I am an avid catalogue reader. Just recently I came across one, Practica, a catalogue for some rather amazing household products. There was a plastic container, the size of a small beach ball that contained a hard plastic 27-piece dinnerware set perfect for serving six people on a picnic.

And, there's the "rookie" chopsticks with a connected top and beveled flat tips with gripping serrations on the inside or how about the large stainless steel fork that can be used when cooking beef, pork, lamb, and poultry that shows the food's temperature on the handle? Of course, let's not forget the 23-inch shoehorn so you don't have to bend down when putting on shoes or boots.

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