What's the most foolish thing you ever bought?

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What's the most foolish thing you ever bought?--Al

-- Al Schroeder (al.schroeder@nashville.com), July 30, 2000


When I moved house I was afraid my beloved pussies might get lost, so when I saw a cat lead at our local pet shop, I thought this would be the very thing. I would put the cats on the lead and lead them one at a time around our new yard so they would get used it. I tried it on the first cat. She flipped over on her back and screamed "Take it off! Take it off!" The other cat took one look and wedged herself under the bed for the rest of the day. When I told the man in the pet shop, he laughed and said, "Look, if you want to lead a cat around the yard, get yourself a dead cat and drag it around!" I still have the lead ...in new condition. Mamalade http://www.powerup.com.au/~mamalade/news.html

-- Mamalade (mamalade@powerup.com.au), July 31, 2000.

I bought one square inch of the North Pole. It's kind of a tradition in our family - for the birth of each child, they get a certificate that gives them a piece of land one square inch in diameter, in North Pole, Alaska. You might say that I'm Santa's landlord.....sort of.

Of course, I did own a pet rock years ago. That was pretty darn silly.

-- Planet Earth (imagine@industrial-ideas.com), July 31, 2000.

In retrospect it wasn't such a stupid thing, but at the time it was ridiculous. We were young, poor, expecting our first child, and we got hit by a salesman selling one of those expensive baby furniture things that does everything but the dishes. $250, I remember. A huge amount in 1966. Stroll-o-chair. Terribly unsafe by today's standards. But at the time it was touted as "the cadillac of baby furniture." We were driving a used car, but our baby had to have the "cadillac." It was a humongous expense. If we had only had one child, it would have been an incredible waste of money (we only used a fraction of the features after all). But considering that it DID last through five children, it turned out not to be such a stupid purchase after all.

-- Bev Sykes (basykes@dcn.davis.ca.us), August 01, 2000.

Looking for a unit similar to those of the 60's. We to had one and in the moves it got lost or left behind. Got on the web page but did not see anything like you are talking about or like I had. Would appreciate any help. Liked the different things that you could do with just a few pieces. Thanks Mrs. Brusse

-- Velva Brusse (bnvb70@hotmail.com), April 24, 2001.

Was this really the most foolish thing that I bought? I really think not. I do not have the statistics, but I do know that none of my three children had their heads caught in non-pc spaces on the slats----we did use bumpers and none of my kids hurtled through the windows when using the car seat option. The high chair and junior chair and table were quite useful. Now my kids have their own kids----should I dare recommend a strollochair---even from a museum. It is ironic in some ways----while safety is quite important, I do not remember a rash of disasters with strollochair. It worked fine for a young family with limited bucks and ones who took care to parent safely and not assume that the safety guidelines were a substitute for parenting.

-- Christine Graham (zephyrs_4566@yahoo.com), April 02, 2003.

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