Laser Vibrators? Here's What Was in Those $168,000 Swag Bags at the Oscars

The Oscars were this past weekend, with big wins for actors Eddie Redmayne, who portrayed Stephen Hawking, and the Alejandro Iñárritu film "Birdman." But don't feel too bad for those nominees who didn't win; they were still sent home with pricey consolation prizes: goodie bags valued at around $168,000.


Here are some of the items contained within, as reported by USA Today:

To call some of contents of this year's gift bag wacky — if not racy — might be an understatement. Among them:

• Laser vibrator. The Afterglow Pulsewave Vibrator bills itself as the world's only adult toy that utilizes a low-level laser to enhance arousal. Value: $250

• Orgasm booster. "The Couple's Love Shot," as it's called, is available to each of two "lovers" who can receive orgasm boosters including the O-Shot (Orgasm Shot), created by the same doctor who invented the Vampire Facelift to reduce wrinkles. Value: $5,000

• Pricey condoms. Naked Luxury Condoms, dubbed "the world's only luxury condom" and "the most pleasurable condom in the world." Value: $56 for two 6-packs.

• Holiday in Tuscany. With the Italian Luxury Hotel Package, nominees will receive three complimentary nights in a suite at the five-star Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Value: $11,500.

• Chi-Chi car rental. A year's worth of Silvercar rentals, the all-Audi airport car rental service that promises no lines, free GPS, free Sirius radio and free Wi-Fi every time. Value: $20,000

• Whiz-bang bicycle. Martone Cycling, known for its fashion and design-driven bikes, will hand out certificates for free designer bikes with automatic transmission and its signature red bike chains. Value: $1,200

The Academy has been taking heat for being out of touch with everyday Americans. The pricey swag bags may just be the tip of that iceberg.

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