Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Isn't It Odd?

So I was at the bookstore the other day and I noticed the book of short stories by Richard Matheson (a speculative fiction god? Perhaps. Not sure? Check out all the other amazing things he's written like I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come, Somewhere In Time) that contains the story Button, Button which the movie The Box is based on. Both have the same premise: a couple is offered a button to fix their woes BUT pushing the button will result in the death of a complete stranger. Ultimately, the couple must choose if their souls can take on the weight of the death of another person. Here is a picture of the cover of the book of short stories by Matheson:

Here is a 150% close up of the button: Here is a 1000% close up of the button:Interesting how that looks just like Staples' Easy Button. Remember the commercials; work getting crazy? Too much to do and not enough time? Too incompetent to change the ink cartridge in the copier? Just get an easy button and Staples will do it for you. What they actually do, is sell you overpriced office supplies and expect you to still put your newly purchased expensive ink in your still impossible to navigate copier. BUT what they didn't tell you, is that every time you push the button someone dies.

That's why you should always read the small print and asterisked stuff OR you might get conned into paying 4.99, thinking your getting office help, and really instigating widespread manslaughter in Monaco.

And consider what happens when the button seemingly does nothing to help you, how many times will you hit it in frustration only to end up with the blood of millions on your hands? Blood, which is a color not much different than the color of the easy button. Coincidence? I think not.

Lastly, if you still don't believe that this easy button is really a death button, why is it that Staples suggests body bags as a possible additional purchase for your cheap easy button?

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