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Title: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on February 02, 2012, 10:23:55 PM
My current rant: five-bladed razors.  I know why razor companies want us to buy them: they're more expensive than regular razors, but you've got to replace the heads constantly because you use them twice and then they're all gunked up and there's no way to clean them out properly!  I want a normal two-bladed razor but with an ergonomic handle; is that too much to ask?

So while I was fuming about my razor in the shower I got curious about what other inventions/products drive y'all nuts and you wonder why they're on the market at all  :P
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: White Dragon on February 02, 2012, 10:27:00 PM
Well...I currently having a love/hate relationship with my mandolin.... ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: HungryHungryKitties on February 02, 2012, 10:47:12 PM
I droll over kitchen gadgets, and yet, when I break down and buy one, I usually find that they are more trouble than they are worth and will return to doing whatever task it is the same old way I always have....

For example:
Egg separators (still just use the two halves of the newly divided egg shell)
Garlic presses (just squish it through the fashioned one)
Corn cutters (currently up to 4 different varieties, yet I still just use a very sharp knife)
Fancy-schmancy can openers ( the old cheapie that I have had for years still works best)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Moralia on February 02, 2012, 11:12:28 PM
I have no tolerance for multi- blade razors.  In fact, I use a vintage safety razor...with atomic age stars on it!

I can't believe they market so many different tabletop grills, George foreman, waffle irons, "donut" makers, pie presses, sandwich grills....  Why not one appliance with interchangeable plates? Oh yeah, gotta make people buy more stuff...
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dindrane on February 02, 2012, 11:24:21 PM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Palladium on February 03, 2012, 12:24:48 AM
Totally with you on the 5-bladed razors, how does that help? Surely any more than 3 isn't adding any benefit.

We have a product here in Australia that was launched with a big ad campaign last year. Its a fancy automatic dispenser for antibacterial soap that has one of those sensors so you don't have to touch a pump, just put your hand under the spout. It was adverstised as being great for families etc and preventing the spread of bacteria as you won't be picking up bugs left on the soap dispenser by other people.

They seem to be completely ignoring the fact that the very first thing you do after dispensing the soap is use it to wash your hands, thereby removing said bacteria.  They managed to convince a lot of people to buy it, but at $20 each, what a rip off!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MrsJWine on February 03, 2012, 01:05:56 AM
I love 5-bladed razors. I get serious razor burn pretty much every time I shave with most razors, and it's about five times worse for every extra swipe I have to do. With a 5-bladed razor and plain hair conditioner, I can get my legs shaved almost perfectly without having to go back over anything, the blade doesn't get gunked up, and the razor burn is much better.

I think at least some George Foremans now come with plates you can switch out now, but I'm not sure. I use mine almost exclusively for grilling chicken, so a fancier one would be a waste for me.

I do have the same feelings about those soap dispensers. I think germ-fear is completely over the top these days anyway (I won't have antibacterial soap in my house), and soap dispensers don't need skin contact to collect all kinds of horrible bacteria to store up in the nozzle.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: JolieFille on February 03, 2012, 02:56:37 AM
Who thought up those weird packets that individual Zyrtec come in? I swear I curse and fumble with those more then I do at video games.

And who was the genius at Apple who decided that I only need a tiny USB cable to charge my phone with? Outlets are at a premium and I need to have my phone by my bed as an alarm. I mean could they spare an extra foot or so for the phones? Every other phone cord I've had has been of a comfortable length.


Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: magician5 on February 03, 2012, 03:40:53 AM
My current rant: five-bladed razors.  I know why razor companies want us to buy them: they're more expensive than regular razors, but you've got to replace the heads constantly because you use them twice and then they're all gunked up and there's no way to clean them out properly!  I want a normal two-bladed razor but with an ergonomic handle; is that too much to ask?

So while I was fuming about my razor in the shower I got curious about what other inventions/products drive y'all nuts and you wonder why they're on the market at all  :P

Yours only has five blades? How "last year"!

About the gunk: I discovered that your "Water-Pik"-style powered teeth cleaner makes a wonderful razor gunk blaster (be sure to tap the razor dry after use, water dulls blades too). And once you've filled it up to clean your razor ... you might as well clean your teeth with it, and I know everyone always puts that off too. Two improvements in one!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: diesel_darlin on February 03, 2012, 05:44:30 AM
Totally with you on the 5-bladed razors, how does that help? Surely any more than 3 isn't adding any benefit.

We have a product here in Australia that was launched with a big ad campaign last year. Its a fancy automatic dispenser for antibacterial soap that has one of those sensors so you don't have to touch a pump, just put your hand under the spout. It was adverstised as being great for families etc and preventing the spread of bacteria as you won't be picking up bugs left on the soap dispenser by other people.

They seem to be completely ignoring the fact that the very first thing you do after dispensing the soap is use it to wash your hands, thereby removing said bacteria.  They managed to convince a lot of people to buy it, but at $20 each, what a rip off!



They have those in the US too! I just haaaaaaad to run out and buy one!  ;D In my defense, mine was on sale.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Lady Snowdon on February 03, 2012, 05:50:24 AM
I have no tolerance for multi- blade razors.  In fact, I use a vintage safety razor...with atomic age stars on it!

I can't believe they market so many different tabletop grills, George foreman, waffle irons, "donut" makers, pie presses, sandwich grills....  Why not one appliance with interchangeable plates? Oh yeah, gotta make people buy more stuff...

My George Foreman has a number of different plates that you can use to make different items.  Sadly, storing all the plates takes up about as much room as another one or two of the tabletop grills.  They don't stack easily or in order at all!! 

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lowspark on February 03, 2012, 07:30:38 AM
They make five blade razors now? I had no idea - just goes to show you how behind the times I am. I'm old enough to remember when the double blade was new. I also remember a joke commercial on Saturday Night Live (way way back when the show was NEW) advertising a three blade razor. Making fun of the double blade but really, the silliness of a three blade...? We've come a long way baby.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: QueenofAllThings on February 03, 2012, 07:40:51 AM
Lowspark, you beat me to it - the classic SNL commercial advertising a razor with 3 blades. It was seen as hysterically ridiculous. SNL also predicted the IPad - but a completely different sort of pad, if you get my drift.

I find many kitchen gadgets useless - a good knife will do most things. Other dumb things - paper cup dispensers for household bathrooms - waste much? , 'lip stencils' - just fill in with lipstick for a perfect look! (Except that, surely, everyone's lips are different?) Most items on infomercials - the Snuggy and the Slanket.  Really?  :o
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: LadyL on February 03, 2012, 07:41:59 AM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!

I would add to this conditioner with silicone in it (best analogy for that is painting over peeling paint) and most modern "hygiene" practices in general. Many of us don't need to shower every day, and we definitely don't need to wash our hair and skin with detergents on a daily basis. Nor do most of us need antibacterial everything considering we have functioning immune systems.

I saw an ad from the 50s yesterday that said "To keep hygienic, wash hair more often - every 10 days at a minimum but once a week for extra clean!" I've actually adopted this practice - on average I go 5-7 days between washings but I've stretched it to 10. My scalp produces less oily so it doesn't look greasy and my hair is in great condition. Brushing the natural oils through it every day actually makes it very shiny and lustrous.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Irishkitty on February 03, 2012, 07:43:47 AM
And who was the genius at Apple who decided that I only need a tiny USB cable to charge my phone with? Outlets are at a premium and I need to have my phone by my bed as an alarm. I mean could they spare an extra foot or so for the phones? Every other phone cord I've had has been of a comfortable length.

POD! I mean, have you ever tried to answer your phone when it's charging? You end up on the floor and/or contorted just so you won't pull it out of the socket!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 03, 2012, 08:02:47 AM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!

I would add to this conditioner with silicone in it (best analogy for that is painting over peeling paint) and most modern "hygiene" practices in general. Many of us don't need to shower every day, and we definitely don't need to wash our hair and skin with detergents on a daily basis. Nor do most of us need antibacterial everything considering we have functioning immune systems.

I saw an ad from the 50s yesterday that said "To keep hygienic, wash hair more often - every 10 days at a minimum but once a week for extra clean!" I've actually adopted this practice - on average I go 5-7 days between washings but I've stretched it to 10. My scalp produces less oily so it doesn't look greasy and my hair is in great condition. Brushing the natural oils through it every day actually makes it very shiny and lustrous.

I don't wash mine all that much either, but mine is due to laziness. Maybe 3 times a week, but I've been known to let it go 4-5 days without washing. 

My useless gadget is a stainless steel "egg" that you hold under running water to get garlic, onion and other smells off your hands.  A table knife or spoon, as long as its stainless works just as well!

I'm with the kitchen gadget brigade; most of them are only good for one purpuse, while you can use basic kitchen stuff for many things!  My current favorite is how I make coffee.  I am lazy, and not at all coherent in the morning.  So making a pot or half pot of coffee was a PITA, not to mention I hated cleaning the pot.  I've tried automatic drip, and my mom's ancient Farberware percolater, which I happen to love, but not cleaning or putting it together. 

So I noticed I had a small mesh strainer.  I now boil water, take the strainer and put a coffee filter in it, spoon in coffe, and pour the boiling water over it.  Only thing to clean is the strainer, whcih i rinse, and then throw in teh DW a couple tiems a week, and the mug. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dindrane on February 03, 2012, 09:27:57 AM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!

I would add to this conditioner with silicone in it (best analogy for that is painting over peeling paint) and most modern "hygiene" practices in general. Many of us don't need to shower every day, and we definitely don't need to wash our hair and skin with detergents on a daily basis. Nor do most of us need antibacterial everything considering we have functioning immune systems.

I saw an ad from the 50s yesterday that said "To keep hygienic, wash hair more often - every 10 days at a minimum but once a week for extra clean!" I've actually adopted this practice - on average I go 5-7 days between washings but I've stretched it to 10. My scalp produces less oily so it doesn't look greasy and my hair is in great condition. Brushing the natural oils through it every day actually makes it very shiny and lustrous.

It took me years after I stopped bathing every day before I stopped feeling like people thought I was the most disgusting person ever for showering every other day.  I have incredibly dry skin, and it's so much happier when I don't soap it down more than necessary.

I can't go more than 2 days without washing my hair, though.  Or at least, it would require an adjustment period that I have no graceful way of living through.  My hair is too short to hide when it looks weird or greasy, although the fact that I'm wearing it curly these days might actually make it easier to get through that adjustment.  Regardless, switching to cleanser that doesn't suds at all (and doesn't have sodium lauryl sulfate) hasn't made my hair feel any less clean than normal shampoo does.  And using water-soluble styling products that don't have any silicone has made a huge improvement in how it looks.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: QueenofAllThings on February 03, 2012, 10:42:13 AM
LadyL, I am with you on all the antibacterial stuff. First of all, what good is washing your hands with antibacterial soap, when whatever you touch next is just going to 're-bacteria' them? I refuse to have any antibacterial stuff in my house - nor will I wash down my counter tops with bleach, etc. I firmly believe that one of the reasons I am so healthy - and my children had very few colds and illnesses - is that we have good strong immune systems from all the natural 'good' bacteria in our systems.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: BellyBionic on February 03, 2012, 10:49:14 AM
I have no tolerance for multi- blade razors.  In fact, I use a vintage safety razor...with atomic age stars on it!

I can't believe they market so many different tabletop grills, George foreman, waffle irons, "donut" makers, pie presses, sandwich grills....  Why not one appliance with interchangeable plates? Oh yeah, gotta make people buy more stuff...

This.  Seriously.  I think it would be pretty awesome to have a little appliance that can bake some mini donuts, or some little cupcakes, or press a sandwich, or a dozen other things.  I am *not* buying 10 different machines that are identical on the outside and each only do one thing.  I'm a devotee of Alton Brown.  There's only one uni-tasker in my kitchen.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Carotte on February 03, 2012, 11:00:41 AM
Totally with you on the 5-bladed razors, how does that help? Surely any more than 3 isn't adding any benefit.

We have a product here in Australia that was launched with a big ad campaign last year. Its a fancy automatic dispenser for antibacterial soap that has one of those sensors so you don't have to touch a pump, just put your hand under the spout. It was adverstised as being great for families etc and preventing the spread of bacteria as you won't be picking up bugs left on the soap dispenser by other people.

They seem to be completely ignoring the fact that the very first thing you do after dispensing the soap is use it to wash your hands, thereby removing said bacteria.  They managed to convince a lot of people to buy it, but at $20 each, what a rip off!

So that! I had to rant for a good five minutes when I saw the commercial - my mom, (who is a smart lady but sometimes doesn't pay attention to what she saw or just bought) was acting all interested like it was the idea of the year, I was more like *head-desk*.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Cymraes on February 03, 2012, 11:10:42 AM
My mum and I started to put together a list of useless products recently (over a couple of glasses of wine!).

For Christmas, my brother gave her - wait for it - a ruler which lights up when you press down on it???? Her response on opening his gift - "Just what I need when I have to draw a straight line in the dark!"

And to me he gave - this is even better - a pepper grinder which lights up when you use it!!! You never know when I might just be about to spice up my pasta and the electricity goes down!

(My Dad and husband received less useful gifts - but this is bro's speciality and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next year...)

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: BellyBionic on February 03, 2012, 11:11:19 AM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/shampoo.asp

Chances are, quite a bit of what you've read isn't true.  Which is not to say that SLS is a fantastic thing that everyone should use daily, but it's not actually dangerous unless you use a ridiculously huge amount of it or you have a specific sensitivity to it (like most products).

I'm with you on modern shampoo in general, though.  It's not actually necessary to strip all the natural oils out of your hair on a daily basis.  I started using the Curly Girl method of hair care years ago, and I don't even buy shampoo anymore.  I just use conditioner every other day and a baking soda scrub/vinegar rinse if I start to get a little greasy.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Irishkitty on February 03, 2012, 11:17:08 AM
My mum and I started to put together a list of useless products recently (over a couple of glasses of wine!).

For Christmas, my brother gave her - wait for it - a ruler which lights up when you press down on it???? Her response on opening his gift - "Just what I need when I have to draw a straight line in the dark!"

And to me he gave - this is even better - a pepper grinder which lights up when you use it!!! You never know when I might just be about to spice up my pasta and the electricity goes down!

(My Dad and husband received less useful gifts - but this is bro's speciality and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next year...)



Brilliant! I love your mom's response.

I have a BIL who, although beyond generous with his gifts (and he'd always come over to help if you needed, he's generous in so many ways) always buys us a TONNE of gifts at Christmas. And about half of them we regift/give away/have shoved in the back of a closet somewhere.

One such item was a steamer.

We just couldn't see the point of it. We have a strainer/colander, a saucepan and a lid. Tada! Multipurpose and fits in our tiny, storage light, kitchen.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Reader on February 03, 2012, 02:07:22 PM
Lemon juice works just as well to remove onion smells from hands.  Haven't tried it on garlic though.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: DottyG on February 03, 2012, 04:13:30 PM
Actually, I love my no-touch soap dispenser.  However, I don't have the antibacterial one (I don't like the "everything must be antibacterial" these days).  Mine is a regular one that I put regular soap in.  It's great in the kitchen when I have messy hands and want to wash them without getting meat juice or something like that on everything.

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: AylaM on February 03, 2012, 04:25:47 PM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!

I would add to this conditioner with silicone in it (best analogy for that is painting over peeling paint) and most modern "hygiene" practices in general. Many of us don't need to shower every day, and we definitely don't need to wash our hair and skin with detergents on a daily basis. Nor do most of us need antibacterial everything considering we have functioning immune systems.

I saw an ad from the 50s yesterday that said "To keep hygienic, wash hair more often - every 10 days at a minimum but once a week for extra clean!" I've actually adopted this practice - on average I go 5-7 days between washings but I've stretched it to 10. My scalp produces less oily so it doesn't look greasy and my hair is in great condition. Brushing the natural oils through it every day actually makes it very shiny and lustrous.

It took me years after I stopped bathing every day before I stopped feeling like people thought I was the most disgusting person ever for showering every other day.  I have incredibly dry skin, and it's so much happier when I don't soap it down more than necessary.

I can't go more than 2 days without washing my hair, though.  Or at least, it would require an adjustment period that I have no graceful way of living through.  My hair is too short to hide when it looks weird or greasy, although the fact that I'm wearing it curly these days might actually make it easier to get through that adjustment.  Regardless, switching to cleanser that doesn't suds at all (and doesn't have sodium lauryl sulfate) hasn't made my hair feel any less clean than normal shampoo does.  And using water-soluble styling products that don't have any silicone has made a huge improvement in how it looks.

I could go a couple of days without a shower, but I can't go that long without washing my hair.  It is disgustingly oily.  I shower one morning, and it its oily 24 hours later.  I remember going out once without having showered and my friend stopped me, pulled me aside and said "Kay, what did you put in your hair?"  Or as a teen, when I hadn't taken a shower by noon, and I would later announce I was going to do so father would tell me that "It's about time!"  He was also the first to point out when my hair was oily.

My most useless items I see are kitchen gadgets.  The Eggies?  The stuff for boiling eggs?  And at first, I definately thought the "Robo-stirrer" was going to be one of those, but I got one for Christmas, and really I actually like it.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: jpcher on February 03, 2012, 04:38:50 PM
I have no tolerance for multi- blade razors.  In fact, I use a vintage safety razor...with atomic age stars on it!

I can't believe they market so many different tabletop grills, George foreman, waffle irons, "donut" makers, pie presses, sandwich grills....  Why not one appliance with interchangeable plates? Oh yeah, gotta make people buy more stuff...

My George Foreman has a number of different plates that you can use to make different items.  Sadly, storing all the plates takes up about as much room as another one or two of the tabletop grills.  They don't stack easily or in order at all!!

I agree with the storage of these plates. Plus, the one I have anyway (I don't know if they make them bigger), it is much smaller than the original George Foreman . . . I didn't like that at all.

I can't believe they market so many different tabletop grills, George foreman, waffle irons, "donut" makers, pie presses, sandwich grills....  Why not one appliance with interchangeable plates? Oh yeah, gotta make people buy more stuff...

This.  Seriously.  I think it would be pretty awesome to have a little appliance that can bake some mini donuts, or some little cupcakes, or press a sandwich, or a dozen other things.  I am *not* buying 10 different machines that are identical on the outside and each only do one thing.  I'm a devotee of Alton Brown.  There's only one uni-tasker in my kitchen.

The multi-plate George Foreman came with a recipe book that had recipes for cookies and cake! I used to make a batch of dough to store in my fridge/freezer and then, after making dinner, put a couple of cookies on the grill . . . fresh baked cookies for dessert! Every day! ;D


Funny side story:

After my MIL gave me the multi-plate George Foreman grill, I called her almost every night for a week.

"I made waffles for dinner tonight!"

"I made hamburgers for dinner tonight!"

"I made panini's for dinner tonight!" etc.

MIL was thrilled that I was so happy with the grill and was using it every day. She giggled every time I called her.

The next day I called . . .

Me: "I made spaghetti for dinner tonight!"

MIL:  "??? ??? How on earth do you make spaghetti on the grill? The noodles? The sauce? I didn't know that you could do that! :o"

Me: "Oh, I didn't use the grill. I just thought you'd want to know what I made for dinner tonight." >:D

MIL: " ::) BYE!" and she hung up on me  :'(    ;D ;D ;D



back to your regularly scheduled thread . . .
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on February 03, 2012, 04:42:45 PM
Lemon juice works just as well to remove onion smells from hands.  Haven't tried it on garlic though.

As long as you didn't slice your finger while cutting said onion...
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: aka on February 03, 2012, 05:57:39 PM
I could go a couple of days without a shower, but I can't go that long without washing my hair.  It is disgustingly oily.  I shower one morning, and it its oily 24 hours later.  I remember going out once without having showered and my friend stopped me, pulled me aside and said "Kay, what did you put in your hair?"  Or as a teen, when I hadn't taken a shower by noon, and I would later announce I was going to do so father would tell me that "It's about time!"  He was also the first to point out when my hair was oily.

From what I have read, your scalp is supposed to calm down and stop producing so much oil after you stop using regular shampoo and stop washing everyday. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: I'mnotinsane on February 03, 2012, 06:03:22 PM
Lowspark, you beat me to it - the classic SNL commercial advertising a razor with 3 blades. It was seen as hysterically ridiculous. SNL also predicted the IPad - but a completely different sort of pad, if you get my drift.

I find many kitchen gadgets useless - a good knife will do most things. Other dumb things - paper cup dispensers for household bathrooms - waste much? , 'lip stencils' - just fill in with lipstick for a perfect look! (Except that, surely, everyone's lips are different?) Most items on infomercials - the Snuggy and the Slanket.  Really?  :o

SNL?  A good knife?  Is anyone else thinking about the Samurai Chef? 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nika on February 03, 2012, 06:11:39 PM
I could go a couple of days without a shower, but I can't go that long without washing my hair.  It is disgustingly oily.  I shower one morning, and it its oily 24 hours later.  I remember going out once without having showered and my friend stopped me, pulled me aside and said "Kay, what did you put in your hair?"  Or as a teen, when I hadn't taken a shower by noon, and I would later announce I was going to do so father would tell me that "It's about time!"  He was also the first to point out when my hair was oily.

From what I have read, your scalp is supposed to calm down and stop producing so much oil after you stop using regular shampoo and stop washing everyday.

But... But... how do you survive the transitional period???  :o

I think I would have to become a hermit.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Arrynne on February 03, 2012, 06:17:33 PM
Lowspark, you beat me to it - the classic SNL commercial advertising a razor with 3 blades. It was seen as hysterically ridiculous. SNL also predicted the IPad - but a completely different sort of pad, if you get my drift.

I find many kitchen gadgets useless - a good knife will do most things. Other dumb things - paper cup dispensers for household bathrooms - waste much? , 'lip stencils' - just fill in with lipstick for a perfect look! (Except that, surely, everyone's lips are different?) Most items on infomercials - the Snuggy and the Slanket.  Really?  :o

I agree with you on most things, but I love my Slanket.  It's super warm and wonderful when you're not feeling good.  The Snuggie is nowhere near as cozy. 

How about "Head-On!" headache reliever?  "Apply directly to the forehead!!"
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Iris on February 03, 2012, 08:59:49 PM
My mum and I started to put together a list of useless products recently (over a couple of glasses of wine!).

For Christmas, my brother gave her - wait for it - a ruler which lights up when you press down on it???? Her response on opening his gift - "Just what I need when I have to draw a straight line in the dark!"

And to me he gave - this is even better - a pepper grinder which lights up when you use it!!! You never know when I might just be about to spice up my pasta and the electricity goes down!

(My Dad and husband received less useful gifts - but this is bro's speciality and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next year...)

I had one of those push button pepper grinders that has a little 'torch' on the end that lights up while you are grinding. The torch made me laugh when I first got it (which is a use in itself  :D) but it actually comes in pretty handy when eating outside, which we do regularly over summer.

Then my brother and SIL kindly gave me 'better' ones to replace the cheap ones that I'd bought. I passed the cheap ones on to my mother. The 'better' ones fall apart all the time because of their funky shape and eventually became too much trouble to use. The ones I gave mum are still going strong  :(
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Post by: Elfmama on February 03, 2012, 09:35:55 PM
It's not the uselessness of the infomercial gadgetry, it's the dumb ads themselves.  It's toooooo haaaarrrrd to boil water, or cut with scissors, or dump the cooked spaghetti into a colander to strain it.  No, you have to have our special gadget -- and we'll give you, ABSOLUTELY FREE, last month's wonderful gadget that is cluttering up our warehouse because  we couldn't unload them onto enough suckers customers.
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Post by: Dindrane on February 03, 2012, 09:53:47 PM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/shampoo.asp

Chances are, quite a bit of what you've read isn't true.  Which is not to say that SLS is a fantastic thing that everyone should use daily, but it's not actually dangerous unless you use a ridiculously huge amount of it or you have a specific sensitivity to it (like most products).
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That stuff I apparently read and promptly forgot about, because I was highly skeptical.  I was mostly referring to the idea that SLS is extra good at stripping oils, and most people don't need that kind of oil-stripping power applied to their hair with any sort of regularity. :)

I almost always tune right out when random people on the internet say that things are carcinogenic.  There are a lot of reasons why something can be not good to use without it having to cause cancer, and "carcinogenic" is a claim that can be difficult to prove, anyway.  It loses effectiveness simply because it gets tossed around so often.
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Post by: MrsVandy on February 03, 2012, 10:15:03 PM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/shampoo.asp

Chances are, quite a bit of what you've read isn't true.  Which is not to say that SLS is a fantastic thing that everyone should use daily, but it's not actually dangerous unless you use a ridiculously huge amount of it or you have a specific sensitivity to it (like most products).
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That stuff I apparently read and promptly forgot about, because I was highly skeptical.  I was mostly referring to the idea that SLS is extra good at stripping oils, and most people don't need that kind of oil-stripping power applied to their hair with any sort of regularity. :)

I almost always tune right out when random people on the internet say that things are carcinogenic.  There are a lot of reasons why something can be not good to use without it having to cause cancer, and "carcinogenic" is a claim that can be difficult to prove, anyway.  It loses effectiveness simply because it gets tossed around so often.

Most shampoo companies (that are not professional product) use it becasue it is a cheap cleanser. However it is kinda harsh for most poeples uses. It will strip artifical colour out of your hair as well. So its best not to use a product with it in it if you can avoid it.
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Post by: Jess13 on February 03, 2012, 10:27:43 PM
Who thought up those weird packets that individual Zyrtec come in? I swear I curse and fumble with those more then I do at video games.


This is why I bought the giant bottle...no stupid individual annoying packages to fumble with to take my meds.
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Post by: gmatoy on February 03, 2012, 10:34:58 PM
Well, years ago, my DM gave us an electric indoor grill for Christmas. I thought it was a stupid gift and put it away. Then I thought that I should at least try it before giving it away. We LOVE it and have even bought a replacement one when the ceramic base broke on the first one. (My DM loves to tease me about not thinking it was a good gift. And I only told her that after we had used it and loved it forever.)
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Post by: Adelaide on February 03, 2012, 10:40:34 PM
I'd like to complain about the new "eco friendly" sinks and dryers that are popping up everywhere. You know, the sinks with motion detectors/automated handles that you push once so they dispense a measured amount of water? I don't know who came up with those, but I need more than 4 seconds to actually wash my hands. In some cases I have to pull back and convince the machine that I'm a different person so it will give me more water.  ::) And while the idea of paperless hand dryers is a good idea, there's usually only 2 in a bathroom, and they aren't efficient enough (the Dyson Airblades in Europe are awesome, the dryers in America are not) to dry my hands. And I can't spend a large amount of time drying my hands, because there's a queue forming up behind me. Argh.
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Post by: JolieFille on February 04, 2012, 12:59:28 AM
And who was the genius at Apple who decided that I only need a tiny USB cable to charge my phone with? Outlets are at a premium and I need to have my phone by my bed as an alarm. I mean could they spare an extra foot or so for the phones? Every other phone cord I've had has been of a comfortable length.

POD! I mean, have you ever tried to answer your phone when it's charging? You end up on the floor and/or contorted just so you won't pull it out of the socket!

lol Actually it's usually the phone that does that comical slingshot action and ends up under my bed. Then I have to go digging for it. And I had to get an extension cord just to charge my iPad. Otherwise it wouldn't be long enough to sit on a table. The cord for my old cell phone reached halfway across the room. I miss that cord.



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Post by: Bijou on February 04, 2012, 08:12:00 AM
Why don't the other word game/puzzle books follow the example of Variety puzzles and use a spiral binding so the magazine can lie flat?  After using the spiral bound magazine, I hate those other ones!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 04, 2012, 11:04:44 AM
It's not the uselessness of the infomercial gadgetry, it's the dumb ads themselves.  It's toooooo haaaarrrrd to boil water, or cut with scissors, or dump the cooked spaghetti into a colander to strain it.  No, you have to have our special gadget -- and we'll give you, ABSOLUTELY FREE, last month's wonderful gadget that is cluttering up our warehouse because  we couldn't unload them onto enough suckers customers.
YES!  And the horrible, sad, frustrated faces the actors make too.  Really?  Is it taht hard to do something without this fancy schmancy gadget?  I think not. But apparetnly lots of people fall for it since some of them sell very well.
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Post by: sempronialou on February 04, 2012, 11:38:27 AM
My mom's washing machine (a top loader) is one of those new fangled things with buttons and such.  The annoying thing is that the lid locks as soon as it starts filling with water.  So if you find a lost sock somewhere or a shirt you meant to wash, you can't just lift the lift the lid to throw them in.  You have to press the stop button so you can open the lid.  Then the water all drains out if you're not quick enough to close it and restart it again.  It's the dumbest safety feature I've ever seen. 
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 04, 2012, 12:30:59 PM
My mom's washing machine (a top loader) is one of those new fangled things with buttons and such.  The annoying thing is that the lid locks as soon as it starts filling with water.  So if you find a lost sock somewhere or a shirt you meant to wash, you can't just lift the lift the lid to throw them in.  You have to press the stop button so you can open the lid.  Then the water all drains out if you're not quick enough to close it and restart it again.  It's the dumbest safety feature I've ever seen.
Heh.  My friend who I dogsit for has one of those.  So I have to go over before they leave so she can show me how to use it, but she says she does the same thing, since she hates her soap just being dumped in; she likes it to go in with the water and mix first.
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Post by: Browyn on February 04, 2012, 06:30:37 PM
I'd like to complain about the new "eco friendly" sinks and dryers that are popping up everywhere. You know, the sinks with motion detectors/automated handles that you push once so they dispense a measured amount of water? I don't know who came up with those, but I need more than 4 seconds to actually wash my hands. In some cases I have to pull back and convince the machine that I'm a different person so it will give me more water.  ::) And while the idea of paperless hand dryers is a good idea, there's usually only 2 in a bathroom, and they aren't efficient enough (the Dyson Airblades in Europe are awesome, the dryers in America are not) to dry my hands. And I can't spend a large amount of time drying my hands, because there's a queue forming up behind me. Argh.

I'm in America (North east) and I have seen the dyson airblades in lots of places, and a couple of other brands of high power air dryers. 
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Post by: Harriet Jones on February 04, 2012, 06:39:12 PM
It's not the uselessness of the infomercial gadgetry, it's the dumb ads themselves.  It's toooooo haaaarrrrd to boil water, or cut with scissors, or dump the cooked spaghetti into a colander to strain it.  No, you have to have our special gadget -- and we'll give you, ABSOLUTELY FREE, last month's wonderful gadget that is cluttering up our warehouse because  we couldn't unload them onto enough suckers customers.

That's what I really hated about the original Snuggie commercials -- I'm pretty sure most people are capable of figuring out how blankets work.  ::)
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Post by: Tai on February 04, 2012, 06:59:48 PM
I hate hand dryers in general because I want a paper towel- If I just washed my hands, you better believe I'm not touching the door handle to the bathroom with my freshly washed hands.  Doubly so if it is a door knob instead of a door handle- I can hook my foot to open a door handle without touching it if I have to, but not a knob.  The door knob is DIRTY!  Not everyone washes their hands. 

We have 2 slankets and 2 snuggies.  The best thing I use them for?  I stick them between the sheets and DH and I each have our own, so that when its time to use the remote, our arms don't get cold. 

DH hates my desk tea setup.  I have a mug warmer on my desk, and then I have a tea cup with a teapot that sits inside of it when not in use that holds 2 cups of tea.  He hates it because it has three parts to wash...

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Post by: katycoo on February 05, 2012, 07:09:48 PM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!

Its in toothpaste too.

A number of brands make personal hygeine products SLS free, but they aren't popular.  We're very accustomed to things lathering that it feels wrong when they don't.
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Post by: AmethystAnne on February 05, 2012, 07:26:19 PM
I had wondered about those knitting needles that light up so that you (general) can knit in the dark.

Has anyone tried them?

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Post by: BioformCassie on February 05, 2012, 07:29:21 PM
I have! I like the crochet hooks but the knitting needles the top part always breaks off.
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Post by: kckgirl on February 05, 2012, 07:45:50 PM
It's not the uselessness of the infomercial gadgetry, it's the dumb ads themselves.  It's toooooo haaaarrrrd to boil water, or cut with scissors, or dump the cooked spaghetti into a colander to strain it.  No, you have to have our special gadget -- and we'll give you, ABSOLUTELY FREE, last month's wonderful gadget that is cluttering up our warehouse because  we couldn't unload them onto enough suckers customers.

