I am something of an adhesives enthusiast. If you can bind anything with goop of some kind, I’ve probably tried to stick things together with it that you shouldn’t. A few days ago I saw the latest “As Seen On TV” product, UGlu. For all intents and purposes, it’s tape-backed glue. I know I shouldn’t — but I must have some.
With statements like “Great for men, women and children,” or the infamous “One product that does it all” on the front page of the website, anyone with common sense should have been running already, but I don’t. The lure of new adhesive magic keeps my attention, much like the dancing flute of a snake charmer mesmerizes a cobra.
It’s glue, but not a liquid, and it’s tape with no backing. It bonds with almost anything flat; it can hold up to 50 lbs. per square inch but you can pull it off with two fingers if you want the objects unstuck, sings the hyped-up spokesman. His flute-like song keeps me planted under the lid of my wicker basket, poised to fill him full of venom, but not yet. Let’s hear him finish, I keep thinking.
I’m not sure how it works exactly, but after seeing the demos, I now must have some — if for no other reason than to debunk its preposterous claims. At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself. Either way, after the holiday rush I will have mashed something together with UGlu and, quite literally, see what sticks.