The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

February 4, 2008

Luck Doesn’t Come Cheap

Filed under: Random Stuff — Tags: , — Brian Lutz @ 5:17 pm

Over the past couple of weeks, the Valentine’s Day merchandise has filled the shelves at the various stores.  As seems to be the case with pretty much any overcommercialized holiday, some items are a bit more inexplicable than others.  Expect a post within the next couple of days on the subject of Valentine’s Day merchandise, but I wanted to point out one particular item which was found in the seasonal section of the store even though it has pretty much nothing to do with Valentine’s Day (or any particular holiday for that matter, except maybe Thanksgiving:)

It’s the Lucky Break Wishbone, a “Revolutionary Advance in Plastic Wishbone Technology” (or so the company’s website claims.)  For just a bit less than $1 a pop (the 4-pack costs $3.99 and the 10-pack costs $7.99,) you too can have seconds of nonstop fun!  Of course, if that’s not enough for you, why not buy in bulk?  Why spend $4 on a pack of 4 of these when you can buy up to 400 of the things for the low low price of only $195.99?  That’s more than 50% off!  Still, you can’t put a price on that little extra bit of luck when you need it, right?


Um, bad news on that one too.  Regardless of whatever superstitions you choose to entertain about the wish-granting powers of broken turkey bones, it seems just a bit implausible that those would transfer to plastic replicas of the same.  So if there’s no guarantee of luck involved here, what have you got left?  Some cleverly marketed pieces of plastic that will be useful for about half a second.  Vegas would be cheaper.



  1. whatever – if you’re so worried about your dollar maybe you should try another career. my kids would definitely crack a smile at this (worth the dollar already), while learning a little about a tradition most of us are already familiar with.

    Comment by Anon — February 4, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

  2. “word origin philosophers” – sounds like a great occupation.

    Comment by Jeff — February 5, 2008 @ 9:46 am

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