Apparently, the sprayer referred to above must be used by a sane, sober, middle-aged person who is familiar with the device, is somewhat lazy but awake, and isn't nursing or pregnant. Oh—and don't leave it in the sun. "Otherwise will speed up the aged about the battery," the manual says, "and may cause weeping, emit heat, craze, or strike fire etc."
When a California reader and her kids found this princess among the cups at Target, they knew what to do: Send a photo to Selling It. "How on earth did the design slip through several steps of quality control," she asks, "without anybody noticing how anatomically incorrect the figure is?"
From a Food and Drug Administration announcement earlier this year: "Circle City Marketing and Distributing … is issuing a voluntary recall of all Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars." (Some bars had elevated levels of lead.)
This puzzle is labeled "Proudly Made in the U.S.A" and shows what the buyers assumed was a typical American winter scene. As they assembled it, something changed.
"Glad to know that if you are sick enough to require home defibrillation, you get a free toothbrush," said one of the two readers who remarked on this combo. "I'm not sure that oral hygiene would be on the top of my list."
You'd think Merchants Bank might have figured this one out, since the recipient died five years ago. And no, her business wasn't harp-making or cloud computing.
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