12 Dec 2008
Not Occam’s Razor

I recently found this Gillette Fusion razor while straightening up my desk at work. Synchronicity with the resurrected ads I’ve begun seeing again.

I’d received it in the mail a year or two ago — Gillette trying to boost sales for this monstrosity, I guess — and had taken it to work to serve as a prop for a rant about one of my favorite maxims: Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should. But that’s for another day.

I’ve been entertained over the years as razors have gained two, then three, then four blades. And now five. Ya know, there is a point of diminishing returns, but those marketing guys just can’t leave well enough alone. At some point the device became so unwieldy that it’s unusable. But have no fear, there is a solution … wait for it … add a sixth blade! Yes! Of course!

The ingenious solution is not to put the blade in line with the other five blades, but (here’s the genius part) put it on the back side … like a single-blade razor. Isn’t that just so cool? It’s like you get two razors in one.

Category: humor
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