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February 6, 2004 11:15 AM   Subscribe

Shop At Home TV Network salesdroid hurts self. You take a guess at what it ensues.
posted by xmutex (41 comments total)

 
at what ensues#!#!@#!
posted by xmutex at 11:16 AM on February 6, 2004


they sold more of those Katanas (?) than ever before?
posted by dabitch at 11:23 AM on February 6, 2004


Geez, what a cheap sword. Man the first time you aimed that thing at a neck it would break.

Definately not fine Damascus steel

Ah, recent memories of Kill Bill Vol. 1 resurface....
posted by jkaczor at 11:25 AM on February 6, 2004


I prefer their bowie knife collection. Especially when they sell lots of about 25 knives at a time. I NEED them.

Wouldn't it have been sweet if that blade had swung around just right and nipped him right in his trachea.
posted by Witty at 11:26 AM on February 6, 2004


Since the link is directly to a file, could someone give this away to those of us without video at work? That is, if it's really worth the effort.
posted by starvingartist at 11:31 AM on February 6, 2004


To give it away:

Salesdroid is showing us a fine s-word. To demonstrate its toughness, he whacks it on the display stand -- gives it a nice vertical HASSAN-CHOP!! sort of move. But it bounces up again and, since he's a complete mow-ron who has the sharpy-cutty side pointing at him, he gets cut on the head and falls down saying OWWYOWWYOWWYOWWY.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:36 AM on February 6, 2004


440 Stainless makes very bad swords - very brittle.
posted by Tenuki at 11:40 AM on February 6, 2004


I thought it him in the breast.
posted by xmutex at 11:40 AM on February 6, 2004


starvingartist et al: Not quite hilarity, but ironically amusing video shows shopping channel host demonstrating "quality" of a practice katana by tapping it relatively lightly against a desk. Blade dutifully snaps in half, jabbing into host who then falls to floor. Host registers immense pain ("oh, that hurt big time"), cameraman attempts to keep a well-framed shot of, well, the spot the host used to be, then there's the intervention of another staff member who is torn between trying to carry on with the sale and calmly voicing concern for his fallen comrade ("we may need emergency surgery... here in the studio").

On preview: damn I type slow... or write too much.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 11:40 AM on February 6, 2004


he gets cut on the head

It looked to me like the sword broke, and he took a shot to the abdomen from the fragment, to me. While I'm sure it smarted a bit, I can't help but wonder if the salesdroid is just a big pansy, since he was writhing like he broke a limb.
posted by trharlan at 11:42 AM on February 6, 2004


It hits him just under the arm, as best I can tell. Hard to imagine him getting injured that bad.

The delivery of the stagehand's comment at the end is hilarious, though.
posted by Succa at 11:42 AM on February 6, 2004


that was hilarious, esp. the end (like Succa said).

annoying sales person gets hurt by product -- can't get much better than that.

is it wrong that I'm still giggling?
posted by evening at 11:48 AM on February 6, 2004


I can't see anything in the video. Stupid low-quality mpeg, I shake my fist at your codec! Damn you MPEG!
posted by mathowie at 11:59 AM on February 6, 2004


Salesdroid is showing us a fine s-word.

He's showing us a fine shit?

Wow. You can buy anything on those channels nowadays.
posted by jonmc at 12:16 PM on February 6, 2004


looks like the arm or abdomen from here.. like accidental harakiri! ;)
posted by dabitch at 12:18 PM on February 6, 2004


The funny part of this video isn't really the dude getting stabbed, but the fact that the "high quality sword" snapped in half after being tapped on a wood table.

Man, I'm never buying swords from HSC again.
posted by hammurderer at 12:22 PM on February 6, 2004


Nice to see only the finest quality products available on home shopping networks...
posted by Samizdata at 12:23 PM on February 6, 2004


It's the second salesdroid that, um, sells this one. You can see the indecision in his eyes as that faint presence of a conscience whispers to him about maybe doing something for his comrade, but he manages to overcome it and get back to selling.
posted by tommasz at 12:26 PM on February 6, 2004


QVC ladder fall with links to the video (at snopes). These shows are dangerous.
posted by probablysteve at 12:30 PM on February 6, 2004


Screw the sword! What I want is that table!
Hardest Table in the World for only 3 easy installments of $19.95?
posted by kahboom at 1:11 PM on February 6, 2004


Half the blade broke off, flipped back toward him, and stuck into the side of his abdomen. It was schweet.
posted by Jeremy at 1:29 PM on February 6, 2004


he it the flat side onto a table....whatever strength a "practice" katana has isn't going to be there. He probably would have been fine if he hit the edge of the blade or the back....and engineer types familar with tensile strength of shaped steal, feel free to chime in.
posted by th3ph17 at 1:44 PM on February 6, 2004


The Broken Sword Collectors Edition
posted by stbalbach at 1:45 PM on February 6, 2004


While I'm sure it smarted a bit, I can't help but wonder if the salesdroid is just a big pansy, since he was writhing like he broke a limb.

