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Heart-Shaped Deception Box

The perfect obligation detector!
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Ah, the perfect Valentine's Day gift: a lovely bouquet of red roses coupled with a wonderfully generic heart-shaped box of mystery chocolates. Maybe throw in a teddy bear for good measure. . Aww, how absolutely boring--I mean, obligatory--er, romantic!

Seriously, can we really get much more unoriginal and impersonal than that? Well, the Heart-Shaped Deception box will begin to put both the personalization and originality back into this holiday by pinpointing the least thoughtful and careful gift-givers. At first glance, these festive-looking heart-shaped boxes look like any ordinary Valentine's chocolate boxes, and are in fact intermixed with them on store shelves. But really, these boxes contain rather unappetizing morsels such as rocks, dead batteries, dried fish heads--you name it. And the contents of each box are even listed on the box itself in clearly legible text which one can locate with just a little effort.

A chocolate-seeking customer who encounters one of these boxes while browsing the Valentine's section has two options: (1) check the box's contents to verify that the chocolates that the box is assumed to contain sound appetizing and hopefully are of a variety that the recipient will enjoy or (2) snatch the box off the shelf and buy it because, after all, it's a heart and it's Valentine's Day so that makes it good enough, right?

Customers who select option 1 will likely find the contents rather unappealing and move on to select a box that contains actual chocolates which meet their standards (and hopefully their recipients' standards, for that matter). Meanwhile, customers who pick option 2 are obviously in for quite the surprise--and of course so are the recipients of their gifts. When an unwitting recipient opens their box of fishheads from their date and then discovers that the box clearly states that it contains fishheads, they might question the thoughtfulness of a date who would put so little effort into selecting their gift as to carelessly get them a box of fishheads. The date, in turn, will likely feel like a complete doofus and learn to try a little harder next time--regardless of whether their current date decides to stick around or if they're hoping for better luck with date #2.

However, regardless of how each individual situation turns out, face it--receiving a chocolate box that defies all expectation will certainly make for a one-of-a-kind Valentine's Day to never be forgotten!

Plankton, Feb 16 2015

Heart-Shaped Box http://en.wikipedia...ki/Heart-Shaped_Box
[normzone, Feb 17 2015]

Heart-Shaped Bock https://untappd.com...-shaped-bock/224488
[normzone, Feb 17 2015]


       Plankton you are a Pure Genius! I am so jealous I didn't think of this one Damnit!!!!!!   

       And are you the real Plankton? in my head I heard this entire idea read to me in your voice evil tone exclamations and all.
vfrackis, Feb 16 2015

       Wow...am I the real Plankton? Vfrackis, I can't think of a finer compliment you could have paid me! I am also quite vividly hearing the description of my latest invention spoken in his--I mean my voice as I type this...
Plankton, Feb 17 2015

       Evil in a strange kind of way [+]
Voice, Feb 17 2015

       Lucky man that I am, I get a pass on the whole V-day thing. My wife manages a Sees Candies, and that kind of holiday is a grueling slog for her.
normzone, Feb 17 2015

       She eyes crap chocolate pieces while I freak
I done bought this bogus heart-shaped-box that reeks
I've been suckered by their small-print corporate rap
I wish she hadn't seen them so I could take them back

       Hey! Wait!
I've got a real complaint
Forever alone from my own thoughtless vice
Way! Hate!
I've got a new complaint
Fuck now I'm divorced 'cause I fell for it twice
OyVey! Bait!
Let's get this bullshit straight
No chick in my bed thanks to couth-less ad guys

       You ad guys...   

       "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
st3f, Nov 16 2016


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