Bill, Ben and Razor Sharp Flexi Men.

March 13, 2018 11:07pm Published by Jules Smith in Whimsy On A Wednesday 19 Comments

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I’ve been watching a film for days. I can’t remember what it’s called or what happened in the beginning; I’m also pretty much lost as to what went on in the middle. I could have sworn that the main character’s name was Bill but it turns out it’s Ben. However, since I’ve had the odd margarita, grown an inch of hair and aged considerably since then, forgetfulness is to be expected.

See, I started this movie when I arrived in America last week and due to the INSANE amount of commercials, it’s still on. I mean credit where it’s due, you certainly get value for money. Who knows, maybe the TV company are on a pigs back and just keep rolling this film out on a loop because it will take weeks before anyone figures out what the hell is going on.

Talking of value for money…

However, I have learnt something much more valuable than whether or not Bill or Ben make it out alive and get the girl. It has come to my attention, mostly because I have been browbeaten by it after every ten seconds of Bill and Ben’s adventure, that everything in America costs $19.99.

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The first thing you need to buy is the youthful hormone drug. Starting here is key because you can live long enough to try out all the fabulous things that are on offer for the fascinating, one-time offer price of $19.99. There is a slight chance you might die of the many side effects but there’s no risk without reward and you will be transformed into a super-gadget-maestro within days.

Unless you shave….

Whilst you can have the best double-edged razors for the rest of your life for only $19.99, there’s a pay off and you might want to grow a beard instead. The man selling them insists they are the sharpest thing you will come across; unfortunately, he is not and if he ever had any razor-sharp wit, he clearly rinsed it away with his bristles. Evidence would suggest that shaving with these razors scrapes away all of your personality and leaves you as dull as dishwater. Don’t get me wrong, the guy is a silver fox with a very young face and has obviously been popping the youth pills, but I’d prefer it if he cut his tongue out. Maybe I’m being harsh here and it’s nothing to do with his razors and he’s actually been watching the same film as me and lost the will to live.

Talking of sharp…

The next on the list is the double-action knife sharpener. There seems to be a “double action” theme amongst all these products that you can buy for the amazing price of just $19.99 but not the sort you might be craving. Anyway, this knife sharpener is the biz-nizz. Not only can it sharpen any given knife, it can also sharpen your credit card and slice right through a juicy tomato. Well, I was blown away by that.

Just imagine, if you could just humour me for a moment, that you lost every knife in your kitchen…it could happen… Shrug your shoulders, fish out your wallet, slip out the old Visa, give it a quick swipe through the double-edged sharpener and hey presto, you’ve got yourself a lethal weapon. Personally, I think this should be marketed differently and they should think outside the box. You could sell this gadget for double the price if you marketed to guys with the strapline, “Next time your misses takes off with your credit card, the bitch will lose her fingers!’

Talking of marketing…

There's more advert

The amazing products for sale at the spectacular price of only $19.99 come with so much more! Not only do you get one but you GET ANOTHER ONE FREE! Not to be pedantic or anything but since these are sold as “lifelong lasting products or your money back” why do you need two?

Did I mention the FREE SHIPPING? No? I’m sorry, I was mesmerised by the best bang for your buck – and no, I haven’t skipped TV channels though it would be interesting to see how long an orgasm can last on American TV.  As tempted as I am, I can’t leave Bill and Ben hanging now we’ve gone this far. I’m sorely tempted to buy them the pills with FREE SHIPPING to see if they EVER get there and Bill or Ben don’t die before the film ends.

Talking of my favourite people …

All holes filled

Phil Swift isn’t one of them. Under normal circumstances, I might get along with this guy if he was being quieter and sitting at a bar with something more interesting to say. Phil, let me get something straight: I DON’T CARE how good your bloody Flexi Tape is, how ridiculously you enthuse about it, or that I can get it for the one time amazing price of $19.99 with an extra bottle of Flexi Foam thrown in for free, with FREE SHIPPING and a free trip to Bali with bells on.


