I read a blog post recently (hat tip @infinitedrifter) that used a particular product to illustrate just how mentally and physically lazy American eaters can be. While staying at an El Paso hotel, the blogger, Amanda Marcotte, encountered a shocking product among the offerings at the dreaded “continental breakfast:” waffles with syrup already baked into them.
There is something so hilarious about products like these. It’s like these companies identify problems that don’t exist in order to sell you their solutions to them. Is the application of syrup really that infuriating?
It’s like those commercials for coffee filters that come with already-ground coffee inside them. The video inevitably shows some guy straining with all his might to separate a single coffee filter from the stack.
And how about individually wrapped hot dogs? They come already inside the bun, just pop them in the microwave. It cooks in 35 seconds.
But who knows – maybe handling coffee filters and cooking hot dogs are huge societal drains? I’d love to hear more examples of products that solve nonexistent problems. I made a list of these years ago but have long since lost track of it.