3/15/07

Two things I do not anticipate ever needing.

I was at the drugstore yesterday trying to find a deodorant that doesn't smell like something my dad would use. The problem is that I am out of the stuff I normally use (Polo Sport), and you can't buy it at any drugstore around here. Because I'm a sucker, it's ridiculously expensive and I have to go to a store like Macy's to get it. I have been using some sort of shitty smelling Mennen Speed Stick called "Ocean Surf" which smells less like the ocean and more like some kind of automobile air freshener. It was supposed to be a stand-in until I could get more of my normal stuff, but I couldn't stand to smell it one more day. So anyway, that's how I ended up cruising the aisles at CVS. I bought something made by Adidas, and it smells OK-not-great. Servicable. Only slightly whorish.

After I bought it, I was thinking about the whole idea of Adidas making pit sticks. That's pretty diverse, since I only remember Adidas from their sneakers and warm up suits. I also think I remember both of these things being very popular with black guys. I'm hoping I'm not breaking any unwritten rules by rubbing this stuff on my whitey pits. I will have to run that by Special Dark.

So now that you are intimately familiar with the olfactory nuances of my armpits, I will get to the meat of this post. While I was perusing the aisle of the stuff of man-whores and picking up some more shampoo, I saw a couple of hair care products for men that I (with luck) will never use. The first is not so much a hair care product as it is a lack of hair care product. Check this out:



Yikes. Head Wipes. They are kind of like those little moist towelettes you use after you eat chicken wings, except they are more expensive and a little bigger. They claim to gently clean and freshen your head. The gentle part is good, because really, who wants to brutally clean and freshen their head? Not me, I can tell you that.

I have to confess that I didn't realize that bald heads can sometimes have that not-so-fresh feeling. Also, I just sort of figured that a shiny head was normal, and maybe even desirable in the bald circles, since that's normally what I see. Perhaps someone should step up and simply claim it to be so. Then you wouldn't need to chicken-wipe your head three times a day -- you could just Turtlewax that bad boy once in the morning and be done with it. And can someone please get Foreigner out of my brain? Thank you.

The other hair treatment I saw was this:



Now, as I've said. I am not bald -- I have hair. Some might say a lot of it. Too much, even. So I am a prime candidate for this product. I am this company's target market. That being said, there is no fucking way I am putting this stuff in my hair.

The Henna part, OK -- there's some wiggle room there. The 'n' placenta part is where I draw the line. I don't care if this shit is like stem cell rejuvenation for my scalp and smells like fresh strawberries and cream, I am not rubbing placenta on my body. Anywhere.

Why do they have to call it what it is? Doesn't this company have a marketing department? If they do, I'm betting it's still in the embryonic stages.* They may as well have called it Henna 'n' Afterbirth for god's sake.

This product has to win the worst marketing of the year award for, hell...for ever. All I'm saying here is that they need to change this name if they are serious about wanting to sell it to normal and fine people who do not paint their fingernails black and worship satan. They could maybe stick with the afterbirth naming convention, but call it HENNA/AB. Make it sound scientific instead of disgusting. I mean, even the guys over at Purina know you don't call your brand of dog food "bull penis and chicken guts" if you want to move units. You call it something like "Beef 'n' Chix.*"



*I think I rented that video once in college.
*I know, and I'm sorry.

20 comments:

  1. Good thing they put a picture on the box of "head wipes", otherwise some guys may use it to clean-up in aisle 69 after a hummer.

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  2. This reminds me of my encounter with Process Cheese Product at the grocery store. Another case of telling it like it is.

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  3. God, can you imagine if the Henna 'n Placenta people ever got a hold of the "Head On! Apply directly to Forehead" marketing people?

    I'm picturing bland 1980's style visuals with an obnoxious message stating:

    "Henna 'n Placenta: Made with real Placenta"

    Over and over and over. Pray it never comes to fruition.

    - Scott

    P.S. I too once used something by Adidas, and as I type this, I'm wearing their shoes. Ask SD if this is a faux pas.

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  4. LOLOLOL It's not THAT kind of placenta! But ewww...

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  5. it says "animal placenta." How many kinds are there?

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  6. I like how they throw the 'n' in there like they are trying to make it sound fun. Like yeah Henna 'n' Placenta-it rhymes! Placentas are fun! Nothing should ever ever ever have the word placenta in its title. It really even shouldn't be used to describe an actual placenta.

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  7. Maybe you could use one of those head wipes to get that Foreigner song out of your head.

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  8. I've used Hask's placenta conditioner. It worked, once you can get past the fact that it looks like...er...semen.

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  9. According to the British equivalent of the FDA, it's ovine placenta. Sheep's afterbirth.

    There is a "placenta" in plants, too, and it's used fo the same purpose.

    I know what you mean about the marketing department, although, to be fair, you and I probably aren't their target demographic, and the chikcs who are might actually see htis as a draw (all natural!).

    Speaking of marketing, funny how Purina doesn't advertise its rat chow.

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  10. Now that you bring it up, I wonder why bald guys have shiny heads. Shouldn't they powder their heads to get rid of the shine?

    Bald guys Placenta Head Powder--awesome!

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  11. Dude, you don't eat hot dogs, do you? My grandpa used to refer to the ingredients of hot dogs as "beaks-n-feets". A former coworker of mine was less eloquent: he called it "lips-n-assholes".

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  12. John, they don't advertise their monkey chow either!! WCG - no I don't generally eat hot dogs. Sometimes though I have to have a Nathan's. It's "all beef" so I think it has a higher percentage of cow assholes.

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  13. john the scientist9:13 PM

    What would the tagline for the monkey chow be?

    "We don't make the poo the monkeys fling at you, but we do make the monkies poo better."

    Sorry, BASF.

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  14. In the interst of frugality, let me make you a generous offer. I am pregnant and will save my placenta for you to use as you wish. You can either choose to use it yourself, saving a few bucks on the CVS product, or you can package it and sell it to others, netting yourself a tidy profit. Just give me your mailing address, and on or around the second week of August, start watching your mail for a fun surprise.

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  15. Karla,

    Thanks! Please mail it to:

    Johnny Virgil
    c/o
    Michael Moore
    Endeavor Agency LLC
    9701 Wilshire Blvd Fl 10,
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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  16. "Bull penis and chicken guts" is my parents pet name for me.

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  17. John the scientist2:59 PM

    Karla - I poked around at the one that fed my daughter for nine months. Hair products were not the fist things that came to mind. Tire patches, perhaps (they are very rubbery).

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  18. These are great American products.

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  19. Maybe, just maybe, regular use of the Henna 'N' Placenta will keep you from regular use of the Head Wipes later on in life.

    Just a thought.

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  20. can you imagine being the person that had to collect the placenta??



    ...maybe my job doesn't suck so bad after all.

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