Thursday, April 10th, 2008
Contest: Guess the Purpose of this Item
Can you guess the purpose of this item?
Please, only one question per person per round (a new round starts each time I post answers to your questions.)
The Prize: The winner receives: glory. That’s it. You’re doing this for the glory, the undulating praise and gratitude of your fellow Thinga-readers. Where I live, people do far stranger things for the glory.
I’m hoping this one perplexes you; a Google blog search indicates it’s never been discussed in the blogosphere.
So, guess in your head before clicking through to see whether the answer is posted in reader comments. And if it’s not, ask a question or take a guess.
I’ll give you one hint: this thing is dishwasher safe (top rack only).
1. Is it a food pusher? No.
2. Are they croquet mallets or used in croquet games? No.
3. Is it a toy? No.
4. Is it used with other objects such as a ball? No.
5. Is it a set of child’s crutches? No.
6. Is it used for food? No.
7 Are they hammers, Mama? No.
8. Is it used for teething? No.
9. Is it used for measuring? No.
10. Do you twist something using the handle-looking shorter end? No.
11. Does the object have moving parts? No.
12. Is it a children’s product? Yes.
13. Are they more than six inches long? Yes.
14. Is it used in food preparation? No.
15. Are they drum mallets? No.
16. Is the intended use for locomotion? Yes.
17. Is it used to hold something together? No, not in the traditional sense. The product itself does not secure anything.
18. Is it bendy? No, not to a significant degree. It is marketed as "sturdy."
19. Is it used in arts and crafts? No.
20. Is it a cleaning tool? No.
21. Is it used to swish a poopy diaper around in the toilet so you don’t have to touch it? No.
22. Is it a massage-related tool? No.
23. Do you use it in the bath? No.
24. Is the image name "homerwinslow.jpg" a clue? No, that was just me messing with your head. The term "double banking" in the URL was also a mean trick. Sorry. Mouahahahaha!
25. Did they come with something else? No. You’re looking at the complete product.
Aww, shucks. After Jennifer confirmed the mystery item was for locomotion, Ashley nailed it as…
Baby Walking Sticks!
Yes! Backaches are a thing of the past. No longer will tall parents
stoop while holding their babies’ hands as emerging toddlers take their first steps.
Mom or Dad simply holds the T-handle end of the sticks in each hand
and the baby grabs the pole ends. These sticks are essentially an
extension of parental hands as the baby becomes a toddler, relying on
the sticks for balance. Each pole is 12 inches long and made from start
to finish in Kansas City.
The sticks’ mom-inventor also touts them as excellent for parents with back pain and grandparents… though if Grandma has vertebral osteoporosis (a curved hunched-over back), she probably has no trouble reaching her grandchild’s hands.
what about my clue that the sticks are dishwasher safe? Hey, I was
merely repeating the inventor’s claim. It’s not my fault if you
concluded these were food-pusher-sticks. Please, never invite me over
for dinner at your home.
Your first inclination may be that this is a silly product, but it makes more sense than similar products on the market. Walking Wings and Walk-O-Long
take the approach of holding a child upright using strap lift supports
around the chest or under the arms. I suspect these sticks require
toddlers to do more of their own balancing, pulling on a stick when
falling, rather than being fully supported at all times.
Personally, I think all three of these products are a perversion of
nature. If God had intended us to walk, he would have given us croquet
mallets for arms and elastic-reinforced tethers latched to armpit
Thanks to everyone who played, or who got played with my Winslow Homer reference. This was fun. So… what do you think of assistive devices for babies learning to walk?