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New Product Tuesday: ‘Wow Cup’—Magical New Sipper!

Like a magic trick and drinking vessel in one!

For this New Product Tuesday, we bring you the Wow Cup—which is basically a magic trick and drinking vessel in one! Judging from the video, which features a De La Soul-style rave-up and excited kids—who at one point are seen actually flying through outer space—this is one crazy drinking cup. What makes it so crazy? The craziness lies in its magic-like design that prevents your beverage from leaking out, no matter what kind of crazy shenanigans you get up to. The Wow Cup is also dishwasher safe, BPA-free and virtually indestructible—and it comes in four colors!

Get 2 Wow Cups for the price of 1 (plus S&H) with this As Seen on TV offer if you order now!

Wow Cup magically seals itself.

Drink your fill. When you’re done, Wow Cup automatically seals itself. The secret is Wow Cup’s auto sealing technology that allow liquid to flow only when you drink. Once you stop, it forms a water tight seal, guaranteed.

Spill-defying shenanigans possible while using Wow Cup include (but are not limited to):

  • Cartwheels!
  • Somersaults!
  • Water skiing!
  • Waterfall diving!
  • Trampoline flips!
  • Trips and falls!
  • Pratfalls!
  • Reckless driving!
  • Space flight!

Wow Cup Flying

(The Wow Cup is not guaranteed to let you fly in space.)

eHealth.com Answers Tough Obamacare Questions

HealthCare.gov alternative eHealth.com has the answers

After the debacle of the Obama administration’s HealthCare.gov rollout, independent healthcare marketplace eHealth has emerged as an easier alternative that actually works, and which quickly and easily lays out all your insurance plan options after you enter just your birth date and gender. The plans are identical in price and structure as those on the government site. eHealth.com has also provided a series of helpful videos that tackle pressing concerns of insurance consumers.
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TurboTax Canada Courts Young Filers With ‘Sexy’ Ads

TurboTax Canada, the online tax filing service, has launched the clever “My First Time” ad campaign targeting millennials, in which cool, swinging young people describe their “first time.” Wink wink. But the first time they’re talking about isn’t hot, steamy sex. They’re talking about filing taxes.

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Get Obamacare Faster and Easier with eHealth

Are you still uninsured? Time is running out to sign up for Obamacare health coverage and avoid costly tax penalties. Did you know that eHealth (eHealthInsurance.com), a trusted private health insurance website, provides a faster, easier alternative to clunky, problem-plagued HealthCare.gov? That site, spurned by Repubs and Dems alike, has left so many of us with bald patches on our once brilliant domes after the aggravation of attempting to use it drained our last vestiges of quickly dwindling sanity. Now there’s help.

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Pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s Stuff Headed to Auction

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Troubled infomercial king Kevin Trudeau

Disgraced infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s personal belongings are to be auctioned off to help pay off a $38 million fine from a civil case related to his current federal case.

Auctioneers estimate the sale will bring in just $100,000. Items include an elaborate chandelier and gilt-framed portraits of Gen. George S. Patton and Winston Churchill, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

In a Facebook post, Trudeau calls the gaudy items from his former California vacation home “priceless,” and that they “have my energy infused in them. They are all like amulets.”

Trudeau had previously claimed he was broke, and was accused by authorities of hiding assets. The cases center on false claims he made while marketing the book The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You To Know About.

DRTV Firm Top Dog Direct Hosts ‘Speed Pitch’

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Top Dog Direct hosts Philly ‘Speed Pitch’

60 Seconds and . . . Bring It On!

DRTV firm Top Dog Direct invited inventors to pitch the next potential As Seen on TV hit product at its Speed Pitch in Philadelphia. The country’s biggest direct-marketing manufacturer and marketer hosted the event at the Liberty Bell/Independence Mall Visitor Center on Thursday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to noon, as reported by NJ.com. It featured a panel of experts on hand to judge participants’ 60-second pitches. Winners were awarded contracts that could lead to their product being sold on TV. Stay tuned to this blog for a run-down on the winning pitches.

Top Dog Direct is the company behind proven products like Mighty Putty Purple and Night View NV Night Driving Glasses.

Meth Cook Arrested in ‘Breaking Bad’ Shirt

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Meth cook arrested in ‘Breaking Bad’ shirt.

Life imitated award-winning television when Chicago police arrested Daniel Kowalski, whose mugshot shows the 21-year-old in a Breaking Bad-related shirt. Police were acting on an anonymous tip when they allegedly found a methamphetamine lab in his home. The shirt, of course, features the logo of the fictional Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant from the hit TV series starring Bryan Cranston. You can get your own Los Pollos Hermanos shirt here. But don’t get carried away with it. It’s just a show.

(Mugshot courtesy Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

‘Reader’s Digest’ Reviews: As Seen on TV

Reader’s Digest staff members recently did a hands-on test of 10 As Seen on TV products, and delivered their honest critiques. For “As Seen on TV: What Not to Buy,” writer Perri O. Blumberg enlisted colleagues at the magazine to help “separate the scams from the saviors” of 10 “products we all secretly want.”

The magazine recommends buying six of the 10 products, with the NutriBullet receiving a score of 4 out of 4 (“Order overnight!!”). The lowest-ranking products were Lint Lizard, with a zero out of 4 (“Need we say more?”), and the Twist n Clip, with a 0.5 out of 4 (“Practically a gag gift”).

Here are all 10 products Reader’s Digest reviewed, with their score, recommendation and retail price in quotes.

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Ghostbuster Harold Ramis: Egon Away

Ghostbusters star and cowriter Harold Ramis, who passed away Feb. 24 at the age of 69, leaves behind a treasure trove of comedy gold, starting with his turn on Canadian sketch show SCTV in the mid-1970s. He went on to write and direct several cult classics, and appeared in a few, including as Egon Spengler in the two Ghostbusters movies alongside pal and long-time collaborator Bill Murray.

Of course, Ramis’s passing likely closes the chapter on the long-in-development Ghostbusters 3, which is probably for the best. In the 2009 interview below, Ramis talks about working on the third installment. (You can buy the Ghostbusters Double Feature Gift Set at Amazon for less than $14.)

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