I was at the store today and came across the ManGroomer, essentially a standard electric razor with a longer body and a telescoping arm designed to let a man shave his own hairy back. Is it just me or is this a ludicrous idea for a product?
The FAQs claim "The length of time [to shave a back] will depend on how much hair you have and its thickness. MANGROOMER’s large 1 ½ inch blade covers a large surface area, while still remaining small enough to enable you to easily maneuver within different / difficult angles of the back." Hah! What makes that blade "large," exactly? Think about how long it takes to shave a pair of lower legs with a bit of stubble and no need to use a mirror to see what the hell you're doing and work in reverse. How much longer would it take a man to shave his own back? I can't even guesstimate that. Seems it'd be like a reeeaaalllly long time, doesn't it?
I'll bet a bunch of men buy this gadget (or receive it as a thoughtful gift!) and give it a try...only to get as far as shaving a couple paths through the dorsal thicket and then giving up. At least the hair will grow back in time. And if they're lucky, they won't be trying the ManGroomer when it's beach and pool season, because then they'll be forced to persevere until they've moved the entire hair lawn.
Missed marketing opportunity: Promoting the use of the ManGroomer to carve mazes in the back hair. This would be especially handy for gay couples (or men whose lady friends wield a strap-on) fighting boredom. Tired of just pounding away? Need something to occupy your mind? Grab a marker and trace a path from start to finish!