Yet again humanity has generated a trend that its apparently taken me forever to hear of. Hey friends, don’t judge, it’s hard to be in touch with things when your life is dominated by dogs, beer, and calculation of the metric weight of liquid calcium when used for espionage purposes.
There is a growing trend where you subscribe to a monthly service, and they ship you a box of random secret goodies. You open said box and enjoy all this random stuff you didn’t choose in advance. Here’s an example of one where the theme is nerd stuff:
But I saw one ad on the subway this morning where the theme is foods of the planet:
I first heard of this trend during RedLetterMedia’s recent satire broadcast of the nerd box category:
Oh boy! Where do I begin?
Don’t get me wrong, I sure do love food, and certain categories of nerd stuff, but what precisely is the point of all this? If you love food, or Spiderman, then go buy food and Spiderman stuff online. It’s never been easier to get that one unique item within the online marketplace.
Here you go! Have you ever coveted those friends and family who had an ancient Incan kero drinking cup when you didn’t? Great news! You too can be that awesome. They’re for sale on Amazon.
Whatever you want in life today, you can get. No matter how rare or bizarre. Provided you have the coin. This is both an awesome and incredibly frightening proposition.
And I know the nerd box and food box company aren’t in this for the goodness of their hearts. They need to make coin of their own. So it’s natural of me to assume that it’d be cheaper to buy each individual item separately rather than pay a monthly subscription service.
So what’s this all about? Of course, naturally, it’s the joy of unboxing something in a category you like. It’s like getting a present, or a journey into the unknown. You are paying a fee to add some enjoyment and excitement to your life.
I assume there’s a legion of YouTube videos of folks unboxing this stuff and posting it online. I dare not watch these videos for fear I’d lose my faith in humanity for the next twelve hours. But in general, this isn’t something I’m against.
If folks get a kick out of this, if it adds some happiness to their lives? Okay, that works. The planet is currently a cynical, desperate, angry wasteland. Folks all go ahead and add that spice of joy to their day. Please do so.
Hey, maybe I can make some spare cash too. I could sell these things, right? All I need is some hedge fund or venture capital backers. They’re all about bankrolling lunatic bloggers I’m sure.
– The Australia Box
Think the main export of Australia is didgeridoos or boomerangs? Think again. It’s creepy vegemite. The sandwich spread for rugby hooligans, your Australian grandmother, and those condemned to death. I don’t know what this is, but it tastes awful. If you haven’t yet tried it, don’t. It’s in your box because it has to be, but that’s about it.
Dumb American fools who guzzle Natty Ice or Bud Light have no idea what they’re missing when the national-get-wasted-cheap-beer is actually a very good decent beer. Plus, it’s named after a Queen. I still can’t reasonably find this beer in the States. That’s a greater crime to America than Turnbull having the gall to expect America to keep it’s word on previously agreed international agreements.
The Aussie / Jim Henson co-production that was so simultaneously insane and awesome that it caused Henson to disregard his own health to the point that a 13th Century cold killed him. If you love this show, you get it. If you hate this show, it’s all good, it just means you’re a normal person.
– The Republican Political Acolyte Box
We got the generic version because brand name was too expensive; and unnecessary.
– The Democrat Political Acolyte Box
– The Super Bowl Box
Only the finest in popped-collar capability is worthy of shirt for that Patriot fan who is so very desperate to cheer on their Tommy. Gizelle would let Tommy wear it. So you should too.
There’s something quite wrong with your city when more people have heard of these women than Matt Ryan. But whatever, it’s reality television, so you’ll watch it and enjoy it. Or else.
For clubbing your television where the plastic does not incur long term damage to the device thus enabling you to continue watching what will hopefully be a great game, but, still necessary after each time you remember how much you hate Joe ‘The Haughty’ Buck and Mike ‘Get the Fuck off the Broadcast’ Pereira.
And much, much more! We’re on it. Simply provide us your credit card number, a list of your fears, and your desired box category of fun. We’ll make it happen, each month. To add to your joy. Simply provide payment directly to:
The Arcturus Project – Unbox the Planet! Program
C/O Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
1794 Aguiyi Ironsi Street
Abuja 900001, Nigeria