In the days before Sky Mall and Hammacher Schlemmer, Americans had just one option to purchase their gimmicky gadgets—late night TV. Whether you needed a vacuum-equipped razor, an in-the-shell egg scrambler, or the best damn rotisserie $19.95 could buy, all you had to do was pick up the phone. Our friends at Oobject…
There's not much better than a good infomercial—except maybe a really bad one. But these days there's no better innovation hotbed than basic cable paid programming. Here we separate product from pitchman, and celebrate the brains behind As-Seen-On-TV.
Is flatulence ruining your love life? My friends, look no further than the Better Marriage Blanket, a fart-absorbing wünderspread that means you'll never again have to blame it on the dog. This is a real thing!
What does the Freedom Tray do? Lots of stuff, ok? Shut up. Is this a patriotic tray? Yeah, that's more like it.
The pitch may claim that your life will be easier with 2 easy payments, but most As Seen On TV gadgets end up being a colossal waste of money. It's a good thing Billy Mays isn't around to see this.
Really? Is there someone out there burning through such copious amounts of candles that they require one gadget just to melt down the scraps?
DJ Steve Porter is trying his hardest to revive the career of Vince. You remember Vince, right? He's the ShamWow guy who got bitten by, and beat up, a hooker earlier this year.
Sarah Varney of NPR's "All Things Considered" tested out the Kinoki body-detoxifying footpads currently making the rounds of late-night infomercials, to see if they really eliminate "heavy metals and metabolic waste." She and her husband used them for a night, and by the next morning the pads were covered in…
Mark Grossmeyer is man known for his often unique and innovative gadgets, but he has really outdone himself with this one. Grossmeyer didn't own a clapper because he did not want to take up his wife while going to bed, so what did he do? Well, he reinvented the clapper and added a remote-control. Welcome the Clapper…
By Brendan I. Koerner