Nonsense, horsefeathers, and idle musings from a decade in South Korea (2002-2012).

28 September, 2009

The Untold Riches of a Pooter

By Aaron
28 September, 2009

Been a long time, eh?

Between coursework, research and running the day-to-day affairs of Djibouti, I've had no spare time to fulfill my daily, monthly or, hell, even annual quotas at this once-esteemed institution. And what's more, I have recently stumbled into a new business endeavor that has in recent weeks taken up almost twenty minutes of my time.

Being the only American at KDI, I have by default become the exclusive importer of an item known as "The Pooter" (see video above), created by a fellow from California named Jack Vale. Think of it as the next generation of the Whoopee Cushion, the best friend a ten year-old boy ever had...until now. The Pooter - and please pardon the pun and cliche - blows the Whoopee Cushion away.

As readers of this site will know (if any readers remain), I have a fascination with trifles - that is, the seemingly worthless crap on which people choose to spend their time and hard-earned money. As I wrote last year about Bumper Nuts, you can tell a lot about a society by its toys and knick-knacks. So say what you will about financial crises and the purported shrinking of the American middle class,1 but any country that can afford to produce and consume Pooters and Bumper Nuts is wealthy beyond the dreams of past generations. Even Kubla Khan, in his stately pleasure dome, didn't have such things - and it wasn't because he didn't see the humor in them. Everyone, in my experience, thinks flatulence and scrotums are funny.

We take for granted that nearly everyone in the United States, at all income levels, is wealthy enough to outsource their laundry to a machine and food production to ConAgra, and now we as a society have become so rich that we don't even have to break our own wind anymore.


1 And anyway, writes George Will: "Economist Stephen Rose, defining the middle class as households with annual incomes between $30,000 and $100,000, says a smaller percentage of Americans are in that category than in 1979 -- because the percentage of Americans earning more than $100,000 has doubled, from 12 to 24, while the percentage earning less than $30,000 is unchanged. 'So,' Rose says, "the entire 'decline' of the middle class came from people moving up the income ladder.'"