The holiday travel season is in full swing. As we were reminded by a story this morning about an airline computer glitch causing air passengers to be stranded at airports, we got to thinking of horror stories about excursions gone bad. Weather delays, sleeping on cots in terminals, rerouted or destroyed luggage, all the traveling woes of which nightmares are created.
But every now and then, you hear tales of amazing coincidences and positive outcomes when it seems all hope had been lost. And we got to wondering: have any of our readers experienced such accidental adventures? Perhaps strangers you were forced to interact with, who it turned out you knew long ago? New towns you explored because you couldn’t leave due to travel restrictions, only to find your new favorite destination?
Let us know in the comments section if you or someone you know has snatched victory from the jaws of a globe-trotting defeat.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Someone special was born, and you want to commemorate the big day. The Complete New York Times Birthday Edition lets you do just that, reliving all the news that was fit to print, by one of the most iconic newspapers in our history.
Just pick any date between 1880 and 2000, and your personal edition will be procured from the New York Times, including the headlines, body copy, editorials, advertisements, and want ads that made news that day. Also included will be 12 reprints of historic front pages from the year you’ve chosen to be highlighted. Your hardcover edition will come with the recipient’s name, as well as “The New York Times” title, embossed in gold lettering across the cover. Editions will be between 60 to 100 pages, depending on just how busy of a news day you’ve selected.
Whether you have a newshound in your life, or a friend who’s in love with the City that Never Sleeps, The Complete New York Times Birthday Edition from Hammacher Schlemmer is a cherished memento they’ll revisit and relive year after year.
The Complete New York Times Birthday Edition
Make it easy for party guests to find your home this Holiday season, with The Two Story Inflatable Reindeer from Hammacher Schlemmer.
This is the inflatable reindeer that stands nearly two stories tall. The reindeer’s underbelly is 6 1/4′ above ground at the highest point, allowing guests to walk underneath, and each hoof is the size of an armchair. The reindeer’s head sways side-to-side to greet revelers scampering underfoot, and it has five clear interior lights that cast a festive, holiday glow. It has two, three-pointed 4′-long antlers, a red and green scarf around its neck, and its hindquarters and tail are elevated above its head in a playful stance that suggests he’s about to dash through the snow. Made of durable tear-resistant polyester, the two story inflatable reindeer remains in place with the included stakes and tethers. The integrated fan inflates the reindeer in five minutes and maintains inflation.
So this year, tell your visitors to make two lefts, a right, and then look for the home with the giant inflatable Rudolph. They won’t miss it!
The Two Story Inflatable Reindeer
Here at Hammacher Schlemmer, we’ve known our Original Sleep Sound Generator has been soothing happy customers off to blissful slumber for years and years. But we decided to let those same customers tell you for themselves how much they love this little machine.
First, David in Indianapolis says:
”We travel with one. I have taken it with me for hospital stays (I loathe noisy hallways and nursing stations) and nurses love it.”
“WE LOVE IT. The best proof is that this is our 6th Sleep Sound Generator that we have purchased.This is for a son with some health problems. Four go to college with our grandkids.” — Hank in Pennsylvania
And this from Yolande in Covington, LA:
“My family owns 6 Sleep Sound Generators. We have 4 at our house and 2 at our beach cottage. We cannot live without them! It reduces all outside noise while sleeping, reading, or just relaxing. I would highly recommend the Sleep Sound Generator to EVERYONE! My son attends a college with a Dyslexia Center. The Dyslexia Center has at least 20 Sleep Sound Generators to help the students concentrate.”
Friends, we encourage you to visit The Original Sleep Sound Generator page and see all of the comments users have made about this wonderful product. If you or someone you know has trouble sleeping, we’ll think you’ll agree, there is no substitute.
The Original Sleep Sound Generator
This is The Best Men’s Foil Shaver, so named by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it provided the closest, most comfortable shave among all those foil shavers tested.
The Best Men’s Foil Shaver utilizes an industry-leading 5 blades, along with the foils’ subtle vibrations, to lift and cut hair below the skin, all without pulling or nicking the skin. According to one tester, this resulted in “an extraordinary close shave.” And while other models needed extra passes to get to hard-to-reach spots, The Best model reached “every nook and cranny without a problem”, in the words of another panelist.
Being waterproof, The Best Men’s Foil Shaver can be used wet or dry, allowing for shaves in the shower, with or without shaving cream. When connected to its base, The Best Foil is automatically cleaned and dried, so it’s ready to go when you are.
See why testers called this “the most comfortable electric razor I have ever used.” Experience The Best Men’s Foil Shaver.
The Best Men’s Foil Shaver
The Talking Measuring Cup from Hammacher Schlemmer might just save your sanity the next time you try to bake.
