To celebrate April Fools Day, I wanted to make a little tribute to my favorite (non-political) example of satire becoming reality.
Several years ago, adding ever more accoutrements to razors was the thing. I was perfectly happy with 2 blades, but the razor companies wanted to squeeze more money out of us consumers — and knew that they couldn’t just increase the price of existing products. They had to make something NEW! and IMPROVED!
Like, every 6 months.
It was annoying.
And then The Onion came out with this article in early 2004:
My favorite line: “If two blades is good, and three blades is better, obviously five blades would make us the best fucking razor that ever existed.”
I thought it was hilarious.
And then, in late 2005, it happened: Gillette announced it was releasing a razor with 5 blades.
. . . which was kind of more hilarious than the original Onion article.
For the record, I’m still happy with my 2-blade razor, though finding replacement blades is getting ever more difficult. Le sigh.
Do you have a favorite example of satire becoming reality? I’d love to hear it!