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And sometimes that lesson trumps coolness!
By: Shelly on February 20, 2013
Bwahahahahahahaha. I can see this happening to you. I really can. Have a fantastic day. :)
By: Comedy Plus on February 20, 2013
Oh lord that's hilarious! And yes, I can visualize it perfectly :)
By: The Bug on February 20, 2013
oh hahah my first out loud laugh of the day...hee hee... I remember sending money for a device that would make our Black and White TV a color TV....grr it was a piece of flimsy multi colored plastic-kinda like saran wrap. Phooey. Should have known since I ordered it off the back of a comic book!
By: Kathe W. on February 20, 2013
Would you be interested in buying a spaceship for only $19.99, plus shipping & handling? If you order within the next 10 minutes, I'll double your order!! (Just pay separate shipping & handling.)
By: fishducky on February 20, 2013
Oh, those days of being able to order from the back of magazines. Decoder devices, x-ray glasses, through the wall listening devices and more. Also, what a great time you invoke, reading "different" magazines at the barbershop. What and education that was.
By: Tom Cochrun on February 20, 2013
That is a cracker of a story Stephen. Love it!
By: John on February 20, 2013
Great story, Stephen. Brought back memories of some of my coupon clipping days.
By: Catalyst/Bruce on February 20, 2013
My friends and I used to stand on either side of a street at dusk and pretend to be having a tug of war whenever a car would come by. Of course, the car would stop, and we would run. Sorry you got ripped off. I guess "no wires" didn't mean no strings.
By: Snowbrush on February 20, 2013
A dollar thirty nine was a small amount to learn the lesson that people will lie to sell you something. I used to love sending off for things as a kid. Even if it was pure junk it was fun getting a package in the mail.
By: Cheryl P. on February 20, 2013
Well, Beaver, you should have listened to Wally. Did you ever order one of those sea monkeys and expect it to arrive wearing a crown?
By: Val on February 20, 2013
That is so awesome. I bought the x-ray specs out of a comic book once. Same disappointing experience.
By: Brett Minor - Transformed Nonconformist on February 20, 2013
This is such a great story.....run like hell has a price, a buck 39....gotta love it. Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on February 20, 2013
ROFL! It's a good thing i had swallowed before i hit the punch line!
By: mimi on February 20, 2013
Too funny. I'll bet you also bought those x-ray glasses from the ads in the back of comic books.
By: Hilary on February 20, 2013
I should know by now not to eat cookies while reading your blog. How do I get all these blasted cookies crumbs out of my key board???
By: Pixel Peeper on February 20, 2013
To this day, mail-order businesses exist and deceive. A sad commentary on society... unfortunately you were duped. If memory serves me correctly, comic books had ads where you could order all these cool things. I never did, as my allowance wasn't much and what I did have went to bazooka chewing gum or other goody.
By: Daniel LaFrance on February 20, 2013
What a great story! I never had enough money to send away for that stuff, and now I'm kind of glad :)
By: jenny_o on February 20, 2013
Funny. Reminds me of an incident I was involved in -- with some water balloons in 7th grade. I'll have to dig it out of the memory bank.
By: Tom Sightings on February 20, 2013
oh, the lessons of youth....they do make an impression!
By: lime on February 20, 2013
Ha! Too funny. Did you order the X-ray glasses too? ;)
By: Diane Laney Fitzpatrick on February 21, 2013
I'm laughing. What were the odds that the car would happen to be a police cop? When you and Danny are involved, they were high. Fun story! xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on February 21, 2013
Hilarious. Nowadays I'm sure there probably would have been a class action lawsuit filed and you could have gotten your $1.39 back after about ten years of litigation.
By: PT Dilloway on February 21, 2013
That's about as high-tech as I'm capable of comprehending today, Great story! :) S
By: scott park on February 21, 2013
What a great story and memory! Thanks for sharing
By: Ellen Fishkelta on February 21, 2013
Yikes! I can imagine how fast you ran! That poor policeman must have had quite a shock!
By: Patricia on February 21, 2013
What a funny, funny story. I thought the coolest thing I ever owned were sea monkeys. Except those bastards didn't live in a castle or wear crowns. I would've like to own a pair of X-Ray specs, though. Especially after Pam in the 7th grade started wearing more than training bras.
By: Al Penwasser on February 21, 2013
I remember buying stuff from the back of comic books. Yup, similar experience, it looked so cool in the ad but when it showed up it was really bad.
By: joeinvegas on February 21, 2013
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