Tent sales rise

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Tent sales have risen to an all-time high in the wake of the popular Western movie Brokeback Mountain. Demand for tents for this year’s spring and summer fishing season is up over any previous year since tent sales began being recorded.

National Tent Manufacturers spokesperson Harold Peters appeared wearing only leather chaps and a smile at a recent press conference. “Orders are coming out of the woodwork; we don’t even have to advertise our camping products. Due to the increased demand, we’ve been bending over backwards—and in some cases forwards—to try to get orders filled.”

It’s been reported that sales of fishing poles and rods are also trending upward.

Motion Picture Association of America spokesman Sloan Star said that the phenomenon is common with popular movies. For example, he said, sales of convertibles increased with the success of Thelma and Louise, cowboy boots flew out of stores after Midnight Cowboy, and closet sales exploded following the remake of War of the Worlds, last year’s Tom Cruise blockbuster.

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way,” Star said. It appeared people actually stopped purchasing contraception and baby clothes after seeing Entrapment, which starred 69-year-old Sean Connery and 29-year-old Catherine Zeta-Jones. What’s it mean? Well, it can’t be a coincidence that the downward sales trend is called “flaccidity.”

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