the walking writer

The other night, I was browsing Amazon to find an inexpensive cat toy to help me get free shipping on an order. After skipping past endless amounts of colorful mice with tails I’d only have to cut off (our cats have a tendency to eat the tails), I came across a most unusual toy called “Captain Goldbloomer.” The brief listing said something about it being a battery-less toy and featured what looked like a picture of a cat chasing a fly. So I clicked on it and discovered that the listing was in fact for a real and very alive housefly!

Yes, for a mere couple of dollars, you too can buy a housefly for your cat to chase. Like other odd Amazon products, the reviews were pretty entertaining. I learned that if your fly arrived dead, the company would replace it for free! Sadly, I must be the bearer of bad news as it appears the item is now unavailable. I’m not sure how the vendor ran out of houseflies, but I guess everyone will just have to look outside to find their own. As for me? I went for a couple of catnip toys shaped like fish instead. At least those toys will last!

This morning, I ended up on a Wikihow page describing how to complete a simple task using your computer.  My favorite part of the article was the silly pictures describing how to complete each basic step.  For example, to illustrate the concept of using your credit card to pay for something online, the picture showed a woman reaching into her purse to get out her credit card.  Another picture showed her using her phone to call a company.

Amazing!  I never would have figured that out without those pictures!

The pictures did at least add some humor to an otherwise useless and uninformative page.  Despite the lack of actual meaningful content, over 12,000 people have visited that particular page.  I wish these “how to” sites would insist on quality information instead of ensuring each page has way more pictures than it actually needs.