CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some new products on the market seem designed for ridicule.
Take, for example, Bic's new "for Her" line of pens. Ad copy for the pastel-colored pens touts its "elegant design" and "thin barrel to fit a woman's hand."
Claims that triggered some of the funniest product reviews on Amazon.com that I've ever read. Pages and pages of them.
"Finally! Something my delicate lady hands can wrap around so my tiny woman brain can write! What a blessing!"
"These pens look attractive and feel great, but every 28 days or so they get all testy and will only write in red ink."
"I was so excited to get these pens. It's great to finally be able to coordinate my pens with all of my kitten heels! I feel so much more put together when I'm doing the weekly grocery shopping."
"My man friend helped me order this product as he said it would be very useful for me. I was disappointed to find it wasn't shoes, an oven or dishwashing soap. I don't know what to do with them, which is a shame because I like the colors. I've arranged the thingies into a pretty glass vase for now."
"I bought this pen (in error, evidently) to write my reports of each day's tree felling activities in my job as a lumberjack. It is no good. It slips from between my callused, gnarly fingers like a gossamer thread gently descending to earth between two giant redwood trunks."
From a man: "I was getting stuff ready for poker night with the guys and grabbed a pen to write down a few things I needed from the store. I meant to write, 'To buy: beer, chips, salsa.' Instead, I found the pen writing, 'To do tonight: pedicures, talk about feelings, retail therapy.' I had accidentally been using my wife's Bic for Her pen. A friend accidentally used his girlfriend's Bic for Her when he wanted to jot a quick note explaining he ran to a neighbor's house. He wrote a love sonnet instead."
By the time I'd read all 353 comments for the Bic for Her pens, I was laughing so hard tears were running down my leg. Considering that I'd been feeling down when I'd started reading and was now positively giddy (albeit damp), I decided I needed more reviews to read. So I searched.