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Slap Chop Chopper Hits Japan, Vince & Graty Not Included


An enormous earthquake, followed by a tsunami, then a nuclear crisis that's still unfolding and now... the Slap Chop! Seriously, hasn't Japan suffered enough?

The Slap Chop is the gift that keeps on giving, thanks to a marketing campaign that seems to have survived the well-publicized arrest of peripatetic pitchman Vince Offer on February 7th, 2009. Now that's staying power.

Interestingly, the Slap Chop is being positioned as an "Eco machine" since it needs neither electricity nor batteries - only the kinetic energy stored in the user's palms.

Offer, as you may recall, was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida on a charge of felony battery after an altercation with a 26-year-old prostitute.

Offer justified his actions to police by stating he hit the woman after she “bit his tongue and would not let go.” Not to defend Offer's actions, he may have slapped her but at least he didn't chop her (badda boom!).

Perhaps Offer's notoriety explains why he's mainly missing from Slap Chop's ad campaign in Japan. Mainly, but not completely. And worse, Graty seems to have been tarred with the same brush. Say it ain't so, Graty!

I'd like to imagine Offer and Russell Brand are fixing dinner with a few Graty's in a cheap hotel somewhere, bemoaning their exclusion from Japan while drunkenly singing karaoke to Katy Perry's ditties. I said, “ditties”!

Allrighty then... if you're in Japan and want to do some serious slappin' & choppin', and if you're NOT already a member of the Yakuza, direct your browser to the Rakuten website and order yourself up a Slap Chop or two. Only 4,980 yen (about $60) each. Now isn't that grate? (via Impress Watch).In the US, you can get the SlapChop here.

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Steve Levenstein
J A P A N O R A M A
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