We need a LIKE button!
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Post by: Bluenomi on February 05, 2012, 07:53:03 PM
On the theme of no touch hand wash, they were advertising an anti bacterial hand wash that would keep bacteria off your hands for 4 hours after using it. Sure it does  ::)
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Post by: DoubleTrouble on February 05, 2012, 08:04:19 PM
Have to admit that I saw kid-sized Snuggies on deep discount after the holidays at the grocery store & got them for the boys. They love 'em as it keeps them warm plus doubles as a cape ;) However, the one MIL got for DH is somewhere ... DH never used it. MIL is the queen of getting us useless junk but DH always accepts it then never uses it. Yea for a garage sale this year!
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Post by: SiotehCat on February 05, 2012, 08:05:40 PM
My DS has a Dallas Cowboys snuggie that I use on long car rides and when sleeping in the car.
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Post by: whatsanenigma on February 05, 2012, 08:10:19 PM
That's what I really hated about the original Snuggie commercials -- I'm pretty sure most people are capable of figuring out how blankets work.  ::)

The thing that confuses me about the snuggie is that, to me anyway, it looks like just a backwards housecoat/robe/dressing gown/whatever you call them in your neck of the woods.  Okay, I can see how if you're trying to knit or read or eat or whatever with your hands, a blanket might be awkward.  But when I find myself in that situation, I put on my long housecoat, which from what I can tell is basically the same material as a snuggie.

My dad has one and he just loves it, so, different strokes for different folks, I guess. Whatever makes you happy in your own house. But I still just don't quite understand why somebody had to invent a backwards housecoat.
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Post by: Kendo_Bunny on February 05, 2012, 08:46:22 PM
My dad has one and he just loves it, so, different strokes for different folks, I guess. Whatever makes you happy in your own house. But I still just don't quite understand why somebody had to invent a backwards housecoat.

I've got this kind of time and actually looked it up. Snuggies were designed for people in wheelchairs, for whom a regular robe would be inconvenient.
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Post by: emeraldsage85 on February 05, 2012, 08:48:06 PM
Totally with you on the 5-bladed razors, how does that help? Surely any more than 3 isn't adding any benefit.

We have a product here in Australia that was launched with a big ad campaign last year. Its a fancy automatic dispenser for antibacterial soap that has one of those sensors so you don't have to touch a pump, just put your hand under the spout. It was adverstised as being great for families etc and preventing the spread of bacteria as you won't be picking up bugs left on the soap dispenser by other people.

They seem to be completely ignoring the fact that the very first thing you do after dispensing the soap is use it to wash your hands, thereby removing said bacteria.  They managed to convince a lot of people to buy it, but at $20 each, what a rip off!

They brought this out in Canada too. I think it's just preying on people's fear of germs so they'll buy a new product.
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Post by: whatsanenigma on February 05, 2012, 08:53:22 PM
I've got this kind of time and actually looked it up. Snuggies were designed for people in wheelchairs, for whom a regular robe would be inconvenient.

Okay, now that actually makes sense, thanks.  I can understand that.

It's still weird that it got so popular with everybody else, though, I think.  :D
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Post by: flowersintheattic on February 05, 2012, 09:20:05 PM
I'm with people on kitchen gadgets usually being the most pointless products. FH and I just registered for our wedding, and it was actually kind of fun to see all the useless stuff in Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

My current eye-roll worthy useless product, though, is pot-fillers. The faucet above a stove so you can fill a stock pot to boil pasta. Every time I see one, all I can think is, "Yeah, that would be useful for the initial fill, but you eventually have to empty the pot, and then you're still carrying a pot full of water across the kitchen, thus negating any benefit you got from the pot filler to begin with!" (Although, to be fair, if you had a pot with one of those built-in strainers, you could just leave the water in the pot on the stove until it evaporates. And the pot filler could be useful if something on the stove catches on fire...)

Also, how does the stainless steel to get rid of garlic and onion smells work? I've never heard that...
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Post by: MrsJWine on February 05, 2012, 10:11:52 PM
I could go a couple of days without a shower, but I can't go that long without washing my hair.  It is disgustingly oily.  I shower one morning, and it its oily 24 hours later.  I remember going out once without having showered and my friend stopped me, pulled me aside and said "Kay, what did you put in your hair?"  Or as a teen, when I hadn't taken a shower by noon, and I would later announce I was going to do so father would tell me that "It's about time!"  He was also the first to point out when my hair was oily.

From what I have read, your scalp is supposed to calm down and stop producing so much oil after you stop using regular shampoo and stop washing everyday.

Working on this assumption, I have spent the last couple of years washing my hair only 2-3 times a week. I normally wash it with the *baking soda and vinegar method, and use conditioner when I have to go out and want to not look completely horrifying (it gets out excess oil but doesn't really wash my hair).

In the first few months, my hair calmed down a little bit. It used to be that it would be completely horrible just after sleeping on it. Now I can wash it before bed and wake up with OK hair. But it still only take about 36 hours to be completely gross after a washing. I think some people's hair is just naturally greasy. Which is unfortunate. On the days I do wash it, it looks way better than when I'm washing it every day.

*Until I started swimming again. For some reason, my hair gets crunchy now if I use the baking soda method. Back to square one.
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Post by: bluhairfreak on February 05, 2012, 10:52:25 PM
I could go a couple of days without a shower, but I can't go that long without washing my hair.  It is disgustingly oily.  I shower one morning, and it its oily 24 hours later.  I remember going out once without having showered and my friend stopped me, pulled me aside and said "Kay, what did you put in your hair?"  Or as a teen, when I hadn't taken a shower by noon, and I would later announce I was going to do so father would tell me that "It's about time!"  He was also the first to point out when my hair was oily.

From what I have read, your scalp is supposed to calm down and stop producing so much oil after you stop using regular shampoo and stop washing everyday.

But... But... how do you survive the transitional period???  :o

I think I would have to become a hermit.

Dry shampoo.  There's a few in regular stores, advertised for use after workouts and one from lush(if you can get it)  They soak up the oil and then you brush it out.
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Post by: Dindrane on February 05, 2012, 10:56:29 PM
Everybody's scalp produces a different amount of oil, just like people have different oil production levels in their skin.  At least from anecdotal evidence, all the people I know who struggled with oily skin also struggle at least a bit with oily scalps.  I, on the other hand, have totally dry skin and a mostly normal amount of scalp-oil production.

But, at the same time, I think it's generally useful across the board for people to wash their hair/skin only as often as it actually is dirty, whether that means once a day or once a week.  The idea that everyone needs to wash their hair every day is a modern invention that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
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Post by: Slartibartfast on February 05, 2012, 11:04:01 PM
I could go a couple of days without a shower, but I can't go that long without washing my hair.  It is disgustingly oily.  I shower one morning, and it its oily 24 hours later.  I remember going out once without having showered and my friend stopped me, pulled me aside and said "Kay, what did you put in your hair?"  Or as a teen, when I hadn't taken a shower by noon, and I would later announce I was going to do so father would tell me that "It's about time!"  He was also the first to point out when my hair was oily.

From what I have read, your scalp is supposed to calm down and stop producing so much oil after you stop using regular shampoo and stop washing everyday.

Working on this assumption, I have spent the last couple of years washing my hair only 2-3 times a week. I normally wash it with the *baking soda and vinegar method, and use conditioner when I have to go out and want to not look completely horrifying (it gets out excess oil but doesn't really wash my hair).

In the first few months, my hair calmed down a little bit. It used to be that it would be completely horrible just after sleeping on it. Now I can wash it before bed and wake up with OK hair. But it still only take about 36 hours to be completely gross after a washing. I think some people's hair is just naturally greasy. Which is unfortunate. On the days I do wash it, it looks way better than when I'm washing it every day.

*Until I started swimming again. For some reason, my hair gets crunchy now if I use the baking soda method. Back to square one.

This depends a lot on how long your hair is, too.  I'm not a shower-every-day person, but when I had long hair I really had to go for a week in between showers for it to actually be noticeable.  (*I* would feel icky after two or three days, but since the oil was really only in the inch or two of hair closest to my scalp, it didn't affect the rest of my hair.)  Now that I have it very short, it feels grosser after 24 hours than it used to after four days.
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Post by: zyrs on February 06, 2012, 12:55:53 AM
I saw a product like this https://www.orderforeverlazy.com/ (https://www.orderforeverlazy.com/) advertised on TV before Christmas.  This product was different though.  It had a wider variety of colors and prints, attachable fleece feet and little hats you could wear with cat ears and the like.  All for adults.
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Post by: rashea on February 06, 2012, 09:19:11 AM
MrsJWine, try skipping the vinegar. I found it left my hair feeling odd. I use baking soda and regular conditioner.

My secret for getting through the transition was to start using less shampoo for a while. I was amazed at how little I really needed to use. Then I would alternate washing it with shampoo and baking soda. Gradually I stopped using shampoo. It wasn't really bad at any point, and now I love it. I do use shampoo about once a month to pull any lingering stuff out, but I probably could skip it.
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Post by: kethria on February 06, 2012, 10:28:15 AM
The magic Bullet. Isn't it just a mini blender?
I do have to say the magic bullet is AMAZING for doing baby food and daiquiri style drinks. The difference is that the cup has the blades screw on to the top, so you turn it over and can use it as a glass. I used it every night to make baby food back when I could spoon feed the muffin. It is awesome. I still use it 3 or more times a week for different stuff.
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Post by: Moray on February 06, 2012, 10:43:54 AM
I could go a couple of days without a shower, but I can't go that long without washing my hair.  It is disgustingly oily.  I shower one morning, and it its oily 24 hours later.  I remember going out once without having showered and my friend stopped me, pulled me aside and said "Kay, what did you put in your hair?"  Or as a teen, when I hadn't taken a shower by noon, and I would later announce I was going to do so father would tell me that "It's about time!"  He was also the first to point out when my hair was oily.

From what I have read, your scalp is supposed to calm down and stop producing so much oil after you stop using regular shampoo and stop washing everyday.

But... But... how do you survive the transitional period???  :o

I think I would have to become a hermit.

Dry shampoo.  There's a few in regular stores, advertised for use after workouts and one from lush(if you can get it)  They soak up the oil and then you brush it out.

Yes. Even plain cornstarch will do in a pinch.  What I found most useful, though, was getting a 100% boar bristle brush, which distributes scalp/root oil down the length of your hair, eliminating "grease clumping" and gets rid of any fuzzies or dust you've picked up over the course of the day.

You don't have to spend a whole bunch, I got a Goody brand one for about $7 at my local drugstore. If you've never used one before, it'll be a little strange, since they don't really "penetrate" the hair to detangle and whatnot like a normal brush. De-tangle first, then brush at night from root to tip. I have to work in sections and  follow the brush with my hand to cut down on frizzies. Once you've done this, you're going to look pretty gross at first, because all the oil near your scalp will have been spread out along the length of your hair. In the morning, though? Once it's had a chance to sink in? Heaven. My hair looks shiny and conditioned all over, instead of looking "normal" on the length then super greasy near the scalp.

Make sure you wash your brush regularly, though. I do mine the same night I wash my hair, so every 3-4 days.
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Post by: lowspark on February 06, 2012, 12:06:01 PM
The real purpose of a pot filler is for situations where you are adding water to something repeatedly as it cooks. Beans for example. Even then, it seems silly to me, but at least less silly than just using it to fill a pot for pasta.

But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look. Which of course, will some day be very dated as they are so trendy now and have been for several years. So it's only a matter of time till we see people ripping them out and redoing their backsplash because of it.
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Post by: Virg on February 06, 2012, 01:19:13 PM
whatsanenigma wrote:

"It's still weird that it got so popular with everybody else, though, I think."

The reason why the Snuggie got popular with the general public is the same reason why it's useful to people in wheelchairs.  If you're sitting on the couch and you get chilly, you can put it on without getting up, but it still keeps your arms warm without having to give up easy access to your hands.  My wife, who knits constantly, swears by her Snuggie because of this.

Virg
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Post by: CakeBeret on February 06, 2012, 03:38:27 PM
The magic Bullet. Isn't it just a mini blender?
I do have to say the magic bullet is AMAZING for doing baby food and daiquiri style drinks. The difference is that the cup has the blades screw on to the top, so you turn it over and can use it as a glass. I used it every night to make baby food back when I could spoon feed the muffin. It is awesome. I still use it 3 or more times a week for different stuff.

I love my magic bullet. I use it mainly for smoothies, because you blend in the same cup you drink from. I like that the cups are smaller than a regular blender, because it's easier for small food prep tasks. I use mine several times a week, whereas when I had a blender I used it once a month or less. It was a PITA to clean and the blending jar was way too big for most tasks.
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Post by: Danismom on February 06, 2012, 04:46:13 PM
I tend to be cold-natured, especially compared to my very warm DH.  I like using my snuggie at my desk while surfing ehell and doing schoolwork.  It's nice to be able to type and navigate the web while staying warm.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Giggity on February 06, 2012, 06:25:15 PM
It's not the uselessness of the infomercial gadgetry, it's the dumb ads themselves.  It's toooooo haaaarrrrd to boil water, or cut with scissors, or dump the cooked spaghetti into a colander to strain it.  No, you have to have our special gadget -- and we'll give you, ABSOLUTELY FREE, last month's wonderful gadget that is cluttering up our warehouse because  we couldn't unload them onto enough suckers customers.

YES!  And the horrible, sad, frustrated faces the actors make too.  Really?  Is it taht hard to do something without this fancy schmancy gadget?  I think not. But apparetnly lots of people fall for it since some of them sell very well.

Here's the kicker: the sad, unable actors are always in black and white. Apparently, the Slap Chop can COLORIZE YOUR WORLD.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: duhrich on February 06, 2012, 06:26:32 PM
The real purpose of a pot filler is for situations where you are adding water to something repeatedly as it cooks. Beans for example. Even then, it seems silly to me, but at least less silly than just using it to fill a pot for pasta.

But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look. Which of course, will some day be very dated as they are so trendy now and have been for several years. So it's only a matter of time till we see people ripping them out and redoing their backsplash because of it.

I want one because it's really hard on my faucet to try to force some of our big pots under it to fill.  I think it would be an awesome kitchen fixture.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Giggity on February 06, 2012, 06:27:26 PM
I saw a product like this https://www.orderforeverlazy.com/ (https://www.orderforeverlazy.com/) advertised on TV before Christmas.  This product was different though.  It had a wider variety of colors and prints, attachable fleece feet and little hats you could wear with cat ears and the like.  All for adults.

I got my guy a Forever Lazy for Christmas. It's blue. He looks like a giant Smurf. It scares me some.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on February 06, 2012, 07:38:55 PM
The real purpose of a pot filler is for situations where you are adding water to something repeatedly as it cooks. Beans for example. Even then, it seems silly to me, but at least less silly than just using it to fill a pot for pasta.

But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look. Which of course, will some day be very dated as they are so trendy now and have been for several years. So it's only a matter of time till we see people ripping them out and redoing their backsplash because of it.

I want one because it's really hard on my faucet to try to force some of our big pots under it to fill.  I think it would be an awesome kitchen fixture.
Replace your sink faucet instead.  This is what builders put in as standard:
(http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/400/6e/6e343b59-58af-4b87-ad86-839e4799df63_400.jpg)

Replace it with something like this:
(http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/16/163f7298-f176-433b-867d-c7752855269a_300.jpg)

Lots cheaper than tearing out the walls to run plumbing for something that can only be used for filling pots!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: flowersintheattic on February 06, 2012, 08:39:20 PM
The real purpose of a pot filler is for situations where you are adding water to something repeatedly as it cooks. Beans for example. Even then, it seems silly to me, but at least less silly than just using it to fill a pot for pasta.

But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look. Which of course, will some day be very dated as they are so trendy now and have been for several years. So it's only a matter of time till we see people ripping them out and redoing their backsplash because of it.

I want one because it's really hard on my faucet to try to force some of our big pots under it to fill.  I think it would be an awesome kitchen fixture.
Replace your sink faucet instead.  This is what builders put in as standard:
(http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/400/6e/6e343b59-58af-4b87-ad86-839e4799df63_400.jpg)

Replace it with something like this:
(http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/16/163f7298-f176-433b-867d-c7752855269a_300.jpg)

Lots cheaper than tearing out the walls to run plumbing for something that can only be used for filling pots!

I never considered that it would be difficult to get pots under a faucet. Before moving into our current place, I would use short pots for things because that's all I had. In our current place, we have full-size stockpots, but we also have a faucet like the one on the bottom along with a really deep sink.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: kareng57 on February 06, 2012, 08:54:43 PM
Everybody's scalp produces a different amount of oil, just like people have different oil production levels in their skin.  At least from anecdotal evidence, all the people I know who struggled with oily skin also struggle at least a bit with oily scalps.  I, on the other hand, have totally dry skin and a mostly normal amount of scalp-oil production.

But, at the same time, I think it's generally useful across the board for people to wash their hair/skin only as often as it actually is dirty, whether that means once a day or once a week.  The idea that everyone needs to wash their hair every day is a modern invention that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.


Yes, it does vary.  My mother has very dry hair, and my sisters and I have oily hair.  She was convinced that we weren't washing our hair properly when we were growing up, as ours needed to be done more than once a week....

But at the same time, it wasn't that long ago that many women never washed their own hair.  They visited the local salon once a week for the shampoo-and-set, and that was it.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Lynnv on February 06, 2012, 08:55:53 PM
The real purpose of a pot filler is for situations where you are adding water to something repeatedly as it cooks. Beans for example. Even then, it seems silly to me, but at least less silly than just using it to fill a pot for pasta.

But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look. Which of course, will some day be very dated as they are so trendy now and have been for several years. So it's only a matter of time till we see people ripping them out and redoing their backsplash because of it.

I want one because it's really hard on my faucet to try to force some of our big pots under it to fill.  I think it would be an awesome kitchen fixture.

Me too-I would love to have one.  And, since I think they all look a little 'industrial kitchen' for my taste, I can guarantee it isn't about the look. 

It would be nice enough for making pasta and such, as I would only have to lug the pot one direction, but pasta making wouldn't be enough for me to want one.  But when I have my big canner fired up and am making 8-10 dozen jars of jam that all have to be boiled-a potfiller would make a huge difference for me.  And when I am making stock in my big stockpots, it would also be a nice thing not to have to haul the cauldrons stockpots across the room when they are full of water (right now I ferry water back and forth, but it takes quite a few trips as my stockpots are big).
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: katycoo on February 06, 2012, 09:36:36 PM
A pot filler?  Pfft.  Use a jug if you need to add water during cooking.

I have the most awesome faucet on my sink.  We replaced the old stupid low one and now everything fits:

(http://www.ikea.com/au/en/images/products/alsvik-single-lever-kitchen-mixer-tap__66363_PE179144_S4.jpg)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: princessdolly on February 07, 2012, 08:11:58 AM
Those stupid antibacterial soap dispensers drive me nuts! :) The first thing you do after touching it is wash your hands so it's not needed.but also you have to turn off the tap. Which you turned on with dirty hands. A sensor for the tap would make more sense.

I recently saw an ad for cuddly toys for your pet to help with separation anxiety when you leave them alone. But in the small print at the bottom of the screen it says they are not to be left unattended with it.  :o
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on February 07, 2012, 12:31:01 PM
The real purpose of a pot filler is for situations where you are adding water to something repeatedly as it cooks. Beans for example. Even then, it seems silly to me, but at least less silly than just using it to fill a pot for pasta.

But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look. Which of course, will some day be very dated as they are so trendy now and have been for several years. So it's only a matter of time till we see people ripping them out and redoing their backsplash because of it.

What is your source for the statement above?

I got this

The purpose of a pot filler faucet is to provide a way to fill pots without having to carry the pot from one side of the kitchen to the other. This is especially helpful in larger kitchens or in kitchens designed for older people who may lack the strength to carry heavy pots from one place to another. This is one of the main advantages to a pot filler faucet.

from here:

http://www.ehow.com/list_6002260_pros-cons-pot-filler-faucets.html

Like others, I'm not so keen on filling a pot *while* I'm cooking, and I don't cook enough which starts with a giant enough quantity of water to worry about having a pot filler at the stove, but being able to clean the dang pot afterward is of use to me, so I would cheerfully re-design my kitchen with deeper sinks and a different faucet. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: hobish on February 07, 2012, 12:48:53 PM
My dad has one and he just loves it, so, different strokes for different folks, I guess. Whatever makes you happy in your own house. But I still just don't quite understand why somebody had to invent a backwards housecoat.

I've got this kind of time and actually looked it up. Snuggies were designed for people in wheelchairs, for whom a regular robe would be inconvenient.

Ohhh, no kidding. That really does make sense. Thanks for that li'l nugget.
I like my Snuggie ok, but Gish just loves his. It's great for video gaming. His is manly, it has skulls on it. :)

I had never seen or heard of a pot filler before this thread. I had to Google it. Are they very common?

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: drebay on February 07, 2012, 01:16:10 PM
whatsanenigma wrote:

"It's still weird that it got so popular with everybody else, though, I think."

The reason why the Snuggie got popular with the general public is the same reason why it's useful to people in wheelchairs.  If you're sitting on the couch and you get chilly, you can put it on without getting up, but it still keeps your arms warm without having to give up easy access to your hands.  My wife, who knits constantly, swears by her Snuggie because of this.

Virg

All I do is put my coat on backwards.  No hood on my coat.  I keep it next to me most of the time anyway.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lowspark on February 07, 2012, 01:37:48 PM
The real purpose of a pot filler is for situations where you are adding water to something repeatedly as it cooks. Beans for example. Even then, it seems silly to me, but at least less silly than just using it to fill a pot for pasta.

But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look. Which of course, will some day be very dated as they are so trendy now and have been for several years. So it's only a matter of time till we see people ripping them out and redoing their backsplash because of it.

What is your source for the statement above?

I don't have an authoratative source for it. That's just how it was explained to me a few years ago when I was remodeling my kitchen. I had the same question that was mentioned above: What's the point of filling the pot at the cooktop when you still have to carry it to the sink to drain it. The answer I was given was, its real use is for cooking something to which water must be added multiple times through the cooking process.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on February 07, 2012, 01:38:18 PM
Fake pets (i.e., dolls which look like sleeping cats or puppies). They have a motion unit so they appear to breathe. Only $35.99.   
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on February 07, 2012, 01:41:21 PM
The real purpose of a pot filler is for situations where you are adding water to something repeatedly as it cooks. Beans for example. Even then, it seems silly to me, but at least less silly than just using it to fill a pot for pasta.

But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look. Which of course, will some day be very dated as they are so trendy now and have been for several years. So it's only a matter of time till we see people ripping them out and redoing their backsplash because of it.

What is your source for the statement above?

I don't have an authoratative source for it. That's just how it was explained to me a few years ago when I was remodeling my kitchen. I had the same question that was mentioned above: What's the point of filling the pot at the cooktop when you still have to carry it to the sink to drain it. The answer I was given was, its real use is for cooking something to which water must be added multiple times through the cooking process.

Filling the pot at the sink and then carrying it *can* mean having to lift the full pot out of the sink. 

Filling the pot at the stove eliminates that problem. 

Once the dish is fully cooked, it is reasonable to figure servings may be taken directly from the pot, without requiring that the pot be moved, or at least without moving the pot too far.   

When the pot has to be moved to the sink to be cleaned, the weight should not be an issue.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on February 07, 2012, 01:45:08 PM
Lynnv wrote:

"It would be nice enough for making pasta and such, as I would only have to lug the pot one direction, but pasta making wouldn't be enough for me to want one.  But when I have my big canner fired up and am making 8-10 dozen jars of jam that all have to be boiled-a potfiller would make a huge difference for me.  And when I am making stock in my big stockpots, it would also be a nice thing not to have to haul the cauldrons stockpots across the room when they are full of water (right now I ferry water back and forth, but it takes quite a few trips as my stockpots are big)."

If you don't mind the fact that it looks like a bit of a kludge, you can get a plumber to attach a tap under the sink, attach a small hose with a hand trigger (make sure it's long enough to reach the stove), and store it under the sink.  When you're working the canning, you can drag out the hose to fill pots without requiring a big plumbing job.

lowspark wrote:

"I don't have an authoratative source for it. That's just how it was explained to me a few years ago when I was remodeling my kitchen."

I suspect that Fleur-de-Lis was asking for a source to back up "But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look."  That statement does sound dismissive.

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lowspark on February 07, 2012, 01:53:21 PM
Yeah, I can see that. The reason I say it though is this. When I was remodeling my kitchen, so over the course of a year and then some, I frequented a kitchen remodeling forum. And based on the conversations there, I would say that maybe 10% of the people who got a pot filler did it for utilitarian reasons. The vast majority were, by their own admission, getting one for looks, or because it seemed like a cool thing or some similar reason.

So I don't have any facts or figures, my opinion comes from anecdotal evidence from the forum and based on what I learned from other sources when I was researching my kitchen.

I probably shouldn't have said it was silly. What I should have said was that it wasn't something I'd ever really use to its fullest extent (and I cook a lot) and that I don't think most other people would either.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on February 07, 2012, 01:59:44 PM

lowspark wrote:

"I don't have an authoratative source for it. That's just how it was explained to me a few years ago when I was remodeling my kitchen."

I suspect that Fleur-de-Lis was asking for a source to back up "But you know, for most people who install one, it's not about the purpose, it's about the look."  That statement does sound dismissive.

Virg

Actually, my query was as to the source for the definitive-sounding "The real purpose of the pot filler was to add water to foods as they were cooking."

"Adding water to food as it cooks" strikes me as somewhat dangerous - a sudden influx of liquid at an uncertain, difficult to control rate and pressure  (just turning on the tap!) seems likely to result in splashing, etc. It seems much better to use a pitcher, as another poster suggested, to add water to a dish currently being cooked. 

I offered an explanation I found more plausible (not having to carry said pot from the sink to the stove) (not to mention the unstated but, to me, valuable benefit of not having to lift a full pot of water up out of the sink) and a citation, albeit from a relatively weak source.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lowspark on February 07, 2012, 02:16:49 PM
OK, I stand corrected. Like I said, that's how it was explained to me and I took the explanation at face value. And I'm sorry but I have to say that the whole idea of it just doesn't make sense to me. That's my opinion. In addition to which, a faucet with no drain would make me uncomfortable.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: gypsy77 on February 07, 2012, 02:29:01 PM

*trim*

Most shampoo companies (that are not professional product) use it becasue it is a cheap cleanser. However it is kinda harsh for most poeples uses. It will strip artifical colour out of your hair as well. So its best not to use a product with it in it if you can avoid it.

I have unfortunately inherited my grandmother's super-fine hair, and now that I am in my mid 30's it is starting to thin out. I started using shampoo bars that I buy from Etsy, from someone who lists all her ingredients, so I know exactly what is in them.

I expected the improved general hair condition, no longer having to use a seperate hair conditioner as my hair is no longer being stripped, etc. A huge added bonus side effect has been that the rate of thinning has stopped, and might have reversed a little. ( I am fully prepared to admit to myself it may not have reversed, just that it has more volume from not being weighed down, but there is *way* less hair in my comb) I am convinced it is the lack of SLS in the product.

And just so I am not straying too far off topic here, my favorite useless product ever was the flowbee. You put an attachment on the end of yur vacuum hose, and started vacuuming around your head, and the attachment would cut your hair as it was being sucked up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3G1cwqYkO4

"just bounce it all over your head!"
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MrsJWine on February 07, 2012, 02:51:42 PM
I desperately want a flowbee. I'm not sure what I'd use it on. The two-year-old? I don't know. But I'd FIND something to use it on, by golly.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on February 07, 2012, 03:20:52 PM
lowspark wrote:

"And I'm sorry but I have to say that the whole idea of it just doesn't make sense to me. That's my opinion. In addition to which, a faucet with no drain would make me uncomfortable."

Take in mind that the place where you see a faucet near the cook surface a lot is in professional kitchens.  When you're cooking for fifty you can go through some mega-big pots of water and not having to move them far can be a back saver.  I'm not really sure why they became so popular in home kitchens, but I suspect that Food Network is at least partly to blame.

MrsJWine wrote:

"I desperately want a flowbee. I'm not sure what I'd use it on."

If you have a dog that tolerates the noise, it makes it REALLY easy to keep them groomed.

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MrsJWine on February 07, 2012, 03:21:49 PM
MrsJWine wrote:

"I desperately want a flowbee. I'm not sure what I'd use it on."

If you have a dog that tolerates the noise, it makes it REALLY easy to keep them groomed.

Virg

Note to self: get long-haired dog.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on February 07, 2012, 03:23:21 PM
MrsJWine wrote:

"I desperately want a flowbee. I'm not sure what I'd use it on."

If you have a dog that tolerates the noise, it makes it REALLY easy to keep them groomed.

Virg

I have a short haired dog but I am fairly certain someone tried to flowbee him at least once.  I know that most dogs don't like vacuums, but I have never seen a dog so terrified of the darn machine.  I can't even move it through is line of vision (off!) without him running from the room.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: faithlessone on February 07, 2012, 03:40:18 PM
Everybody's scalp produces a different amount of oil, just like people have different oil production levels in their skin.  At least from anecdotal evidence, all the people I know who struggled with oily skin also struggle at least a bit with oily scalps.  I, on the other hand, have totally dry skin and a mostly normal amount of scalp-oil production.

But, at the same time, I think it's generally useful across the board for people to wash their hair/skin only as often as it actually is dirty, whether that means once a day or once a week.  The idea that everyone needs to wash their hair every day is a modern invention that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.


Yes, it does vary.  My mother has very dry hair, and my sisters and I have oily hair.  She was convinced that we weren't washing our hair properly when we were growing up, as ours needed to be done more than once a week....

But at the same time, it wasn't that long ago that many women never washed their own hair.  They visited the local salon once a week for the shampoo-and-set, and that was it.

Heh - it's the same with my mum and me. She has very dry hair, and only washes it once a week, if that. I think the longest she's gone is about a fortnight, without even getting it wet, and you could barely tell. I, on the other hand, wash my hair every other day. I've tried the baking soda method, but all that did was make my hair really limp and lacklustre. Shampoo and conditioner are the only things that seem to give me nice looking hair.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MrsJWine on February 07, 2012, 03:42:49 PM
Faithlessone, do you have hard or soft water? We had soft water when I first started using the baking soda method. It made my hair look practically magical. Then we moved here, and my hair got really gross really fast. I finally figured out that the baking soda can't dissolve properly in hard water. Someone here posted the suggestion to boil the water and mix it that way. Worked like a charm. Stick the cup in a sink filled a little ways with cold water, and it doesn't take very long to cool down enough to use.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: KimberlyM on February 07, 2012, 03:53:31 PM
This isn't so much useless as just disgusting, but those automatic toothpaste dispensers.  Push your toothbrush under it and it puts "just the right amount" of toothpaste on it.  Yeah, but then everyone's mouth germs are all over the thing...ewww.

http://www.thetoothpastedispenser.com/
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: faithlessone on February 07, 2012, 04:01:30 PM
Faithlessone, do you have hard or soft water? We had soft water when I first started using the baking soda method. It made my hair look practically magical. Then we moved here, and my hair got really gross really fast. I finally figured out that the baking soda can't dissolve properly in hard water. Someone here posted the suggestion to boil the water and mix it that way. Worked like a charm. Stick the cup in a sink filled a little ways with cold water, and it doesn't take very long to cool down enough to use.

Oh, our water is horribly hard. Hmm... I might try the boiling method then. Thank you!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on February 07, 2012, 04:26:55 PM
There are sewing needles that are really easy to thread without having to go through the eye. They are easy to thread, but the quality of the things are crap, so they catch on even cotton quilting material and are just ruiness to anything finer. I can look at them and see how they could be improved! There's $10 in the garbage can. I really hope someone improves the quality soon.

There is a longhandled shoe horn that grabs the shoe (cool!) then when the user tries to take the horn off the foot, the handle comes off even though the length adjuster is tightened down with a pliers!

These are good ideas executed badly.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: BabylonSister on February 07, 2012, 09:48:38 PM
And just so I am not straying too far off topic here, my favorite useless product ever was the flowbee. You put an attachment on the end of yur vacuum hose, and started vacuuming around your head, and the attachment would cut your hair as it was being sucked up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3G1cwqYkO4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3G1cwqYkO4)

"just bounce it all over your head!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AioVDsXidh0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AioVDsXidh0)



It will suck your will to live!


Today at the thrift store I saw knee-length wool twill pants. Too warm for capri pants season, too short for woolen pants season.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on February 08, 2012, 07:52:02 AM

Today at the thrift store I saw knee-length wool twill pants. Too warm for capri pants season, too short for woolen pants season.

