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Would you ever buy your baby a onesie that's also a mop? I mean, hey, he was down there anyway, right? It's not like you handed him a mop.
There are products that are just plain wacky (like bacon breath mints) and then there are products like the baby mop that make you go – well, that's wacky, yes, but also kinda practical.
They're totally wacktical!
What's more, they do their own advertising in the form of all of us talking about them.
"Wacky products have an advantage. They get our attention.Anything that is different than the norm will always get customers looking at it," said Mike Michalowicz, a consultant for entrepreneurs and the author of "The Pumpkin Plan" and "The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur."
"I think there is a significant population that is more likely to purchase a fundamentally silly product if they feel that it might somehow actually be used. Emotionally,the barrier to spending money is lowered and consumers can justify a higher purchase price," said George Shea, a media-relations pro and half of the dynamic brother duo behind the Coney Island hot-dog eating contest and its governing body, Major League Eating.
Wacky is tricky, though – you can't be TOO wacky or people won't buy them, Michalowicz cautioned. And, in some cases, they get old fast,so you have to make sure you keep evolving the product or coming up with the next wacky variation or next wacky thing, he said.
You wanna see some wacktical? Yeah you do! Here's a look at some truly wacktical products:
$40 on www.betterthanpants.com/baby-mop.html
Yeah, yeah, your baby is the cutest. He's so cute he could be a baby model. But what else does he do?
Enter Baby Mop, a onesie with mops on the arms and legs so your baby can mop while he's crawling around being the cutest baby ever.
"Love it!" Michalowicz said. "It's perfect for moms and dads that want to make their baby the center of attention."
Plus, according to the Better Than Pants website that sells it, it will teach your baby a strong work ethic early, your baby will learn to not waste food, your baby will have toned muscles and it will save you time so you can do more important things than mopping.
"Hang on!" you say. "I am offended by the very notion you would use my child as a household mop."
"It is offensive and that is its charm!" Shea said, but added he thinks it has "zero functionality."
(Unless, of course, you could have your Roomba train your baby to mop in straight lines and around furniture.)
"Perfect for America's cutest home videos!" Michalowicz said.
$28 on www.beardowear.ca
So, your chin gets cold – I mean REALLY cold -- but you're either 1) too young to grow facial hair,2) one Y chromosome short of a beard or 3) too cool for a ski mask.
Enter Beardo, a crocheted beard that attaches to your hat with Velcro.
"This may be the coolest piece of headwear I've ever seen!"UFC fighter Mac Danzig told Beardo.
"This is perfect for the snowboarder who wants attention.You just need to have the skills to back it up!" Michalowicz said.
Possible tagline? "Be the hairiest snowboarder on the mountain!" Michalowicz said.
Shea cautions that this is one of those wacktical products with a short shelf life and it's important for a company like this to be thinking of the next thing.
But the kids at Beardowear are already on it: They've got BeerMo's -- mustaches that clip onto your beer bottle, baby bottle or other bottle that give you an instance mustache when you're drinking! At first they seem just wacky but then ding! You realize they're also practical -- they come in different colors so you can tell which bottle is yours!
Don't you just hate when you mix up your baby bottle and your beer bottle?