Everyone wants a friend. They provide comfort in times of need, someone to play ping pong with, and can help you move into a new apartment if you’re too cheap to hire professionals. Everyone does not, however, want a friend that is made out of dried compost. This didn’t stop Zoodoo from releasing the Dung Buddy, a wholly unique approach to fertilizing one’s lawn. These friendly compost companions came in the shape of different animals (turtles/cats/birds) and were designed to sit in your front yard and slowly fall apart as hordes of filthy flies perched upon them.
While the environmental aspects of the product were to be lauded, it seems like the makers could have come up with a slightly better name. Dung buddy conjures up the worst images of accidental internet searches gone bad which are best left unmentioned. More than that, the item was unquestioningly an object of incredible kitsch, the nineties equivalent of dogs playing poker. It was even available as political figures, so you could have a dung Bill Clinton or George Bush decomposing in your garden if you wanted to. Truly, political commentary at its best.