You are supposed to wear them with tights. We also wore wool Bermuda shorts with knee high heavy socks - Argyle or cable knit - and penny loafers.

Keep in mind how short some skirts often are!

One fashion designer tried to make business suits with shorts one year. That did not go over well.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Irishkitty on February 08, 2012, 07:57:28 AM
"One fashion designer tried to make business suits with shorts one year. That did not go over well."

That was in fashion for spring/summer a year (or 2?) ago. People wore shorts (not hotpants, but not bermudas either) with tights and a smart jacket.

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on February 08, 2012, 08:44:55 AM
"One fashion designer tried to make business suits with shorts one year. That did not go over well."

That was in fashion for spring/summer a year (or 2?) ago. People wore shorts (not hotpants, but not bermudas either) with tights and a smart jacket.

The one I remember was in the 60's for all seasons. Guess they never give up. Maybe someday it will catch on. Thanks for telling me about a couple of years ago. I missed that one.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on February 08, 2012, 09:15:39 AM
Luci45 wrote:

"One fashion designer tried to make business suits with shorts one year. That did not go over well."

It works in Bermuda.  The funny part is that it also works in some old fashioned British companies.  I used to work for such a company, and one day one of my employees came in wearing a suit jacket with Bermuda shorts.  My manager (a transplant from the Midwest) told me I should send him home to change, but I told him I'd already checked with the division manager who had told me that it was fit to the dress code.

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: purplemuse on February 08, 2012, 11:03:22 AM
whatsanenigma wrote:

"It's still weird that it got so popular with everybody else, though, I think."

The reason why the Snuggie got popular with the general public is the same reason why it's useful to people in wheelchairs.  If you're sitting on the couch and you get chilly, you can put it on without getting up, but it still keeps your arms warm without having to give up easy access to your hands.  My wife, who knits constantly, swears by her Snuggie because of this.

Virg

All I do is put my coat on backwards.  No hood on my coat.  I keep it next to me most of the time anyway.

For me, there's a difference in curling up under a blanket and curling up under a coat or a backwards robe. I find the former is much more comfy and cozy.

So the extra comfort + the convenience of sleeves makes the Snuggie worth it for me.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: turtleIScream on February 08, 2012, 12:33:03 PM
whatsanenigma wrote:

"It's still weird that it got so popular with everybody else, though, I think."

The reason why the Snuggie got popular with the general public is the same reason why it's useful to people in wheelchairs.  If you're sitting on the couch and you get chilly, you can put it on without getting up, but it still keeps your arms warm without having to give up easy access to your hands.  My wife, who knits constantly, swears by her Snuggie because of this.

Virg

All I do is put my coat on backwards.  No hood on my coat.  I keep it next to me most of the time anyway.

For me, there's a difference in curling up under a blanket and curling up under a coat or a backwards robe. I find the former is much more comfy and cozy.

So the extra comfort + the convenience of sleeves makes the Snuggie worth it for me.

Same here. It also helps that I have the Brookstone version, so it's extra plush and cozy.  I love that it's long enough to scrunch under my neck AND cover my toes, even when I'm stretched out.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on February 08, 2012, 01:16:34 PM
drebay wrote:

"All I do is put my coat on backwards.  No hood on my coat.  I keep it next to me most of the time anyway."

None of my coats are anywhere near long enough to cover my feet if I used them like this.  I'd think that if it was long enough to do that, it would drag behind you when you wore it normally.  Of course, I'm very tall so a Snuggie doesn't reach my feet either, but my wife doesn't have that problem.

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: DoubleTrouble on February 17, 2012, 11:10:46 PM
Fake pets (i.e., dolls which look like sleeping cats or puppies). They have a motion unit so they appear to breathe. Only $35.99.

Oh my, I hate those as they freak me out. Even worse are the large dolls that are sometimes put in Alzheimer's wards. I was helping to set up an assisted living facility at night & wandered into the Alzheimer ward at 2 AM. Saw what looked like a little kid standing in the corner & freaked out since there was just me & one other person in the building at the time. Once the other employee calmed me down & explained the reason for the dolls (it's called doll therapy) I was OK but it was just not what I needed to see at 2 AM in a darkened building! Of course I refused to go back in that ward the rest of the time I worked there unless it was daytime ;)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: BarensMom on February 18, 2012, 02:02:16 PM
Doll therapy?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Sirius on February 18, 2012, 02:25:02 PM
Lowspark, you beat me to it - the classic SNL commercial advertising a razor with 3 blades. It was seen as hysterically ridiculous. SNL also predicted the IPad - but a completely different sort of pad, if you get my drift.

I find many kitchen gadgets useless - a good knife will do most things. Other dumb things - paper cup dispensers for household bathrooms - waste much? , 'lip stencils' - just fill in with lipstick for a perfect look! (Except that, surely, everyone's lips are different?) Most items on infomercials - the Snuggy and the Slanket.  Really?  :o

I made myself a caftan out of fleece that consisted of two pieces of fleece sewed together with a head hole and arm slots, and hemmed those holes and the bottom.  If I need an extra blanket I just lay it out flat.  Works way better than a Snuggy or a Slanket. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Optimoose Prime on February 18, 2012, 06:01:38 PM
And just so I am not straying too far off topic here, my favorite useless product ever was the flowbee. You put an attachment on the end of yur vacuum hose, and started vacuuming around your head, and the attachment would cut your hair as it was being sucked up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3G1cwqYkO4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3G1cwqYkO4)

"just bounce it all over your head!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AioVDsXidh0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AioVDsXidh0)



It will suck your will to live!


Today at the thrift store I saw knee-length wool twill pants. Too warm for capri pants season, too short for woolen pants season.

They also used to be hiking or skiing pants.  Someone was trying to sell a whole vintage suit at the ski swap this year.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: kckgirl on February 18, 2012, 06:16:18 PM
And just so I am not straying too far off topic here, my favorite useless product ever was the flowbee. You put an attachment on the end of yur vacuum hose, and started vacuuming around your head, and the attachment would cut your hair as it was being sucked up.

I have had a flowbee since May 2001. Absolutely not useless. Before I bought it I asked on a message board if people liked it. I got so many positive responses that I ordered it and never looked back. In the almost 11 years since I got it, I have never gotten a haircut anywhere but home, I cut my hair every 4-6 weeks, and get compliments on my hair really often.

One of the ladies on the message board said she liked it so much after having owned it for ten years that, if it broke, she'd immediately buy another one. Now that I've had mine that long, I can say I completely agree. It's the best $40 I ever spent!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on February 18, 2012, 10:05:45 PM
Fake pets (i.e., dolls which look like sleeping cats or puppies). They have a motion unit so they appear to breathe. Only $35.99.

Oh my, I hate those as they freak me out. Even worse are the large dolls that are sometimes put in Alzheimer's wards. I was helping to set up an assisted living facility at night & wandered into the Alzheimer ward at 2 AM. Saw what looked like a little kid standing in the corner & freaked out since there was just me & one other person in the building at the time. Once the other employee calmed me down & explained the reason for the dolls (it's called doll therapy) I was OK but it was just not what I needed to see at 2 AM in a darkened building! Of course I refused to go back in that ward the rest of the time I worked there unless it was daytime ;)
Doll therapy?

I searched for it and was successful.

http://www.best-alzheimers-products.com/doll-therapy-for-alzheimers-disease.html

 It sounded pretty odd, but I remember that after I had my surgery last summer and was pretty drugged up at night, I slept with a 10" stuffed bison and a small plastic hippopotomus from a mobile. During the day I was lucid and 'normal', but still talked to these guys sometimes. When I was off the drugs and put them away where they belong, I thanked them. Now I think maybe I should have looked for the big soft bunny that is an Easter decoration instead.

I've never been diagnosed with any dementia ( that I know of  :D) and seem fine now. I knew I was silly, but it really did make me feel better. I believe something inanimate to love may really truly help some people (even with a real husband around taking care of me).
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dazi on February 19, 2012, 12:47:08 AM
When I first met my DH he had this weird useless chopping thing.  I think it was called a slapchop.  I never understood why anyone would want to use it.

It was only big enough to chop about a quarter of an onion at a time, the chops were not uniform, you really have to have a lot of hand strength to get it all the way though whatever you were chopping and it was a pain to clean.  So much easier to use a knife.

I find all the kitchen gadgets for eggs to be just bizarre.  Egg separator? Egg slicer?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on February 19, 2012, 09:19:48 AM
I actually have an egg/mushroom slicer. I never learned actual "slicing and dicing" - Robert Irvine would have a field day with my knife skills.

The one time in the past three years that I made egg salad, though, I didn't know I had an egg sliver so just used a fork to mash the eggs. But I can see an egg slicer if one wanted egg slices for a garnish. I wonder if it would work for strawberries, too. :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: duhrich on February 19, 2012, 11:16:22 AM
I actually have an egg/mushroom slicer. I never learned actual "slicing and dicing" - Robert Irvine would have a field day with my knife skills.

The one time in the past three years that I made egg salad, though, I didn't know I had an egg sliver so just used a fork to mash the eggs. But I can see an egg slicer if one wanted egg slices for a garnish. I wonder if it would work for strawberries, too. :)

It does ;D  I have one and use it when I'm making egg salad.  Then I take it out and cut the other direction to have cubed eggs for the salad.  It's just a time saver, plus it's uniform.

I also used it for strawberries when I had a bunch to slice up for jam - again, uniform slices and it's quicker than doing all the cutting myself.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on February 19, 2012, 11:18:59 AM
 The best use I've found for my egg slicer so far is to make Tetris pieces for bracelets: http://www.etsy.com/listing/88813458/tetris-bracelet

It makes nice even squares and then I can do the rest with a fillet knife  ;D  I do like egg salad, but I rarely have the patience to boil eggs first when I'm in the mood for a sandwich anyway!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: EveLGenius on February 19, 2012, 04:42:42 PM
I was originally going to say "Glitter hoof polish for horses," because, seriously?

Then I got this month's Horse Illustrated, and on the back cover is a full-page ad for riding gloves that have hardware that will connect you to your cell phone, so that you can text, Twitter, check voicemail and make cell calls through your gloves, while you're riding.

Um, yeah.  When you're sitting on a thousand pounds of self-directed guided muscle, which by the way has the emotional maturity of a 3-year-old human and a complete fear of umbrellas, mylar balloons, rabbits, and people in blue shirts who are walking the fenceline, you should totally be concentrating on your Twitter account.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Micah on February 19, 2012, 05:08:59 PM
I was originally going to say "Glitter hoof polish for horses," because, seriously?

Then I got this month's Horse Illustrated, and on the back cover is a full-page ad for riding gloves that have hardware that will connect you to your cell phone, so that you can text, Twitter, check voicemail and make cell calls through your gloves, while you're riding.

Um, yeah.  When you're sitting on a thousand pounds of self-directed guided muscle, which by the way has the emotional maturity of a 3-year-old human and a complete fear of umbrellas, mylar balloons, rabbits, and people in blue shirts who are walking the fenceline, you should totally be concentrating on your Twitter account.

Glitter hoof polish is for little girls  ;D Seriously, there's a little girl at my Pony Club who uses it. She's about eight shows competatively, horse of the year, junior rider champion, etc, and is a complete pink princess ( I don't mean that in a bad way). Her pony is black and named Alice in Wonderland. Her saddle cloth is hot pink, her reins have pink accents, she has a pink ribbon browband and yes, glitter hoof polish. It's adorable. EVERY SINGLE piece of her ordinary, muck around gear is hot pink. Brushes, jodphurs, lead rope, halter, pony's rug, etc.

And yeah, those gloves, not so much. My horse doesn't fear the things you mentioned but she does have an extreme aversion to wheely bins, letter boxes and echidnas.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: emeraldsage85 on February 19, 2012, 05:23:04 PM

my favorite useless product ever was the flowbee. You put an attachment on the end of yur vacuum hose, and started vacuuming around your head, and the attachment would cut your hair as it was being sucked up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3G1cwqYkO4

"just bounce it all over your head!"

Your post just reminded me of this guy. Best Dragon's Den episode ever!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eQ3ojJqel4&feature=related
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on February 20, 2012, 12:00:22 PM
I was looking at Babysteals today, and their featured product is EscaPeeJays.  Basically one-piece toddler pajamas that zip in the back so that said toddler can't take them off in the middle of the night.  I remember reversing the jammies of some of the kids that I babysat for just this reason.  Honestly I think that it's genius in marketing, but not something that I'd necessarily seek out because reversing toddler jammies just isn't that difficult.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MrsJWine on February 20, 2012, 12:17:25 PM
I was looking at Babysteals today, and their featured product is EscaPeeJays.  Basically one-piece toddler pajamas that zip in the back so that said toddler can't take them off in the middle of the night.  I remember reversing the jammies of some of the kids that I babysat for just this reason.  Honestly I think that it's genius in marketing, but not something that I'd necessarily seek out because reversing toddler jammies just isn't that difficult.

My kids can't stand having anything close up around their neck (probably got it from me; it makes me feel like I'm being choked). So it kind of makes sense, since most sleepers have a higher neck in front than in back.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: KimberlyM on February 20, 2012, 01:58:52 PM
I buy Little Keeper Sleepers for mine, basically the same thing, zip up the back and snaps over the zipper and a neck that wont stretch.  I used to turn his pj's backwards, but then he started wriggling out through the neck hole!  I went looking for them and he has about 10 pairs now.  I buy them 3 at a time regularly!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: rashea on February 21, 2012, 09:21:53 AM
I was originally going to say "Glitter hoof polish for horses," because, seriously?


I always figured it was for the same reason my poor pup has to wear a big orange vest at certain times of the year. It keeps stupid hunters from mistaking her for "game".

(She seriously looks like a bear cub these days, so it's worth the look I get when I grab the vest).
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on February 21, 2012, 10:18:25 AM
I was originally going to say "Glitter hoof polish for horses," because, seriously?


I always figured it was for the same reason my poor pup has to wear a big orange vest at certain times of the year. It keeps stupid hunters from mistaking her for "game".

(She seriously looks like a bear cub these days, so it's worth the look I get when I grab the vest).
Big orange vest = not a game animal makes sense.  But if a hunter looked closely enough at the prospective target to note whether or not its hooves glittered, he'd know it wasn't a deer!  Alas, "buck fever" is alive and well, and gets lots of domestic animals every year.  Also a person from time to time.  There was a case a few years back where a woman was shot and killed on her own back porch; she was wearing something white, and the idiot hunter's defense was "I thought it was a deer's tail -- she shouldn't have been wearing white in hunting season!" ::)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on February 21, 2012, 12:05:10 PM
I was originally going to say "Glitter hoof polish for horses," because, seriously?

Then I got this month's Horse Illustrated, and on the back cover is a full-page ad for riding gloves that have hardware that will connect you to your cell phone, so that you can text, Twitter, check voicemail and make cell calls through your gloves, while you're riding.

Um, yeah.  When you're sitting on a thousand pounds of self-directed guided muscle, which by the way has the emotional maturity of a 3-year-old human and a complete fear of umbrellas, mylar balloons, rabbits, and people in blue shirts who are walking the fenceline, you should totally be concentrating on your Twitter account.

Bahaha!   I used to have a horse that I took on trail rides.  He was usually pretty steady but the weirdest things would spook him.

During one ride, a rattlesnake was spotted in the middle of the trail and spooking a lot of the horses.  I expected mine to follow suit, but he was as cool as a cucumber, shifting over to one side of the trail to avoid the rattler and calmly walking past it.  Then we turned the corner that led into camp and he completely lost his mind over the dumpster that was positioned at the entrance.   ::)  This was long before cell phones but I just can't imagine using it for anything other than the "Uh, my horse just threw me overboard and bolted, and I'm 3 miles from home.  Can you come get me?" calls.

ETA: I have the Pampered Chef version of the SlapChop and I use it all the time, especially for mincing garlic.  I can never get it small enough with just a knife and this chops it up into teeny, tiny little bits in a matter of seconds.  And it can go right into the dishwasher.  I also use it to chop up potatoes for taco meat (my MILs recipe has potato in it), eggs for tuna and egg salad, pickles for salad and just about anything else that needs to be diced into teeny pieces.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elisabunny on February 21, 2012, 06:43:28 PM
I was looking at Babysteals today, and their featured product is EscaPeeJays.  Basically one-piece toddler pajamas that zip in the back so that said toddler can't take them off in the middle of the night.  I remember reversing the jammies of some of the kids that I babysat for just this reason.  Honestly I think that it's genius in marketing, but not something that I'd necessarily seek out because reversing toddler jammies just isn't that difficult.

I just fastened a safety pin so the zipper wouldn't go down.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WolfWay on February 29, 2012, 01:53:22 AM
Based on a lot of reading I've done over a relatively long period of time, plus my own very recent experience...modern-day shampoo.

Seriously, if everything I've read about sodium lauryl sulfate is even half true, who decided it would be a good idea to put that stuff in all of our shampoo (and soap)?  It isn't necessary for getting one's hair clean (all it really does is suds up and strip necessary oils), and it can be seriously damaging.  I don't need to use an ingredient intended for dish soap on anything but dishes!

I would add to this conditioner with silicone in it (best analogy for that is painting over peeling paint) and most modern "hygiene" practices in general. Many of us don't need to shower every day, and we definitely don't need to wash our hair and skin with detergents on a daily basis. Nor do most of us need antibacterial everything considering we have functioning immune systems.

I saw an ad from the 50s yesterday that said "To keep hygienic, wash hair more often - every 10 days at a minimum but once a week for extra clean!" I've actually adopted this practice - on average I go 5-7 days between washings but I've stretched it to 10. My scalp produces less oily so it doesn't look greasy and my hair is in great condition. Brushing the natural oils through it every day actually makes it very shiny and lustrous.
I wish I could do that, but I gym five days a week and if I don't wash my hair after sweating it soaking, it looks ghastly. If you have any suggestions to get around how to deal with daily gym sweat without washing it, I'd be grateful.  :-\
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MrsJWine on February 29, 2012, 10:09:58 AM
WolfWench, I was my hair with conditioner only (get something clean-rinsing) after workouts. It doesn't look great, but it also doesn't look horrifically greasy, either. If I'm going to be going somewhere that appearances are important, I'll wash with shampoo, but I use just conditioner every chance I get. The great thing is that when I really wash my hair, it's the best hair day ever.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WolfWay on February 29, 2012, 10:44:25 PM
WolfWench, I was my hair with conditioner only (get something clean-rinsing) after workouts. It doesn't look great, but it also doesn't look horrifically greasy, either. If I'm going to be going somewhere that appearances are important, I'll wash with shampoo, but I use just conditioner every chance I get. The great thing is that when I really wash my hair, it's the best hair day ever.
Thanks, I'll give that a try. I've got a bottle of conditioner that I never use, may as well get some use out of it.  ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: rashea on March 01, 2012, 08:33:33 AM
WolfWench, I was my hair with conditioner only (get something clean-rinsing) after workouts. It doesn't look great, but it also doesn't look horrifically greasy, either. If I'm going to be going somewhere that appearances are important, I'll wash with shampoo, but I use just conditioner every chance I get. The great thing is that when I really wash my hair, it's the best hair day ever.
Thanks, I'll give that a try. I've got a bottle of conditioner that I never use, may as well get some use out of it.  ;D

You can always add a touch of baking soda before the conditioner. I use baking soda and conditioner as my every day shampoo (okay every 2-3 days). I used to have to wash my hair every day or it looked awful. Now, it doesn't start looking greasy for 2-3 days, and I can go 4 with a bit of baby powder and a ponytail when I need to. Of course, I don't do that after working in the garden.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nika on March 02, 2012, 11:47:07 AM
Another question for you non-daily shampooers:

What about if you have dandruff? I don't have terrible dandruff, but I do have a bit of a problem with it. I tried skipping the shampoo this morning and now my dandruff is acting up. Will the dandruff calm down once my hair gets used to rarely shampooing (like how the greasiness is supposed to calm down after awhile)?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MandiC76 on March 06, 2012, 01:36:58 PM
I actually have an egg/mushroom slicer. I never learned actual "slicing and dicing" - Robert Irvine would have a field day with my knife skills.

The one time in the past three years that I made egg salad, though, I didn't know I had an egg sliver so just used a fork to mash the eggs. But I can see an egg slicer if one wanted egg slices for a garnish. I wonder if it would work for strawberries, too. :)

It does ;D  I have one and use it when I'm making egg salad.  Then I take it out and cut the other direction to have cubed eggs for the salad.  It's just a time saver, plus it's uniform.

I also used it for strawberries when I had a bunch to slice up for jam - again, uniform slices and it's quicker than doing all the cutting myself.

My MIL gave me an actual strawberry slicer as part of my bridal shower gift. Rather than the wire that most egg slicers have, it has actual blades. It's great - except when you have super big strawberries - those you have to cut in half first. She got me an egg slicer, too, which has 2 layers of cutters, so if you want to cube your eggs, you don't have to move the egg at all!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on March 06, 2012, 02:19:56 PM
When I first met my DH he had this weird useless chopping thing.  I think it was called a slapchop.  I never understood why anyone would want to use it.

It was only big enough to chop about a quarter of an onion at a time, the chops were not uniform, you really have to have a lot of hand strength to get it all the way though whatever you were chopping and it was a pain to clean.  So much easier to use a knife.

I find all the kitchen gadgets for eggs to be just bizarre.  Egg separator? Egg slicer?

LOL, I'm with you on the gadgets for eggs!   :o  This coming from the queen of gadgets and doohickeys (me).

On another topic, I have two Snuggies.  I hate them both because I can't walk with them on.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: JennJenn68 on March 06, 2012, 06:00:43 PM
When I first met my DH he had this weird useless chopping thing.  I think it was called a slapchop.  I never understood why anyone would want to use it.

It was only big enough to chop about a quarter of an onion at a time, the chops were not uniform, you really have to have a lot of hand strength to get it all the way though whatever you were chopping and it was a pain to clean.  So much easier to use a knife.

I find all the kitchen gadgets for eggs to be just bizarre.  Egg separator? Egg slicer?

LOL, I'm with you on the gadgets for eggs!   :o  This coming from the queen of gadgets and doohickeys (me).

On another topic, I have two Snuggies.  I hate them both because I can't walk with them on.

<Snerk>  Sorry.  The image of anyone attempting to walk while wearing a Snuggie causes me to chortle.

Yeah, I have to agree about egg separators in particular.  Now that they sell egg whites by the carton, who the heck needs to separate eggs anymore?  And the only slicing of eggs that I need to do are just in half if I'm making devilled eggs.  (Yum!  Now I want some...)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on March 06, 2012, 06:52:51 PM
When I first met my DH he had this weird useless chopping thing.  I think it was called a slapchop.  I never understood why anyone would want to use it.

It was only big enough to chop about a quarter of an onion at a time, the chops were not uniform, you really have to have a lot of hand strength to get it all the way though whatever you were chopping and it was a pain to clean.  So much easier to use a knife.

I find all the kitchen gadgets for eggs to be just bizarre.  Egg separator? Egg slicer?

LOL, I'm with you on the gadgets for eggs!   :o  This coming from the queen of gadgets and doohickeys (me).

On another topic, I have two Snuggies.  I hate them both because I can't walk with them on.

<Snerk>  Sorry.  The image of anyone attempting to walk while wearing a Snuggie causes me to chortle.

Yeah, I have to agree about egg separators in particular.  Now that they sell egg whites by the carton, who the heck needs to separate eggs anymore?  And the only slicing of eggs that I need to do are just in half if I'm making devilled eggs.  (Yum!  Now I want some...)

No need for apology, it IS funny!  For me, the idea of having to constantly take off the Snuggie in order to walk and then put it on seems to defeat the purpose of the Snuggie (i.e. staying warm and cozy).  My mom said she could sew them into shorter length housecoats for me so I look forward to that.  I also find the sleeves way too wide so she will tighten them. I'm gonna be one happy Snuggie walker once that happens!   :D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: BabylonSister on March 06, 2012, 07:46:39 PM
When I first met my DH he had this weird useless chopping thing.  I think it was called a slapchop.  I never understood why anyone would want to use it.

It was only big enough to chop about a quarter of an onion at a time, the chops were not uniform, you really have to have a lot of hand strength to get it all the way though whatever you were chopping and it was a pain to clean.  So much easier to use a knife.

I find all the kitchen gadgets for eggs to be just bizarre.  Egg separator? Egg slicer?

LOL, I'm with you on the gadgets for eggs!   :o  This coming from the queen of gadgets and doohickeys (me).

On another topic, I have two Snuggies.  I hate them both because I can't walk with them on.

<Snerk>  Sorry.  The image of anyone attempting to walk while wearing a Snuggie causes me to chortle.

Yeah, I have to agree about egg separators in particular.  Now that they sell egg whites by the carton, who the heck needs to separate eggs anymore?  And the only slicing of eggs that I need to do are just in half if I'm making devilled eggs.  (Yum!  Now I want some...)


Sometimes, you do need to separate the egg and the yolk and a carton of egg whites won't do the trick because you need both yolk and white (cheese souffle, for instance). This being said, it's not that hard to separate whites and yolks by hand or by using the shell.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on March 06, 2012, 08:10:21 PM
When I first met my DH he had this weird useless chopping thing.  I think it was called a slapchop.  I never understood why anyone would want to use it.

It was only big enough to chop about a quarter of an onion at a time, the chops were not uniform, you really have to have a lot of hand strength to get it all the way though whatever you were chopping and it was a pain to clean.  So much easier to use a knife.

I find all the kitchen gadgets for eggs to be just bizarre.  Egg separator? Egg slicer?

LOL, I'm with you on the gadgets for eggs!   :o  This coming from the queen of gadgets and doohickeys (me).

On another topic, I have two Snuggies.  I hate them both because I can't walk with them on.

<Snerk>  Sorry.  The image of anyone attempting to walk while wearing a Snuggie causes me to chortle.

Yeah, I have to agree about egg separators in particular.  Now that they sell egg whites by the carton, who the heck needs to separate eggs anymore?  And the only slicing of eggs that I need to do are just in half if I'm making devilled eggs.  (Yum!  Now I want some...)


Sometimes, you do need to separate the egg and the yolk and a carton of egg whites won't do the trick because you need both yolk and white (cheese souffle, for instance). This being said, it's not that hard to separate whites and yolks by hand or by using the shell.

Using the shell was the way I was taught in cooking school.  It is quite easy, especially since we were also talk how to crack eggs.  ;D  Ahh, the basics...  I actually didn't know they made egg separators until a while ago.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dindrane on March 06, 2012, 10:02:42 PM
Personally, I just use my fingers.  Crack the egg over a bowl that's going to hold the egg whites, and then hold my fingers just far enough apart that the white can get through but the yolk can't.  I put the yolk in a separate bowl (or in the mixing bowl with the other ingredients, depending) and repeat until I have enough egg yolks/whites.  I don't always crack eggs in a way that lets me use the shells for separating eggs, but my fingers do the trick just fine.

Best of all, they're free and I always know where to find them. :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WolfWay on March 06, 2012, 10:41:20 PM
Personally, I just use my fingers.  Crack the egg over a bowl that's going to hold the egg whites, and then hold my fingers just far enough apart that the white can get through but the yolk can't.  I put the yolk in a separate bowl (or in the mixing bowl with the other ingredients, depending) and repeat until I have enough egg yolks/whites.  I don't always crack eggs in a way that lets me use the shells for separating eggs, but my fingers do the trick just fine.

Best of all, they're free and I always know where to find them. :)
That's how I seperate my eggs too.  ;D I have far fewer accidental yolk punctures that way than I do using the shells.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dindrane on March 06, 2012, 10:53:33 PM
Personally, I just use my fingers.  Crack the egg over a bowl that's going to hold the egg whites, and then hold my fingers just far enough apart that the white can get through but the yolk can't.  I put the yolk in a separate bowl (or in the mixing bowl with the other ingredients, depending) and repeat until I have enough egg yolks/whites.  I don't always crack eggs in a way that lets me use the shells for separating eggs, but my fingers do the trick just fine.

Best of all, they're free and I always know where to find them. :)
That's how I seperate my eggs too.  ;D I have far fewer accidental yolk punctures that way than I do using the shells.

Plus, if you're careful, you can sometimes even fish out an overenthusiastic egg yolk that took a flying leap out of your hand and into the egg whites.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MerryCat on March 06, 2012, 10:53:56 PM
Personally, I just use my fingers.  Crack the egg over a bowl that's going to hold the egg whites, and then hold my fingers just far enough apart that the white can get through but the yolk can't.  I put the yolk in a separate bowl (or in the mixing bowl with the other ingredients, depending) and repeat until I have enough egg yolks/whites.  I don't always crack eggs in a way that lets me use the shells for separating eggs, but my fingers do the trick just fine.

Best of all, they're free and I always know where to find them. :)
That's how I seperate my eggs too.  ;D I have far fewer accidental yolk punctures that way than I do using the shells.

Same here. I had no idea that they made a gadget to separate them.  What will they think of next?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: TootsNYC on March 07, 2012, 12:18:28 AM
drebay wrote:

"All I do is put my coat on backwards.  No hood on my coat.  I keep it next to me most of the time anyway."

None of my coats are anywhere near long enough to cover my feet if I used them like this.  I'd think that if it was long enough to do that, it would drag behind you when you wore it normally.  Of course, I'm very tall so a Snuggie doesn't reach my feet either, but my wife doesn't have that problem.

Virg

A coat on backwards is very awkward! The shape of the armholes is designed for the curves on the BACK of the body, not the front. The neck is higher, often by a lot.

And my coat is very bulky.

I can totally see the appeal of those products, and I don't quite get why other people don't.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WolfWay on March 07, 2012, 04:06:27 AM
If I need to walk somewhere in my snuggy I turn it around backwards, and wear it like a normal coat and pretend I'm a jedi.  ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 07, 2012, 07:23:30 AM
Personally, I just use my fingers.  Crack the egg over a bowl that's going to hold the egg whites, and then hold my fingers just far enough apart that the white can get through but the yolk can't.  I put the yolk in a separate bowl (or in the mixing bowl with the other ingredients, depending) and repeat until I have enough egg yolks/whites.  I don't always crack eggs in a way that lets me use the shells for separating eggs, but my fingers do the trick just fine.

Best of all, they're free and I always know where to find them. :)
That's how I seperate my eggs too.  ;D I have far fewer accidental yolk punctures that way than I do using the shells.

Same here. I had no idea that they made a gadget to separate them.  What will they think of next?
Me too!  It's so much easier doing it this way.  To me, having a gadget to do this means one more thign to wash.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Lynnv on March 07, 2012, 07:40:25 AM
Personally, I just use my fingers.  Crack the egg over a bowl that's going to hold the egg whites, and then hold my fingers just far enough apart that the white can get through but the yolk can't.  I put the yolk in a separate bowl (or in the mixing bowl with the other ingredients, depending) and repeat until I have enough egg yolks/whites.  I don't always crack eggs in a way that lets me use the shells for separating eggs, but my fingers do the trick just fine.

Best of all, they're free and I always know where to find them. :)
That's how I seperate my eggs too.  ;D I have far fewer accidental yolk punctures that way than I do using the shells.

Same here. I had no idea that they made a gadget to separate them.  What will they think of next?
Me too!  It's so much easier doing it this way.  To me, having a gadget to do this means one more thign to wash.

My grandma used one for as long as I can remember.  She had a joint disease and the fingers in her hands were frozen, so separating with the shells or her hands wasn't possible.  With the amount of cooking she did, she didn't use it often (loved my grandma, but cooking was not her forte).  But when she needed to separate an egg, that was the only way it was going to happen.  And I remember seeing her use it as far back as my earliest holiday kitchen memories.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: bopper on March 07, 2012, 08:41:23 AM
Totally with you on the 5-bladed razors, how does that help? Surely any more than 3 isn't adding any benefit.

We have a product here in Australia that was launched with a big ad campaign last year. Its a fancy automatic dispenser for antibacterial soap that has one of those sensors so you don't have to touch a pump, just put your hand under the spout. It was adverstised as being great for families etc and preventing the spread of bacteria as you won't be picking up bugs left on the soap dispenser by other people.

They seem to be completely ignoring the fact that the very first thing you do after dispensing the soap is use it to wash your hands, thereby removing said bacteria.  They managed to convince a lot of people to buy it, but at $20 each, what a rip off!

They brought this out in Canada too. I think it's just preying on people's fear of germs so they'll buy a new product.

