Todays Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery strip had me reading the comments. I have never heard the Bicycle Shaped Object (BSO) term before, but I knew immediately what it was and I could see any number of them in my mind. I feel a sense of remorse when I agree to tune one because I feel the customer is wasting their money, but the response is always the same: "Well that's less than a new bike and I don't want to spend $600". So I shake my head, say yes and take their bike in.
Here is a great article lamenting the pain that BSOs bring to mechanics. We're not bike snobs (which is what most people think we are for bashing the BSO).