Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nomination for Most Useless

 From one of those catalogs that preys on the worries of Old Folks, here’s today’s nomination for the item I, for one, have never in 88 years thought about buying.  Still, they do manufacture it, so someone must need it. ("Avoid hefty repair bills...")   But can it really pay them to use the space in a general-interest -- to the old folks -- catalog?
Cute mouse, anyhow.


  1. Believe it or not, this concept isn't as daft as it seems: Edward and I acquired one of our cats from under the hood of a vehicle. E started hearing meowing under the hood of his old Suburban one December day when he had the flu, and he thought he was delirious. The next day he felt better, but he still heard meowing--so he popped the hood open and found a 3-month-old gray and white kitten. Disraeli Diehard Dreadnought was the delight of my life for the next 7 years, until he succumbed prematurely to a disease he picked up from one of the feral cats our then next-door neighbor was feeding. Given Dizzy's history, we started keeping cats indoors from then on.

    So animals do get under car hoods. But, having said all this, I agree with you that I probably wouldn't spend money on the item in the catalog; it doesn't happen that often.

  2. I was a camp counselor for a few summers and had to park my car in a field at camp. On two separate occasions I had rats crawl up under the hood and chew through all the (expensive) wires. This could have been useful!