What do you really want? asks the fortune cookie. Are you satisfied, really? Asks the subway multivitamin advertisement. Isn't it time you lived for yourself? asks the Garnier Fructis TV advertisement. Can't you see? The whole world is joining forces to get YOU to do what YOU want. So just do it. Do it, you coward! Buy the $95,000 HippopotAMUS COUCH.
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"Unlike the aggressive, unpredictable nature of the hippopotamus," says the description. "this sofa provides a reliable place to read or entertain guests while paying tribute to the animal ancient cultures revered for its intrepidity, tenacity, and bravery."
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