Husband and I were bickering about the infomercial Sham - Wow. Cause that's what we do. Have inane arguments to amuse ourselves. The squabbling started because I kept saying, "Wow!" while watching the infomercial.

Husband: That doesn't work! Stop saying Wow!

Me: It does! It does! Look, he's barely pressing the carpet and it sucks up all that spilled cola into some kind of vortex.

Husband: First of all, who says "Cola"? And where does all the liquid the Sham-Wow sucks up go?

Me: The liquid goes into the bowl! The clear glass bowl! Are you blind man?

Husband: (Stare)

Me: (Watching TV) Wow.

Early the next morning a flash flood hit Illinois. Specifically, our basement. Our approach was to have me use the shop vac to suck up the water that was forcefully rushing into our lower level. Then my husband would run the sloshy full shop vac canister up the stairs and throw the water out the door. Repeat, infinitely.

In between water runs we were both trying to build a dam made of old towels down the side of the basement hallway. Trying to keep the water from reaching all of the new Christmas toys we had stacked up in the playroom.

Me: Hey.

Husband: What?

Me: Bet ya could use a few fucking Sham-Wows now eh?


mommypie said...

HA! I bought my mom ShamWow for Christmas and if you could've seen the look of pure JOY on her face when she opened her present you would've sworn it was a 10 carat diamond ring. Seriously.

I, of course, had to keep one of the four ShamWows for myself -- now *I'm* the one who's excited!

SoMo said...

I love that commerical. However, I never was tempted to get one, because I never spend $20 a month on paper towels. Hasn't that guy ever heard of Sam's?

Hope your damn worked and your toys were stayed high and dry.

sam {temptingmama} said...

LMFAO! I freakin' LOVE you!

And FYI: They REALLY do work! I love, love, love them!

marymurtz said...

(so there, Mr. Beverage in the Icebox)

This cracked me up!

Shania said...

Oh, snap!

laughingatchaos said...

Well, damn, guess I'll have to get some. ;)

jen duncan said...

Thanks for the daily laugh, girlfriend.

~Diet Goddess~ said...

I'm going to have to steal your line (WOW!) next time I see that wonderfully annoying commercial. My husband threatened to buy those for me for Christmas. And then I would have had to kill him and use them to soak up the spilled blood.

K said...

Oooo! Brilliant idea, Diet Goddess! (files away in back of mind)

We love the Sham-wow commercials... now I know why...

Jen said...

I totally saw this demo'ed at a mall in person. It really does all the shit they say it does on TV. Pretty much one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Totally pulls the soda out of the carpet.

Deb on the Rocks said...

This post and these comments are very reassuring to me. Because having watched much too much TV in the last week I have started to think a few infomercials sound like GOOD ideas and GREAT VALUES and MORE! Sham-WOW is one of them. Those balls that fluff up your towels in the drier almost got me too. And there is another one but I've forgotten it now. Because I am turning into an odd woman who buys things from TV informercials. Before I know it I'll be ordering Ped-Eggs and forgetting about it until them come in the mail and I'm all "I have a present!"

Lotta said...

Deb - Ok the ped egg actually works and is kind of cool. And now you make me want to check out the dryer eggs cause my towels are just not very fluffy. Could be cause we used them to dam up sewer water.

DietGod - Snort.

Samantha said...

Hehe. Just found your blog and had to comment.

Billy Mays was hired to come to my Mom's office for the day. In this video, he shams up the cola, wrings it back into the cup, and the guy drank it!


Love the blog!

Gidget said...

ohhh crap... thats hillarious!

Jerseygirl89 said...

Oh, that's too funny. Hope the toys survived.

PamKittyMorning said...

We always say beverage. Nothing wrong with that.
Or ShamWow. xo

mommyfish4 said...

You are a woman truly after my own heart. I am pretty sure my husband and I has the same conversation in the mall last week.... WOW I have to say you rock. Hope nothing got ruined in the flood. Happy New Year!

Lil said...

hahaha.. my boyfriend and I started obsessing over the ShamWow commercials earlier this year. We mocked and mocked and mocked it. We talk back and forth about it, and in our own little world have made up the imitators The ShamWHOA, the ShamWHAAAAT to name a few. We know how their commercials would go, what the hosts would sound like..... yeah.. sounds like we've got too much time on our hands lol. But sadly, all the ideas originated from a 5min conversation lol. They just keep growing every time we see the damn commercial! (or when the pipes freeze and bust at the beer store near my house.. breaking bottles and causing a mini beer flood.. Bet THEY could use some ShamWows!)

Then I saw some ShamWows at the store.. and I'm disappointed, I DIDN'T buy them for him for Christmas!!!!

Retromodgirl said...

You rule, lady!! Bet your hubby felt prett-y silly after that flood, huh? ;P

And why does that Sham Wow guy wear the headset and have one screwed-up eye? What is he, Popeye doing an impression of Howard Cosell?!?!(oh no, I'm showing my age again!)

Total ROTFLMAO quotes: Husband: First of all, who says "Cola"? And where does all the liquid the Sham-Wow sucks up go?

Me: Sir, you call the fridge an "icebox" and drinks "beverages"


Lotta said...

Drinking from the Sham Wow is a sight to behold.

I love that you all have the same odd connection to Sham Wow that I do!

Leeanthro said...

You are too funny!

Can you hook a garden hose to your shop vac and run that up the stairs and out instead of hauling the whole thing up? Ours works that way.

Kristin said...

The dryer balls don't really work that well. Mostly they just make the dryer a little noisier. But the pedegg RAWKS!
And yah, who spends $20 a month on paper towels?
Love this post and the banter between you and your husband.

WaltzInExile said... I the only one who thinks the best part of the commercial is the scary large "Beware of Imitators!" text across the screen? Goat Daddy and I laugh our butts off at this commercial because of that. (Oh NOES! You're not a REAL Sham Wow! You're just a...just're a TOWEL!)
(Sorry. Got carried away there. Regardless, I desperately want those things. Also, there's this wok that I saw in an infomercial 20 years ago that I still covet.)

A. Nelson said...

I think you will find this pretty funny, as it pertains to the Sham Wow spokesman. =)

Thanks for a great blog, Lotta!