What’s the dumbest holiday gift you’ve ever received? Mine was a Fizz-nik. And understand, I really WANTED this thing. In my dumb kid-ness I thought this was the coolest invention EVER.
It was a plastic
straw with a big bubble in the middle. This was actually two half
spheres that twisted together with straws on either end. You put a
scoop of ice cream in the bubble and twisted it shut. Then you jammed
one end into a bottle of root beer. That was it. Voila! Instant root
You would take a swig and (in theory) the root beer
would mix with the ice cream and by the time it reached your mouth you
were in soda fountain heaven. And the best part – no muss nor fuss.
Except for one thing…
never worked. To mix the two elements you had to hold the bottle at
almost a 90 degree angle and crane your neck way back. Not exactly
And then there was this tiny flaw – there was no way to
stop the rushing ice cream float as it hurtled its way to your mouth.
What a mess. Within a week my mother had confiscated my beloved
Let’s just say that as a result of the Fizz-nik I have more empathy for hookers.
Hope you get what YOU want this holiday season.