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Video: Happy Hot Dog Man Infomercial

Make your dinner a wiener with Happy Hot Dog Man, the kid-safe tool that cuts those boring 'ol meat logs into floppy, sort of human-shaped figures! According to their infomercial, a world with normal hot dogs is desaturated and devoid of fun; add Happy Hot Dog Man for a world of color and endless smiles! More

Video: Big Top Cupcake Informercial

More affordable and arguably more functional than Cupcake Cars, the Big Top Cupcake pan reverses the notion that cupcakes should be tiny and adorable—they should be massive beasts! Why make a normal cupcake when you can make one that's 25 times as big? As in, it makes that shooooomp sound that really heavy things (like dinosaurs or elephants) make when hitting the ground. The video, after the jump.... More

In Videos: Sham Wow Parody

The Sham Wow, the shammy-towel-sponge wonder, should watch its back. The paper towel also has many skills. Crumple it up into a ball, throw it into the air, and it will fall down (fall down!). Fold a paper towel up into a vaguely diamond shape, put a string on it, it's a kite. You can even rip them into craploads of squares. Looks like Vince of Sham Wow/Slap Chop has a little protege. The video, after the jump.... More

Mr. T's FlavorWave Oven Apes George Foreman's Grill

Eat Me Daily: "We're not sure if he's trying to cash in on the George Foreman thing, or if he really believes in the cooking powers of halogen energy, but Mr. T has his own semi-healthy cooking device on the market: the Mr. T Flavor-Wave Oven, yours for just three easy payments of $39.95" And here's just the book to FlavorWave-cook from, given Mr. T's place in internet meme culture.... More

In Videos: The Wunder Boner Infomercial

The Wunder Boner is a tool that debones fish. That is all. Under any other name it would merely be a rod on a stand that makes ripping the spine out of your freshly caught fish a breeze, but instead it's that fishing tool with the funny name. The infomercial's frighteningly earnest actors almost convince me that I need this product, mostly the guy who thoughtfully says, "My wife would like that." Also, according to the announcer, "every tackle box and every kitchen should have the Wunder Boner." You can buy the Wunder Boner at the appropriately named website, spinelesswunderboner.com. And if you really, really like the Wunder Boner, it looks like the patent is for sale. Watch the... More

In Videos: Slap Chop Infomercial Featuring Vince, the Enthusiastic Host

Who's Vince? Just an enthusiastic infomercial host (also of Shamwow fame) who wants you to get a Slap Chop, a tool that chops, minces, and dices in seconds. But it does so much more. Some of Vince's promises: You're gonna be in a great mood all day because you're gonna be slapping your troubles away with the Slap Chop. This tuna looks boring. Stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life. Add this tuna, put it here like this—now you're gonna have a nice tuna salad. Look at this, you're gonna have an exciting life now. The onions with the skin. Alright, this is making you cry, it's making me cry. Life's hard enough as it is;... More

As Seen on TV: Useless Kitchen Utensils

Cracked.com's list of The 10 Most Laughably Misleading Ads points out the Handy Peel—textured gloves that are meant to replace a vegetable peeler—and the Pasta Pro—a pot with a colander as a lid. Watch the infomercials as long as you don't mind having your faith in human ingenuity drop a few levels. [via Slashfood]... More

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