Unitasker Wednesday: Hot Dog Hero

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

When overcoming a bad habit, I try to make positive, declarative statements about my behavior and avoid telling myself I can’t or won’t do something. For example, I’ll think, “I make nutritious and healthful food choices,” instead of “Don’t eat junk food.”

I’m reconsidering my policy on avoiding can’t and won’t statements, however, after discovering this week’s unitasker selection. The device leaves me feeling strongly compelled to declare, “I will not eat any hot dogs steamed inside an animal.”

I’m 99 percent certain this is a dog since it’s wearing a collar and “barks,” but one percent of me thinks it might be a rabbit. Whether dog or rabbit, animals’ innards should not be cooking meat products. It’s reminiscent of seafood restaurants with tropical fish tanks lining the walls and daily the fish in the tanks are forced to watch their cousins being eaten off dinner plates. I find it all very unsettling.

13 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Hot Dog Hero”

  1. posted by Ann on

    THANK YOU! Agreed!

  2. posted by Alice F. on

    Too funny, Erin. And who wants a steamed hot dog, anyway? Blech. ;)

  3. posted by Jessiejack on

    HA! “fish in tanks watching their cousins being eaten”
    LOL

  4. posted by Nana on

    I suspect this is just another aspect of the Japanese love of “cute.” Certainly unneccessary – and agree about the “blech” factor.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    Ever since finding this unitasker, I haven’t been able to get the chorus of the song “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner out of my head. Of course, it’s “Hot Dog Hero” to the same tune. And now that it’s stuck in your head, you’re welcome! :)

  6. posted by Melanie on

    I showed this to a friend, who pointed out that it only cooks 6 at a time, when pretty much all hot dogs come in packs of 8 or more. Lame.

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    posted by chacha1 on

    Oh, thanks a lot. Now I DO have a “Hot Dog Hero” earworm.

    LOL’d at this one. What a cute way to duplicate the function of a microwave, which I am 99.9999999% sure all potential purchasers of this ridiculous unitasker already own.

  8. posted by ET on

    You are hysterical Erin. As is the Hot Dog Hero. Funny stuff!

  9. posted by Lizzie on

    Wow. Just…wow. And as an aside, since we got our pet crayfish about three months ago (yes, it was a class project, but she’s a nifty pet!) we do not eat crayfish at home. (Harder than it sounds, since a pizza place just opened down the road with a cajon pizza.)

  10. posted by KelKel on

    If only it “pooped” each hot dog out the back like its real life inspiration.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @KelKel — You MUST contact the manufacturer! BRILLIANT! ;)

  12. posted by bil on

    @KelKel: would it also squirt mustard and ketchup out of its nose and mouth?

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