You know the drill. Put water in the measuring cup. Set it on the counter. Wait for the waves to stop. Now, bend down so your eyes are even with the markings on the side. Need more water? Add some more, then repeat the setting/waving/reading mode. Just right! Now, dry it out completely, because you need to go through the same routine with the dry ingredients. Pour in flour, tap the sides so you have a nice flat top, bend down and read your level. Frustrated yet? By now, you might be talking to your ordinary measuring cup, instead of your measuring cup speaking to you.
The Talking Measuring Cup, when set in its base, tells you in a clear voice exactly how much wet or dry material has been added. Set the tare function, and you can add additional ingredients to what is already inside the cup, and it will tell you the precise amounts of those items as well. No guessing, no cleaning out the cup and drying it so nothing sticks to the side.
It’s nice to take the time for baking at home; why not save yourself a little bit of the work. Don’t estimate your ingredients, add them accurately every time. With The Talking Measuring Cup.
The Talking Measuring Cup
This is The Only Cat’s Outdoor Heated Shelter, because no self-respecting cat wants to spend the winter in the doghouse.
Winter temperatures are much more stressful on outdoor animals. But even some household pets don’t know when it’s time to come in out of the cold. Whether your cat comes and goes as she pleases, or refuses to come inside altogether, providing refuge from wintry conditions is essential. The Outdoor Heated Shelter is an easily assembled, cozy hideaway for the most finicky of felines. Connecting to an AC outlet, a removable 20-watt heater warms the floor of the shelter, yet never feels hot to the touch. The waterproof foam floor provides a soft dry respite from wind, snow, and rain, while plastic flaps let your cat come and go while containing the heat inside.
If you have cats that love the outdoors as much as being inside, or if you’d like to provide a warm, safe hideout for the occasional passing stray, you want The Cat’s Outdoor Heated Shelter.
The Cat’s Outdoor Heated Shelter
The Adjustable iPad Floor Stand from Hammacher Schlemmer keeps a firm grip on your iPad so you can move freely, without needing to use your lap as a work space. Whether you are sitting, standing, even exercising, your iPad stays in place.
The iPad floor stand telescopes, tilts, and swivels to hold the device at any position for optimal comfort. Four bungee cords on the platform hold an iPad or a similar device inverted over your face while you lie down or sit supine in a lounge chair, eliminating the need to hold the device in awkward positions and leaving hands unencumbered to navigate apps. The iPad stand telescopes from 30″ to 53″ high, yaws, and rotates 360º, providing customizable comfort whether you are reclined, seated upright, or standing. The Adjustable iPad Floor Stand can be placed next to a chair or couch while keeping the iPad in your line of vision, and the four casters enable quick relocation. Also ideal for holding a device while you exercise, cook, or perform hobbies, this iPad stand adjusts to hold a Kindle, Nook, or other tablet computers as well.
Don’t look for a safe spot to lay down your device the next time you need to get up from your bed or chair. Keep it in securely fastened with the Adjustable iPad Floor Stand.
The Adjustable iPad Floor Stand
The Healthiest Deep Fryer from Hammacher Schlemmer lets you cook your favorite fried foods using just a single tablespoon of oil. Chicken wings, shrimp, and of course, french fries cook crispy on the outside and tender on the inside without those additional oily calories. (Watch the video here) One of the reasons we love it so much is because you love it so much. Listen to what a few satisfied customers have to say about The Healthiest Deep Fryer.
I was skeptical when my husband bought it as we don’t eat fried foods as a rule. Now we do, and we are very happy with the ease of use as well as the health aspects. So far have cooked potatoes, yams and squash. Clean up is a breeze. — MD in Boulder, CO
I love the whole concept! It lets me serve healthy guilt free fried food! — Monica in Peterborough, Ontario
Love being able to eat a healthier version of deep fried foods. I dare say that our chicken wings are just as good as any in the city! We can actually get them crispy. — BB in Washington, DC
This fryer lives up to all its hype. It cooks the best tasting yet healthy food we have ever had. The recipes in the instruction manual are easy to follow and very healthy and tasty. — Monica in Lakeland, FL
The Healthiest Deep Fryer cuts fat content in your favorite foods from 14% to 3%. See what everyone is raving about; try The Healthiest Deep Fryer in your kitchen.
When there’s a really tough mess to clean up, the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute named this The Best Floor Steamer because it cleaned the fastest of all models tested, and had more useful attachments than the others.
Heating up in only 3 minutes to produce its 212-degree steam (effective in killing up to 99.9% of bacteria), the Best Steam Cleaner easily outperformed lesser models on both carpet and hard flooring. While those others needed up to 8 passes to remove dried orange juice and apple sauce from carpeting, The Best model powered them away in just 1 and 3 passes respectively. And when removing powder debris from bare floors, the Best Floor Steamer again needed only 2 passes, compared to up to 8 for the competition. And the Best model includes 11 attachments, including apparatuses for steaming garments, a gout brush, even a window squeegee.
When you need to tackle the big spills before they become permanent stains, get the cleaner that gets ready in a hurry, then gets the job done equally as fast. The Best Floor Steamer, from Hammacher Schlemmer.
The Best Floor Steamer