FREAK Shots: Only in Japan?
Blog reader Mayur Misra forwarded us a chain email featuring ads for various Japanese products with the subject line “Only in Japan.”
Are such products too weird to take hold in the U.S.? Remember that the Walkman, the great cassette-tape ancestor of portable CD players and iPods, also started out as one of those wacky Japanese inventions.
During this economic downturn, might the success of a strange — some say embarrassing — U.S. invention, the Snuggie, be an indication that people are more open to a quirky product if it saves them money (heating bills, in the case of the Snuggie)? At a time when fewer people can afford housekeepers, maybe this is the next recession must-have: