All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!
While on a recent trip inside Barnes and Noble, reader Megan had reason to stop and pause. It wasn’t a book title that caught her eye, nor was it a glossy magazine cover. On this particular trip, it was a unitasker that tempted her to pull out her camera and snap a picture of the Puzzle Sorters Puzzling Made EZ:
For $17 you can be the proud owner of what she describes as:
… a set of 8 plastic (of course) “sorting trays” to assist in doing puzzles. Now you can put all the pieces of similar colors into these trays instead of putting them on the table like countless other puzzledoers have been doing for generations.
And, if square trays aren’t your style, you can also get them in oval!
At first, I thought maybe they were a teaching tool for young children. Except, the box and product description clearly state that they’re not appropriate for people under the age of 12. Like Megan, I’m stumped as to why someone would need these. If having sorting trays were really important, couldn’t saucers or salad plates (which you may already own and rarely use) or paper plates (100 for 1/3 of the price) work? At least with paper plates you could write on them to explain exactly what type of pieces you have in that pile. You can’t easily write in a non-permanent way on plastic trays.
Finally, I’m starting to find that any device with the word “EZ” in the title is usually worth considering for a unitasker submission (e.g. the EZ Cracker).
Thanks, Megan, for taking a few minutes out of your Barnes and Noble trip to share this with us.