From the “Who Approved This Product?” File, Volume 2…

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Spotted these the Arclight gift shop. I know a million people that will say “That’s so L.A.!” Probably doubly so given where they’re selling them, but, personally, it think this mindset is pretty universal. In fact, most of the shallowest, materialistic and celebrity-obsessed people I know live in the smallest Midwestern towns you’ll ever see. Still, that’s the L.A. stereotype and I suppose this is the kind of thing that reinforces it.

7 Replies to “From the “Who Approved This Product?” File, Volume 2…”

  1. Really? How many midwest people do you know? Might this be a generalization on your part?

    Considering that my mother’s family is from Iowa, my father’s family is from Nebraska and I myself lived in a town of 200 people in rural Iowa for six years, you can be assured that I know boatloads of people from all over the Midwest.

  2. Have you ever given a toddler a cell phone? My god, my two 2 yr old nieces go CRAZY for them! They LOVE anything with buttons, especially cell phones!

    This is a great toy for them, i bet they would love it.

  3. 5000….funny post. Technically Ohio is the only midwestern state in your list. Nebraska and Iowa are Plains states. Iowa huh? That’s been the butt of jokes for years by those of us from Minnesota or have spent time in Missouri.

    That aside the cellphone toy isn’t new at all. My youngest is 10 and he had one as a toddler. Ben hit it on the head…small, buttons and makes noise gets a kids attention fast. Great toy, would have been better if it were more interactive learning involved, but sometimes a pacifier is just fine too.

  4. Technically Ohio is the only midwestern state in your list. Nebraska and Iowa are Plains states.

    Except I didn’t say anything about Ohio. ;) That argument is older than both of us. Most of the people I know, including Wikipedia and the US Census Bureau, put Nebraska and Iowa both in the Midwest. If you want to categorize them otherwise it’s fine with me, though calling Iowa a Great Plains state seems insane to me. Maybe because I’m from Colorado.

    Anyway, I guess what I found interesting about this isn’t that it’s a toy cell phone, it’s that it’s marketed as “My 1st Cell Phone,” like it’s some kind of training device. It actually doesn’t even have any buttons. It’s just a plush clamshell.

  5. In fact, most of the shallowest, materialistic and celebrity-obsessed people I know live in the smallest Midwestern towns you’ll ever see.

    Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen!!!

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