I got this for the kitchen because when my DH actually cooks he will get his hands all messy and is "not be able to" put soap on his hands by himself.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on March 07, 2012, 08:53:31 AM
Totally with you on the 5-bladed razors, how does that help? Surely any more than 3 isn't adding any benefit.

We have a product here in Australia that was launched with a big ad campaign last year. Its a fancy automatic dispenser for antibacterial soap that has one of those sensors so you don't have to touch a pump, just put your hand under the spout. It was adverstised as being great for families etc and preventing the spread of bacteria as you won't be picking up bugs left on the soap dispenser by other people.

They seem to be completely ignoring the fact that the very first thing you do after dispensing the soap is use it to wash your hands, thereby removing said bacteria.  They managed to convince a lot of people to buy it, but at $20 each, what a rip off!

They brought this out in Canada too. I think it's just preying on people's fear of germs so they'll buy a new product.

I got this for the kitchen because when my DH actually cooks he will get his hands all messy and is "not be able to" put soap on his hands by himself.

When my hands are dirty I just use my wrist to pump the soap and turn on the water faucet.  I guess that wouldn't work for the twist faucets.  I think the other thing this product ignores is that while the person may not put their dirty hands on the soap dispenser anymore, they are still putting them on the faucet!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mal on March 07, 2012, 09:49:56 AM
Totally with you on the 5-bladed razors, how does that help? Surely any more than 3 isn't adding any benefit.

We have a product here in Australia that was launched with a big ad campaign last year. Its a fancy automatic dispenser for antibacterial soap that has one of those sensors so you don't have to touch a pump, just put your hand under the spout. It was adverstised as being great for families etc and preventing the spread of bacteria as you won't be picking up bugs left on the soap dispenser by other people.

They seem to be completely ignoring the fact that the very first thing you do after dispensing the soap is use it to wash your hands, thereby removing said bacteria.  They managed to convince a lot of people to buy it, but at $20 each, what a rip off!

YES! This, exactly this, thank you! We got the same ad campaign in Germany and I used to think I was the only one this product drove completely crazy :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: drebay on March 07, 2012, 10:00:41 AM
Nah, they have a faucet you can turn on just by touching it with your wrist.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on March 07, 2012, 10:50:03 AM
Nah, they have a faucet you can turn on just by touching it with your wrist.
GAH!!!  Whoever invented and marketed that wasn't owned by cats.  ::) I'm not the only one who had a cat that preferred to drink out of a thin stream of water running out of the faucet.  Turn it on, yes.  Turn it off...not hardly.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mal on March 07, 2012, 10:56:27 AM
Nah, they have a faucet you can turn on just by touching it with your wrist.

Now _that_ I would buy in a heartbeat.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MerryCat on March 07, 2012, 10:59:18 AM
Nah, they have a faucet you can turn on just by touching it with your wrist.
GAH!!!  Whoever invented and marketed that wasn't owned by cats.  ::) I'm not the only one who had a cat that preferred to drink out of a thin stream of water running out of the faucet.  Turn it on, yes.  Turn it off...not hardly.

This is what I thought of too. CassieCat prefers to drink out of the tap. If she could turn it on by nudging it I think we'd come home to find every single tap in the house turned on.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nika on March 07, 2012, 11:04:04 AM
Nah, they have a faucet you can turn on just by touching it with your wrist.
GAH!!!  Whoever invented and marketed that wasn't owned by cats.  ::) I'm not the only one who had a cat that preferred to drink out of a thin stream of water running out of the faucet.  Turn it on, yes.  Turn it off...not hardly.

Ugh, yes, and now everyone loves to sell all sorts of electronics (TVs, Xbox 360, etc) with those "buttons" that sense your finger so you don't actually have to press anything.

Yes, my demon kitty has pushed the eject button on my Xbox 360 before. Yes, while I was playing. No, I hadn't saved my game in a long time, thank you.  >:(
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 07, 2012, 11:08:08 AM
Nah, they have a faucet you can turn on just by touching it with your wrist.
GAH!!!  Whoever invented and marketed that wasn't owned by cats.  ::) I'm not the only one who had a cat that preferred to drink out of a thin stream of water running out of the faucet.  Turn it on, yes.  Turn it off...not hardly.

Ugh, yes, and now everyone loves to sell all sorts of electronics (TVs, Xbox 360, etc) with those "buttons" that sense your finger so you don't actually have to press anything.

Yes, my demon kitty has pushed the eject button on my Xbox 360 before. Yes, while I was playing. No, I hadn't saved my game in a long time, thank you.  >:(

We had a heck of a time putting the new Wii where my roommate wanted it (setting the box on top of the DVD player) - the Wii box goes *just* to the side of the sensor on the DVD player.  So every time we need to adjust a plug at the back of the Wii, we get to dodge the suddenly-opening DVD tray.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WillyNilly on March 07, 2012, 11:10:58 AM
I agree egg separators are frivolous... unless you have one that looks like a nose:
http://www.foundshit.com/egg-separator-nose/

Then it just becomes awesome!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: BabylonSister on March 07, 2012, 11:28:21 AM

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I agree egg separators are frivolous... unless you have one that looks like a nose:
http://www.foundshit.com/egg-separator-nose/ (http://www.foundshit.com/egg-separator-nose/)

That's both hilarious and oh so very gross.

Speaking of touch buttons: I hate the touch pad on my laptop. Apparently, "touch" can sometimes mean "run my hand 1 cm above". I end up unwittingly clicking on things. It's especially irritating when I'm typing and suddenly, I end up writing on another line.


Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MerryCat on March 07, 2012, 11:30:22 AM
I agree egg separators are frivolous... unless you have one that looks like a nose:
http://www.foundshit.com/egg-separator-nose/

Then it just becomes awesome!

Oh wow..... I need one of those! Where can I find one?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WillyNilly on March 07, 2012, 11:39:34 AM
I agree egg separators are frivolous... unless you have one that looks like a nose:
http://www.foundshit.com/egg-separator-nose/

Then it just becomes awesome!

Oh wow..... I need one of those! Where can I find one?

Just google "nose egg separator" and several retailers show up (I just chose that link because it had the best pictures).
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on March 07, 2012, 12:03:44 PM
I agree egg separators are frivolous... unless you have one that looks like a nose:
http://www.foundshit.com/egg-separator-nose/

Then it just becomes awesome!

It's just me and my picky ways, but I know I would NEVER be able to eat whatever was made with the eggs separated by this thing!  Ewwwww, I'm getting the heebie jeebies just thinking about it!  LOL.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MommyPenguin on March 07, 2012, 12:25:05 PM
I tried the no shampoo thing for a day... and that was it.  I can't get a brush or comb through my hair if I haven't used conditioner, and a *lot* of it.  My hair is really thick and frizzy and wants to stick together.  I've been trying to reduce the amount of shampoo, because it tends to get oily near the roots very quickly (and it's very noticeable), but I can't seem to reduce the amount of conditioner even in proportion, or my hair is just impossible to brush afterwards.  It already takes me a good ten minutes to get a brush through it after a shower, using lots of conditioner.  I once tried a "hot oil treatment" that apparently had jojoba in it.  I gave up before I could get it brushed out, it just wasn't happening!  Ended up getting back in the shower and doing my conditioning method of putting in a ton of conditioner, then leaving it in for a day to condition the hair.  Just to recover it.  Yes, my hair drives me crazy.

I have to admit, I kind of love all the weird gadgets, because I figure there's *somebody* who could really use that (like the grandmother with arthritis and the egg separator), and it's neat that such things are available.  My personal favorite is the little collander-sort-of-thing for tunafish cans, so that you can squeeze out all the liquid before scooping the tuna into a bowl.  :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 07, 2012, 12:29:02 PM
I have to admit, I kind of love all the weird gadgets, because I figure there's *somebody* who could really use that (like the grandmother with arthritis and the egg separator), and it's neat that such things are available.  My personal favorite is the little collander-sort-of-thing for tunafish cans, so that you can squeeze out all the liquid before scooping the tuna into a bowl.  :)

Butbutbut . . . that's why they come in cans, right?  You run the can opener all around the lid, then you smash the lid down into the tuna to drain the juice!  (Or to drink it, if you're my brother . . .)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: rashea on March 07, 2012, 12:31:30 PM
I tried the no shampoo thing for a day... and that was it.  I can't get a brush or comb through my hair if I haven't used conditioner, and a *lot* of it.  My hair is really thick and frizzy and wants to stick together.  I've been trying to reduce the amount of shampoo, because it tends to get oily near the roots very quickly (and it's very noticeable), but I can't seem to reduce the amount of conditioner even in proportion, or my hair is just impossible to brush afterwards.

I use baking soda, but never reduced the amount of conditioner. Well, maybe a little, because I water it down so it spreads better in my hair, but I still use normal conditioner. The vinegar never seemed to quite do the trick.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Tigger on March 07, 2012, 12:31:38 PM
MommyPenguin, do you have frizzy curly hair? Have you tried not brushing it and playing up the curls? Usually with frizzy hair the more you brush the worse it gets.  Just a thought.

I have curly hair but if I brushed it I would definitely have frizzy hair.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dindrane on March 07, 2012, 01:02:34 PM
MommyPenguin, do you have frizzy curly hair? Have you tried not brushing it and playing up the curls? Usually with frizzy hair the more you brush the worse it gets.  Just a though.

I have curly hair but if I brushed it I would definitely have frizzy hair.

Agreed.  My hair looks substantially more awesome when I avoid brushing/combing it (even with my fingers) like the plague.  Even if your hair is wavy, it might look better if you experiment with ways of styling it that don't involve brushing or combing.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MommyPenguin on March 07, 2012, 08:56:15 PM
I have to admit, I kind of love all the weird gadgets, because I figure there's *somebody* who could really use that (like the grandmother with arthritis and the egg separator), and it's neat that such things are available.  My personal favorite is the little collander-sort-of-thing for tunafish cans, so that you can squeeze out all the liquid before scooping the tuna into a bowl.  :)

Butbutbut . . . that's why they come in cans, right?  You run the can opener all around the lid, then you smash the lid down into the tuna to drain the juice!  (Or to drink it, if you're my brother . . .)

But you can never get the juice drained really well that way, and little bits of tuna like to squirt out the side.  I just find the little collander things so much easier.

As for my hair, it's frizzy... malleable hair?  It basically holds whatever position it dries in.  So if I let it dry down, it's curly/frizzy.  If it dries in a bun, it's perfectly straight hair.  If it dries in a ponytail, it's mostly straight, some frizzing/curling past the ponytail holder.  I usually pull it back with barrettes and let it dry down, and then it's straight to the barrettes, and curly the rest of the way down.  But regardless, it's always frizzy.  The curls just help to hide the look of the frizz.

So I should just wash it and then maybe put the barrettes in, but let it dry without brushing it at all?  That sounds... scary.  Won't it be a tangled mess?  When I was about 9, I was struggling to brush my hair well, it just took so long and pulled so much.  My mom took me to the RenFest, and they had one of those booths where they'll french-braid your hair.  She was going to have mine done, and took my ponytail out and ran her fingers through it... and I not only didn't get a french-braid, but I got chewed out for my "rat's nest" hair and how I could have things growing in it for all she could tell, it was so tangled and frizzy, and I had to have my hair-brushing supervised for some time afterwards.  <sigh>
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dindrane on March 07, 2012, 10:15:10 PM
MommyPenguin, your hair actually sounds kind of like mine.  My hair more or less stays however it was when it dried, but is always frizzy.  Left alone, it's very wavy and tangles easily.  With my new hair care regimen, I've got a head full of nicely-behaved curls and so little frizz it's almost not worth mentioning.  Since I don't want to derail this thread any further, here's a link to the thread I started to discuss methods of alternative hair care:

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=114211.0

But for all that my hair looks a million times better, I wouldn't be able to brush or comb it easily if it were any longer than chin length. :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kaora on March 08, 2012, 11:07:45 PM
I agree egg separators are frivolous... unless you have one that looks like a nose:
http://www.foundshit.com/egg-separator-nose/

Then it just becomes awesome!

I told mum about this.  I told my sister about this.  It devolved into Beam Me Up, Snotty jokes.  So much for a mature, adult, sense of humor...  ;)

I love my Snuggie.  Especially during the winter, where my room is extra cold, and the extra blanket thing that I can cuddle up in helps.  I also love to use it when I'm sick-- I'm just tall enough that it won't reach past my feet when I'm walking.

Mine's one of the Peace and Love ones, by the way. :P

Also, Alton Brown advocates the egg slicer for a strawberry slicer, and mum has taught me to use it for a mushroom slicer.  Not so useless to me, since I love a lot of creamed eggs and gravy. :D

As for useless gadgets?  LEDs you can get for your computer case.  Unless you're a geek, then its just shiny. :P
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on March 09, 2012, 11:23:42 AM
I agree egg separators are frivolous... unless you have one that looks like a nose:
http://www.foundshit.com/egg-separator-nose/

Then it just becomes awesome!

I told mum about this.  I told my sister about this.  It devolved into Beam Me Up, Snotty jokes.  So much for a mature, adult, sense of humor...  ;)

{snip}

I think I love you and your sister and your mum.  Can I come over and play?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Sheila Take a Bow on March 09, 2012, 01:38:34 PM
I have to admit, I kind of love all the weird gadgets, because I figure there's *somebody* who could really use that (like the grandmother with arthritis and the egg separator), and it's neat that such things are available.  My personal favorite is the little collander-sort-of-thing for tunafish cans, so that you can squeeze out all the liquid before scooping the tuna into a bowl.  :)

Butbutbut . . . that's why they come in cans, right?  You run the can opener all around the lid, then you smash the lid down into the tuna to drain the juice!  (Or to drink it, if you're my brother . . .)

That's what I used to do (smash the lid down, not drink the juice).  But lately I've noticed that my tuna cans' lids were thinner than they used to be, so they were no longer firm enough to smush the tuna (I'd just get a dent in the center and the sides of the can were still liquidy).  I had to give in and buy the little colander.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WillyNilly on March 09, 2012, 01:43:23 PM
I have to admit, I kind of love all the weird gadgets, because I figure there's *somebody* who could really use that (like the grandmother with arthritis and the egg separator), and it's neat that such things are available.  My personal favorite is the little collander-sort-of-thing for tunafish cans, so that you can squeeze out all the liquid before scooping the tuna into a bowl.  :)

Butbutbut . . . that's why they come in cans, right?  You run the can opener all around the lid, then you smash the lid down into the tuna to drain the juice!  (Or to drink it, if you're my brother . . .)

In my house tuna juice is a kitty cat treat.  I squish the liquid onto a small saucer and place it on the floor for about a half second before I have a saucer to go into the dishwasher.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Shoo on March 09, 2012, 01:46:52 PM
I have to admit, I kind of love all the weird gadgets, because I figure there's *somebody* who could really use that (like the grandmother with arthritis and the egg separator), and it's neat that such things are available.  My personal favorite is the little collander-sort-of-thing for tunafish cans, so that you can squeeze out all the liquid before scooping the tuna into a bowl.  :)

Butbutbut . . . that's why they come in cans, right?  You run the can opener all around the lid, then you smash the lid down into the tuna to drain the juice!  (Or to drink it, if you're my brother . . .)

That's what I used to do (smash the lid down, not drink the juice).  But lately I've noticed that my tuna cans' lids were thinner than they used to be, so they were no longer firm enough to smush the tuna (I'd just get a dent in the center and the sides of the can were still liquidy).  I had to give in and buy the little colander.

I noticed this on a certain brand of tuna.  I stopped buying that brand.  Others, like Bumblebee, still use good tin.  Chicken of the Sea is the one I won't buy anymore.  Poor quality tin, and more water than tuna in the cans.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Sheila Take a Bow on March 09, 2012, 01:51:50 PM
I have to admit, I kind of love all the weird gadgets, because I figure there's *somebody* who could really use that (like the grandmother with arthritis and the egg separator), and it's neat that such things are available.  My personal favorite is the little collander-sort-of-thing for tunafish cans, so that you can squeeze out all the liquid before scooping the tuna into a bowl.  :)

Butbutbut . . . that's why they come in cans, right?  You run the can opener all around the lid, then you smash the lid down into the tuna to drain the juice!  (Or to drink it, if you're my brother . . .)

That's what I used to do (smash the lid down, not drink the juice).  But lately I've noticed that my tuna cans' lids were thinner than they used to be, so they were no longer firm enough to smush the tuna (I'd just get a dent in the center and the sides of the can were still liquidy).  I had to give in and buy the little colander.

I noticed this on a certain brand of tuna.  I stopped buying that brand.  Others, like Bumblebee, still use good tin.  Chicken of the Sea is the one I won't buy anymore.  Poor quality tin, and more water than tuna in the cans.

That's the one!  I just assumed that other companies were doing the same, so I never thought to try a different brand.  Maybe it's time.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Clair Seulement on March 09, 2012, 01:57:42 PM
Fancy-schmancy can openers ( the old cheapie that I have had for years still works best)

I'm so with you! I've been refusing to use those since my mom got her first in a series of frequently malfunctioning models in the early 1980s. I don't think she ever opened a can on the first try using the electric kind. Also, have you ever had the owner of such a gadget act *shocked* that you have opted to use an old one instead? Both my father and his best friend, at whose house we often cook group meals, can't understand it when I just grab the trusty crank model out of the utensil drawer. Same thing with those five-pound corkscrews that need to be housed in a special case...
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dindrane on March 09, 2012, 02:08:38 PM
Fancy-schmancy can openers ( the old cheapie that I have had for years still works best)

I'm so with you! I've been refusing to use those since my mom got her first in a series of frequently malfunctioning models in the early 1980s. I don't think she ever opened a can on the first try using the electric kind. Also, have you ever had the owner of such a gadget act *shocked* that you have opted to use an old one instead? Both my father and his best friend, at whose house we often cook group meals, can't understand it when I just grab the trusty crank model out of the utensil drawer. Same thing with those five-pound corkscrews that need to be housed in a special case...

The one thing I will say about fancy can openers (or corkscrews) is that they can often be easier for people who have arthritis or other hand issues to use.  The manual ones require some fine motor control, and a pretty high amount of muscle strength in the fingers/hands to operate.  Electric can openers or fancy corkscrews generally do not require either of those things.

So while I'm sure they're much more prone to malfunctioning, I do think they probably have some benefits for people.  I won't personally use anything like that unless I find myself unable to use the simpler version, because I appreciate that my can opener is highly unlikely to break any time soon (and can be replaced for less than $10 if it does).
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 09, 2012, 02:12:26 PM
I want my parents' can opener.  I don't know exactly how it's different than ours - both are the crank kind - but with theirs you can use it sideways to take off the whole end of the can instead of just inside the edge.  As far as I can tell, this is the only way to get cranberry jelly out of the can in one piece so you can slice it instead of having to use a spoon and get uneven glops on your plate  :P
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nika on March 09, 2012, 02:13:41 PM
I will confess: I have a fancy electric wine opener. And I love it. I don't have arthritis or anything, so I don't really need it, but I have a history of failing horribly and breaking the cork when I try to open a bottle, so I find it handy.

...Mostly I just like to use it though because I find it really entertaining to use.  :-[
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Clair Seulement on March 09, 2012, 02:17:35 PM
Fancy-schmancy can openers ( the old cheapie that I have had for years still works best)

I'm so with you! I've been refusing to use those since my mom got her first in a series of frequently malfunctioning models in the early 1980s. I don't think she ever opened a can on the first try using the electric kind. Also, have you ever had the owner of such a gadget act *shocked* that you have opted to use an old one instead? Both my father and his best friend, at whose house we often cook group meals, can't understand it when I just grab the trusty crank model out of the utensil drawer. Same thing with those five-pound corkscrews that need to be housed in a special case...

The one thing I will say about fancy can openers (or corkscrews) is that they can often be easier for people who have arthritis or other hand issues to use.  The manual ones require some fine motor control, and a pretty high amount of muscle strength in the fingers/hands to operate.  Electric can openers or fancy corkscrews generally do not require either of those things.

So while I'm sure they're much more prone to malfunctioning, I do think they probably have some benefits for people.  I won't personally use anything like that unless I find myself unable to use the simpler version, because I appreciate that my can opener is highly unlikely to break any time soon (and can be replaced for less than $10 if it does).

Yes! That is true, and now I feel so bad insinuating they are useless. I still wonder why my mom preferred them in her arthritis-free 20s, and why my non-use of them surprises my dad, but you have reminded me to be more appreciative!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on March 09, 2012, 02:22:12 PM
I will confess: I have a fancy electric wine opener. And I love it. I don't have arthritis or anything, so I don't really need it, but I have a history of failing horribly and breaking the cork when I try to open a bottle, so I find it handy.

...Mostly I just like to use it though because I find it really entertaining to use.  :-[

I have one because...  I'm pathetically unable to use any other type of corkscrew.  I swear, I'm corkscrew defective.  No arthritis.  Just...defective me.   :-[
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on March 09, 2012, 02:23:54 PM
Kaora wrote:

"As for useless gadgets?  LEDs you can get for your computer case.  Unless you're a geek, then its just shiny."

There's one notable exception to this.  LED-lit fans are the best.  If the fan stops, the lights go out, so you don't lose a lot of valuable equipment to heat damage because you didn't notice that it failed.  Also, you can color-code rack units to make them easier to tell which machine is which from both sides.

Clair Seulement wrote:

"Yes! That is true, and now I feel so bad insinuating they are useless. I still wonder why my mom preferred them in her arthritis-free 20s, and why my non-use of them surprises my dad, but you have reminded me to be more appreciative!"

One more thing to consider is that you can use most electric can openers one-handed (these days; I agree with the trouble they caused more than a decade ago).

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Clair Seulement on March 09, 2012, 02:25:17 PM
I will confess: I have a fancy electric wine opener. And I love it. I don't have arthritis or anything, so I don't really need it, but I have a history of failing horribly and breaking the cork when I try to open a bottle, so I find it handy.

...Mostly I just like to use it though because I find it really entertaining to use.  :-[

I have one because...  I'm pathetically unable to use any other type of corkscrew.  I swear, I'm corkscrew defective.  No arthritis.  Just...defective me.   :-[

Trust me I'm not good at 'em myself. Thing is, I'm not good at the fancy one either! Also I just always found it funny, as in sight-gag funny, that those things were so big when most advances bring us smaller gadgets...
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Redwing on March 09, 2012, 02:26:18 PM
I want my parents' can opener.  I don't know exactly how it's different than ours - both are the crank kind - but with theirs you can use it sideways to take off the whole end of the can instead of just inside the edge.  As far as I can tell, this is the only way to get cranberry jelly out of the can in one piece so you can slice it instead of having to use a spoon and get uneven glops on your plate  :P

Have you tried running the electric opener on the other end of the can for a second?  Just long enough to break the vacuum?  I used to do that when I fed the dogs canned dog food when I was young.  It would just slide out of the can after that.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 09, 2012, 02:26:58 PM
I want my parents' can opener.  I don't know exactly how it's different than ours - both are the crank kind - but with theirs you can use it sideways to take off the whole end of the can instead of just inside the edge.  As far as I can tell, this is the only way to get cranberry jelly out of the can in one piece so you can slice it instead of having to use a spoon and get uneven glops on your plate  :P

I have one like that.  It is made by Starfrit.  Love it.  I don't have the problem of it not properly opening the can.  The only drawback is that the top of the can can be very sharp.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Harriet Jones on March 09, 2012, 02:30:39 PM
I want my parents' can opener.  I don't know exactly how it's different than ours - both are the crank kind - but with theirs you can use it sideways to take off the whole end of the can instead of just inside the edge.  As far as I can tell, this is the only way to get cranberry jelly out of the can in one piece so you can slice it instead of having to use a spoon and get uneven glops on your plate  :P

Have you tried running the electric opener on the other end of the can for a second?  Just long enough to break the vacuum?  I used to do that when I fed the dogs canned dog food when I was young.  It would just slide out of the can after that.

Some cans are different on the "bottom" end (more rounded) and you can't get any kind of opener to work.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on March 09, 2012, 03:05:55 PM
Lady Redundant Woman wrote:

"Some cans are different on the "bottom" end (more rounded) and you can't get any kind of opener to work."

You can use a church key on the bottom to punch it or even an ice pick.  You only need the smallest hole to break the vacuum lock.  For safety with the latter option, put the ice pick on the inverted can and then strike it with your other hand, rather than trying to stab the can like Norman Bates.

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on March 09, 2012, 03:15:46 PM
I want my parents' can opener.  I don't know exactly how it's different than ours - both are the crank kind - but with theirs you can use it sideways to take off the whole end of the can instead of just inside the edge.  As far as I can tell, this is the only way to get cranberry jelly out of the can in one piece so you can slice it instead of having to use a spoon and get uneven glops on your plate  :P

Have you tried running the electric opener on the other end of the can for a second?  Just long enough to break the vacuum?  I used to do that when I fed the dogs canned dog food when I was young.  It would just slide out of the can after that.

Some cans are different on the "bottom" end (more rounded) and you can't get any kind of opener to work.

There's a special opener that works on the bottom end!  My mom got it and uses it for the ones with the pop tops.  Empties it out, fills it with stuff, glues the bottom back on, gives it as a gift, and enjoys the looks of bafflement when people open the pop top on mandarin oranges to find confetti and Hershey kisses.  :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 09, 2012, 03:27:54 PM
Lady Redundant Woman wrote:

"Some cans are different on the "bottom" end (more rounded) and you can't get any kind of opener to work."

You can use a church key on the bottom to punch it or even an ice pick.  You only need the smallest hole to break the vacuum lock.  For safety with the latter option, put the ice pick on the inverted can and then strike it with your other hand, rather than trying to stab the can like Norman Bates.

Virg

I use the tip of the corkscrew for that. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: rachellenore on March 09, 2012, 03:28:26 PM
My fiance and I are renting-to-own a four color TV. Since they're new, the rental place only had one type in stock. The interface of this thing is terrible. It's a completely flat/level touchscreen with a menu that lights up once engaged. The dingdangity thing can't be turned on in the dark since the menu only lights up after it's been touched.

I'm hoping we can trade it for a different model before we finally pay it off.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: magicdomino on March 09, 2012, 03:31:10 PM
I will confess: I have a fancy electric wine opener. And I love it. I don't have arthritis or anything, so I don't really need it, but I have a history of failing horribly and breaking the cork when I try to open a bottle, so I find it handy.

...Mostly I just like to use it though because I find it really entertaining to use.  :-[

Nothing wrong with this.  Entertainment is good (see runny-nose egg separator).   :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Iris on March 09, 2012, 03:39:06 PM
I will confess: I have a fancy electric wine opener. And I love it. I don't have arthritis or anything, so I don't really need it, but I have a history of failing horribly and breaking the cork when I try to open a bottle, so I find it handy.

...Mostly I just like to use it though because I find it really entertaining to use.  :-[

Nothing wrong with this.  Entertainment is good (see runny-nose egg separator).   :)

Hey, I didn't even know you could GET and electric bottle opener until I read your post. Now I'm considering getting one AND starting to drink wine with corks again just so I can have a go...
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: EnoughAlready22 on March 09, 2012, 03:45:14 PM
I will confess: I have a fancy electric wine opener. And I love it. I don't have arthritis or anything, so I don't really need it, but I have a history of failing horribly and breaking the cork when I try to open a bottle, so I find it handy.

...Mostly I just like to use it though because I find it really entertaining to use.  :-[

Nothing wrong with this.  Entertainment is good (see runny-nose egg separator).   :)

Hey, I didn't even know you could GET and electric bottle opener until I read your post. Now I'm considering getting one AND starting to drink wine with corks again just so I can have a go...

I bought my mom one for mother's day one year.  We fight over who gets to use it. :)  We call it our power tool.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on March 09, 2012, 03:57:20 PM
(http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/zZqu0ytXRxh7c_r1-KKZ_W4Fcc_SVO83hXpQaA-XGjxKV_aDfJ6coK9ALSnVkIZJeccYlNEKABLsIM25GkFigHpCyjg4uYMOXClmIZ-dWxGkll0P7ymF7PM3Ndd1LZTAM5XqB44FZ6HQC6G9HtvOvdkKnA1KdZBh9e51ne-sjwtSYCC_aRXZpwWm2OywCgu6hdVEW3dqrBlW44zjGVKCoi6FhjrTxLPetClZtKdFLN0OoFvhYd5pKfOPGYXIei-OU0BuZTW07P-blaAV7donDiR-m6uyUlOuAkiHG-limrcKnvHfYtt5TTn59UlSfidhz_SgHKF8DPPL-9Qa3AKna80) 
This wall-mounted one is the best can opener. I still use the one I bought in 1974. Your hands would have to be practically unusable before arthritis would keep you from opening cans. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: SisJackson on March 09, 2012, 03:58:30 PM
In my house tuna juice is a kitty cat treat.  I squish the liquid onto a small saucer and place it on the floor for about a half second before I have a saucer to go into the dishwasher.

Same here.  Also, back when I had an electric can opener it's actual best use was as a feline-summoning device.  It didn't actually open cans well at all.  But if you wanted the cats to show up quickly you could just press the lever down momentarily and they'd come a-runnin' from the far reaches of the house.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on March 09, 2012, 04:26:56 PM
In my house tuna juice is a kitty cat treat.  I squish the liquid onto a small saucer and place it on the floor for about a half second before I have a saucer to go into the dishwasher.

Same here.  Also, back when I had an electric can opener it's actual best use was as a feline-summoning device.  It didn't actually open cans well at all.  But if you wanted the cats to show up quickly you could just press the lever down momentarily and they'd come a-runnin' from the far reaches of the house.
I believe that the sound of a can opener is hard-wired into the feline brain.  ANY can opener.  I have had litters of kittens who have NEVER been fed canned food all come running at the sound of a can opener.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on March 09, 2012, 04:41:05 PM
In my house tuna juice is a kitty cat treat.  I squish the liquid onto a small saucer and place it on the floor for about a half second before I have a saucer to go into the dishwasher.

Same here.  Also, back when I had an electric can opener it's actual best use was as a feline-summoning device.  It didn't actually open cans well at all.  But if you wanted the cats to show up quickly you could just press the lever down momentarily and they'd come a-runnin' from the far reaches of the house.
I believe that the sound of a can opener is hard-wired into the feline brain.  ANY can opener.  I have had litters of kittens who have NEVER been fed canned food all come running at the sound of a can opener.

no joke!  I was once pet sitting and on the last day, I couldn't find one of the cats.  I didn't remember leaving any doors open but he would not come when I called and I was terrified he'd gotten out somehow.  I was supposed to meet up with a friend to go shopping and when I called her to tell her I was going to be late, she suggested running the can opener.  I did and that little [redacted] crawled out from under the sofa. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: BabylonSister on March 09, 2012, 10:02:20 PM
I want my parents' can opener.  I don't know exactly how it's different than ours - both are the crank kind - but with theirs you can use it sideways to take off the whole end of the can instead of just inside the edge.  As far as I can tell, this is the only way to get cranberry jelly out of the can in one piece so you can slice it instead of having to use a spoon and get uneven glops on your plate  :P


Is it something like this?
http://snipurl.com/22k0y5o (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?ix=sea&q=safety+can+opener&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=973943422472912400&sa=X&ei=GdFaT_X1FOX10gG7pZ2XDw&ved=0CKYBEPICMAI)
I have one like that and it's great! The edges are not sharp, and thus are safe to touch. On the other hand, since it cuts on the side and not inside the lid, it means I can't use the lid to drain tuna. I just press the tuna with my fingers (and yes, here too, the cat gets the "juice".)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kaora on March 11, 2012, 04:10:51 PM
I agree egg separators are frivolous... unless you have one that looks like a nose:
http://www.foundshit.com/egg-separator-nose/

Then it just becomes awesome!

I told mum about this.  I told my sister about this.  It devolved into Beam Me Up, Snotty jokes.  So much for a mature, adult, sense of humor...  ;)

{snip}

I think I love you and your sister and your mum.  Can I come over and play?

Sure thing.  Just hope one doesn't mind demented jokes and music.  Plenty around here. :P
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on March 11, 2012, 07:05:44 PM
I now have a microwave, have an icemaker in my fridge,  use bottled water (when we travel), and have a smart phone -- all of which I laughed about.

I'm afraid to make anymore early condemnations because I never know what thing I'll end up with that I thought was useless. (In my defense, I never laughed at computers or my iPad = tablets.)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Sirius on March 11, 2012, 07:38:31 PM
Even if you have a good electric can opener, it's always a good idea to have at least one manual can opener just in case the power goes out.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on March 11, 2012, 07:42:04 PM
Even if you have a good electric can opener, it's always a good idea to have at least one manual can opener just in case the power goes out.

