Amazon celebrates its funniest reviews

Amazon customers never realized how essential the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer was.  Credit:
Amazon customers never realized how essential the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer was.

Amazon reviews aren’t just helpful for choosing the best products — they’re also good for a laugh. Gag reviews on Amazon have gotten attention before, most notably with reviews mocking Bic Cristal For Her Ball Pens for their implicit sexism and Avery Binders after Mitt Romney’s comment about “binders full of women.”

The shopping mega-site has published a page called Funniest Reviews, and includes gut-busting excerpts. A few products in particular have garnered more mock reviews than real ones, like the Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt – a Napoleon Dynamite-esque clothing item featuring three wolves howling at the moon. But user overlook1977 can give you his take on this essential wardrobe staple: ”Unfortunately I already had this exact picture tattooed on my chest, but this shirt is very useful in colder weather.”

For those people who can’t make it to the grocery store, Amazon sells gallons of milk on the site, a fact that many Amazon reviewers find hysterical. “Do you have any idea where this stuff comes from? It’s excreted by squeezing the wobbly thingie on the UNDERSIDE OF A COW! That’s hardly made clear anywhere on the label,” wrote MoLaw. And of course, some items are just begging for funny reviews, like the Accoutrements Horse Mask: ByronicHero wrote, “It is day 87 and the horses have accepted me as one of their own. I have grown to understand and respect their gentle ways.”

The reviews may not exactly be helpful for customers looking for serious reviews, but Amazon has embraced the comedic gems. “Occasionally, customer creativity goes off the charts in the best possible way,” wrote the e-tail giant. Not everyone gets it, though: One user asked on the Tuscan Whole Milk page, “wtf? please explain: what is this all about?” The top answer to this suggested that unfortunately, the asker may not be able to purchase a sense of humor.


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