Heard while walking to work this morning, from a young girl - late junior high-, early high- school age:
I want one of those new IMacs. Those computers are so cool, you know, they move with you when you move.
Now, I’ve paraphrased, as I didn’t have a pen/paper or recorder handy, but as best I could tell, this young lady was serious and not one of her 4-5 friends present called her on it!
Please stop the world, I want to get off.
P.S. - for those not in the know, the IMac commercials show an IMac screen moving on its swivel arm, mocking a passerby’s movements, including ejecting a CD when he sticks out his tongue. Not something to be taken literally.
I was thinking the same about the cape. I was also trying to rationalize how a person could think such a thing. I was unsuccessful. Oh well, now I see why infomercials are so successful, despite outright lying about their products. Sometimes, I really wish I could shake this annoying conscience-thingy, and be the one to separate these people from their money with cheap, bogus, barely legal, useless products.
A Mac isn’t a toy and should not need a disclaimer. On the other hand, lawsuits are expensive, and saying the defendant is a stupid twit who should not be allowed to handle money, sharp objects and powered items is not a good defense (actually, I would accept that as a defense, law be damned…guess that’s why I don’t get picked for civil juries).
Actually, it is a good defense. I’m thinking of Leonard v. Pepsico, where the court ruled that any thinking person should have known that the commercial was just a joke. (The citation is 210 F.3d 88, but I can’t find a free link to it presently. It was an offer for a Harrier jet for a certain number of Pepsi points; the case is a very amusing read.)
I remember reading about that. Maybe I can get to sit on a jury then!
“Your honor, the jury finds the defendant irreconcilably stupid and bereft of the common sense found in a goldfish. We wish not to waste even a second more as we feel the defendant is contagious and actively reduces the intelligence of all around.”