Friday, May 13, 2011

Too Specialized

I used to make fun of the fact that my daughter and son-in-law had an appliance which was specifically a quesadilla maker.  I would just use a frying pan.  What next?  A left-handed screwdriver?  Imagine my surprise at this item in the Craig's List under free:

ferret shampoo (Nampa)
If you have a ferret, you now how expensive it is. Cucumber melon scented. Only used 4 times before we lost our ferret.
I am curious.  Is there a version for ferrets with oily fur, and another for those with dandruff?


  1. I have always liked George Carlin's "left nostril inhaler" example of what is available in America. I am not sure he was criticizing consumerism. The rest of the world aspires to our prosperity.

    Thanks! Keep up the good work!

  2. Why would I want my ferret to smell like a cucumber?

  3. Robin - to throw off predators.

  4. "Why would I want my ferret to smell like a cucumber?'

    Because "cucumber scented ferrets" would be a good name for a rock band?

  5. Well, they're kinda shaped like one....

  6. I knew someone years ago with a pet ferret, named Faucett.
    Ferret Faucett
    Maybe it's a hair thing?

  7. I have to special-order shampoo for my rough-coat Jack Russell. They make specialty shampoos for wire-haired terriers, but none of the local pet stores carry it.

    Ordinary shampoo softens the coat and turns him into a fluff ball. Wiry coat shampoo preserves the coarseness.

  8. Well, sure a cucumber scented ferret would throw off predators, but what predator would eat a second ferret? Have you ever smelled one?

    But then again, being cucumber scented would make them vulnerable to being attacked by a goat.

  9. Mustelids get stinky. You want to wash your ferret, I think. (And boy, is that a good euphemism...)

    And I imagine they might want specialized shampoo to not cause skin problems, so that explains that.

    Scent is just a bonus.

  10. I would say that this is a great example of American Exceptionalism. See an opportunity, make a market.

  11. How does one lose a ferret? You should be able to track him down just by the cucumber scent.