I've gotta agree. Myself and two fencing instructor/sword junkie friends just spent a lot of time looking (as best we could) frame by frame -- its hard to tell with the stand in the way, but its pretty clear the broken end just flips back and whacks him on the tummy/armpit, then falls to the floor off to the side. From the written descriptions above I was expecting the tip of the broken end to be stuck in him or something, but such is not the case. I doubt it even put a hole in his shirt.

Yes, it was a shock, but 'c'mon, dude -- if you used these swords for anything except hanging on your wall you wouldn't be making quite such a big deal.... Our expert opinion: he's a wus.
posted by anastasiav at 2:03 PM on February 6, 2004


I prefer their bowie knife collection. Especially when they sell lots of about 25 knives at a time. I NEED them.

Pffttt! The best is the baseball card guy who demeans your manhood if you don't buy the Cal Rypken rookie card right now because THEY'LL NEVER LET US OFFER THIS AGAIN!!!
posted by Cyrano at 2:11 PM on February 6, 2004


So, these swords, they shatter?
posted by NewBornHippy at 2:12 PM on February 6, 2004


The best is the baseball card guy who demeans your manhood if you don't buy the Cal Rypken rookie card right now because THEY'LL NEVER LET US OFFER THIS AGAIN!!!

Don West was great. Last I heard he was working as an announcer for some pay-per-view only wrestling league.
posted by crank at 2:34 PM on February 6, 2004


"May thy knife chip and shatter."
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:58 PM on February 6, 2004


Head, tummy, whatever. I blame looking at it on a monitor set to 1600x1200. Because that's better than blaming me.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:31 PM on February 6, 2004


Too funny... these guys are always much too enthusiastic about their "quality knives" IMHO.

Never mind 25 Bowies at once, what really gets me is the 200-piece sets they have every once in a while. I mean, who doesn't need 15 sets of 10 identical pocket knives?
posted by clevershark at 5:39 PM on February 6, 2004


From the "Shop AT Home" staff bio:

Shawn Leflar

It's worth staying up past midnight to catch this overnight host on Shop At Home. You'll most likely see Shawn selling coins, hawking a wide variety of electronics, or turning up as an official "Knife Boy" with co-host Tom O'Dell. Shawn grew up in Germantown, TN outside Memphis.


The irony was lost then found again.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:04 PM on February 6, 2004


Acting! [/Jon Lovitz]
It looks to me like Knife Boy was trying to play off the fact that the sword was dull.
posted by eddydamascene at 7:34 PM on February 6, 2004


ROU_Xenophobe: Is that what Paul Atreides says before he fights the surly "sand person" in Dune? It's been a long time, if so, good quote
posted by BackwardsHatClub at 1:08 AM on February 7, 2004


Looked to me like the hilt of the sword banged him in his family jewels. He doubled-up like that was what happened.
posted by Goofyy at 3:23 AM on February 7, 2004


After a thorough examination of the evidence, it appears that the top 8" of the blade are snapped off when he thwacks it against the table, which then clearly flips backwards (pointy-part towards him) and stabs him in his right side, a few inches above his waist. You can see him clutch his right side afterwards; given the next sales guy's reaction, it would seem to me that he probably bleeding pretty badly, but nothing life-threatening.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:44 AM on February 7, 2004


ROU_X: Salesdroid is showing us a fine s-word.

For $400, Alex.

crank: Don West was great. Last I heard he was working as an announcer for some pay-per-view only wrestling league.

When he first started doing color, Don's commentary seemed to suggest he didn't watch much wrestling, but his enthusiasm made up for it. When I watch the show, as I am occasionally wont to do, I am mightily impressed by his enthusiasm, particularly near the end of the show when he starts doing the hard-sell of next week's show: "YOU WILL SEE! THE SANDMAN! AND BALLS MAHONEY! TAKE ON THE GATHERING! OF C.M.PUNK AND JULIO DINERO!"
posted by britain at 5:06 AM on February 7, 2004


ROU_Xenophobe: Is that what Paul Atreides says before he fights the surly "sand person" in Dune?

No, I don't think combatants in any of the Dune books say "Head, tummy, whatever" to each other. Maybe in the David Lynch super-extendo version.

But "May thy knife chip and shatter!" does get said a lot in those books, yeah.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:45 AM on February 7, 2004


"Folks, right now.... we may need emergency surgery.... in the studio."
posted by Jonasio at 7:52 PM on February 7, 2004


I bought a few of these "wallhanger" swords from BudK, but then wisened up and bought a proper, functional, katana. Difference in quality and materials is night-and-day (not to mention $20 versus $150, and the $150 sword is low-end from its maker).

I haven't check SwordForum yet to see their reaction to this video.
posted by mrbill at 8:50 PM on February 7, 2004


er, make that "checked". Looks like the SwordForum response was pretty much "thats what happens when you play with a sharp letter opener".
posted by mrbill at 8:55 PM on February 7, 2004


/*deep breath*/ OK. Salesdroid my ass-do not tell me that nobody around here went to college while working at (your choice) Sears,The Limited, The Gap, The Cure-OK, not that-but JC Penny, Target, etc.?
posted by Finder at 10:43 PM on February 7, 2004


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