Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cultural Surprises

I found a unique thing today in the equivalent of a Japanese dollar store. When I saw the vast variety of a never before seen item on the shelf, it piqued my interest. Shellacked. Bamboo. Plastic. Disposable. Fancy. Simple. They all had tops to fit the style.

If the back of the package hadn't explained their usage, it would have been a lifelong mystery.

  • Use only for intended purpose
  • Never let children use alone and keep away from reach of children
  • Avoid picking too deep and giving too much stimulus or impact to an ear 
  • Should you feel any discomfort during use, please consult a doctor. 
I could not believe what I saw in tiny English. Un earpick. There were two in each package. Isn't un singular? Somehow it tickled my funny bone - I couldn't stop laughing. Very bad of me. When I could breathe and see again, I picked out two packages of two. Great stocking stuffers for $2.00....

They look like miniature back scratchers - only instead of a tiny claw it has a tiny spoonish end. Just google it, won't you? A picture IS worth a thousand words. :) 

Who needs to keep buying and wasting those trees and cotton in Q-tips anyways? I'm going green. Finally. 

Just think how it would take care of itchy ear syndrome? Or worse. Happy ear picking thoughts aren't coming as quickly as I thought they would. I think Jane's gorillas would be fascinated by this tool. They would probably eat the treasure they mined....even consider it a delicacy. 

I'd better stop now, it will only go downhill from here. As @katdish says, "I crack myself up".    


Craig said...

Un set! If you look real close I'm sure you'll see a little "r" and "l"!!!! (:

Maureen said...

Thanks for the crack-up. I especially like the bit about Jane's gorillas.

katdish said...

GAAAA!!! The one I saw had a flashlight on it. Good grief. That's just wrong. Thanks for the involuntary shiver this morning, Kathleen.

Monica Sharman said...

Funny how a novelty here is the standard elsewhere. :) This is standard practice in the Philippines (and other places, as I found out when I went to Korea). People in those places would wonder at our Q-Tip habits (because Q-Tips push more in than they take out). Here, I've even heard of a flushing-out method you can get done at the doctor's office (which is painful). Asians would shake their heads at that, too!

I do remember getting to a certain age and really getting mad at my mom for forcing me to put my head (ear up, of course) on her lap while she cleaned my ears. She went too far and probably would've bust a drum if I hadn't squawked in indignation. From then on, she had me do it myself.

So I guess, now you know a little bit more about me. :)

Kathleen Overby said...

Monica, yes, my mom used to use a Bobby pin, the rounded end to do the deed. We did not own a box of Q-tips.