This is also the reason I keep a good old corded phone because some (most?) cordless home phones don't work when the power is out.  I don't trust my cell phone to always be fully charged.  :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Carotte on March 11, 2012, 08:00:39 PM
I now have a microwave, have an icemaker in my fridge,  use bottled water (when we travel), and have a smart phone -- all of which I laughed about.

I'm afraid to make anymore early condemnations because I never know what thing I'll end up with that I thought was useless. (In my defense, I never laughed at computers or my iPad = tablets.)

I used to (9 years ago)  say that if I was ever caught wearing a pair of black skinny jean that there was some kind of problem with me... that's exactly what I'm wearing right now ><, and I like them :)
Now I do the same as you, I try not to make that kind of statement
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: EngineerChick on March 11, 2012, 08:16:42 PM
As for my hair, it's frizzy... malleable hair?  It basically holds whatever position it dries in.  So if I let it dry down, it's curly/frizzy.  If it dries in a bun, it's perfectly straight hair.  If it dries in a ponytail, it's mostly straight, some frizzing/curling past the ponytail holder.  I usually pull it back with barrettes and let it dry down, and then it's straight to the barrettes, and curly the rest of the way down.  But regardless, it's always frizzy.  The curls just help to hide the look of the frizz.

So I should just wash it and then maybe put the barrettes in, but let it dry without brushing it at all?  That sounds... scary.  Won't it be a tangled mess?  When I was about 9, I was struggling to brush my hair well, it just took so long and pulled so much.  My mom took me to the RenFest, and they had one of those booths where they'll french-braid your hair.  She was going to have mine done, and took my ponytail out and ran her fingers through it... and I not only didn't get a french-braid, but I got chewed out for my "rat's nest" hair and how I could have things growing in it for all she could tell, it was so tangled and frizzy, and I had to have my hair-brushing supervised for some time afterwards.  <sigh>

I have hair that is a lot like this.  When it is still wet after washing it, I use a wide-toothed comb to get out all of the tangles.  If it gets tangled again, I use the wide-toothed comb (and wet it if necessary) to get the tangles out.

I haven't used a brush since I was ~12, when my hairdresser told me to do this instead, and it worked great for both me and my sister.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: EngineerChick on March 11, 2012, 08:19:31 PM
I want my parents' can opener.  I don't know exactly how it's different than ours - both are the crank kind - but with theirs you can use it sideways to take off the whole end of the can instead of just inside the edge.  As far as I can tell, this is the only way to get cranberry jelly out of the can in one piece so you can slice it instead of having to use a spoon and get uneven glops on your plate  :P

Have you tried running the electric opener on the other end of the can for a second?  Just long enough to break the vacuum?  I used to do that when I fed the dogs canned dog food when I was young.  It would just slide out of the can after that.

And if it is something like refried beans, and breaking the vaccuum seal isn't enough to make it come out, blow through the hole.  Works great, but not advised outside of yourself and close family.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mikayla on March 11, 2012, 08:28:03 PM
This is funny stuff !  My vote is childproof or spillproof tops for medicine and, yes, Cascade.  Cascade?  About 20 minutes ago I went to do a load in the dishwasher and I could not get that top thing off to save my life!  Finally I saw this tiny print to squeeze it, but by that point my hands were too numb to function. 

The other problem I had was with Target brand pepto-bismol.  I bought some about a year ago and never got the top off.  I took a butcher knife to it, sawed it in half and poured it in a bowl :)

I can understand why it's convenient for parents worried about kiddos, but why not have an option for those of us who don't have that worry? 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on March 11, 2012, 08:52:28 PM

And if it is something like refried beans, and breaking the vaccuum seal isn't enough to make it come out, blow through the hole.  Works great, but not advised outside of yourself and close family.

I run a long straight knife between the product and the can. I don't know good it is for the knife, though.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: faithlessone on March 12, 2012, 10:34:29 AM
My vote is childproof or spillproof tops for medicine and, yes, Cascade.  Cascade?  About 20 minutes ago I went to do a load in the dishwasher and I could not get that top thing off to save my life!  Finally I saw this tiny print to squeeze it, but by that point my hands were too numb to function. 

The other problem I had was with Target brand pepto-bismol.  I bought some about a year ago and never got the top off.  I took a butcher knife to it, sawed it in half and poured it in a bowl :)

I can understand why it's convenient for parents worried about kiddos, but why not have an option for those of us who don't have that worry? 

I'm the same! I don't seem to have the knack of pushing and twisting them at the same time.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Irishkitty on March 12, 2012, 11:33:59 AM
My vote is childproof or spillproof tops for medicine and, yes, Cascade.  Cascade?  About 20 minutes ago I went to do a load in the dishwasher and I could not get that top thing off to save my life!  Finally I saw this tiny print to squeeze it, but by that point my hands were too numb to function. 

The other problem I had was with Target brand pepto-bismol.  I bought some about a year ago and never got the top off.  I took a butcher knife to it, sawed it in half and poured it in a bowl :)

I can understand why it's convenient for parents worried about kiddos, but why not have an option for those of us who don't have that worry? 

I'm the same! I don't seem to have the knack of pushing and twisting them at the same time.

I was babysitting one time and the child wasn't feeling well. Went to give her some Calpol (kids medicine) and I couldn't open it. Her Brother (age 7) opened it for me  ::)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: purplemuse on March 12, 2012, 11:38:11 AM
My vote is childproof or spillproof tops for medicine and, yes, Cascade.  Cascade?  About 20 minutes ago I went to do a load in the dishwasher and I could not get that top thing off to save my life!  Finally I saw this tiny print to squeeze it, but by that point my hands were too numb to function. 

The other problem I had was with Target brand pepto-bismol.  I bought some about a year ago and never got the top off.  I took a butcher knife to it, sawed it in half and poured it in a bowl :)

I can understand why it's convenient for parents worried about kiddos, but why not have an option for those of us who don't have that worry? 

I'm the same! I don't seem to have the knack of pushing and twisting them at the same time.

I don't mind the "press and twist" ones, and I have no trouble with the "line up the arrows" ones, but I can definitely do without the ones where you have to squeeze the sides and twist.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on March 12, 2012, 12:37:07 PM
Zip Lock- type packages without the sliders. I haven't been able to do them consistently ever and never bought the bags. (I did have some luck with the double track ones, but still hated them.) It takes much longer to try to line the darn things up to seal, then when they get cold or bent, they fall apart. Now lots of food comes with them built in, and they are even weaker than the Zip Lock bags.

Now our bread (Arnold's Rounds) comes with it built in and gave them a chance. Now, I do the same thing with them that I do with all the others. I cut off the annoying zip lock and put the food into a bag with a twist top so I can count on it. I can only use the bags for a couple of purchases, so it really is a huge annoyance and waste. If it's hot dogs or something else messy, they only last for one use.

I must be the only one, though, because they are used on so very many products now. I wonder if Schwan's and Oscar Mayer are reading this.

Oddly, I have not trouble with the squeeze to open lids (Cascade, mouthwash, toilet cleaner), but it may get pretty hard when my arthritis gets worse, so I'm beginning to dread them, too.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 12, 2012, 12:49:22 PM
Zip Lock- type packages without the sliders. I haven't been able to do them consistently ever and never bought the bags. (I did have some luck with the double track ones, but still hated them.) It takes much longer to try to line the darn things up to seal, then when they get cold or bent, they fall apart. Now lots of food comes with them built in, and they are even weaker than the Zip Lock bags.

I must be the only one, though, because they are used on so very many products now. I wonder if Schwan's and Oscar Mayer are reading this.


No, you're not the only one.  The number of products with zip seals that fail (including the zip mechanism peeling away from the other plastic) is legion.  I just plan to have to re-package into my own storage bags (which, fortunately, do seal for me).
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on March 12, 2012, 01:13:06 PM
Mikayla wrote:

"My vote is childproof or spillproof tops for medicine and, yes, Cascade.  Cascade?  About 20 minutes ago I went to do a load in the dishwasher and I could not get that top thing off to save my life!  Finally I saw this tiny print to squeeze it, but by that point my hands were too numb to function."

The squeeze-and-twist tops can be disabled with a pair of pliers very easily.  Take the cap off, find the little plastic tongues on the inside rim of the lid, and use the pliers to bend them out or snap off the part of the lid that has them attached.  Once you do that it's just a normal screw top.

Also, a pair of long jaw channel lock pliers will take them off easily for that first time.

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on March 12, 2012, 01:14:17 PM
Zip Lock- type packages without the sliders. I haven't been able to do them consistently ever and never bought the bags. (I did have some luck with the double track ones, but still hated them.) It takes much longer to try to line the darn things up to seal, then when they get cold or bent, they fall apart. Now lots of food comes with them built in, and they are even weaker than the Zip Lock bags.

I must be the only one, though, because they are used on so very many products now. I wonder if Schwan's and Oscar Mayer are reading this.


No, you're not the only one.  The number of products with zip seals that fail (including the zip mechanism peeling away from the other plastic) is legion.  I just plan to have to re-package into my own storage bags (which, fortunately, do seal for me).

I also hate them.  I will only buy slidelock zipper bags.  On products, I just ignore the zip thing and seal the bag just as I would any other bag had I cut it open with scissors.  If it's chips, chip clip.  Bread, twist tie or clip.  Hot dogs, cling wrap, then into a slidelock bag.  I have these wonderful clippy things from Ikea that work to seal any bag.  These things are my best friend, on the counter, in the fridge, in the freezer, anywhere!

http://chickinthekitchen.com/2008/04/22/food-sealing-clips-from-ikea/
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: jayhawk on March 12, 2012, 01:16:50 PM
MacadamiaNut - I've bought those at Pampered Chef parties - they are great.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on March 12, 2012, 01:22:37 PM
MacadamiaNut - I've bought those at Pampered Chef parties - they are great.

Yep!  I hope you didn't pay too much for them, b/c at Ikea you get a bag of like a million of them for about $5, I think.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on March 12, 2012, 06:03:07 PM
Zip Lock- type packages without the sliders. I haven't been able to do them consistently ever and never bought the bags. (I did have some luck with the double track ones, but still hated them.) It takes much longer to try to line the darn things up to seal, then when they get cold or bent, they fall apart. Now lots of food comes with them built in, and they are even weaker than the Zip Lock bags.

I must be the only one, though, because they are used on so very many products now. I wonder if Schwan's and Oscar Mayer are reading this.


No, you're not the only one.  The number of products with zip seals that fail (including the zip mechanism peeling away from the other plastic) is legion.  I just plan to have to re-package into my own storage bags (which, fortunately, do seal for me).

I also hate them.  I will only buy slidelock zipper bags.  On products, I just ignore the zip thing and seal the bag just as I would any other bag had I cut it open with scissors.  If it's chips, chip clip.  Bread, twist tie or clip.  Hot dogs, cling wrap, then into a slidelock bag.  I have these wonderful clippy things from Ikea that work to seal any bag.  These things are my best friend, on the counter, in the fridge, in the freezer, anywhere!

http://chickinthekitchen.com/2008/04/22/food-sealing-clips-from-ikea/

I've never had a ziplock packaged product with enough spare plastic at the top to twist and clip.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MrsJWine on March 12, 2012, 10:26:34 PM
I also hate them.  I will only buy slidelock zipper bags.  On products, I just ignore the zip thing and seal the bag just as I would any other bag had I cut it open with scissors.  If it's chips, chip clip.  Bread, twist tie or clip.  Hot dogs, cling wrap, then into a slidelock bag.  I have these wonderful clippy things from Ikea that work to seal any bag.  These things are my best friend, on the counter, in the fridge, in the freezer, anywhere!

http://chickinthekitchen.com/2008/04/22/food-sealing-clips-from-ikea/

I've never had a ziplock packaged product with enough spare plastic at the top to twist and clip.

I fold the top corners of the bag down so it looks like this: /\

Then I fold the top of the triangle down and clip that. It seals it nicely, unless you need it to be totally airtight for a liquid.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: JolieFille on March 12, 2012, 11:32:01 PM
Mikayla wrote:

"My vote is childproof or spillproof tops for medicine and, yes, Cascade.  Cascade?  About 20 minutes ago I went to do a load in the dishwasher and I could not get that top thing off to save my life!  Finally I saw this tiny print to squeeze it, but by that point my hands were too numb to function."

The squeeze-and-twist tops can be disabled with a pair of pliers very easily.  Take the cap off, find the little plastic tongues on the inside rim of the lid, and use the pliers to bend them out or snap off the part of the lid that has them attached.  Once you do that it's just a normal screw top.

Also, a pair of long jaw channel lock pliers will take them off easily for that first time.

Virg

Blister seals. The kind that mucinex come in are particularly evil. You have to peel that paper and then punch out the foil backing. And you can't use scissors that well because it's so close to the pill and then your trying to pry apart the plastic and foil. . . can you tell I don't like blister seals? And the funny thing is, it's ridiculously easy to get into say the blister pack my BC pills come in, and they actually have a slightly sweet flavor (to me) yet mucinex are so blasted hard and then they taste worse then anything.

The vacuum sealed plastic they wrap around some electronics. That hard plastic that you go nuts trying to get apart but just can't seem to and the scissors don't make a dent in it. And then your dad gets the bright idea to use his extremely sharp knife on it, and let me tell you that one didn't turn out well. Or maybe my family is just defective at opening packages.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Iris on March 13, 2012, 01:44:09 AM
*snip*

The vacuum sealed plastic they wrap around some electronics. That hard plastic that you go nuts trying to get apart but just can't seem to and the scissors don't make a dent in it. And then your dad gets the bright idea to use his extremely sharp knife on it, and let me tell you that one didn't turn out well. Or maybe my family is just defective at opening packages.

I once bought a pair of scissors that were totally vacuum sealed into a packet that required...a pair of scissors to open it.

One of the stupidest things that I personally have ever witnessed.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on March 13, 2012, 06:43:28 AM
*snip*

The vacuum sealed plastic they wrap around some electronics. That hard plastic that you go nuts trying to get apart but just can't seem to and the scissors don't make a dent in it. And then your dad gets the bright idea to use his extremely sharp knife on it, and let me tell you that one didn't turn out well. Or maybe my family is just defective at opening packages.

I once bought a pair of scissors that were totally vacuum sealed into a packet that required...a pair of scissors to open it.

One of the stupidest things that I personally have ever witnessed.

I had that same problem, but with a ridiculously sharp kitchen knife. Who in the world packages a sharp knife in hard plastic that is nearly impossible to open?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Layla Miller on March 13, 2012, 10:15:07 AM
*snip*

The vacuum sealed plastic they wrap around some electronics. That hard plastic that you go nuts trying to get apart but just can't seem to and the scissors don't make a dent in it. And then your dad gets the bright idea to use his extremely sharp knife on it, and let me tell you that one didn't turn out well. Or maybe my family is just defective at opening packages.

I once bought a pair of scissors that were totally vacuum sealed into a packet that required...a pair of scissors to open it.

One of the stupidest things that I personally have ever witnessed.

I had that same problem, but with a ridiculously sharp kitchen knife. Who in the world packages a sharp knife in hard plastic that is nearly impossible to open?

Oooh, yes.  One of my favorite ironies is the day DH came home with one of those special cutter things that are specifically designed to open packaging--and it was very well-sealed in its own packaging.

So I suppose the product itself isn't useless, it's just inaccessible!  ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Fleur-de-Lis on March 13, 2012, 10:20:56 AM
Plastic barrettes that a) cannot be slid next to the scalp to get a tight grip on fine hair; b) do not secure fine hair; and c) have the world's tightest clasp security, so I can barely get them open.  *sigh* I hate buying barrettes, etc., because I cannot test them, and they so often do not work. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on March 13, 2012, 10:40:55 AM
*snip*

The vacuum sealed plastic they wrap around some electronics. That hard plastic that you go nuts trying to get apart but just can't seem to and the scissors don't make a dent in it. And then your dad gets the bright idea to use his extremely sharp knife on it, and let me tell you that one didn't turn out well. Or maybe my family is just defective at opening packages.

I once bought a pair of scissors that were totally vacuum sealed into a packet that required...a pair of scissors to open it.

One of the stupidest things that I personally have ever witnessed.

Oh, I've got one!  I once bought a package of Pepto Bismol that was in pill form, meant to be carried in your purse.  However, it was blister-sealed, with a little drawing of a pair of scissors to open them!  Now, how many of you carry scissors in your purse!  That was the stupidist thing I'd EVER seen!  Imagine having a gastro emergency that only Pepto can solve, but you can't get the blasted package open!!
ARGH!!
Or even worse, the blister-pack on the Imitrex.  (prescription med to abort migraines.)  If you can't see for the pain, you'd better hope that someone is with you to get the thing cut out.  I'm seriously considering cutting ALL of them out when I'm not having an attack, and putting them in an ordinary pill bottle.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Moray on March 13, 2012, 10:43:48 AM
*snip*

The vacuum sealed plastic they wrap around some electronics. That hard plastic that you go nuts trying to get apart but just can't seem to and the scissors don't make a dent in it. And then your dad gets the bright idea to use his extremely sharp knife on it, and let me tell you that one didn't turn out well. Or maybe my family is just defective at opening packages.

I once bought a pair of scissors that were totally vacuum sealed into a packet that required...a pair of scissors to open it.

One of the stupidest things that I personally have ever witnessed.

Oh, I've got one!  I once bought a package of Pepto Bismol that was in pill form, meant to be carried in your purse.  However, it was blister-sealed, with a little drawing of a pair of scissors to open them!  Now, how many of you carry scissors in your purse!  That was the stupidist thing I'd EVER seen!  Imagine having a gastro emergency that only Pepto can solve, but you can't get the blasted package open!!
ARGH!!
Or even worse, the blister-pack on the Imitrex.  (prescription med to abort migraines.)  If you can't see for the pain, you'd better hope that someone is with you to get the thing cut out.  I'm seriously considering cutting ALL of them out when I'm not having an attack, and putting them in an ordinary pill bottle.

I did that for my Imitrex, and some of my allergy medication. If I need it, I need it NOW, not in five minutes, when I've finally located the scissors to open the dang pack.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on March 13, 2012, 10:44:32 AM
*snip*

The vacuum sealed plastic they wrap around some electronics. That hard plastic that you go nuts trying to get apart but just can't seem to and the scissors don't make a dent in it. And then your dad gets the bright idea to use his extremely sharp knife on it, and let me tell you that one didn't turn out well. Or maybe my family is just defective at opening packages.

I once bought a pair of scissors that were totally vacuum sealed into a packet that required...a pair of scissors to open it.

One of the stupidest things that I personally have ever witnessed.

Oh, I've got one!  I once bought a package of Pepto Bismol that was in pill form, meant to be carried in your purse.  However, it was blister-sealed, with a little drawing of a pair of scissors to open them!  Now, how many of you carry scissors in your purse!  That was the stupidist thing I'd EVER seen!  Imagine having a gastro emergency that only Pepto can solve, but you can't get the blasted package open!!
ARGH!!
Or even worse, the blister-pack on the Imitrex.  (prescription med to abort migraines.)  If you can't see for the pain, you'd better hope that someone is with you to get the thing cut out.  I'm seriously considering cutting ALL of them out when I'm not having an attack, and putting them in an ordinary pill bottle.

Yup.  My migraine pills are coloured - I take the pink one immediately, followed by a yellow one if the pink didn't do the job.  The blister pack is orange transparent plastic, although they have helpfully written the colours on there.  I still need help working out what to do, as I cannot distinguish the colours or read the tiny print when having a migraine.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: saffron on March 13, 2012, 04:32:42 PM

There's a special opener that works on the bottom end!  My mom got it and uses it for the ones with the pop tops.  Empties it out, fills it with stuff, glues the bottom back on, gives it as a gift, and enjoys the looks of bafflement when people open the pop top on mandarin oranges to find confetti and Hershey kisses.  :)
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That is all kinds of awesome!   :D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WillyNilly on March 13, 2012, 07:01:44 PM
*snip*

The vacuum sealed plastic they wrap around some electronics. That hard plastic that you go nuts trying to get apart but just can't seem to and the scissors don't make a dent in it. And then your dad gets the bright idea to use his extremely sharp knife on it, and let me tell you that one didn't turn out well. Or maybe my family is just defective at opening packages.

I once bought a pair of scissors that were totally vacuum sealed into a packet that required...a pair of scissors to open it.

One of the stupidest things that I personally have ever witnessed.

Larry David did a whole episode on that! :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on March 13, 2012, 07:13:03 PM
The insane industrial-strength security seals on salad dressing.  Drives me CRAZY.  I wrestled with one for about ten minutes the other night (DANGIT I JUST WANT RASPBERRY VINAIGRETTE!!) then eventually used a knife to puncture the top enough so I could get my finger in and pull the rest off.  It's SALAD DRESSING for heaven's sake, how many security features does it need??
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: purplemuse on March 13, 2012, 09:03:47 PM
The insane industrial-strength security seals on salad dressing.  Drives me CRAZY.  I wrestled with one for about ten minutes the other night (DANGIT I JUST WANT RASPBERRY VINAIGRETTE!!) then eventually used a knife to puncture the top enough so I could get my finger in and pull the rest off.  It's SALAD DRESSING for heaven's sake, how many security features does it need??

Yeah, I would like to inform some of these companies that they don't have to make their bottles impossible to open to protect their customers, they just have to fix it so it's obvious when a package has been tampered with. An easy to remove seal is just as good in that regard.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: CuriousParty on March 13, 2012, 09:56:55 PM
[quote author=JolieFille link=topic=
 vacuum sealed into a packet that required...a pair of scissors to open it.

One of the stupidest things that I personally have ever witnessed.

I had that same problem, but with a ridiculously sharp kitchen knife. Who in the world packages a sharp knife in hard plastic that is nearly impossible to open?

Oooh, yes.  One of my favorite ironies is the day DH came home with one of those special cutter things that are specifically designed to open packaging--and it was very well-sealed in its own packaging.

So I suppose the product itself isn't useless, it's just inaccessible!  ;D

I read somewhere (Real Simple?) that a regular old hand-crank can opener does the job nicely.  I've tried it, and am glad to report that it works quite well!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on March 13, 2012, 11:07:20 PM
I just searched and found that over 6000 people go to the er every year with injuries sustained from opening clamshell and other plastic packaging.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: norrina on March 13, 2012, 11:08:32 PM
That sulphate in shampoo can cause really bad cystic body acne and bad dandruff. Took my Doc and I over a year of eliminations to figure that one out. No more problems since I've switched brands and my back is clearing up wonderfully.

This is an older post, and not really what the thread is about, but I had to comment because I've had an acne problem on my upper back and chest since I was a child (so, over 20 years). I started using the curly girl method (i.e., sulfate-free) about 2-4 weeks ago, and tonight DBF noticed that my acne is nearly entirely gone. I don't remember my skin ever being this clear; it is such an incredible feeling I can't even begin to express my happiness.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on March 13, 2012, 11:13:17 PM
I also hate them.  I will only buy slidelock zipper bags.  On products, I just ignore the zip thing and seal the bag just as I would any other bag had I cut it open with scissors.  If it's chips, chip clip.  Bread, twist tie or clip.  Hot dogs, cling wrap, then into a slidelock bag.  I have these wonderful clippy things from Ikea that work to seal any bag.  These things are my best friend, on the counter, in the fridge, in the freezer, anywhere!

http://chickinthekitchen.com/2008/04/22/food-sealing-clips-from-ikea/



I've never had a ziplock packaged product with enough spare plastic at the top to twist and clip.

I fold the top corners of the bag down so it looks like this: /\

Then I fold the top of the triangle down and clip that. It seals it nicely, unless you need it to be totally airtight for a liquid.

Thanks for trying, but that won't work on hot dog packages or Arnold's Rounds. They have to keep their shape.

It might work on frozen biscuits and tater rounds, though.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on March 14, 2012, 03:48:28 PM
Luci45 wrote:

"Thanks for trying, but that won't work on hot dog packages or Arnold's Rounds. They have to keep their shape."

Chip Clips work for that sort of thing.  What doesn't show in the ad is that the actual brand name Chip Clip clips have a rubber gasket along the clip edge that makes a good seal for things like hot dog packs.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?sku=13048320 (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?sku=13048320)

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: afbluebelle on March 14, 2012, 04:21:03 PM
*snip*

The vacuum sealed plastic they wrap around some electronics. That hard plastic that you go nuts trying to get apart but just can't seem to and the scissors don't make a dent in it. And then your dad gets the bright idea to use his extremely sharp knife on it, and let me tell you that one didn't turn out well. Or maybe my family is just defective at opening packages.

I once bought a pair of scissors that were totally vacuum sealed into a packet that required...a pair of scissors to open it.

One of the stupidest things that I personally have ever witnessed.

I had that same problem, but with a ridiculously sharp kitchen knife. Who in the world packages a sharp knife in hard plastic that is nearly impossible to open?

I had that with my K-BAR! I had to use my boot knife to open in... I slipped and stuck myself in the thumb. That was fun to explain.
Note: By stuck, I mean it was literally stuck. It hit at the base of my thumbnail and wouldn't come out. I had to yank on that sucker :P
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: flowersintheattic on March 20, 2012, 09:47:49 PM
I will confess: I have a fancy electric wine opener. And I love it. I don't have arthritis or anything, so I don't really need it, but I have a history of failing horribly and breaking the cork when I try to open a bottle, so I find it handy.

...Mostly I just like to use it though because I find it really entertaining to use.  :-[

Nothing wrong with this.  Entertainment is good (see runny-nose egg separator).   :)

Hey, I didn't even know you could GET and electric bottle opener until I read your post. Now I'm considering getting one AND starting to drink wine with corks again just so I can have a go...

FH and I had an argument while registering about whether to add an electric wine opener to the list. I eventually prevailed, and it didn't go on. I've never been able to use them as well as I can use my trusty double hinged waiter's corkscrew. I think it's because I learned to open wine bottles while bartending at a restaurant that used the waiter's corkscrews.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 21, 2012, 11:06:52 AM
I will confess: I have a fancy electric wine opener. And I love it. I don't have arthritis or anything, so I don't really need it, but I have a history of failing horribly and breaking the cork when I try to open a bottle, so I find it handy.

...Mostly I just like to use it though because I find it really entertaining to use.  :-[

Nothing wrong with this.  Entertainment is good (see runny-nose egg separator).   :)

Hey, I didn't even know you could GET and electric bottle opener until I read your post. Now I'm considering getting one AND starting to drink wine with corks again just so I can have a go...

FH and I had an argument while registering about whether to add an electric wine opener to the list. I eventually prevailed, and it didn't go on. I've never been able to use them as well as I can use my trusty double hinged waiter's corkscrew. I think it's because I learned to open wine bottles while bartending at a restaurant that used the waiter's corkscrews.

I still haven't gotten the hang of those, but I use a manual opener as well, and I can crack open a bottle in about 10 seconds!  I use this type - http://www.beveragefactory.com/wine/openers/grape.shtml and I prefer it.  What's funny is when I was visiting my cousin, she has a fancy, schmancy rabbit opener, and I just COULD NOT figure it out.  She must have thought there was something wrong with me, but it was just too complicated!  I think it took her like 5 minutes to explain it to me, and she finally gave up and just came and took it away from me :)

I also hate electric can openers.  Give me a manual swing-a-way any day, although they're getting harder to find!  So much easier, although I can see the benefits of an electric one if you have arthritis or antyhing else that might make it tough to use the manual.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MommyPenguin on March 31, 2012, 04:53:04 PM
With the childproof packaging, if you get something that's a prescription, you can ask the pharmacy for non-childproof packaging.  They make it an option, because a lot of older people (especially with things like arthritis) have too much difficulty getting the packages open.  Of course, that's for prescription medications.  It would be nice if they'd do it for over-the-counter stuff as well.  :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: SiotehCat on March 31, 2012, 04:55:47 PM
When my brother stayed with me for a week, he was surprised that I didn't have a corkscrew. He drank a lot of wine and opened every bottle with a screw and a pair of pliers.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 31, 2012, 05:06:12 PM
When my brother stayed with me for a week, he was surprised that I didn't have a corkscrew. He drank a lot of wine and opened every bottle with a screw and a pair of pliers.

I think I would have gone out and bought an inexpensive corkscrew!

But unless I'm flying, I always have my jack knife in my purse and it has a corkscrew.  :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: SiotehCat on March 31, 2012, 05:08:19 PM
When my brother stayed with me for a week, he was surprised that I didn't have a corkscrew. He drank a lot of wine and opened every bottle with a screw and a pair of pliers.

I think I would have gone out and bought an inexpensive corkscrew!

But unless I'm flying, I always have my jack knife in my purse and it has a corkscrew.  :)

We went to the store several times while he was here and we always forgot to get a corkscrew.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 31, 2012, 05:10:15 PM
LOL.  Well, it couldn't have been too difficult for him!  I'd have a heckuva time so I hope I'd remember when we were out and about.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on March 31, 2012, 05:42:32 PM
With the childproof packaging, if you get something that's a prescription, you can ask the pharmacy for non-childproof packaging.  They make it an option, because a lot of older people (especially with things like arthritis) have too much difficulty getting the packages open.  Of course, that's for prescription medications.  It would be nice if they'd do it for over-the-counter stuff as well.  :)
You can also save the bottles that prescription meds came in, and their nice non-childproof tops, and transfer OTC meds into them.  Stick a label on them and/or write the name of the med on the cap.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: GreenHall on March 31, 2012, 10:11:32 PM
At one point Tylenol had a few bottles whose packaging was labeled Not for households with small children, or some such, and the most blessedly easy open caps.  I havent seen those recently, though. (dropped out of sight when there was a shortage of Tylenol on the shelves at all, and doesn't seem to have made a comeback, though I have switched to generic, so I could just be not seeing it.)  I did love that packaging though.  Middle of the night/early morning, I am NOT willing or even well able to line up the *#@$& arrows...
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MommyPenguin on March 31, 2012, 10:31:22 PM
With the arrows, I just leave them lined up if it's something kept in a place that there's no chance of kids getting into.  If you do that, then it's just a lift-up and push-down bottle.  In an adult household, I'd definitely do that all the time.

My husband and I once decided to share a bottle of wine.  We don't drink regularly, plus we were away from home, so we didn't have a corkscrew and I hadn't even realized I'd needed one until the stores were all closed.  I thought I was *brilliant* for thinking up the screw and pliers thing, but apparently others have been there before me.  :)  I also once dropped a coconut from a second-story balcony because I couldn't figure out how else you were supposed to open it.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on March 31, 2012, 10:41:40 PM
We bought some Advil for arthritics several years ago. It has a twist cap with handhold on top. We buy the bulk sizes at Sam's Club now and I refill the easy capped bottle. Next time I get an 8 oz bottle of water, that thing is going to be filled with mouthwash!

As Elfmama does, I'm frequently rebottling and relabeling meds.

Like MommyPenguin, I leave the arrows lined up on those containers.

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: GreenHall on March 31, 2012, 10:45:20 PM
I do try to leave the arrows lined up (maybe less effort applied at night/ early morning), but the other in the household were not always as fore-thoughtful.   Now I'm by myslef, but I also refill the old easy open bottles from my bulk geric bottles   ;)

...and luci posted while I was typing...
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on March 31, 2012, 10:47:45 PM
I also once dropped a coconut from a second-story balcony because I couldn't figure out how else you were supposed to open it.

But that wastes the most delicious part of a coconut: the water!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 31, 2012, 11:05:15 PM
I also once dropped a coconut from a second-story balcony because I couldn't figure out how else you were supposed to open it.

But that wastes the most delicious part of a coconut: the water!

My favorite 9x13 pan now has a huge dent in the bottom because I bought a coconut once and naively thought it would be easy to crack it open.  I took it out on the porch and tried the hammer-and-nail thing, but all I managed to do was to ruin the pan.  We eventually had to throw the coconut on the sidewalk, pick up as many chunks as we could, wash them thoroughly, and give up on using the coconut water.  The coconut wasn't very good, either.  I still use that pan for roasting things in, but I had to buy another one for actual baking  :-\
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on April 01, 2012, 12:46:03 AM
The best way to get water out of a coconut is with something like this: http://todaoferta.uol.com.br/comprar/abridor-furador-de-coco-verde-em-ao-inox-UVNS7KEG1J#rmcl   Then, get the largest, sharpest, wickedest knife and open the coconut up to scoop out the meat.

