Bug Zappers and Boxcar Willie with a Ginzu Knife

This summer while on vacation at Pigeon Lake, I had my first hands-on experience with an electronic bug zapper. Not those things that sit in your back yard and attract insects by using light, but a plastic tennis racket-like gadget that gave a satisfying zap to any wasp or fly that contacted the metal grid.

It was so much fun that I just needed to buy one for myself, so upon returning to P.A. I checked at least three or four stores, to no avail.

Then I tried a Google search, and found lots of references to Bug Zappers. Among the hits was a list of “The top ten stupidest as seen on TV Products“. Reading through the list made me realize how little I watch TV, because I don’t remember seeing any of the commercials.

However it did make me think of Steve Goodman’s song Vegematic:

Fell asleep last night with the TV on
Oh what a dream I had
I dreamed I answered every single one
of those late night mail order ads
And four to six weeks later
Much to my surprise
The mailman came to my front door
And I couldn’t believe my eyes
When he brought the Vegematic
And the Pocket Fisherman too
Illuminated illustrated history of life
And Boxcar Willie with a Ginzu knife
A bamboo steamer
And a Garden Weasel too
And a tie-dyed dayglow souvenir shirt
From Six Flags Over Burbank

… etc.

I’m afraid it betrays my age, but I must admit that I remember more of the TV ads in that 1970s song than the ones mentioned in the top 10 list above.

And I don’t think a wonderful product like the Bug Zapper belongs on the list.

(By the way, I eventually bought a Bug Zapper on Ebay)

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