clutches (doesn't that just make you want to scarf down some wieners?
) while the
burning fires of your charcoal barbecue set grill these babies to
Randomly, this is an useful product...just scary as all get out!
Or if you're just looking for a WTF moment this Memorial Day, try the
Portable Watermelon Cooler
) straight from Japan ($250 from
JoyBond.co.jp and not available in the US
I don't know about you, but I
know that whenever I need to carry a watermelon it's always for a
distance of at least several miles. So thank you, Japan--for now I will no longer have to fumble with a
watermelon in my arms trekking up the hill six miles to get to my barbecue party. Now I can let it chill in a comfortable little
portable cooler…or, if you, like me, enjoy your watermelon scalding hot,
this baby'll keep it warm, too.
Mmm, hot watermelon on a muggy summer
afternoon by the Cthulhu grill. Paradise!
Obviously, these are all rejected products for a reason, but the theme
still stands. This Memorial Day, I'm going to be roasting some hot dogs
(veggiedogs, to be precise!
), watching TV, and possibly partaking in
some delicious watermelon, fresh for the summer season. How about you