Our nomination for the most ill-timed ad of the year goes to SHARPER IMAGE for this numbing sales pitch in the the New York Times. It's hustling a $399 Hover Board as THIS YEAR'S HOTTEST gift . That much is the highest truth in advertising after reports that these two-wheeled New World conveyors have caught fire more than 11 times and some riders have fallen. Serious enough for Amazon to withdraw them from its online markets and airlines have banned them.
Abe Zaidan has been a professional journalist and freelance writer for more than forty years. He was the Ohio correspondent for the Washington Post, as well as a political columnist at the Akron Beacon Journal.