Have you seen those new snacks on television? The ones called Twisters, where two different fruity fillings are in a granola bar and twisted about each other? Don’t they look yummy? I mean, SO MUCH FRUIT FILLING! The you buy them and discover that there is only a thin thread of filling in a thick crust of granola which barely resembles the television ad.
How about those magic knives? They slice, they dice, they remain razor sharp after hacking up a steel hammer and cut through a ripe tomato with ease. PLUS, you get 6 - count 'em, 6 steak knives of stainless steel that will not only cut through the toughest steak but the bone also for $29.99. Don’t they look good? Then you buy them and discover that A: they are smaller than they looked on TV - because the demonstrator was small, B: they BEND, something the demonstrator was careful not to show you, C: they WILL cut a steel hammer and cut through a ripe tomato – but ONLY if you practice on about 10 tomatoes and hold the knife JUST right, D: the steak knives are smaller than normal and, within weeks, E: the ‘stainless’ steel starts to rust in spots.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I want more truth in advertising. I’ve NEVER gotten that perfect burger on television, found a TV dinner that was actually as sumptuous as the one in the ad, and forget about those INFOMERCIAL deals where you buy a roaster, or a fryer or a dehydrator for ONLY 4 EZ payments of $29.95. (A year later, the same stuff shows up in Walmart for a total payment of $19.95 to $29.95.) Those nifty vegetable slicers turn out to have iron blades which rust! They don’t tell you that the ADDITIONAL TOP WARMER is there because they didn’t add insulation in the device plus any spills get seared forever into the paint.
Remember the Cracker Jack toy? That wonderful little whistle, rubber ball, tiny metal ring, plastic magnifying glass? The product still advertises a free toy inside, but what one gets now is made of PAPER!
Then the ever present car commercials. Ever noticed how NOT ONE COMMERCIAL INTERVAL on television can go by WITHOUT A CAR COMMERCIAL? Then they laud the ‘new’ styles and equipment but forget to tell one that the SUV flips over in a stiff wind, that the ‘crush zones’ NOW include the drivers side and are there because reinforcements were removed to save money. The best part is that they never mention to you that, because they cram the motor into a tiny compartment, that you might have to send the car into a shop just to get a spark plug removed! (On one model, the engine actually had to be lifted several inches to have the plugs changed!)
Plus, I’m very weary of processed foods not listing all of their ingredients. Usually the rest of the contents are hidden under things like - assorted spices and flavorings. Plus, ever get suspicious over no cholesterol foods that have a little tag on them telling you to call an 800 number to find out about the products actual cholesterol content?
I knew of trans-fatty acids BEFORE they started showing up in the news lately. ANY margarine that stays solid at room temperature, like Country Crock, is made with a semi-treated vegetable fat that, upon consumption, turns into cholesterol! Legally, the maker may state that the product has no cholesterol because he does not have to tell you that the stuff will TURN into it after consumption!
I want more fact and truth in advertisement.
As a side note here, in New Zealand, many American processed food products are not allowed to be sold in the country because they do not completely list the ingredients, like their own products are required to do.
The Night Watch always knows things.