Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

12 Dec 2007, 10:27 a.m.

Collection of SkyMall (TravelMall) Humor

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2007 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

SkyMall has inspired a lot of parodies and homages. There's the SkyMaul book and the Coulton song, item-by-item mockery, a Penny Arcade comic, more of an essay, and airplane-travel-specific item-by-item mockery. Those are the links I've collected over the past few months; if you know of more good SkyMall (or TravelMall if you're on a bus or train) humor, post it in the comments.

Also: if you run out of Rachel Chalmers, read her old Advogato diary.


12 Dec 2007, 11:50 a.m.

Don't forget about Unnovations! Just about every one is laugh out loud funny, but my personal favorite has always been The World's Most Dramatically Effective Baker-Infuriating Hat.

12 Dec 2007, 12:18 p.m.

I'm glad Kasper Hauser is finally getting their due. Unfortunately YouTube is missing some of their best routines.

Hey ... would you mind if I used your info on KH to support an article/vlog thingy I'm working on? Can't believe I'm thinking "vlogs" these days. My voice is sooooo congested.

Sumana Harihareswara
12 Dec 2007, 14:01 p.m.

Joe, I don't think I have or have shared any info on Kasper Hauser worthy of vlogging or referencing, but go ahead!

Thanks for the Unnovations, Steve. That'll be a treat once I'm done with this paper and final.

12 Dec 2007, 16:10 p.m.

I believe that Advogato link is what the kids call "fanservice."

Or if it isn't it should be.