It has been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery and its true. If something is seen as unique or of value there will be others that will seek to incorporate it as their own, as if somehow being linked to a popular thing makes the imitator important also. Who can forget that “too cool for school” feeling we got walking though mall with only one white glove on our hand like Michael Jackson? He was the first Mike we all wanted to be like. Did anyone else have a pair of MC Hammer pants or am I the only one? The 80’s is the reason teenagers are the embarrassed of their parents. The Imitation/Flattery principle has a great legacy in so much of our modern culture. Take for instance the Finnish band Hanoi Rocks. They have been credited with setting a blueprint for the look of hair metal rock bands.
Even though only a cult following remains, as most have never heard of them and probably couldn’t find Finland on a map, we all know some of their protégés –Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Kix, Night Ranger and one of the first hair bands ever; Twisted Sister. Sometimes the imitation tops those being flattered.
Recently I blogged about a amazing new product called NeverWet (http://www.neverwet.com). Spray this miracle product on any surface and no liquids will ever stick to it. It seemed too good to be true and I had my doubts until I saw something that confirmed the validity of the product; an imitation! Or perhaps it is the other way around and NeverWet is the imitation…either way these are two amazing products that are just plain fun to watch in demonstration.
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