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The Guardian UK ^ | Monday 16 February 2009 | Emily Rotberg

Posted on 02/16/2009 10:26:08 AM PST by COUNTrecount

It lacks the rock chick cool of a Balmain blazer and the sexiness of Charlotte Olympia heels, but this $14.99 blanket with armholes could be the surprise fashion hit of the recession. The Snuggie looks like a combination of a fleece hospital gown (it's backless!) and Jedi robe, but since its debut in October more than 4m have been sold.

Sales surged after the first airings of a two-minute infomercial featuring a woman driven to despair by the difficulties of wearing a blanket. She couldn't answer the phone, play backgammon or eat popcorn without exposing her arms to cold air.

Tribute videos, mocking and exultant, promptly appeared on YouTube. Ellen DeGeneres donned a Snuggie on her chatshow and Jay Leno talked about it too. The ads found an audience among millions of Americans spending more time at home and wanting to save money on their heating bills. No wonder - motivation to do anything but loaf dissipates the second I shrug into a Snuggie. It's like wearing a hug. The length makes walking any further than the fridge unimaginable, and if that's not enough to keep you indoors, the quizzical looks from fellow shoppers certainly are. "It does look a bit ridiculous," one passerby offers.

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KEYWORDS: stupidity
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To: Tax-chick

It is better than a bathrobe because you don’t have to wiggle around covering your knees when lounging, and your feet are covered. It has a high neck so your chest stays warm. Outside, worn ‘backwards’ it’s great!

21 posted on 02/16/2009 11:00:20 AM PST by toomuchcoffee ( Yeah, I'll help you buy some real estate)
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To: COUNTrecount

I got one for my hubby as a joke.
My girls love it. They put it on backwards and play “Princess” because of the long train behind them.

I tried it. It’s stupid.
Hubby put it on, he is tall enough that when he stands up, he doesn’t trip.

I kept saying “Thank you Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re our only hope.”

22 posted on 02/16/2009 11:03:26 AM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: Puppage

My explanation for the high sales is simple-
they bought a LOT of TV ad time.
How often do we see this commercial?

You could sell a lot of “polished turds” if you buy up a lot of television ad time. Despite the popularity of the internet, TV is STILL the best advertising media, which explains why Obama (another polished turd) did so well, although HE didn’t even need to buy ad time because pretty much ANY story on any of the news media outlets was about how WONDERFUL Obama is.

23 posted on 02/16/2009 11:08:35 AM PST by a real Sheila (Lord, please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.)
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To: Larry Lucido

You buy two, and wear ‘em backwards.

24 posted on 02/16/2009 11:10:16 AM PST by Malacoda (CO(NH2)2 on OBAMA.)
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To: BubbaBasher
The REAR is exposed.

That means that 3/4 of the goodies are inaccessible.

25 posted on 02/16/2009 11:12:56 AM PST by OSHA (I want to meet the man that put the cat IN the bag.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Snuggie Pub Crawl coming By Vikki Ortiz | Tribune staff reporter 1:48 PM CST, February 13, 2009 Like many others who've seen commercials for the Snuggie--"the Blanket with Sleeves!"--on TV, David Barnes and Dan Kuthy were fascinated. The Chicago 20-something-olds chuckled at images of a man wearing the monk-like coverlet so he could more freely munch on popcorn, a woman being liberated by the Snuggie as she talked on a (cordless) phone, or – perhaps best of all – a family high-fiving while wearing the garments at an outdoor sporting event. And then Barnes and Kuthy decided to Snuggie one better. "We thought, imagine the vision of 1,000 people walking down Clark Street wearing Snuggies -- this is what we wanted to make happen," said Kuthy, a 23-year-old Lincoln Park resident and co-organizer of the Snuggie Pub Crawl planned for downtown Chicago on March 21.
26 posted on 02/16/2009 11:13:37 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Lee Heggy123

It never occurs to these idiots to just wear a sweater.

27 posted on 02/16/2009 11:22:12 AM PST by MahatmaGandu (Remember, remember, the twenty-sixth of November.)
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Hey, I LOVE my snuggie! I moved from warm CA to cold WA, (to me, anyway, I know you NEsters have got real cold weather!)and it keeps me warm while I’m sitting and watching TV.

Now that sham-wow stuff, and the choppy and the graty, those commercials are just annoying! Vince keeps saying “we can’t do this all day” but those commercials are always on. Wazupwitdat?

28 posted on 02/16/2009 11:31:57 AM PST by Theresawithanh (Impeach Obama)
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Billy Mays could kick Vinnies butt!

On the subject, why don’t people just wear sweats? They have arms! ..and legs!

29 posted on 02/16/2009 12:05:59 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: COUNTrecount
The original snuggies:

30 posted on 02/16/2009 12:08:30 PM PST by Rebelbase
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Nah, you have to use a flank move...

31 posted on 02/16/2009 12:10:27 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: TC Rider

“Billy Mays could kick Vinnies butt!”

That would be a good SNL skit.

32 posted on 02/16/2009 12:11:14 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: TC Rider

you can’t tell where Vinnie is looking. that makes him dangerous.

33 posted on 02/16/2009 12:15:12 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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Damn thing wouldn’t slow down FrogDad for a nanosecond!

34 posted on 02/16/2009 12:19:13 PM PST by FrogMom (Lord, help us all!)
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To: stylecouncilor


35 posted on 02/16/2009 12:43:16 PM PST by windcliff
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