for all you last-minute shoppers out there…

While you're out doing your last minute holiday shopping, you may happen upon a little device known as The Slap Chop. You may have seen it on TV, and you may have heard that it purports to: "Chop up vegetables, nuts, & fruits, quickly and easily" with just a few simple slaps. And who doesn't like slapping their food around into ever-smaller pieces?

Now, some of you may wonder if this gizmo actually fulfills all of the nearly-unbelievable claims it makes, thereby making it a worthwhile gift for that lucky person on your list who you've put off shopping for, and who already has as many Chia Pets as any single person could be expected to care for.

Well, Popular Mechanics says maybe not so much:

The Slap Chop produces inconsistent, indiscriminate chunks, foodstuffs wedge in its numerous nooks and crannies, and it consumes as much kitchen real estate as a coffee grinder. 

On the other hand…

Happy shopping, everyone.

No endorsement of the product mentioned should be assumed or implied. Use of Slap Chop does not automatically guarantee funky hip hop singing and dancing ability. In fact, you're probably better off spending your money on something else, and just watching the video over and over again, until you feel the tingling warmth of insanity spreading across your delicious brain.

66 thoughts on “for all you last-minute shoppers out there…”

  1. Oh, well, I'm so terribly sorry I tried to make an amusing and possibly entertaining throwaway post. Please forgive me for not being on the cutting-edge of hilarious YouTube videos.

  2. Hah! Although I’d seen the “Shamwow Jam,” (also a nice bit of silliness), this one was new to me. Thanks for warming up a very cold Maine day with some gigggles!

  3. See, I work too much to watch EVERY youtube video in existence. That damn grown up, pay bills, be productive member of society scheme…so I thank you for brining amusing distractions like this to my attention!
    P.S. People, There are cool books on the upper right of this page, GO BUY THEM!

  4. Slap the crap out of the ‘slap chop’…hmmm…maybe that is what I need to relieve some of the pressure in my This really could become an addiction, huh? Loved this! Thanks Wil:)

  5. Oh no…this is not a throwaway post Wil! I haven’t seen this video, and anything with the Breakin’ gang is A+ to me! Tell anarki to go to hell!

  6. Ace video. Isn’t this the Shamwow guy?
    Also, what’s all the hype he’s making? These things are hardly new, my parents got one for their wedding 40 years ago (advertised to chop onions). My mum used it once or twice and then gave up on it because onion bits would get stuck in it and cleaning it was a bitch.

  7. That one viral video will do more to sell Slap Chops than the actual ad campaign… they might want to write a check to that guy instead of their PR agency!

  8. That video is a crack up.
    I’ve owned something like this for years – I got it from Pampered Chef. I rather like it, but I agree that stuff gets stuck everywhere.

  9. @edwardo: They did.
    They took that remix, and made it their own commercial. Not only do they have, but
    I was on the couch suffering from a cold this morning when it popped up on the TV — as a commercial.

  10. My wife bought a version of this from Pampered Chef years ago. Their version works pretty well, but I still prefer just to use a knife and do it the old-fashioned way.

  11. When I first saw this video about a week ago, I turned to Anne and our friend Robert and I said, "That's Breakin'. It's not Breakin 2: Electric Bogaloo. I don't know why I know this, but I am so certain, I would bet my life on it."

  12. Eh, don’t sweat it. I expect large sections of your reading audience hadn’t seen this yet (such as me), and were amused. Youtube memes take time to propagate through the internet, after all.
    Though I have to say, the amusement of the video had worn off by the time I was about a third of the way through it, and yet I kept watching until the end. It has a strange power. It frightens me a little, I think.

  13. Yeah, God forbid you have other things to do with your life than sit around and wait for The Next Big Thing to break, so you can smugly let everyone know you were there first.
    Ah, the perils have having adult responsibilities.

  14. I had one, years ago. In fact, probably about 10 years ago. They just called it something else at the time. And just like Popular Mechanics said, inconsistent at best with its chopping. And a pain to clean, despite what they say on the ad.

  15. In fact, you’re probably better off spending your money on something else, and just watching the video over and over again, until you feel the tingling warmth of insanity spreading across your delicious brain.

    Sorry, it’s about 45 years too late to prevent insanity.

  16. ..yep, Breakin’ 2:Electic Boogaloo was a terrible movie compared to the first….that means it was horrible…I mean, really, the scene where Turbo is in the room and it turns 360 degrees from upright, to upside down and back…c’mon, very, very bad…not like the scene in Breakin’ where Turbo sweeps outside with the ‘magic’ broom and you can only see the strings a little bit…

  17. Are you kidding me?! That scene is the reason that whole movie was made, man!
    With everything I've accomplished in life, I still can't help but feel like I've failed just a little bit, because I've never been able to do the Centipede up one wall, across the ceiling, and down the other wall, just like Turbo did.

  18. Hey Wil
    Totally OT, but your blog is looking *really* cool at the moment. Just thought you’d like to know.
    Oh, and we’re a bit behind the times round these parts, or maybe I’m just not staying up late enough … but brilliant mix!
    When the advert arrives it’ll be a bit of a non-event, I reckon.

  19. If only we ‘normal’ people could do the Centipede without pulling something then perhaps life would be complete. On the ‘failed a little bit’ side of things, I want to apologize for not giving you feedback on your chatbook that we(myself and kids Lennon and Savannah) purchased from you at PAX this year(heard you mention feedback on RFB). I forget that to a self publisher person like yourself all of the feedback is critical. Its like you are part of our family as we pretty much buy your stuff, watch your stuff, read your stuff, listen to your stuff etc. Anyway, we loved it! It was a nice lite read that all three of us were able to enjoy. Dont get discouraged. Please do release some more fiction in the future, because there are people who do like it. Even a PDF would be cool, even though we prefer the ‘book in the hand’ experience.
    Now I have to add the two movies to my Netflix cue…

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