Coconuts are serious business! Now I am craving an ice cold coconut, sitting by the beach with a cool breeze. Sigh.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on April 01, 2012, 07:12:48 AM
My dad would make two holes about 1/4 of the way around from each other with a hammer and a large nail (spike) then drain the milk out of one of the holes. Then he would whack it with a hammer at just the right angle that the shell would come off part of it and leave the meat. Definitely wood tools, not kitchen tools.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 01, 2012, 10:52:18 AM
My Dad washed a drill bit and a saw blade and would drill holes to drain the water then use the saw to cut it in half so the meat could be pried out.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Soprych on April 01, 2012, 03:42:15 PM
Using a cork screw, I bore holes through two of the eyes in the coconut, drain the coconut water.  I place the coconut in the oven and bake it at 350 then placing it into a pillow case, hit it against the edge of the counter to break the shell.  The meat is usually shrunken away from the shell.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Sirius on April 01, 2012, 06:44:13 PM
MacadamiaNut - I've bought those at Pampered Chef parties - they are great.

Yep!  I hope you didn't pay too much for them, b/c at Ikea you get a bag of like a million of them for about $5, I think.

I buy a package of plastic clothespins at the dollar store and use them to keep bags closed (like coffee and cat food).  They're also great for keeping things on hangars. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Miss Understood on April 01, 2012, 10:15:49 PM
I was originally going to say "Glitter hoof polish for horses," because, seriously?

Then I got this month's Horse Illustrated, and on the back cover is a full-page ad for riding gloves that have hardware that will connect you to your cell phone, so that you can text, Twitter, check voicemail and make cell calls through your gloves, while you're riding.

Um, yeah.  When you're sitting on a thousand pounds of self-directed guided muscle, which by the way has the emotional maturity of a 3-year-old human and a complete fear of umbrellas, mylar balloons, rabbits, and people in blue shirts who are walking the fenceline, you should totally be concentrating on your Twitter account.

Glitter hoof polish is for little girls  ;D Seriously, there's a little girl at my Pony Club who uses it. She's about eight shows competatively, horse of the year, junior rider champion, etc, and is a complete pink princess ( I don't mean that in a bad way). Her pony is black and named Alice in Wonderland. Her saddle cloth is hot pink, her reins have pink accents, she has a pink ribbon browband and yes, glitter hoof polish. It's adorable. EVERY SINGLE piece of her ordinary, muck around gear is hot pink. Brushes, jodphurs, lead rope, halter, pony's rug, etc.

And yeah, those gloves, not so much. My horse doesn't fear the things you mentioned but she does have an extreme aversion to wheely bins, letter boxes and echidnas.

I have to stop scan-reading.  For a moment I thought your horse was averse to enchiladas.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Optimoose Prime on April 01, 2012, 11:45:22 PM
Had the blister pack problem at Wally World while I was having an allergy attack that was mostly affecting my eyes.  The Allegra is really hard to open when you can't see it.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: marcel on April 02, 2012, 01:34:23 AM
The cocnut cracking method I learned in Mocambique is very easy, and does not require any tools.
drop/hit the coconut on a hard surface from a height of ca. 10 cm. (4 inches). pick it up, and rotate it slightly. repeat 5-10 times and the coconut will break in two.

As for the egg separator. I dont really see the problem. I have one, and though I don't always use it, I still think it is the easiest cleanest method for separating an egg.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: KimberlyM on April 02, 2012, 10:38:59 AM
With the childproof packaging, if you get something that's a prescription, you can ask the pharmacy for non-childproof packaging.  They make it an option, because a lot of older people (especially with things like arthritis) have too much difficulty getting the packages open.  Of course, that's for prescription medications.  It would be nice if they'd do it for over-the-counter stuff as well.  :)

I laugh every month when I go to pick up my medications.  I take 5 medications daily, one is for arthritis.  Every time I go pick up my refills, the arthritis meds always have the easy open cap and the the rest are in normal child proof ones.  My theory is I'm supposed to take the arthritis meds and wait for them to kick in before taking the rest of them.  ::)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Rohanna on April 02, 2012, 01:49:50 PM
You can ask most pharmacists to repackage OTC meds- it's usually not a problem for them - just explain that you need the easy-open containers.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WhirlyBird on April 02, 2012, 07:02:57 PM

And just so I am not straying too far off topic here, my favorite useless product ever was the flowbee. You put an attachment on the end of yur vacuum hose, and started vacuuming around your head, and the attachment would cut your hair as it was being sucked up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3G1cwqYkO4

"just bounce it all over your head!"

My parents bought a Flowbee sometime in the 80s. My dad and brother used it for their regular haircuts, about every 6 weeks, and I think my mom and sister might have even used it once or twice. Every 6 months or so, they would go in for a professional cut. They loved it so much that my dad bought a second when they lost some parts, and my brother bought one for his family when he moved out. They loved that thing!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: KimChi on April 03, 2012, 12:30:19 PM
So, I'm cruising the aisles at Wal-Mart, looking for a few little toys to put in The Boy's Easter basket when I come up on something called a "Naptime Buddy". It's a stuffed animal that's supposed to be 'perfect for nap time' When you press it, it sings this horribly screechy, loud song. Who in their right mind would think that's 'perfect for nap time'?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Moray on April 03, 2012, 12:39:12 PM
So, I'm cruising the aisles at Wal-Mart, looking for a few little toys to put in The Boy's Easter basket when I come up on something called a "Naptime Buddy". It's a stuffed animal that's supposed to be 'perfect for nap time' When you press it, it sings this horribly screechy, loud song. Who in their right mind would think that's 'perfect for nap time'?

It's all in how you use it. "Now Timmy, you go back to your room this instant! Next time you get up I'll bring out the 'naptime buddy'."
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on April 03, 2012, 01:40:30 PM
So, I'm cruising the aisles at Wal-Mart, looking for a few little toys to put in The Boy's Easter basket when I come up on something called a "Naptime Buddy". It's a stuffed animal that's supposed to be 'perfect for nap time' When you press it, it sings this horribly screechy, loud song. Who in their right mind would think that's 'perfect for nap time'?

It's all in how you use it. "Now Timmy, you go back to your room this instant! Next time you get up I'll bring out the 'naptime buddy'."

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: whatsanenigma on April 03, 2012, 03:44:21 PM
So, I'm cruising the aisles at Wal-Mart, looking for a few little toys to put in The Boy's Easter basket when I come up on something called a "Naptime Buddy". It's a stuffed animal that's supposed to be 'perfect for nap time' When you press it, it sings this horribly screechy, loud song. Who in their right mind would think that's 'perfect for nap time'?

When my nieces were babies, we had this thing marketed as something to hang on the crib to entertain small babies.  It was this really obnoxious yellow toy that when you pressed it, it played "Happy Days Are Here Again" really loudly.

It wasn't so much that the product itself was useless-when the girls got older, they liked to play with it outside the crib (I think mostly because the rest of  us cringed when it was pressed!) but marketing it as a crib thing made it useless if that's what you really wanted.  It certainly wasn't in any way soothing or sleep-promoting! Useless packaging and marketing there...what would you have to be smoking to think that the world needed something to help infants sleep that was so very loud and obnoxious?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MrsJWine on April 03, 2012, 04:08:13 PM
This won't make much sense unless you play Minecraft, but I would do just about anything to own this:

http://www.chrisjonesgaming.net/minecraft-creeper-plush-seems-like-a-horrible-idea-3/

BEST DISCIPLINE TOOL EVER
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on April 03, 2012, 05:18:46 PM
This won't make much sense unless you play Minecraft, but I would do just about anything to own this:

http://www.chrisjonesgaming.net/minecraft-creeper-plush-seems-like-a-horrible-idea-3/

BEST DISCIPLINE TOOL EVER

Add that to these (http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/looflirpa/ee04/?srp=1) and you're all set :P

(Okay, that was actually one of the April Fools' Day pranks by ThinkGeek - every year they come up with a handful of "new items" for sale.  A few of them have actually ended up on the site later because so many people said "I TOTALLY WANT THAT!")
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on April 05, 2012, 02:46:16 PM
whatsanenigma wrote:

"It wasn't so much that the product itself was useless-when the girls got older, they liked to play with it outside the crib (I think mostly because the rest of  us cringed when it was pressed!) but marketing it as a crib thing made it useless if that's what you really wanted.  It certainly wasn't in any way soothing or sleep-promoting! Useless packaging and marketing there...what would you have to be smoking to think that the world needed something to help infants sleep that was so very loud and obnoxious?"

The idea behind this is that kids in cribs wake up a lot, and having something nearby that occupies their attention will keep them from getting bored and upset when they do.  It's very counterintuitive, but for several kids I've cared for (mine and others), having something in the crib that makes noises that aren't generally considered soothing still helps them roll over and go back to sleep.  For one of these kids, the magic device was a little plastic driving toy with the steering wheel and shifter which was well beyond her age level at about eight months old.  It wasn't soft, it wasn't cuddly, and the two main sounds it made were a car horn and screeching tires, none of which would seem to be condusive to sleep.  But having that noisy, annoying little toy in the crib made her sleep better and longer than any stuffie or blanket ever did.  She'd wake up and hit the thing, it would make its noisy, annoying noises and she'd go back to sleep.

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Namárië on April 05, 2012, 03:54:05 PM
This won't make much sense unless you play Minecraft, but I would do just about anything to own this:

http://www.chrisjonesgaming.net/minecraft-creeper-plush-seems-like-a-horrible-idea-3/

BEST DISCIPLINE TOOL EVER

Add that to these (http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/looflirpa/ee04/?srp=1) and you're all set :P

(Okay, that was actually one of the April Fools' Day pranks by ThinkGeek - every year they come up with a handful of "new items" for sale.  A few of them have actually ended up on the site later because so many people said "I TOTALLY WANT THAT!")

I *need* that creeper doll. (I also voted for Creeps this year!)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on April 20, 2012, 03:04:42 PM
Actually, I love my no-touch soap dispenser.  However, I don't have the antibacterial one (I don't like the "everything must be antibacterial" these days).  Mine is a regular one that I put regular soap in.  It's great in the kitchen when I have messy hands and want to wash them without getting meat juice or something like that on everything.
I have one that I use only when working with raw meat. I don't keep kosher*, but my father raised me to be scrupulously clean with raw flesh and keep it separate from dairy and fruits/vegetables.  He keeps a spray bottle with bleach solution in the kitchen and the bathroom.  I don't go that far.


*My father's family tree includes a Jewish root.  Dad said kosher rules were the food safety best management practices for the time.  Some are still applicable.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: ShanghaiJill on April 20, 2012, 10:15:18 PM
Who thought up those weird packets that individual Zyrtec come in?

The same people who package Immodium.  It would seem to me that one would want to get at those in the fastest manner possible. :P
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: ------ on April 21, 2012, 09:13:02 AM
Lowspark, you beat me to it - the classic SNL commercial advertising a razor with 3 blades. It was seen as hysterically ridiculous. SNL also predicted the IPad - but a completely different sort of pad, if you get my drift.

I find many kitchen gadgets useless - a good knife will do most things. Other dumb things - paper cup dispensers for household bathrooms - waste much? , 'lip stencils' - just fill in with lipstick for a perfect look! (Except that, surely, everyone's lips are different?) Most items on infomercials - the Snuggy and the Slanket.  Really?  :o

hahha! Don't people realize that a snuggy is just a long bathrobe without the belt?!  ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on April 21, 2012, 12:07:29 PM
The Snuggie, I've read, was actually originally designed for people in wheelchairs, which totally makes sense, but for someone who's perfectly ambulatory, it does seem a bit silly.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on April 22, 2012, 09:11:53 AM
I'm wearing my Slanket right now.  As someone who always runs cold (with Raynaud's) living with someone who is always too warm, it's the best way for me to keep warm.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: ------ on April 22, 2012, 09:43:08 AM
I've never heard of a Slanket...someone please kindly tell me what it is...sounds like it might be helpful...have similar issues with one partner too warm and the other one too cold...  :D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on April 22, 2012, 09:43:59 AM
I've never heard of a Slanket...someone please kindly tell me what it is...sounds like it might be helpful...have similar issues with one partner too warm and the other one too cold...  :D

http://www.doobybrain.com/2007/10/31/the-slanket-the-blanket-with-sleeves/
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on April 23, 2012, 11:53:06 PM
I've never heard of a Slanket...someone please kindly tell me what it is...sounds like it might be helpful...have similar issues with one partner too warm and the other one too cold...  :D

http://www.doobybrain.com/2007/10/31/the-slanket-the-blanket-with-sleeves/

Slanket, Snuggie, whatever ::).  These things don't stay on well if you're moving about, IMO.  It's probably better to just wear more clothes or turn the heat up or just wear a regular robe and socks... or use a regular blanket (if you're staying in one place). 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on April 24, 2012, 03:35:40 AM
I've never heard of a Slanket...someone please kindly tell me what it is...sounds like it might be helpful...have similar issues with one partner too warm and the other one too cold...  :D

http://www.doobybrain.com/2007/10/31/the-slanket-the-blanket-with-sleeves/

Slanket, Snuggie, whatever ::).  These things don't stay on well if you're moving about, IMO.  It's probably better to just wear more clothes or turn the heat up or just wear a regular robe and socks... or use a regular blanket (if you're staying in one place).

A regular blanket pins my arms or leaves them in the cold.  More clothes doesn't work and adds to laundry.  A robe and socks don't work (Raynaud's).  Turning up the heat will make my husband ill.  The Slanket works best for me, I love mine (even though my rabbit keeps trying to take it away from me).

I find the "meme" of saying the Slanket is stupid quite annoying.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Danismom on April 25, 2012, 10:35:26 PM
How does your snuggie help the Reynauds?  Mine is in my fingers and (as much as I love my snuggie) I don't get any relief from my snuggies to help with the cold of the Reynauds. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on April 26, 2012, 02:21:40 AM
How does your snuggie help the Reynauds?  Mine is in my fingers and (as much as I love my snuggie) I don't get any relief from my snuggies to help with the cold of the Reynauds.

Mine is worst in my feet.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Browyn on April 26, 2012, 07:26:31 AM
snuggie/slanket/whatever   :D

There is a pattern on line so you can make your own.  I did this and moved the sleeve openings further apart and made it longer for my 6'2" hubby.

http://www.sissonfamily.com/Sewingroom/images/2006projects/thesnuglet.pdf
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Soprych on April 26, 2012, 11:57:30 AM
How does your snuggie help the Reynauds?  Mine is in my fingers and (as much as I love my snuggie) I don't get any relief from my snuggies to help with the cold of the Reynauds.

Mine is worst in my feet.

I was trying very hard to think of a polite way to ask how a condition that causes spasms in the capillaries of my finger and toes can benefit from a snuggy.  Unless the snuggy had pockets and the pockets had heat packs. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on April 26, 2012, 12:17:11 PM
How does your snuggie help the Reynauds?  Mine is in my fingers and (as much as I love my snuggie) I don't get any relief from my snuggies to help with the cold of the Reynauds.

Mine is worst in my feet.

I was trying very hard to think of a polite way to ask how a condition that causes spasms in the capillaries of my finger and toes can benefit from a snuggy.  Unless the snuggy had pockets and the pockets had heat packs.

That sounds really snarky.

The fleece keeps my feet warmer, so the spasming is less likely to happen (it's cold-induced) so my feet are not so agonisingly painful in the winter.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: ------ on April 26, 2012, 01:21:48 PM
How does your snuggie help the Reynauds?  Mine is in my fingers and (as much as I love my snuggie) I don't get any relief from my snuggies to help with the cold of the Reynauds.

Mine is worst in my feet.

Oh, that sounds like a terribly painful condition! I am so sorry you suffer.  :'( Is there no cure, or effective treatment?  :-\

I was trying very hard to think of a polite way to ask how a condition that causes spasms in the capillaries of my finger and toes can benefit from a snuggy.  Unless the snuggy had pockets and the pockets had heat packs.

That sounds really snarky.

The fleece keeps my feet warmer, so the spasming is less likely to happen (it's cold-induced) so my feet are not so agonisingly painful in the winter.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Wulfie on April 26, 2012, 01:32:58 PM
Try as I might, I can’t think of a way that this may not sound snarky even though I don’t mean it to be.

I like my Snuggy. Why should someone have to have a medical condition or justify the fact that they like a product? You may not like it. You may think it is worthless. You have that right just as I have the right to like mine. It is warm and comfy and while it may very well be a robe turned around backwards, the cut at the neckline is much more comfortable than a robe turned around backwards.  I like the feeling of curling up in my recliner watching movies wearing my Snuggy.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Moray on April 26, 2012, 01:36:30 PM
Try as I might, I can’t think of a way that this may not sound snarky even though I don’t mean it to be.

I like my Snuggy. Why should someone have to have a medical condition or justify the fact that they like a product? You may not like it. You may think it is worthless. You have that right just as I have the right to like mine. It is warm and comfy and while it may very well be a robe turned around backwards, the cut at the neckline is much more comfortable than a robe turned around backwards.  I like the feeling of curling up in my recliner watching movies wearing my Snuggy.
Pod.

I love my Slanket and I really don't care if anyone else thinks it's stupid or useless. It's warm, it's fuzzy and it's mine. Don't like one? Don't get one. Problem solved.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nika on April 26, 2012, 01:38:26 PM
Try as I might, I can’t think of a way that this may not sound snarky even though I don’t mean it to be.

I like my Snuggy. Why should someone have to have a medical condition or justify the fact that they like a product? You may not like it. You may think it is worthless. You have that right just as I have the right to like mine. It is warm and comfy and while it may very well be a robe turned around backwards, the cut at the neckline is much more comfortable than a robe turned around backwards.  I like the feeling of curling up in my recliner watching movies wearing my Snuggy.

That right there is why I greatly prefer a Snuggie to a robe. I hate having things touch my neck.

I always thought of Snuggies as kind of a joke product, too, until I got one (which was given to me as a joke!  ;D). It keeps me warm and I still have use of my arms, and it doesn't touch my oh-so-tender neck.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: thedudeabides on April 26, 2012, 01:47:14 PM
Anything that gets my girlfriend to stop stealing all my good sweatshirts is a fine invention.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kimblee on April 26, 2012, 03:03:04 PM
Try as I might, I can’t think of a way that this may not sound snarky even though I don’t mean it to be.

I like my Snuggy. Why should someone have to have a medical condition or justify the fact that they like a product? You may not like it. You may think it is worthless. You have that right just as I have the right to like mine. It is warm and comfy and while it may very well be a robe turned around backwards, the cut at the neckline is much more comfortable than a robe turned around backwards.  I like the feeling of curling up in my recliner watching movies wearing my Snuggy.

That right there is why I greatly prefer a Snuggie to a robe. I hate having things touch my neck.

I always thought of Snuggies as kind of a joke product, too, until I got one (which was given to me as a joke!  ;D). It keeps me warm and I still have use of my arms, and it doesn't touch my oh-so-tender neck.

Okay, now i want a snuggie.

I hate things touching ym throat. (I wear chokers, but the part where my neck meets my collarbone is very sensitive. I don't even like T shirts unless they are a little low cut.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on April 26, 2012, 03:11:46 PM
Try as I might, I can’t think of a way that this may not sound snarky even though I don’t mean it to be.

I like my Snuggy. Why should someone have to have a medical condition or justify the fact that they like a product? You may not like it. You may think it is worthless. You have that right just as I have the right to like mine. It is warm and comfy and while it may very well be a robe turned around backwards, the cut at the neckline is much more comfortable than a robe turned around backwards.  I like the feeling of curling up in my recliner watching movies wearing my Snuggy.

I'm a snuggie hater and I didn't think your remark was snarky at all.  The thread is for people who think the product is useless and from what I've read, there are always opposing opinions.  That's natural and what makes these kinds of threads fun (and sometimes educational!) 

For the record, I mentioned it way upthread, but I don't like the snuggie because it's too big and I can't walk in it so putting it on and taking it off all the time is a pain for me.  And I have two of them (given to me as gifts, mind you  ;))

P.S. To whomever mentioned pockets, the new ones come with pockets.  I have one.  I can't locate the pockets when I have it on, EVER... but upon inspection, they're there.  :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Soprych on April 27, 2012, 01:17:49 AM
How does your snuggie help the Reynauds?  Mine is in my fingers and (as much as I love my snuggie) I don't get any relief from my snuggies to help with the cold of the Reynauds.

Mine is worst in my feet.
Oh, that sounds like a terribly painful condition! I am so sorry you suffer.  :'( Is there no cure, or effective treatment?  :-\

I was trying very hard to think of a polite way to ask how a condition that causes spasms in the capillaries of my finger and toes can benefit from a snuggy.  Unless the snuggy had pockets and the pockets had heat packs.

That sounds really snarky.

The fleece keeps my feet warmer, so the spasming is less likely to happen (it's cold-induced) so my feet are not so agonisingly painful in the winter.
Snarkiness was exactly what I was trying to avoid.  I am sorry that a question that in my mind was how does that work?  Instead came out sounding like a challenge or a request for you to defend.  I am sorry.

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on April 27, 2012, 12:27:38 PM
How does your snuggie help the Reynauds?  Mine is in my fingers and (as much as I love my snuggie) I don't get any relief from my snuggies to help with the cold of the Reynauds.

Mine is worst in my feet.
Oh, that sounds like a terribly painful condition! I am so sorry you suffer.  :'( Is there no cure, or effective treatment?  :-\

I was trying very hard to think of a polite way to ask how a condition that causes spasms in the capillaries of my finger and toes can benefit from a snuggy.  Unless the snuggy had pockets and the pockets had heat packs.

That sounds really snarky.

The fleece keeps my feet warmer, so the spasming is less likely to happen (it's cold-induced) so my feet are not so agonisingly painful in the winter.
Snarkiness was exactly what I was trying to avoid.  I am sorry that a question that in my mind was how does that work?  Instead came out sounding like a challenge or a request for you to defend.  I am sorry.

Ok, thank you.  I'm sorry I misinterpreted you.

Mr. Kitty, yes it is pretty painful.  As far as I know all that can be done is to treat the symptoms - which for me means wrapping up so I avoid getting cold in the first place.  Also hot baths, hot water bottles and electric blankets!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Teenyweeny on April 27, 2012, 12:57:04 PM
I have a snuggie. I feel kind of 'meh' about it.

I'm a 'cold' person. I find that I'm much warmer in a set of WARM pyjamas, a fleecy dressing gown, and thick bed socks (mine are lined with faux fur, they are sooooo warm).

The snuggy is kinda cumbersome, and I need to take it off when I need to get up, so unless I'm sitting down, I'm cold! Warm, snuggly lounge wear keeps me much warmer, it's less cumbersome, and a whole lot more portable.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on April 27, 2012, 01:06:26 PM
I have a snuggie. I feel kind of 'meh' about it.

I'm a 'cold' person. I find that I'm much warmer in a set of WARM pyjamas, a fleecy dressing gown, and thick bed socks (mine are lined with faux fur, they are sooooo warm).

The snuggy is kinda cumbersome, and I need to take it off when I need to get up, so unless I'm sitting down, I'm cold! Warm, snuggly lounge wear keeps me much warmer, it's less cumbersome, and a whole lot more portable.

I sometimes put mine on backwards and walk round like that.

One of my rabbits likes my Slanket too.  She grabs the end and pulls then snuggles under it!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Teenyweeny on April 27, 2012, 01:13:58 PM
I have a snuggie. I feel kind of 'meh' about it.

I'm a 'cold' person. I find that I'm much warmer in a set of WARM pyjamas, a fleecy dressing gown, and thick bed socks (mine are lined with faux fur, they are sooooo warm).

The snuggy is kinda cumbersome, and I need to take it off when I need to get up, so unless I'm sitting down, I'm cold! Warm, snuggly lounge wear keeps me much warmer, it's less cumbersome, and a whole lot more portable.

I sometimes put mine on backwards and walk round like that.

One of my rabbits likes my Slanket too.  She grabs the end and pulls then snuggles under it!

Ha! I put mine on backwards too. But that's mainly because it makes an awesome train and I can prance about feeling regal. The fact that you can't fasten it (like you would a dressing gown) means that it's still cumbersome.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on April 27, 2012, 01:16:34 PM
I have a snuggie. I feel kind of 'meh' about it.

I'm a 'cold' person. I find that I'm much warmer in a set of WARM pyjamas, a fleecy dressing gown, and thick bed socks (mine are lined with faux fur, they are sooooo warm).

The snuggy is kinda cumbersome, and I need to take it off when I need to get up, so unless I'm sitting down, I'm cold! Warm, snuggly lounge wear keeps me much warmer, it's less cumbersome, and a whole lot more portable.

I sometimes put mine on backwards and walk round like that.

One of my rabbits likes my Slanket too.  She grabs the end and pulls then snuggles under it!

Ha! I put mine on backwards too. But that's mainly because it makes an awesome train and I can prance about feeling regal. The fact that you can't fasten it (like you would a dressing gown) means that it's still cumbersome.

That's exactly what I do!

On topic: my brother has a bagel slicer.  I thought that was really odd, when a knife works fine.  Then I realised that if I had a bagel slicer, I'd have an excuse to buy bagels more often and now I want one.
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Post by: MacadamiaNut on April 27, 2012, 01:18:20 PM
I have a snuggie. I feel kind of 'meh' about it.

I'm a 'cold' person. I find that I'm much warmer in a set of WARM pyjamas, a fleecy dressing gown, and thick bed socks (mine are lined with faux fur, they are sooooo warm).

The snuggy is kinda cumbersome, and I need to take it off when I need to get up, so unless I'm sitting down, I'm cold! Warm, snuggly lounge wear keeps me much warmer, it's less cumbersome, and a whole lot more portable.

I sometimes put mine on backwards and walk round like that.

One of my rabbits likes my Slanket too.  She grabs the end and pulls then snuggles under it!

Ha! I put mine on backwards too. But that's mainly because it makes an awesome train and I can prance about feeling regal. The fact that you can't fasten it (like you would a dressing gown) means that it's still cumbersome.

Yeah, they're still cumbersome backwards or forwards because of all that material.  I'm like you (Twins!  LOL).  Warm PJs and socks work way better.  I think you can only walk around with a snuggie on if you are tall enough that it won't drag and get caught up in your feet.  I'm not sure of the length of a slanket, but snuggies are really long (I guess because of their "one size fits all" nature.) 

On a good note, I'm having both my snuggies sewn to fit better and then I'll get way more use of them.  Just gotta get around to bringing them over to my mom, the seamstress.  ;D
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Post by: TootsNYC on April 27, 2012, 01:22:02 PM

On topic: my brother has a bagel slicer.  I thought that was really odd, when a knife works fine.  Then I realised that if I had a bagel slicer, I'd have an excuse to buy bagels more often and now I want one.

I have seen people really hurt themselves trying to slice a bagel.

At one of my old jobs, the boss brought in bagels every Friday morning (we worked very late on Thursdays, and came in early on Friday anyway). Slicing the bagel was sort of scary--plus I find it hard to get them cut straight.

on my last week there, I bought a bagel slicer to give them as a going-away gift. About a year later I ran into an old coworker, who told me that the post-it note I'd put on it (it read "Toots NYC-memorial bagel slicer") was still there--it had been taped into position. And that everybody loved the bagel slicer.
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Post by: MacadamiaNut on April 27, 2012, 01:24:05 PM

On topic: my brother has a bagel slicer.  I thought that was really odd, when a knife works fine.  Then I realised that if I had a bagel slicer, I'd have an excuse to buy bagels more often and now I want one.

I have seen people really hurt themselves trying to slice a bagel.

At one of my old jobs, the boss brought in bagels every Friday morning (we worked very late on Thursdays, and came in early on Friday anyway). Slicing the bagel was sort of scary--plus I find it hard to get them cut straight.

on my last week there, I bought a bagel slicer to give them as a going-away gift. About a year later I ran into an old coworker, who told me that the post-it note I'd put on it (it read "Toots NYC-memorial bagel slicer") was still there--it had been taped into position. And that everybody loved the bagel slicer.

Aww, that's such a cute story Toots!  And such a thoughtful parting gift.  :)
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Post by: ------ on April 27, 2012, 01:29:02 PM
This is kind of a funny-ha-ha for me:

Space Bags. I'm not slagging on the product itself. No way, no how. I don't have any, but I want some. Badly. They sound like they would help me out a lot.

It's just an observation about the commercials. I remember when they first came out and I started seeing them advertised on TV. The narrator would rattle off all the different uses - storing clothing, blankets, great for kids, families, single people, etc. etc. Save lots of space when you store clothing, towels, blankets and stuff. Keep the bugs out, moisture, pull out your items years later and they're just as fresh as when you sealed them. Great. Got it. Excellent idea, sounds like a wonderful product.

BUT...here's the funny part, for me, anyway. Then, the narrator says "they're great for travel! You can pack twice as much using half the space..."

They explain earlier how you would use any vacuum cleaner to suck the air out of the bags when they're full and then seal them. Ok. I get that. Makes sense. I can see how it would be convenient for travel when you're packing your suitcase AT HOME where you likely would have easy access to your own vacuum cleaner. I can even understand it if you travel to a friend or relative's house...packing that suitcase for the return trip sounds easy enough...ask to borrow THEIR vacuum cleaner.

...but what if you stay in a hotel? How are you going to pack for your return trip then? Call housekeeping and ask them to bring you a vacuum cleaner so you can pack?...try explaining THAT one to guest services....oh, and what about the nightmare with TSA at airport security lines? I can just see them unsealing the space bag at the security checkpoint to make sure nothing is in there that shouldn't be....or just to have a good laugh...and watch the traveler try to shove twice the volume of fluffy clothing back into that suitcase....or ask to borrow the airport's cleaning staff's vacuum cleaner.... :o

I notice they don't mention the travel angle any more on their commercials...I guess they figured out the issue with that one....

Just a funny observation...again, I'm not saying anything negative about the product....I just thought it was funny and had to share something that always gave me a chuckle about the commercials....  ;D
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Post by: violinp on April 27, 2012, 01:37:15 PM
This is kind of a funny-ha-ha for me:

Space Bags. I'm not slagging on the product itself. No way, no how. I don't have any, but I want some. Badly. They sound like they would help me out a lot.

It's just an observation about the commercials. I remember when they first came out and I started seeing them advertised on TV. The narrator would rattle off all the different uses - storing clothing, blankets, great for kids, families, single people, etc. etc. Keep the bugs out, moisture, pull out your items years later and they're just as fresh as when you sealed them. Great. Got it. Excellent idea, sounds like a wonderful product.

BUT...here's the funny part, for me, anyway. Then, the narrator says "they're great for travel! You can pack twice as much using half the space..."

They explain earlier how you would use any vacuum cleaner to suck the air out of the bags when they're full and then seal them. Ok. I get that. Makes sense. I can see how it would be convenient for travel when you're packing your suitcase AT HOME where you likely would have easy access to your own vacuum cleaner. I can even understand it if you travel to a friend or relative's house...packing that suitcase for the return trip sounds easy enough...ask to borrow THEIR vacuum cleaner.

...but what if you stay in a hotel? How are you going to pack for your return trip then? Call housekeeping and ask them to bring you a vacuum cleaner so you can pack...try explaining THAT one to guest services....

I notice they don't mention the travel angle any more on their commercials...I guess they figured out the issue with that one....

Just a funny observation...again, I'm not saying anything negative about the product....I just thought it was funny and had to share something that always gave me a chuckle....  ;D

I guess you could pack a handheld vacuum? That'd be really odd, though.
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Post by: ------ on April 27, 2012, 01:40:58 PM
I don't think a hand held vacuum would work...I think the commercial said you have to use a vacuum with a hose attachment for it to work. Also, I would think that the vacuum would need a certain amount of suction power for it to be effective...I doubt the small hand held ones have enough power, plus no attachment...but I could be wrong about that. Maybe they do have them, I just don't know of any myself. I used to have a small Dirt Devil that had amazing suction power...but no hose attachment...again, though, I could always be wrong...usually am...  :P
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Post by: Wulfie on April 27, 2012, 01:45:04 PM
Actually you can roll them and squeeze most of the air out of the 1-way valve. I use them quite a bit with our camping gear to save room. The one thing I don't like about them is the cheap, thin plastic they are made out of. I can usually only use them 2-3 times before the plastic starts to shred.
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Post by: thedudeabides on April 27, 2012, 01:45:40 PM
A portable pump, like you use to inflate camping mattresses, would probably work.
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Post by: Nika on April 27, 2012, 01:55:04 PM
It's just an observation about the commercials. I remember when they first came out and I started seeing them advertised on TV. The narrator would rattle off all the different uses - storing clothing, blankets, great for kids, families, single people, etc. etc.

