With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, my family has been asking what they can get for my 2-year-old. It’s tough because the kid, quite frankly, wants for nothing. Books are always a wonderful option. And he has every train and truck imaginable. He even has a play kitchen, which he loves. He enjoys pretending to cook for my husband and me almost daily. He even sprinkles fake salt on the dishes he “prepares.” So in the spirit of food and beverage, I thought the perfect gift for him would be a pretend bar. Luckily, Fisher-Price sells one:
Just kidding. While this Happy Hour Playset would be pretty funny, it does not actually exist. Adam Padilla, the co-founder of BrandFire, had a little fun with Photoshop and posted this image to his Instagram account recently. It went viral pretty quickly.
“The reaction has been absolutely incredible,” Padilla says. “Most people recognize that it is a joke, and think it is hilarious. Many of my close friends have seen it passed around their individual social circles with comments like, ‘you should buy this for your nephew!’ It seems that people really got a good laugh, which is awesome.”
Some parents even posted on Fisher-Price‘s Facebook page, urging the toy manufacturer to consider the fake product.
Next page: Not everyone got the joke:
Of course, not everyone got the joke. In what seems like a daily occurrence, some people believe everything they see and read on the Internet, and complained to Fisher-Price:
Padilla took advantage of this opportunity to remind us that we shouldn’t believe everything we read:
“It goes to show the power of the internet to take a story viral,” he says. “The right mix of pop culture and realism, with a bit of technical skill can really send something around the world pretty quickly.”
“It’s amazing to see and hopefully can inspire some creative thinking out there. Most importantly, I feel like it’s crucial to scrutinize what you see online and not be too quick to accept things as factual just because you saw them posted someplace.”
“Use your judgement and be smart about what you read. A lot of this is just common sense.”