No, Phil. I’ve had enough and the only thing I want to do with your Flexi Tape is stick it right over your preaching, whiney, irritating gob.

OK. I feel better now. Must go, I have a film to finish.


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Welcome to the US of A.

Sorry about the commercials…you need a Netflix account. That way you can binge watch your way though any series in 24 hours at the most.

Larry, my ball of fluffiness! I’ve missed you! And thank you for the welcome. I have Netflix on my laptop so I’ll go and do that next time!

Apologies for not visiting your blog lately, I’ve been a dreadful follower but I’ll make it up to you – I’ve been busy trying to get famous 😉

Fame has a perfume all its own. Follow the star and let me know when you surface and need a break from your adoring public.

I keep trying to smell the flowers! I’ll be back soon, sir! 🙂

Please buy an extra suitcase (at$19.99) to fill with these glorious gadgets at $19.99 so that we
Poor folks in England can see what is lacking in our lives. I thought Bill and Ben were flower pot men hooked on Weed which would explain everything

Good call! On it!

Ahh…that explains a lot! 🙂

“$19.99… order now and we’ll double your order plus shipping and handling”. ‘Merica, what a great country! Nowhere on the face of the earth can one get such great value. We can purchase TWO of anything for $19.99 and be disappointed TWICE. 🙂

Funny post.

Hahaha! That’s funny, ‘Nox! 🙂

It’s a psychological ploy. It’s only a penny difference but to your brain, $19.99 sound WAY cheaper than $20. This country is a top-notch manipulator.

Have you tried watching an (American) football game? It’s a program of commercials, ads, placements and interruptions with a few brief moments of burly men tossing a ball about. But, mainly, commercials. That’s why rugby is superior. Non-stop action.

It’s true! That penny makes ALL the difference. I very nearly succumbed myself, M, but then I got a grip. There’s only so many knife sharpeners a girl needs.
I couldn’t watch it – would drive me mad. If I watch a game I don’t want interruptions every second.
Non-stop action is always superior 😉

Wickedly funny post Jules, but be honest… would never give those adds a 2nd look if the advertised $19.99 prices were £ 20.01. See how much more expensive that seems ?
Getting a second one for ‘free’ is great. You can store the extra one for future Christmas presents. All you need do is pay the S&H for that $19.99 amazing product, which usually amounts to only £ 20.01.

I have a query for you : Here in the Good Ol’ U.S.of A. so many of our commercials are done by Limey or Aussie spokespersons. I suppose it’s due to their quaintly charming accents, and to give the product an air of worldly sophistication. Thus, this question has been eating at my brain for years now : Are the commercials in the U.K. delivered by pitchpeople from the U.S. with equally as charming and quaint Southern drawls , N.Y. mafia, New England drollness, or West Coast vanilla, accents , ? And can limeys detect the differences in our various accents ? These things I must know !

Anyhoo….enjoy your visit here, and let me know how the movie ends.
~P.P. Star

You’re right, P.P.S! That makes all the difference!

The only Yank I’ve ever seen on our adverts is Kevin Bacon. He advertises a mobile phone network in the UK which has resulted in them going bankrupt 😉 OK, just kidding, but it’s only a matter of time because he’s an irritating nonce. Personally, I’d watch ALL of our adverts if they hired you.

Movie is still on. STILL!

I have done a number of commercials advertising my own label of Budgie Smugglers, ‘PPS R Us'(©) .
You can catch them on The Comedy Channel after midnight.

But can I get them for $19.99 or are you in liquidation?

Absolutely !
Plus £20.01 for S&H of course.

Now I’m dying to know what happens to Bill and Ben!

You and me both, Jane! Driving me mental!!!

there is one very-specific reason I tolerate this commercial and it’s not cos I shave:


It must be because he’s good at tennis, my sweet *)

I’d shave for him. ;P

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