I gotta tell ya, of all the ways the Internet has made life easier, my pick for cyberspace's greatest yield is Amazon.

I can't tell you how many birthday and/or Christmas gifts I've found on Amazon.com--a self-inflatable neck traction device being among the most unusual--that I wouldn't have been able to locate in a million years in the conventional way.

(Although, I wonder if Amazon hasn't moved into the "conventional" category, anyway.)

But I love it. And the "hidden" symbol in the Amazon logo--you know, the arrow that starts at the "A" and points to the "Z" indicating you can find anything from A to Z on Amazon--is exactly right.

And if this list of extremely weird items(?) doesn't bear that out, nothing ever will.


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