Infomercials: Information and Entertainment

A few weeks ago (actually, I think it was last month), I came home on a Friday before school vacation so sick I could barely stand. I went to bed early, slept restlessly, and was up at 2:00 AM. It so happened that my mom was up too, so we sat up and talked for a while. We soon got bored with that, so we headed downstairs and switched on the TV. Ever wonder what’s on television at 2:30 in the morning? Infomercials (You know, those commercials that are so long that they are literally a whole program). I saw some really crazy ones! The first one I saw was for a $100 dollar CD collection called “Romancing the 70s” and contained all of the hit love songs of our favorite decade. Tony Orlando and another 70s star were advertising it, sitting around and reminiscing about the platform shoes and the bell-bottom pants.

The next one, when that was finally over, was for a version of that ‘Super Sealer’ appliance that seals special bags so that they’re airtight and therefore the contents won’t rot as fast. How someone can go on for half an hour about one of these gadgets, I don’t know, but they must have repeated themselves a lot!

The next two were both about some fitness programs that were supposed to make you drop pounds like mad. Somehow I managed to stay awake throughout all of them; my mom eventually went to the kitchen to make muffins. But anyway, take my advice: never try entertaining yourself with early morning television!

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4 responses to “Infomercials: Information and Entertainment

  1. Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree…
    Knock 3 Times On the Ceiling….

    Who doesn’t love Tony Orlando and Dawn? 70s music rules! Ok, sometimes it rules. Sometimes it gets really annoying!

  2. They sell the strangest stuff on infomercials. You just might find yourself reaching for the phone, zombie-like, at 2AM in the morning, dialing the number, and buying a dozen books about how to get out of debt lol

  3. Really? Wow.

  4. Its pretty rare but sometimes you find gems of infomercials. Like the Sham Wow one, that is entertaining!

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