Loved, loved, loved the recent article in the Chicago Sun-Times about the town of Cicero buying 250 rubber chickens. According to the report, the town bought them to “hand out to children who attended an event the town cosponsored to salute the achievements of local television personality Son of Svengoolie, whose use of rubber chickens in his act is well known.”
The thought of hundreds of children walking around with rubber chickens is a hoot. I just love a town with a sense of humor. But there other novelty items the town might consider purchasing in the future:
- Joy buzzers for town officials to use when shaking hands with visiting dignitaries
- Magic 8 Balls to help the town board make decisions
- Chinese finger traps to help school kids walk in twos
- Snake nut cans to add life to boring public hearings
- Whoopee cushions for interrogation chairs at the police department (nothing breaks the tension and helps establish rapport like a good laugh!)
I invite municipalities to call me for other creative ideas on how to strategically use novelty products at taxpayer expense. I would do it pro bono, of course, so it would be money well spent.