Shiny things make people stupid.

pinned to Wedding stuff by Carrie Lombardi, curated from Lady and the Blog, from a successfully-funded Kickstarter Project that led to Coffee Joulies

I saw this image all over Pinterest today, mostly on wedding boards, with the commentary, “Spray paint coffee beans and use as a vase filler… lovely!”

This gave me pause. While the items in this image are indeed lovely and shiny and attention-grabbing, they are also so blatantly obviously NOT spray-painted coffee beans. I can only assume that anyone who repinned this with that commentary has never used paint from a spray can. Or seen a coffee bean. Or had something important to do with their time, like spray-painting tea leaves and using them as confetti.

It’s ideas like this that give Pinterest (and future-brides) a bad rep.

That said, what this really is, as anyone who bothered clicking on the image to find its source would know, are Coffee Joulies, pieces of stainless steel shaped like giant coffee beans that you put (with your hot coffee or beverage) into your insulated travel mug. The beans cool down your coffee to proper drinking temperature, and then keep your coffee at that temperature all day. Or so they say. I haven’t tried them.

Anyway, the point here is that in the Land of Pinterest, a product such at this can morph into something described as spray-painted coffee beans to use as vase-filler, and people just keep liking it and re-pinning it and praising it and no one even bothers to research or question if what they are seeing and reading and sharing is accurate.

Which, if you think about it, goes a long way towards explaining why politics in this country are so fucked up.

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8 Responses to Shiny things make people stupid.

  1. Danielle Harms says:

    Thank you so much! I knew about coffee joulies before I got a pinterest, so as soon as my grandma pinned this I got pretty annoyed. It seems like people forgot that you should check the website before mindlessly pinning things.

  2. brittnie says:

    THANK YOU!!! I hate hate hate clicking on a pin only to discover that it links to a totally unrelated site or is the total opposite of what the description says… it takes 2 seconds to click on the picture and see where it goes! Totally defeats the point of using pinterest.

  3. Stacie M. says:

    Hilarious! I love it!

  4. Kat says:

    I love everything about your post. Seriously. LOVE. Thank you for putting words to most of my thoughts about what people pin. I can tell right off if they’ve even clicked the link to what they’re pinning. Keep it real people!

  5. it’s amazing how everyone takes things from pinterest as the Bible…it’s on pinterest so it must be true/do-able/smart/chic/tried and true. If I posted a picture of a keyboard mouse and labeled it “great way to keep mice away!” people will be like “oh! really?! and repost and put computer mice in the garage to keep real mice out…fools. (and yet, I love pinterest)

  6. synical says:

    WTF!! 50 bucks is not cheap, let alone use for vase fillers!!

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