Friday, September 01, 2017

An As Seen on TV Weekly Link Round-Up

Have you ever thought about all those commercials (or as the British call 'em, "adverts") we see on television? I mean other than as a source of irritation. When I can, I make use of the fast forward button on the remote. If I can't, I concentrate on my knitting while all those businesses are trying to compel me to buy something I don't need.

But a few years back when one of our nieces was visiting from the UK, we were watching television, and it dawned on me that those commercials were probably telling Karen more about our country than I realized, so I began paying attention. Sure enough, if Karen believed the majority of those adverts, she'd come away with the idea that most Americans believe all their problems can be solved with blindingly white teeth and some sort of pill. That's a rather sobering thought.

Commercials have changed a bit during the intervening years. Yes, pharmaceutical companies are still telling us about their smorgasbord of miracle drugs (but don't pay attention to those "ambulance chaser" ads a year from now that say we're entitled to substantial compensation if we took those same drugs and almost died). So... we still seem focused on drugs, but we're not so intent on those perfect white teeth. Something else has moved up the charts to vie with pill popping. Now I wouldn't be surprised if Karen came for a visit, watched our adverts and thought all American women have leaky bladders. She might even look at me funny if I sneeze. Sheesh.

Another disturbing trend that I'm seeing more and more is commercials showing children throwing all sorts of things (usually their toys) in the toilet and flushing them away. Am I the only person who thinks that's weird? It never even occurred to me to put any toy of mine in the toilet because I knew nasty stuff went in there, and I didn't want to put my toys where the nasty stuff went. No matter how I try to figure that out, I just can't, so....

On that note, I'm heading out to the corral. These links I've been saving are a lot more fun than commercials any day. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. I agree with you about advertisements, Cathy. What they say about us really is troubling, isn't it? And advertisers are always thinking of new ways to make them even more troubling... I< enough of this; I'm off to look at that pendant!

  2. I disclose here that I used to throw certain products belonging to my mother down the toilet; they were fascinating. I couldn't figure out what they were for, cylindrical with cardboard.

    Anyway, that bit of confession over with, must read the links.

    I looked at the list of books with twists and I've read and/or seen movies of about half of them.

    One book not on that list has a heckuva twist at the end: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I read that book and said "Huh?" to myself about 10 times. The ending crosses the believability factor, but if one wants some big twists, it's a book to read.

    It's still on the New York Times bestsellers' list. And if you do read it and figure out how the ending is justified by the rest of the book, please let me in on it.

    1. I doubt if I'll read it, but if I do, I'll let you know!


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