OT, but I was just skimming when I read that part and I misread it as "storing clothing, blankets, single people, etc."  ;D ;D
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Post by: ------ on April 27, 2012, 02:02:05 PM
hahahaha! I finally had a good belly laugh....thank you!  ;D

I do that, too, when I skim...it always makes for a great laugh...

I suppose one could use a large size space bag for storing people....perhaps the Space Bag corporation is neglecting a potentially very lucrative market out there....you do the math.... ;)
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Post by: MacadamiaNut on April 27, 2012, 02:02:25 PM
Space Bags would never work for me in terms of any type of traveling.  I am nowhere near that disciplined in my packing that I would be thinking through putting stuff in bags and vacuum sealing them ahead of time.  Also, my Roomba, as smart as it is, just doesn't know how to seal bags. ;)
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Post by: Slartibartfast on April 27, 2012, 02:43:29 PM
hahahaha! I finally had a good belly laugh....thank you!  ;D

I do that, too, when I skim...it always makes for a great laugh...

I suppose one could use a large size space bag for storing people....perhaps the Space Bag corporation is neglecting a potentially very lucrative market out there....you do the math.... ;)

Not gonna link to it here, but Google for "latex vacbed."  It is indeed a lucrative market :P  (likely NSFW sites, although the actual images would probably just raise an eyebrow or two if your boss saw your screen.)
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Post by: violinp on April 27, 2012, 02:45:56 PM
I don't think a hand held vacuum would work...I think the commercial said you have to use a vacuum with a hose attachment for it to work. Also, I would think that the vacuum would need a certain amount of suction power for it to be effective...I doubt the small hand held ones have enough power, plus no attachment...but I could be wrong about that. Maybe they do have them, I just don't know of any myself. I used to have a small Dirt Devil that had amazing suction power...but no hose attachment...again, though, I could always be wrong...usually am...  :P

Mine has several attachments, including a hose.
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Post by: 2littlemonkeys on April 27, 2012, 03:42:04 PM
I bought a variety pack of those and there were a couple meant for travel.  Like a PP suggested, the idea is to roll it up and squeeze the air out that way - no vacuum required.

My beef with them is they all seem to re-inflate after a while.  It still keeps my stuff dry but it's not so great for space.
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Post by: whatsanenigma on April 27, 2012, 05:49:11 PM
Re: Spacebags. I think they're probably a great product overall, but as for traveling, even if you did have access to a vaccum to repack them...wouldn't being able to pack twice as much into your suitcase make your suitcase twice as heavy, possibly causing you problems?

I know I always tend to overpack, and the size of a suitcase helps me keep that in check.  If I got spacebags for travel...I would probably get myself in so much trouble.   :)
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Post by: KenveeB on April 27, 2012, 08:09:10 PM
Re: Spacebags. I think they're probably a great product overall, but as for traveling, even if you did have access to a vaccum to repack them...wouldn't being able to pack twice as much into your suitcase make your suitcase twice as heavy, possibly causing you problems?

I know I always tend to overpack, and the size of a suitcase helps me keep that in check.  If I got spacebags for travel...I would probably get myself in so much trouble.   :)

They actually make a similar product that is specifically meant to be rolled and squeezed, not vacuumed, so that's the version you'd use when traveling. :)
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Post by: ------ on April 27, 2012, 08:10:29 PM
I did not know that. Thank you.  ;D
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Post by: kajunchick on April 28, 2012, 12:01:28 AM
--- Quote from: Elfmama on February 03, 2012, 10:35:55 PM ---It's not the uselessness of the infomercial gadgetry, it's the dumb ads themselves.  It's toooooo haaaarrrrd to boil water, or cut with scissors, or dump the cooked spaghetti into a colander to strain it.  No, you have to have our special gadget
--- End quote ---

That's what I really hated about the original Snuggie commercials -- I'm pretty sure most people are capable of figuring out how blankets work.  ::)"

Someone may have said this already, but that reminds me of Joey's commercial on Friends, "Now I can have milk every day!" :)
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Post by: Mental Magpie on April 28, 2012, 05:03:48 AM
I just got a SpaceBag set and literally used it today.  My vacuum also doesn't have a hose.  I just sat my happy but down on the thing and leaned on it.  It worked pretty well.  Maybe it didn't reduce size as much as it could, but it definitely reduced size!  Now only if I could do that with books...
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Post by: purplemuse on April 28, 2012, 06:48:14 AM
Re: Space Bags

I know it's just a stuffed toy, but I always feel bad for the "flattened" teddy bear in the commercial.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on April 28, 2012, 07:44:41 AM
Re: Space Bags

I know it's just a stuffed toy, but I always feel bad for the "flattened" teddy bear in the commercial.

Awwww!  My DH thinks I'm odd for being unable to put cuddly toys into plastic carrier bags.  I just asked him about it, and he says it's one of my charming little idiosyncrasies.  He's very tactful.
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Post by: Iris on April 30, 2012, 02:11:13 AM
Re: Space Bags

I know it's just a stuffed toy, but I always feel bad for the "flattened" teddy bear in the commercial.

Awwww!  My DH thinks I'm odd for being unable to put cuddly toys into plastic carrier bags.  I just asked him about it, and he says it's one of my charming little idiosyncrasies.  He's very tactful.

Well, how would they breathe?  ;)

Actually, I can kind of see this. Ordinary stuffed toys, meh. But my daughter's teddy who has been a member of our family for 9 years? He could never go in a space bag.
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Post by: Thipu1 on April 30, 2012, 09:39:58 AM
We've had compression bags for years and use them.  They were invauable when we took a cruise to Scandanavia last November.  We also use them for summer storage of afghans and quilts.  The sweaters do tend to look a bit wizened when they come out but they're fine with a bit of hanging.

However, I would never put a beloved toy into one of the things unless the child will buy that 'Bunny' is going into 'hibernation' for the journey. 

Sitting on the bags or punching them is usually sufficient to get out enough air.  We've never had to use the vacuum cleaner.     
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Post by: Virg on April 30, 2012, 01:16:11 PM
Iris wrote:

"Well, how would they breathe?"

My mom always told me that stuffies can hold their breath for a really long time.  At least, that's what she'd say to get us to let her put them in the washing machine.

Virg
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Post by: White Dragon on May 01, 2012, 12:40:16 PM
Iris wrote:

"Well, how would they breathe?"

My mom always told me that stuffies can hold their breath for a really long time.  At least, that's what she'd say to get us to let her put them in the washing machine.

Virg

I have to say, I like how your mom thinks!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: purplemuse on May 01, 2012, 02:19:24 PM
Iris wrote:

"Well, how would they breathe?"

My mom always told me that stuffies can hold their breath for a really long time.  At least, that's what she'd say to get us to let her put them in the washing machine.

Virg

Clever!

Though in the commercials, it's not the lack of breathing that gets me-- it's how long they have to spend with their heads flattened like that.
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Post by: Sheila Take a Bow on May 01, 2012, 04:05:36 PM
Re: Space Bags

I know it's just a stuffed toy, but I always feel bad for the "flattened" teddy bear in the commercial.

Awwww!  My DH thinks I'm odd for being unable to put cuddly toys into plastic carrier bags.  I just asked him about it, and he says it's one of my charming little idiosyncrasies.  He's very tactful.

Well, how would they breathe?  ;)

Actually, I can kind of see this. Ordinary stuffed toys, meh. But my daughter's teddy who has been a member of our family for 9 years? He could never go in a space bag.

I've seen a teddy bear after it was put in a space bag and stored that way for a couple of months.  After it emerged, it suffered from a permanent lean, and a flat spot on its head.  My friend kept it to remind herself never again to let a stuffed animal stay in a space bag for any extended period.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 03, 2012, 07:07:59 PM
Same here.  Also, back when I had an electric can opener it's actual best use was as a feline-summoning device.  It didn't actually open cans well at all.  But if you wanted the cats to show up quickly you could just press the lever down momentarily and they'd come a-runnin' from the far reaches of the house.
I believe that the sound of a can opener is hard-wired into the feline brain.  ANY can opener.  I have had litters of kittens who have NEVER been fed canned food all come running at the sound of a can opener.
I disagree.  I have never owned an electric can opener.  My cats have never heard the sound.  If you want their attention, you have to get creative.  Filling the watering can worked with the late Midnight.  Water in the watering can was the best tasting water EVAH!  Bootsie comes when I open the drawer where the Greenie treats are kept.
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Post by: Mental Magpie on May 03, 2012, 07:39:43 PM
Same here.  Also, back when I had an electric can opener it's actual best use was as a feline-summoning device.  It didn't actually open cans well at all.  But if you wanted the cats to show up quickly you could just press the lever down momentarily and they'd come a-runnin' from the far reaches of the house.
I believe that the sound of a can opener is hard-wired into the feline brain.  ANY can opener.  I have had litters of kittens who have NEVER been fed canned food all come running at the sound of a can opener.
I disagree.  I have never owned an electric can opener.  My cats have never heard the sound.  If you want their attention, you have to get creative.  Filling the watering can worked with the late Midnight.  Water in the watering can was the best tasting water EVAH!  Bootsie comes when I open the drawer where the Greenie treats are kept.

Well, if they've never heard it, how do you know it isn't hard-wired?  The only way to find out is to buy one and test the hypothesis.
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Post by: baglady on May 03, 2012, 07:51:57 PM
Same here.  Also, back when I had an electric can opener it's actual best use was as a feline-summoning device.  It didn't actually open cans well at all.  But if you wanted the cats to show up quickly you could just press the lever down momentarily and they'd come a-runnin' from the far reaches of the house.
I believe that the sound of a can opener is hard-wired into the feline brain.  ANY can opener.  I have had litters of kittens who have NEVER been fed canned food all come running at the sound of a can opener.
I disagree.  I have never owned an electric can opener.  My cats have never heard the sound.  If you want their attention, you have to get creative.  Filling the watering can worked with the late Midnight.  Water in the watering can was the best tasting water EVAH!  Bootsie comes when I open the drawer where the Greenie treats are kept.

I've never owned an electric can opener, but my animals used to come running at the sound of a pill bottle opening. They were on dry food exclusively until one of the dogs had to go on phenobarb for seizures. I gave it to her in canned food, and of course, if she was getting canned food, the other dog and the two cats had to get some, too. It didn't take too long before they associated the sound of a pill bottle being opened with yummy time.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on May 04, 2012, 02:43:21 AM
My rabbits just assume everything in the universe is for them, so any sound I make brings them running :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RebeccainGA on May 04, 2012, 09:00:42 AM
My current useless product? well, we have two snuggies (but DP loves hers), and have an oxo manual can opener, so no uselessness there. Mine would probably be these products marketed as strawberry hullers - I saw three different varieties just this week. I have one, in fact - an oxo one that came with a set of stuff. USELESS. Just makes holes in the top, and leaves the hulls and leaves attached. Small sharp paring knife rules!
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Post by: mechtilde on May 04, 2012, 09:04:42 AM
Same here.  Also, back when I had an electric can opener it's actual best use was as a feline-summoning device.  It didn't actually open cans well at all.  But if you wanted the cats to show up quickly you could just press the lever down momentarily and they'd come a-runnin' from the far reaches of the house.
I believe that the sound of a can opener is hard-wired into the feline brain.  ANY can opener.  I have had litters of kittens who have NEVER been fed canned food all come running at the sound of a can opener.
I disagree.  I have never owned an electric can opener.  My cats have never heard the sound.  If you want their attention, you have to get creative.  Filling the watering can worked with the late Midnight.  Water in the watering can was the best tasting water EVAH!  Bootsie comes when I open the drawer where the Greenie treats are kept.

I've never owned an electric can opener, but my animals used to come running at the sound of a pill bottle opening. They were on dry food exclusively until one of the dogs had to go on phenobarb for seizures. I gave it to her in canned food, and of course, if she was getting canned food, the other dog and the two cats had to get some, too. It didn't take too long before they associated the sound of a pill bottle being opened with yummy time.

My mother's cat would come running whenever she chopped an onion, because that meant she was about to cook meat, and she would get her little bit.
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Post by: Luci on May 04, 2012, 10:04:39 AM
My current useless product? well, we have two snuggies (but DP loves hers), and have an oxo manual can opener, so no uselessness there. Mine would probably be these products marketed as strawberry hullers - I saw three different varieties just this week. I have one, in fact - an oxo one that came with a set of stuff. USELESS. Just makes holes in the top, and leaves the hulls and leaves attached. Small sharp paring knife rules!

I use  the tip of a grapefruit spoon. In my hands, that's twice as fast as the paring knife.

However, I have a special grapefruit knife now that is the best thing ever, so I'm glad I have a use for the old spoons.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/double-blade-grapefruit-knife/
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 04, 2012, 12:57:34 PM
I believe that the sound of a can opener is hard-wired into the feline brain.  ANY can opener.  I have had litters of kittens who have NEVER been fed canned food all come running at the sound of a can opener.
I disagree.  I have never owned an electric can opener.  My cats have never heard the sound.  If you want their attention, you have to get creative.  Filling the watering can worked with the late Midnight.  Water in the watering can was the best tasting water EVAH!  Bootsie comes when I open the drawer where the Greenie treats are kept.

Well, if they've never heard it, how do you know it isn't hard-wired?  The only way to find out is to buy one and test the hypothesis.
Good point, but I'm not going to buy an electric can opener.  My kitchen is far too small for gadgets I don't use.

Maybe someday I'll borrow one from a neighbor.  If so, I promise to report back with the results of the Great Cat Can Opener Mystery.  >:D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 04, 2012, 01:01:13 PM
Mine would probably be these products marketed as strawberry hullers - I saw three different varieties just this week. I have one, in fact - an oxo one that came with a set of stuff. USELESS. Just makes holes in the top, and leaves the hulls and leaves attached. Small sharp paring knife rules!

I use the tip of a grapefruit spoon. In my hands, that's twice as fast as the paring knife.

However, I have a special grapefruit knife now that is the best thing ever, so I'm glad I have a use for the old spoons.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/double-blade-grapefruit-knife/
I have an old grapefruit knife which I was thinking of tossing (kitchen aspires to be tiny) because neither of us can eat grapefruit anymore.  Now I'll use it for removing the stems & leaves from strawberries.  I think it will work better than the small, sharp paring knife.

Once again, I'll report back with the results of the Great Strawberry Hulling Contest.  ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on May 05, 2012, 02:16:26 AM
I believe that the sound of a can opener is hard-wired into the feline brain.  ANY can opener.  I have had litters of kittens who have NEVER been fed canned food all come running at the sound of a can opener.
I disagree.  I have never owned an electric can opener.  My cats have never heard the sound.  If you want their attention, you have to get creative.  Filling the watering can worked with the late Midnight.  Water in the watering can was the best tasting water EVAH!  Bootsie comes when I open the drawer where the Greenie treats are kept.

Well, if they've never heard it, how do you know it isn't hard-wired?  The only way to find out is to buy one and test the hypothesis.
Good point, but I'm not going to buy an electric can opener.  My kitchen is far too small for gadgets I don't use.

Maybe someday I'll borrow one from a neighbor.  If so, I promise to report back with the results of the Great Cat Can Opener Mystery.  >:D

I CAN't wait...see what I did there?  ;D
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 05, 2012, 10:19:07 PM
I CAN't wait...see what I did there?  ;D
Yes  >:D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: norrina on May 05, 2012, 10:46:00 PM
I just got a SpaceBag set and literally used it today.  My vacuum also doesn't have a hose.  I just sat my happy but down on the thing and leaned on it.  It worked pretty well.  Maybe it didn't reduce size as much as it could, but it definitely reduced size!  Now only if I could do that with books...

<snip> one travel-sized spacebag is the right size to hole a full-size sheet set - one flat, one fitted, and 2 pillowcases.  I don't compress them, but it's nice to reach into the closet and pull out a bag and change the sheets easily. </end snip>

A while back, I saw somewhere the idea of folding your flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one pillowcase so that they fit inside the other pillowcase. I tried it, and it works brilliantly!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 06, 2012, 06:57:15 AM
I just got a SpaceBag set and literally used it today.  My vacuum also doesn't have a hose.  I just sat my happy but down on the thing and leaned on it.  It worked pretty well.  Maybe it didn't reduce size as much as it could, but it definitely reduced size!  Now only if I could do that with books...

<snip> one travel-sized spacebag is the right size to hole a full-size sheet set - one flat, one fitted, and 2 pillowcases.  I don't compress them, but it's nice to reach into the closet and pull out a bag and change the sheets easily. </end snip>

A while back, I saw somewhere the idea of folding your flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one pillowcase so that they fit inside the other pillowcase. I tried it, and it works brilliantly!

I've done something similar; but I fold the flat sheet and cases inside the fitted sheet.  But since I like to keep my pillow cases separately, I don't necessarily do this all the time.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: KenveeB on May 06, 2012, 07:41:35 AM
I just got a SpaceBag set and literally used it today.  My vacuum also doesn't have a hose.  I just sat my happy but down on the thing and leaned on it.  It worked pretty well.  Maybe it didn't reduce size as much as it could, but it definitely reduced size!  Now only if I could do that with books...

<snip> one travel-sized spacebag is the right size to hole a full-size sheet set - one flat, one fitted, and 2 pillowcases.  I don't compress them, but it's nice to reach into the closet and pull out a bag and change the sheets easily. </end snip>

A while back, I saw somewhere the idea of folding your flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one pillowcase so that they fit inside the other pillowcase. I tried it, and it works brilliantly!

I do this. It's very handy, and much neater. I taught it to my mother, and she loved it!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: ShanghaiJill on May 06, 2012, 07:59:45 AM
FIT . The stuff you clean vegetables with.   Domestic goddess Martha Stewart said that if something was that dirty to begin with, she wasn't going to eat it.

Also, feminine hygiene spray.   Prior to it's development, I'll bet no women ever sat around saying "You know, it would be nice to have a spray."
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dindrane on May 06, 2012, 10:15:26 AM
I just got a SpaceBag set and literally used it today.  My vacuum also doesn't have a hose.  I just sat my happy but down on the thing and leaned on it.  It worked pretty well.  Maybe it didn't reduce size as much as it could, but it definitely reduced size!  Now only if I could do that with books...

<snip> one travel-sized spacebag is the right size to hole a full-size sheet set - one flat, one fitted, and 2 pillowcases.  I don't compress them, but it's nice to reach into the closet and pull out a bag and change the sheets easily. </end snip>

A while back, I saw somewhere the idea of folding your flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one pillowcase so that they fit inside the other pillowcase. I tried it, and it works brilliantly!

I do this. It's very handy, and much neater. I taught it to my mother, and she loved it!

I do a variation of this, taught to me by my mother.  I fold the flat sheet into something like fourths from side to side, and fold the bottom up to meet the top.  Then I fold the pillow cases once lengthwise and twice the other way (so they are almost square, and conveniently, about the same width as the flat sheet).  Then I fold the fitted sheet so that it's about the same size as the pillowcases.  I stack the fitted sheet and pillowcases on the flat sheet, and roll the flat sheet around it.  DH is always impressed with this arrangement, and compares it to a military-precision bedroll. :)  But it does mean that my sheets all stay together and look neat when I store them.

I'd be concerned about stretching out a pillowcase or something if I were to store them inside of one.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dindrane on May 06, 2012, 10:20:50 AM
Also, re: spacebags, I often pack my clothing with a similar method, only I use giant zip-top bags.  You can buy 5 gallon ones for a few dollars, and they'll last for a few trips before they start letting in air, and longer than that if you don't care how well they stay air-tight.  I pack them not-too-full, zip them halfway or so, and then carefully sit or kneel on the bag to squish the air out before I finish zipping them.  I think it's Hefty that makes bags with a slider, and those are the easiest.

It is problematic in terms of weight to pack that way, so I generally use them when I'm limited in my size of suitcase and am trying to maximize what I can take.  I have used them in larger suitcases, but combined with all the books my DH likes to travel with, the suitcase ended up slightly overweight (so we pulled out some books and had insanely heavy carry-ons instead).

It is neater for packing, though.  I also like that I can more easily separate my dirty clothes from my almost-clean clothes and from my actually-clean clothes.  Particularly when I visit family, I often count on doing laundry while I'm visiting, and take home clean clothes as a result.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Daffydilly on May 06, 2012, 11:44:10 AM
The turnip twaddler. All it does is collect dust in my cupboard...  8)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: JennJenn68 on May 06, 2012, 01:05:26 PM
The turnip twaddler. All it does is collect dust in my cupboard...  8)

Oh, my Lord, now I have Bloom County comics stuck in my head!  (There are worse things, I have to admit...)  I can still see Opus in frenzy ordering hundreds of the things!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 06, 2012, 04:41:10 PM
OT related to the sheet folding:  Instead of folding your towels, fold them in half lengthwise and then roll them up.  When you go to grab a towel, you can grab any roll and the rest just tumble down to fill the gap, without messing everything up, like if you tried to take a towel from the middle of the pile.

I can't take credit for this one - I saw a friend's linen closet and thought it was a great idea.  I might steal one of the sheet ideas to keep my sheet sets together.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: diesel_darlin on May 06, 2012, 05:15:44 PM
OT related to the sheet folding:  Instead of folding your towels, fold them in half lengthwise and then roll them up.  When you go to grab a towel, you can grab any roll and the rest just tumble down to fill the gap, without messing everything up, like if you tried to take a towel from the middle of the pile.

I can't take credit for this one - I saw a friend's linen closet and thought it was a great idea.  I might steal one of the sheet ideas to keep my sheet sets together.



I do this also! I also roll up my clothes when Im packing for a trip.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on May 06, 2012, 07:31:04 PM
OT related to the sheet folding:  Instead of folding your towels, fold them in half lengthwise and then roll them up.  When you go to grab a towel, you can grab any roll and the rest just tumble down to fill the gap, without messing everything up, like if you tried to take a towel from the middle of the pile.

I can't take credit for this one - I saw a friend's linen closet and thought it was a great idea.  I might steal one of the sheet ideas to keep my sheet sets together.

Back when I was still in the dog grooming business we did this...we'd all have shelves of rolled towels beside our bath tubs and it made it way easier to just reach over and grab one and pull it out without looking while trying to make sure hte dog in the tub didn't shake water all over you.  It saved a lot of time, since the bathing area was visible from the lobby and we had to keep everything neat.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Namárië on May 07, 2012, 08:34:30 AM
FIT . The stuff you clean vegetables with.   Domestic goddess Martha Stewart said that if something was that dirty to begin with, she wasn't going to eat it.

But... veggies are grown in the dirt... some dirt is bound to get on them! (Not that I have any idea what Fit is; I just do a vinegar & salt soak to kill the bugs.)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on May 07, 2012, 10:00:38 AM
FIT . The stuff you clean vegetables with.   Domestic goddess Martha Stewart said that if something was that dirty to begin with, she wasn't going to eat it.

But... veggies are grown in the dirt... some dirt is bound to get on them! (Not that I have any idea what Fit is; I just do a vinegar & salt soak to kill the bugs.)

I think Martha Stewart was saying that if water couldn't get it off, she wasn't going to eat it.  (As in if the dirt was so bad that she had to buy a product (FIT) instead of just using water, the vegetable was in too bad a condition for her to eat).
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on May 07, 2012, 12:22:46 PM
FIT . The stuff you clean vegetables with.   Domestic goddess Martha Stewart said that if something was that dirty to begin with, she wasn't going to eat it.

But... veggies are grown in the dirt... some dirt is bound to get on them! (Not that I have any idea what Fit is; I just do a vinegar & salt soak to kill the bugs.)

I think Martha Stewart was saying that if water couldn't get it off, she wasn't going to eat it.  (As in if the dirt was so bad that she had to buy a product (FIT) instead of just using water, the vegetable was in too bad a condition for her to eat).

That strikes me as a rather precious attitude. Where does she think food is grown and how does it get to her kitchen? The great outdoors has bugs and germs, animals pee on plants, machines (or people) harvested the food, it has been placed in wooden containers that have been used many times and exposed to the elements, people have handled it, etc. Each of those interactions adds a chance that some harmful bacteria is on the food. It seems to make a lot of sense to me to use some sort of cleaner on things you are going to eat. I saw a couple of cholera epidemics and that taught me to always clean food.

And I am very much not a germophobe.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Namárië on May 07, 2012, 12:27:45 PM
FIT . The stuff you clean vegetables with.   Domestic goddess Martha Stewart said that if something was that dirty to begin with, she wasn't going to eat it.

But... veggies are grown in the dirt... some dirt is bound to get on them! (Not that I have any idea what Fit is; I just do a vinegar & salt soak to kill the bugs.)

I think Martha Stewart was saying that if water couldn't get it off, she wasn't going to eat it.  (As in if the dirt was so bad that she had to buy a product (FIT) instead of just using water, the vegetable was in too bad a condition for her to eat).

That strikes me as a rather precious attitude. Where does she think food is grown and how does it get to her kitchen? The great outdoors has bugs and germs, animals pee on plants, machines (or people) harvested the food, it has been placed in wooden containers that have been used many times and exposed to the elements, people have handled it, etc. Each of those interactions adds a chance that some harmful bacteria is on the food. It seems to make a lot of sense to me to use some sort of cleaner on things you are going to eat. I saw a couple of cholera epidemics and that taught me to always clean food.

And I am very much not a germophobe.

Not to mention that poop is used as a fertilizer...  :-X
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on May 07, 2012, 02:19:54 PM
I still think y'all are missing the point.  She does want her food to be clean, but if water won't get it off (which is really how most people wash their vegetables), then whatever is on there that needs chemicals to get it off is something she doesn't want to eat.  Water will get off almost everything (dirt, fertilizer, germs, et cetera); if she needs chemicals to clean her food, then there is something wrong with the food.  It's overkill, I guess, to need chemicals to clean your food when water does just fine.

To me it's like getting sanitizer for way down in the depths of your toilet (past where you can see); why does that need to be germ free?  Clean, yes, but germ free?  What are you reaching down there with or to get that you need there to be no germs all the way down there?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Namárië on May 07, 2012, 02:33:12 PM
I think I get what she means. I just disagree, though my methods don't involve chemicals. I don't want any extra bug protein in my salads. :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: #borecore on May 07, 2012, 02:51:57 PM
FIT . The stuff you clean vegetables with.   Domestic goddess Martha Stewart said that if something was that dirty to begin with, she wasn't going to eat it.

But... veggies are grown in the dirt... some dirt is bound to get on them! (Not that I have any idea what Fit is; I just do a vinegar & salt soak to kill the bugs.)

I think Martha Stewart was saying that if water couldn't get it off, she wasn't going to eat it.  (As in if the dirt was so bad that she had to buy a product (FIT) instead of just using water, the vegetable was in too bad a condition for her to eat).

That strikes me as a rather precious attitude. Where does she think food is grown and how does it get to her kitchen? The great outdoors has bugs and germs, animals pee on plants, machines (or people) harvested the food, it has been placed in wooden containers that have been used many times and exposed to the elements, people have handled it, etc. Each of those interactions adds a chance that some harmful bacteria is on the food. It seems to make a lot of sense to me to use some sort of cleaner on things you are going to eat. I saw a couple of cholera epidemics and that taught me to always clean food.

And I am very much not a germophobe.

Family friends who know Ms. Stewart report that she has been known to be both prima donna and germaphobe. Also something of an actress/expert celebrity who knows when to say what, so I'm not certain her comments about this product are to be taken as absolute truth (either about the value of the product or her desire to eat things that have merely been rinsed).

To add a product to the mix:
Why are there incense cones? They always seem to smell worse or be more cheaply made than the sticks, for which there are many more holders made already.
Is there something I'm missing?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 07, 2012, 03:00:21 PM
Not to mention that poop is used as a fertilizer...  :-X
OK, I understand the sentiment, but I can't let this one pass without clarification since this is my profession and we are trying to get the general population over the "ick factor."

Biosolids in the United States are used to replenish nutrients in agricultural land.  The biosolids are treated to reduce pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and their attractiveness to vectors such as flies and vermin.  They are stabilized to reduce odors.  Then they are tested to make sure the metal concentrations do not pose a threat to the environment or human health.  The land application sites are carefully selected and permitted.

Biosolids are better for the crops than inorganic fertilizers which are often made from petroleum products.  Their nutrients are in a form which plants can use and they contain trace nutrients not available in inorganic fertilizers.

Feed the land so the land can feed us.

[MK gets off her soapbox and returns this thread to its original topic]
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on May 07, 2012, 03:12:06 PM
I still think y'all are missing the point.  She does want her food to be clean, but if water won't get it off (which is really how most people wash their vegetables), then whatever is on there that needs chemicals to get it off is something she doesn't want to eat.  Water will get off almost everything (dirt, fertilizer, germs, et cetera); if she needs chemicals to clean her food, then there is something wrong with the food.  It's overkill, I guess, to need chemicals to clean your food when water does just fine.

To me it's like getting sanitizer for way down in the depths of your toilet (past where you can see); why does that need to be germ free?  Clean, yes, but germ free?  What are you reaching down there with or to get that you need there to be no germs all the way down there?

I understand that point. I just don't agree with it. To me, washing food with just water is like washing your hands with just water after going to the bathroom and heading towards the kitchen. After all, I am going to eat the food (unlike the depths of the toilet).

Considering cholera, salmonella contamination, leptospirosis and other food borne disease, it doesn't seem like overkill at all.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kimblee on May 07, 2012, 03:59:34 PM
To add a product to the mix:
Why are there incense cones? They always seem to smell worse or be more cheaply made than the sticks, for which there are many more holders made already.
Is there something I'm missing?

Maybe you've used bad quality cones? Because the ones i buy are really good. They smell wonderful and i like them because the ash is kept in a neat little cone shape and easily disposed of instead of "dripping" all over my dresser. (I have a nice marble combo incense burner, but the darn sticks still drip.)

I still buy sticks of course, since one of my favorite brands has just the type of cones you described (they smell awful!) but when I can get good quality cones I prefer them.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on May 07, 2012, 04:01:53 PM
Not to mention that poop is used as a fertilizer...  :-X
OK, I understand the sentiment, but I can't let this one pass without clarification since this is my profession and we are trying to get the general population over the "ick factor."

Biosolids in the United States are used to replenish nutrients in agricultural land.  The biosolids are treated to reduce pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and their attractiveness to vectors such as flies and vermin.  They are stabilized to reduce odors.  Then they are tested to make sure the metal concentrations do not pose a threat to the environment or human health.  The land application sites are carefully selected and permitted.

Biosolids are better for the crops than inorganic fertilizers which are often made from petroleum products.  Their nutrients are in a form which plants can use and they contain trace nutrients not available in inorganic fertilizers.

Feed the land so the land can feed us.

[MK gets off her soapbox and returns this thread to its original topic]

I don't know where Namarie is, but it may not be the case there.  Where I am, the fertiliser is quite often taken direct from horse to ground!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: #borecore on May 07, 2012, 04:03:34 PM
To add a product to the mix:
Why are there incense cones? They always seem to smell worse or be more cheaply made than the sticks, for which there are many more holders made already.
Is there something I'm missing?

Maybe you've used bad quality cones? Because the ones i buy are really good. They smell wonderful and i like them because the ash is kept in a neat little cone shape and easily disposed of instead of "dripping" all over my dresser. (I have a nice marble combo incense burner, but the darn sticks still drip.)

I still buy sticks of course, since one of my favorite brands has just the type of cones you described (they smell awful!) but when I can get good quality cones I prefer them.

Hmm, maybe I just need to look harder! I like the idea of neater ashes, though we most often use BF's clay bowl with sand in it for incense sticks, so the ashes from the stick just blend with the sand, and it hasn't been an issue. With my wooden burner that holds the stick at an angle, it's a crapshoot.

Do they burn about the same length of time (the good ones, I mean)?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kimblee on May 07, 2012, 04:11:28 PM
To add a product to the mix:
Why are there incense cones? They always seem to smell worse or be more cheaply made than the sticks, for which there are many more holders made already.
Is there something I'm missing?

Maybe you've used bad quality cones? Because the ones i buy are really good. They smell wonderful and i like them because the ash is kept in a neat little cone shape and easily disposed of instead of "dripping" all over my dresser. (I have a nice marble combo incense burner, but the darn sticks still drip.)

I still buy sticks of course, since one of my favorite brands has just the type of cones you described (they smell awful!) but when I can get good quality cones I prefer them.

