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Skyfyre
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0 posted 03-01-2001 01:52 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Hehe ... a cute little trackball with cool little lights that change color ... hey, what can I say, Mike and I are magpies when it comes to anything that shines ... *shrug*

But the funniest thing about this little gadget was the "propaganda" printed on the back of it -- Mike and I nearly veered off the highway laughing while reading it on the way home from the store:

"The Crystal Trackball features an illuminated center globe that gives off a radiant red hue when in use and a green hue when you click the buttons.  (Oooh ... aaahhh)    This visual special effect (huh?) is a great compliment to the many other features of the Crystal Trackball,like it's user-friendly adaptability for right or left hand (yawn), 3 micro switched buttons with approximately one million cycle lifetime (oh, YAY!), and a tracking speed of 500 mm per second (whoopee!), plus many more (have yet to find the "many more," but I'm still looking ...).  Oh yes, the Crystal Trackball saves space as well! In that it is about 4X the size of a normal mouse???)

Sigh.  I was waiting for the infomercial announcer to jump in with "But wait, there's more!" and say that there's a slicer/dicer/potato peeler that comes with this AMAZING PRODUCT, along with a FREE copy of the "Cabbage for Colon Health" cookbook ... and it ALL can be YOURS for the LOW, LOW price of $19.99 (+5.99 S&H) ...

I mean hey, I LIKE the thing, but they really need to hire someone more qualified to run their marketing department ... preferably someone who has actually left their house at least twice in the last 25 years.  I know, I know ... picky picky ... but who am I to talk, right?  I bought the damn thing!  *wink*


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1 posted 03-01-2001 11:45 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Ah, advertising.
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My slogan would be "If you don't buy it.....you will die"



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Hey!! I know that marketing ploy!!! I bought a handy dandy little "Crystal Trackball" about a year ago, and yes it does do the red and green thing (how utterly cool...yeah right!). I never read the back of the package. Now I see what I missed in the way of a laugh factor!! LOL. The only reason I wanted it was so I wouldn't have to deal with the mousepad anymore. It was a literal 'drag'. It does take up more space, but geez...ain't it cute?!! Rotfl....

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where it kisses my face and eats my head. Shivaree
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4 posted 03-01-2001 05:21 PM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies

I bet ya the slicer and dicer has an add about the trackball

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So long lives this, and this give life to thee." W.S.
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You'd think with the name 'Crystal' they would put all kinds of wizardly things on the package.

It probably didn't tell you that it would cause 'hand and ball' disease did it???
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Guaranteed not to rust, bust, crust, or rattle at the seams...
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Oh, Are they gonna throw in a bonus piece if you buy it at a certain time?

"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this give life to thee." W.S.
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8 posted 03-02-2001 01:13 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Cor   Email Elizabeth Cor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Cor

eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwww trackballs are evil.

Though this thread makes me feel a little more sane: I'm not the only person who reads aloud blurbs on packaging for humor's sake.

Heh. And Infomercials are GREAT fun... hehehehe...
"I made 15,000 dollars last week! And I didn't even graduate High School !"

God Bless America!



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9 posted 03-02-2001 10:28 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

I think you have it wrong, Beth ...  

People who don't like trackballs are evil ...

*stroking trackball fondly*  


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I love those things........but not as much as I love my guitar tuner........which isn't much.....


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WHOA! What do you do with YOUR trackball, Linda!?!
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12 posted 03-02-2001 04:03 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Cor   Email Elizabeth Cor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Cor

*smirks* Okay, just got an image of Linda as Blowfeld...
Skyfyre
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13 posted 03-02-2001 05:34 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

C, what I do with my trackball in the privacy of my own home is MY business, thankyouverymuch!

Beth: Who's Feld?




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14 posted 03-02-2001 06:33 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Cor   Email Elizabeth Cor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Cor

Funny, he doesn't seem to remember you either(must have been a Kamikaze night)
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