Effin A, Man: When Satire Becomes Reality

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:

Onion Article: "Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades"

The Onion: "Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades"

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.

CNN Money: Gillette unveils 5-bladed razor

CNN Money: "Gillette Unveils 5-Bladed Razor"

. . . 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!

(P.S. The original Onion article is here, and the CNN Money article is here.)

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