Hmm, maybe I just need to look harder! I like the idea of neater ashes, though we most often use BF's clay bowl with sand in it for incense sticks, so the ashes from the stick just blend with the sand, and it hasn't been an issue. With my wooden burner that holds the stick at an angle, it's a crapshoot.

Do they burn about the same length of time (the good ones, I mean)?

It kinda depends. My favorite type burn a little shorter than the same brand sticks, but the scent seems to stick around longer (Its not stronger per say, but it lasts.) Another brand I've bought the cones last longer and the scent is gentler. (Gonesh I think its called. my "pet" scent is "Perfumes of Ancient Times") And my favorite incense brand of all has carpy cones and they burn fast, have thick ikky smoke and smell like butt. I buy only sticks from them. A lot of "cheap" incense, where the stick is good, the cone will be awful. (And some expensive brands too I'm sure. But I stick with cheap, so i can't advise anyone of expensive incense.)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Namárië on May 07, 2012, 04:37:06 PM
Not to mention that poop is used as a fertilizer...  :-X
OK, I understand the sentiment, but I can't let this one pass without clarification since this is my profession and we are trying to get the general population over the "ick factor."

Biosolids in the United States are used to replenish nutrients in agricultural land.  The biosolids are treated to reduce pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and their attractiveness to vectors such as flies and vermin.  They are stabilized to reduce odors.  Then they are tested to make sure the metal concentrations do not pose a threat to the environment or human health.  The land application sites are carefully selected and permitted.

Biosolids are better for the crops than inorganic fertilizers which are often made from petroleum products.  Their nutrients are in a form which plants can use and they contain trace nutrients not available in inorganic fertilizers.

Feed the land so the land can feed us.

[MK gets off her soapbox and returns this thread to its original topic]

I don't know where Namarie is, but it may not be the case there.  Where I am, the fertiliser is quite often taken direct from horse to ground!

Yes, it is much the same where I am. It doesn't bother me, but I sure as sugar won't eat my CSA veggies with just a water rinse! :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 07, 2012, 06:25:58 PM
Not to mention that poop is used as a fertilizer...  :-X
OK, I understand the sentiment, but I can't let this one pass without clarification since this is my profession and we are trying to get the general population over the "ick factor."

Biosolids in the United States are used to replenish nutrients in agricultural land.  The biosolids are treated to reduce pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and their attractiveness to vectors such as flies and vermin.  They are stabilized to reduce odors.  Then they are tested to make sure the metal concentrations do not pose a threat to the environment or human health.  The land application sites are carefully selected and permitted.

Biosolids are better for the crops than inorganic fertilizers which are often made from petroleum products.  Their nutrients are in a form which plants can use and they contain trace nutrients not available in inorganic fertilizers.

Feed the land so the land can feed us.

[MK gets off her soapbox and returns this thread to its original topic]

I don't know where Namarie is, but it may not be the case there.  Where I am, the fertiliser is quite often taken direct from horse to ground!

Midnight Kitty was talking about human poop, not animal.  I'm not sure what kind Namarie was referring to.

Where I am, manure is usually aged a bit before being spread but it isn't unheard of for it to be put on the fields fresh.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: mechtilde on May 07, 2012, 06:44:24 PM
Incence cones are very handy for going into one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A4uchermann

He is a Rauechermann. He opens up so you can put the cone inside, and the smoke comes out of his mouth. We have a couple- one traditional, the other a witch with smoke coming out of her cauldron.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nika on May 07, 2012, 06:54:41 PM
Incence cones are very handy for going into one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A4uchermann

He is a Rauechermann. He opens up so you can put the cone inside, and the smoke comes out of his mouth. We have a couple- one traditional, the other a witch with smoke coming out of her cauldron.

WANT.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: mechtilde on May 07, 2012, 07:04:11 PM
Incence cones are very handy for going into one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A4uchermann

He is a Rauechermann. He opens up so you can put the cone inside, and the smoke comes out of his mouth. We have a couple- one traditional, the other a witch with smoke coming out of her cauldron.

WANT.

Tell me about it- since I googled it a few minutes ago, I've seen a huge variety of them, some with truly hair-raising prices!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MacadamiaNut on May 07, 2012, 08:46:07 PM
Incence cones are very handy for going into one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A4uchermann

He is a Rauechermann. He opens up so you can put the cone inside, and the smoke comes out of his mouth. We have a couple- one traditional, the other a witch with smoke coming out of her cauldron.

WANT.

Tell me about it- since I googled it a few minutes ago, I've seen a huge variety of them, some with truly hair-raising prices!

I want it too now!  And then I suppose I'll have to buy incense cones to burn.  This is very nifty!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Doll Fiend on May 07, 2012, 11:13:23 PM
Incence cones are very handy for going into one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A4uchermann

He is a Rauechermann. He opens up so you can put the cone inside, and the smoke comes out of his mouth. We have a couple- one traditional, the other a witch with smoke coming out of her cauldron.

WANT.

Tell me about it- since I googled it a few minutes ago, I've seen a huge variety of them, some with truly hair-raising prices!

I want it too now!  And then I suppose I'll have to buy incense cones to burn.  This is very nifty!

My aunt has something similar. But it is a dragon and the smoke comes out of his mouth. He is a very goofy looking Dragon.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on May 08, 2012, 01:26:41 AM
Not to mention that poop is used as a fertilizer...  :-X
OK, I understand the sentiment, but I can't let this one pass without clarification since this is my profession and we are trying to get the general population over the "ick factor."

Biosolids in the United States are used to replenish nutrients in agricultural land.  The biosolids are treated to reduce pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and their attractiveness to vectors such as flies and vermin.  They are stabilized to reduce odors.  Then they are tested to make sure the metal concentrations do not pose a threat to the environment or human health.  The land application sites are carefully selected and permitted.

Biosolids are better for the crops than inorganic fertilizers which are often made from petroleum products.  Their nutrients are in a form which plants can use and they contain trace nutrients not available in inorganic fertilizers.

Feed the land so the land can feed us.

[MK gets off her soapbox and returns this thread to its original topic]

I don't know where Namarie is, but it may not be the case there.  Where I am, the fertiliser is quite often taken direct from horse to ground!

Midnight Kitty was talking about human poop, not animal.  I'm not sure what kind Namarie was referring to.

Where I am, manure is usually aged a bit before being spread but it isn't unheard of for it to be put on the fields fresh.

I had no idea that could be used as a fertiliser, I thought only herbivore poop was any good for it!

Okay, I can see the squick factor.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Iris on May 08, 2012, 02:43:04 AM
Not to mention that poop is used as a fertilizer...  :-X
OK, I understand the sentiment, but I can't let this one pass without clarification since this is my profession and we are trying to get the general population over the "ick factor."

Biosolids in the United States are used to replenish nutrients in agricultural land.  The biosolids are treated to reduce pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and their attractiveness to vectors such as flies and vermin.  They are stabilized to reduce odors.  Then they are tested to make sure the metal concentrations do not pose a threat to the environment or human health.  The land application sites are carefully selected and permitted.

Biosolids are better for the crops than inorganic fertilizers which are often made from petroleum products.  Their nutrients are in a form which plants can use and they contain trace nutrients not available in inorganic fertilizers.

Feed the land so the land can feed us.

[MK gets off her soapbox and returns this thread to its original topic]

I don't know where Namarie is, but it may not be the case there.  Where I am, the fertiliser is quite often taken direct from horse to ground!

Midnight Kitty was talking about human poop, not animal.  I'm not sure what kind Namarie was referring to.

Where I am, manure is usually aged a bit before being spread but it isn't unheard of for it to be put on the fields fresh.

I had no idea that could be used as a fertiliser, I thought only herbivore poop was any good for it!

Okay, I can see the squick factor.

It's actually not supposed to be used as fertiliser without lots and lots and lots of treatment, because of the risk of poo-borne diseases like cholera. It's actually illegal where I come from to use human poo as fertiliser on people food. Friends of mine with a recycling septic system are only allowed to use the recycled water on lawns or animal feed, even though it is treated.

I grew up eating vegies fresh from my Grandfather's garden that he fertilised with chicken manure which was only treated by leaving it for a certain amount of time before use. As a kid I would cheerfully pick a carrot straight from the ground, brush off the dirt and eat it. So I'm very, very relaxed about most germs. Even I would be grossed out by eating food fertilised with human waste.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on May 08, 2012, 03:20:56 AM
I still think y'all are missing the point.  She does want her food to be clean, but if water won't get it off (which is really how most people wash their vegetables), then whatever is on there that needs chemicals to get it off is something she doesn't want to eat.  Water will get off almost everything (dirt, fertilizer, germs, et cetera); if she needs chemicals to clean her food, then there is something wrong with the food.  It's overkill, I guess, to need chemicals to clean your food when water does just fine.

To me it's like getting sanitizer for way down in the depths of your toilet (past where you can see); why does that need to be germ free?  Clean, yes, but germ free?  What are you reaching down there with or to get that you need there to be no germs all the way down there?

I understand that point. I just don't agree with it. To me, washing food with just water is like washing your hands with just water after going to the bathroom and heading towards the kitchen. After all, I am going to eat the food (unlike the depths of the toilet).

Considering cholera, salmonella contamination, leptospirosis and other food borne disease, it doesn't seem like overkill at all.

I really don't want to get into squick factor here, especially because I realize I'm in the minority, but in general, this is the 21st century; if something goes wrong, we'll be okay.  Just FTR, I did take Serv Safe and passed with flying colors, but I also have a great immune system (grew up in the country  ;D).  I think people can be way over protective (again, I realize this is a personal perspective); *this is where I get into what I believe is okay and what others believe is not okay*.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on May 08, 2012, 12:43:30 PM
Not to mention that poop is used as a fertilizer...  :-X
OK, I understand the sentiment, but I can't let this one pass without clarification since this is my profession and we are trying to get the general population over the "ick factor."

Biosolids in the United States are used to replenish nutrients in agricultural land.  The biosolids are treated to reduce pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and their attractiveness to vectors such as flies and vermin.  They are stabilized to reduce odors.  Then they are tested to make sure the metal concentrations do not pose a threat to the environment or human health.  The land application sites are carefully selected and permitted.

Biosolids are better for the crops than inorganic fertilizers which are often made from petroleum products.  Their nutrients are in a form which plants can use and they contain trace nutrients not available in inorganic fertilizers.

Feed the land so the land can feed us.

[MK gets off her soapbox and returns this thread to its original topic]

I don't know where Namarie is, but it may not be the case there.  Where I am, the fertiliser is quite often taken direct from horse to ground!

Midnight Kitty was talking about human poop, not animal.  I'm not sure what kind Namarie was referring to.

Where I am, manure is usually aged a bit before being spread but it isn't unheard of for it to be put on the fields fresh.

I had no idea that could be used as a fertiliser, I thought only herbivore poop was any good for it!

Okay, I can see the squick factor.
Google "milorganite". 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on May 08, 2012, 01:37:24 PM
I toured the plant that makes Milorganite.  I was in Wisconsin visiting my in laws.  Yes, I am a sick puppy; I visit wastewater treatment plants when I'm on vacation. >:D

Animal manures should be cured.  When I had 2 horses in a paddock and had to muck daily, I put the manure in heavy black plastic bags and piled them up to cure in the sun.  The temperature has to be hot enough to kill the seeds that pass through the horse's digestive tract.  Otherwise, you will be growing oat grass instead of the crop you wanted.  I once traded several cubic yards of cured horse manure for picking rights in an apricot orchard. 8)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kimblee on May 08, 2012, 04:01:53 PM
Incence cones are very handy for going into one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A4uchermann

He is a Rauechermann. He opens up so you can put the cone inside, and the smoke comes out of his mouth. We have a couple- one traditional, the other a witch with smoke coming out of her cauldron.

WANT.

Tell me about it- since I googled it a few minutes ago, I've seen a huge variety of them, some with truly hair-raising prices!

I want it too now!  And then I suppose I'll have to buy incense cones to burn.  This is very nifty!

My aunt has something similar. But it is a dragon and the smoke comes out of his mouth. He is a very goofy looking Dragon.

Before it met a nasty end (due to my nasty behaved cousin throwing it at me because I took back the cash she stole from me) I had a dragon similar to those. A mama and a baby dragon made out of soap stone with Mama's tail curled around baby. Smoke drifted out of mama's nose, baby's nose and the cracks on an egg.

It was awesome.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on May 08, 2012, 04:35:34 PM
Incence cones are very handy for going into one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A4uchermann

He is a Rauechermann. He opens up so you can put the cone inside, and the smoke comes out of his mouth. We have a couple- one traditional, the other a witch with smoke coming out of her cauldron.

WANT.

Tell me about it- since I googled it a few minutes ago, I've seen a huge variety of them, some with truly hair-raising prices!

I want it too now!  And then I suppose I'll have to buy incense cones to burn.  This is very nifty!

My aunt has something similar. But it is a dragon and the smoke comes out of his mouth. He is a very goofy looking Dragon.

Before it met a nasty end (due to my nasty behaved cousin throwing it at me because I took back the cash she stole from me) I had a dragon similar to those. A mama and a baby dragon made out of soap stone with Mama's tail curled around baby. Smoke drifted out of mama's nose, baby's nose and the cracks on an egg.

It was awesome.

There is a dragon one here you might like: http://shopaholick.net/IncenseBurners.aspx
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kimblee on May 08, 2012, 04:53:06 PM
Incence cones are very handy for going into one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A4uchermann

He is a Rauechermann. He opens up so you can put the cone inside, and the smoke comes out of his mouth. We have a couple- one traditional, the other a witch with smoke coming out of her cauldron.

WANT.

Tell me about it- since I googled it a few minutes ago, I've seen a huge variety of them, some with truly hair-raising prices!

I want it too now!  And then I suppose I'll have to buy incense cones to burn.  This is very nifty!

My aunt has something similar. But it is a dragon and the smoke comes out of his mouth. He is a very goofy looking Dragon.

Before it met a nasty end (due to my nasty behaved cousin throwing it at me because I took back the cash she stole from me) I had a dragon similar to those. A mama and a baby dragon made out of soap stone with Mama's tail curled around baby. Smoke drifted out of mama's nose, baby's nose and the cracks on an egg.

It was awesome.

There is a dragon one here you might like: http://shopaholick.net/IncenseBurners.aspx

Ooo... Those are really neat.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Virg on May 10, 2012, 03:17:04 PM
jmarvellous wrote:

"Why are there incense cones? They always seem to smell worse or be more cheaply made than the sticks, for which there are many more holders made already.  Is there something I'm missing?"

As others pointed out with the products, there are lots of incense burners that wouldn't work with stick incense, so a more compact form factor makes (in)sense.  The thing that popped into my head when I saw this was the thurible used in Catholic or Episcopal services.

Virg
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on May 10, 2012, 04:05:07 PM
As others pointed out with the products, there are lots of incense burners that wouldn't work with stick incense, so a more compact form factor makes (in)sense.  The thing that popped into my head when I saw this was the thurible used in Catholic or Episcopal services.

Virg

Thuribles often burn powder incense, though, just to throw in a different type of incense.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on May 10, 2012, 06:00:01 PM
There are now heavy pads to be used as a dish drainer on the counter. I have been using a dishtowel folded in half or thirds for years for that purpose for over 10 years now. When I have way too many dishes for that, I use the dishwasher.

My thought is that the pads would be hard to store when not in use whereas my folded dishtowel hangs on the towel rack quite nicely. The towel gets washed twice a week, while the dish drainer...............well, who knows?

PS I dry my dishes with a bleached towel as I go along. I am more likely to leave dirty dishes in the sink than airdry dishes - yes, even when I had young children.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on May 11, 2012, 07:01:35 AM
There are now heavy pads to be used as a dish drainer on the counter. I have been using a dishtowel folded in half or thirds for years for that purpose for over 10 years now. When I have way too many dishes for that, I use the dishwasher.

My thought is that the pads would be hard to store when not in use whereas my folded dishtowel hangs on the towel rack quite nicely. The towel gets washed twice a week, while the dish drainer...............well, who knows?

PS I dry my dishes with a bleached towel as I go along. I am more likely to leave dirty dishes in the sink than airdry dishes - yes, even when I had young children.

I have one of those hanging out in my utensil drawer.  Personally, I like the idea of the pad to be used instead of the dish drainer, because it's much easier to toss it in the washing machine than it is to wash the big drainer, and because it takes much less space to store.  Interestingly, the reason that mine doesn't see more use is because I do have a big metal dish drainer, and no where to store it to put down the dish mat.  I do air dry nearly everything though, because I really hate drying dishes.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on May 11, 2012, 11:25:18 AM
"If God had intended for womankind to dry dishes, she would not have invented evaporation."
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: White Dragon on May 12, 2012, 05:00:21 PM
My lawn has some damage from the winter (thank you dog!) and today I was looking at lawn repair products.
I was trying to find a not-too-chemical form of lawn food and thought I'd hit the jackpot.

The product was a 'natural lawn top coat' lawn food. It seemed like a good idea - until I actually read the label.

First, the product still requires fertilizer.
Second, the product consists of "pelletized, composted yard waste" ie - grass clippings.

So as near as I can tell, I am supposed to cut my lawn, rake up and dispose of the clippings, and then spend $$$ to put bagged, treated, grass clippings back onto my lawn.

I think I'll just mow, make sure the clippings are fine and spread them out so they compost naturally thanks.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on May 14, 2012, 02:05:13 PM
My lawn has some damage from the winter (thank you dog!) and today I was looking at lawn repair products.
I was trying to find a not-too-chemical form of lawn food and thought I'd hit the jackpot.

The product was a 'natural lawn top coat' lawn food. It seemed like a good idea - until I actually read the label.

First, the product still requires fertilizer.
Second, the product consists of "pelletized, composted yard waste" ie - grass clippings.

So as near as I can tell, I am supposed to cut my lawn, rake up and dispose of the clippings, and then spend $$$ to put bagged, treated, grass clippings back onto my lawn.

I think I'll just mow, make sure the clippings are fine and spread them out so they compost naturally thanks.

There are people *me* that don't have a lawn to mow (thank you dogs!), so I wouldn't have any clippings to bag up.  Now that I moved home (Colorado! finally made it back!) I don't have a law as I live in the mountains, so it's moot; back in Missouri, though, the dogs ran the grass out of the lawn and thus no lawn to mow.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MizB on May 18, 2012, 01:24:46 AM
On the snuggie topic when I was growing up we had something like it but the bottom was sewn up like a sleeping bag.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Bluenomi on May 18, 2012, 02:11:01 AM
"If God had intended for womankind to dry dishes, she would not have invented evaporation."

I'm an athiest but even I will say 'Amen Sister' to that one!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on May 18, 2012, 08:32:51 AM
"If God had intended for womankind to dry dishes, she would not have invented evaporation."

I'm an athiest but even I will say 'Amen Sister' to that one!
Funny, my MIL didn't like it!  ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on May 20, 2012, 04:25:56 PM
"If God had intended for womankind to dry dishes, she would not have invented evaporation."

I'm an athiest but even I will say 'Amen Sister' to that one!

Ditto!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Editeer on August 13, 2012, 08:11:35 PM
Wasn't sure whether to put this here, or in the Brain Hurt thread:

Perfume that smells like mildew.

http://www.demeterfragrance.com/704141/products/Mildew.html

Other fragrances include Earthworm, Fireplace, and Pruning Shears.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 13, 2012, 08:37:02 PM
Wasn't sure whether to put this here, or in the Brain Hurt thread:

Perfume that smells like mildew.

http://www.demeterfragrance.com/704141/products/Mildew.html

Other fragrances include Earthworm, Fireplace, and Pruning Shears.

earthworm.  Blech. I hate that smell when it rains, and they're EVERYWHERE
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on August 13, 2012, 09:23:18 PM
Pruning shears sounds rather nice, actually.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 14, 2012, 12:38:15 PM
I might like "Fresh Mown Hay," but more as a room freshener, not a perfume.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Doll Fiend on August 14, 2012, 01:02:14 PM
Growing up with two brothers, I think some would be more preferable to their teen boy stink! :D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: hobish on August 14, 2012, 01:31:28 PM
Wasn't sure whether to put this here, or in the Brain Hurt thread:

Perfume that smells like mildew.

http://www.demeterfragrance.com/704141/products/Mildew.html

Other fragrances include Earthworm, Fireplace, and Pruning Shears.

I bought Paperback to combat Gish's Axe Body Spray of Death. It's interesting smelling, but does not smell anything like a paperback. I wasn't crazy about it at first, but it started to grow on me ... then i wore it to work one day and i think one of my coworkers got blamed for having an odor problem because of it  :-[ So, yeah, as a weapon it's pretty great; but other than that i do not recommend.
http://www.demeterfragrance.com/704154/products/Paperback.html (http://www.demeterfragrance.com/704154/products/Paperback.html)

I got Sushi, too, and that one smells really good (and layers well with bug spray, so that's a plus in the woods in August :)). http://www.demeterfragrance.com/704196/products/Sushi.html (http://www.demeterfragrance.com/704196/products/Sushi.html)


Edited to add links in case anyone is interested in checking them out. I didn't get mine through Demeter, though, i got mine on clearance through ThinkGeek.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Thipu1 on August 16, 2012, 09:25:05 AM
I might like "Fresh Mown Hay," but more as a room freshener, not a perfume.

Back in the late 1970s or early 1980s, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, always on the cutting edge of fashion, promoted a fragrance for infants that smelled like new-mown hay.  They also were pushing black clothing for those too young to walk.   

You have to wonder if that's where some Goths got their start.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: #borecore on August 16, 2012, 09:27:05 AM
Why is black clothing for kids odd?

I mean, I see babies in all colors, all the time. I'd think that with their propensity for staining everything, white would be the rarer color.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Thipu1 on August 16, 2012, 09:38:20 AM
That's true today but remember, this was about 40 years ago and attitudes toward young children were very different.  Think of 'Rosemary's Baby'. 

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on August 16, 2012, 10:12:05 AM
That's true today but remember, this was about 40 years ago and attitudes toward young children were very different.  Think of 'Rosemary's Baby'.
Oh, yes!  Babies were supposed to be dressed, and surrounded by, only the palest of pastels.  MIL was horrified that I dressed my babies in COLORS!  It would damage their eyesight or something.   
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: ShanghaiJill on August 16, 2012, 10:36:11 AM
I might like "Fresh Mown Hay," but more as a room freshener, not a perfume.

Back in the late 1970s or early 1980s, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, always on the cutting edge of fashion, promoted a fragrance for infants that smelled like new-mown hay.  They also were pushing black clothing for those too young to walk.   

You have to wonder if that's where some Goths got their start.

Poor little Azaria Chamberlain was wearing a black outfit when the dingo killed her and took her away.  That generated a lot of suspicion.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: CrochetFanatic on August 16, 2012, 10:43:08 AM
There are two products that immediately spring to mind, and I apologize if they were mentioned before and I missed it while skimming through posts.  Both of these were advertised on TV, and both of these were bought by gullible little me at our local Walmart.

The "Quick Chop", the "fast easy way to chop mince slice and dice with just a tap".  I bought this out of curiosity and with no real expectations, and it's a good thing that I wasn't expecting much.  It worked all right the first time, but it was a pain to clean and it marked up the cutting board.  After that, the blades went dull, and there is no way to sharpen them.

"Smooth Away", a buffer for unwanted face/body hair.  It worked, yes.  It buffed away the hair...after being used long enough to make the skin red-raw.  So, it didn't work very well, and it wasn't really worth it.  Again, no expectations, just curiosity.

The "as seen on TV" aisle is a source of amusement these days.  ;D  "The "Pasta Boat"?  Really?  Yeah, I think I'll just stick with our good pot and a colander, thanks."
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 16, 2012, 11:55:17 AM
There are two products that immediately spring to mind, and I apologize if they were mentioned before and I missed it while skimming through posts.  Both of these were advertised on TV, and both of these were bought by gullible little me at our local Walmart.

The "Quick Chop", the "fast easy way to chop mince slice and dice with just a tap".  I bought this out of curiosity and with no real expectations, and it's a good thing that I wasn't expecting much.  It worked all right the first time, but it was a pain to clean and it marked up the cutting board.  After that, the blades went dull, and there is no way to sharpen them.

"Smooth Away", a buffer for unwanted face/body hair.  It worked, yes.  It buffed away the hair...after being used long enough to make the skin red-raw.  So, it didn't work very well, and it wasn't really worth it.  Again, no expectations, just curiosity.

The "as seen on TV" aisle is a source of amusement these days.  ;D  "The "Pasta Boat"?  Really?  Yeah, I think I'll just stick with our good pot and a colander, thanks."

Don't give up on the "Quick Chop"!  I, too, bought one from Wal-Mart after having used my mother's since I was about 8.  My aunt got her one from Pampered Chef way back then (hehheh that was only 16 years ago...) and it still works perfectly today!  The Pampered Chef one is so easy to clean; it even comes apart around the blades so you can get those clean, too.  It's just that the Wal-Mart brand one is cheap and chintzy.  Spend a little bit more money for a higher quality one and you'll be happy.  I can't promise that, but I just used my mom's yesterday to make salad and it worked just like knew; I threw out mine about a week after having it.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: CrochetFanatic on August 16, 2012, 12:07:59 PM
Hm, I'd never even considered that!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: hobish on August 16, 2012, 12:14:30 PM
There are two products that immediately spring to mind, and I apologize if they were mentioned before and I missed it while skimming through posts.  Both of these were advertised on TV, and both of these were bought by gullible little me at our local Walmart.

The "Quick Chop", the "fast easy way to chop mince slice and dice with just a tap".  I bought this out of curiosity and with no real expectations, and it's a good thing that I wasn't expecting much.  It worked all right the first time, but it was a pain to clean and it marked up the cutting board.  After that, the blades went dull, and there is no way to sharpen them.

"Smooth Away", a buffer for unwanted face/body hair.  It worked, yes.  It buffed away the hair...after being used long enough to make the skin red-raw.  So, it didn't work very well, and it wasn't really worth it.  Again, no expectations, just curiosity.

The "as seen on TV" aisle is a source of amusement these days.  ;D  "The "Pasta Boat"?  Really?  Yeah, I think I'll just stick with our good pot and a colander, thanks."

Don't give up on the "Quick Chop"!  I, too, bought one from Wal-Mart after having used my mother's since I was about 8.  My aunt got her one from Pampered Chef way back then (hehheh that was only 16 years ago...) and it still works perfectly today!  The Pampered Chef one is so easy to clean; it even comes apart around the blades so you can get those clean, too.  It's just that the Wal-Mart brand one is cheap and chintzy.  Spend a little bit more money for a higher quality one and you'll be happy.  I can't promise that, but I just used my mom's yesterday to make salad and it worked just like knew; I threw out mine about a week after having it.

Gish has one, too, and is nuts about it. I didn't realize it came apart to wash it until he showed me  :-[ :P Can you guess who the cook is in our family?

I, too, tried the Smooth Away and lost a layer of skin with it. That thing burns.

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 16, 2012, 12:58:33 PM
Under the 'Yeah, Don't Do That' heading...

The first time I tried Smooth Away, I tried it on my arm pits.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Seraphia on August 16, 2012, 01:33:05 PM
Under the 'Yeah, Don't Do That' heading...

The first time I tried Smooth Away, I tried it on my arm pits.

OUCH! That made me literally flinch.

We sold those while I worked at the beauty supply store. I wasn't even remotely tempted by them after the very first person to buy them brought them back, complaining about how raw it made her skin.  We hung it with the Ped-Eggs, which, while I know some people swear by them, I could never see the point of either.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 16, 2012, 01:43:59 PM
There are two products that immediately spring to mind, and I apologize if they were mentioned before and I missed it while skimming through posts.  Both of these were advertised on TV, and both of these were bought by gullible little me at our local Walmart.

The "Quick Chop", the "fast easy way to chop mince slice and dice with just a tap".  I bought this out of curiosity and with no real expectations, and it's a good thing that I wasn't expecting much.  It worked all right the first time, but it was a pain to clean and it marked up the cutting board.  After that, the blades went dull, and there is no way to sharpen them.

"Smooth Away", a buffer for unwanted face/body hair.  It worked, yes.  It buffed away the hair...after being used long enough to make the skin red-raw.  So, it didn't work very well, and it wasn't really worth it.  Again, no expectations, just curiosity.

The "as seen on TV" aisle is a source of amusement these days.  ;D  "The "Pasta Boat"?  Really?  Yeah, I think I'll just stick with our good pot and a colander, thanks."

Don't give up on the "Quick Chop"!  I, too, bought one from Wal-Mart after having used my mother's since I was about 8.  My aunt got her one from Pampered Chef way back then (hehheh that was only 16 years ago...) and it still works perfectly today!  The Pampered Chef one is so easy to clean; it even comes apart around the blades so you can get those clean, too.  It's just that the Wal-Mart brand one is cheap and chintzy.  Spend a little bit more money for a higher quality one and you'll be happy.  I can't promise that, but I just used my mom's yesterday to make salad and it worked just like knew; I threw out mine about a week after having it.

I have the Pampered Chef version as well, and just love it. It works well, satisfies your inner Hulk (I like to yell "Die, cabbage, DIE!"), and is easy to clean. It's extremely sturdy, too. I can see where a "As Seen On TV" cheapo version would be horrible.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on August 16, 2012, 02:06:47 PM
I always wondered why the "As Seen on TV" ads always trumpet "Not available in stores! You can only get yours by calling 1-800-CHE-ATME!!"  Because if this gadget is the greatest thing since sliced bread and sock monkeys, why ISN'T it sold in stores?  Wouldn't they make more money that way?

Of course we all know that they aren't available in stores because they're so cheaply made that they fall apart after one use. So any ad for gadgetry that is available ONLY WITH THIS TV OFFER!!!! doesn't come into my house any more.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: alkira6 on August 16, 2012, 02:07:17 PM
I tried the ped egg and just shredded my heels. I was so rough that I had to tweeze carpet fibers from my feet.

I have reconciled myself to the fact that I have to dip my hooves in acid every couple of weeks to keep them from being completely horrible. (yes, acid. it's a gel that you brush on and rinse off after 2-5 minutes, depending on your damage)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 16, 2012, 02:27:24 PM
I tried the ped egg and just shredded my heels. I was so rough that I had to tweeze carpet fibers from my feet.

I have reconciled myself to the fact that I have to dip my hooves in acid every couple of weeks to keep them from being completely horrible. (yes, acid. it's a gel that you brush on and rinse off after 2-5 minutes, depending on your damage)

And I love mine!  Its the only thing that work on my lizard feet.  When I use it, of course.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Hmmmmm on August 16, 2012, 03:36:59 PM
Just found this box in the back of my pantry... Eggies.

https://www.geteggiestv.com/

 My DH brought this home one day after a time when we seemed to be eating lots of boiled eggs.  Because I'm lazy, all I could see was that it was something else to wash.  I can throw shells away.  But after one time trying it, he learned it doesn't work. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on August 16, 2012, 04:49:38 PM
It's so easy to let eggs sit on the counter for a day or two, boil them, blast them in ice water, roll them to break the shells, then just rip the shells off that I don't understand those at all. I'm sure it would take me longer to try to break each egg with the yolk intact.

I boil 18 at a time (I pickle them, so they last for weeks), so there is the problem of storage for those plastic shell things.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Sheila Take a Bow on August 16, 2012, 04:59:29 PM
Just found this box in the back of my pantry... Eggies.

https://www.geteggiestv.com/

 My DH brought this home one day after a time when we seemed to be eating lots of boiled eggs.  Because I'm lazy, all I could see was that it was something else to wash.  I can throw shells away.  But after one time trying it, he learned it doesn't work.

A friend used to have those until she started boiling some eggs and forgot the pot was on the stove.  All the water boiled out and she was left with a giant melted mess.  Now all I can think of when I see Eggies is what they look like when they're melted.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on August 16, 2012, 07:57:15 PM
Babycakes has recently come out with a pancake maker. My only question is why? Is there really a much simpler food item than pancakes in these days of Bisquick?

It says you can make your pancakes in mere minutes, but you could do that anyway with a regular pan.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on August 16, 2012, 08:05:01 PM
That  ranks right up there with the iced tea maker in degree of useless.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on August 16, 2012, 08:24:14 PM
My e-mail to Unitasker Wednesday:

I work at Department Store, and I was stopped short by this ridiculous item as I walked through our housewares department the other day. It's not on the website, nor is it on any other website but eBay, presumably because the company is far too embarrassed to be offering it online. I present the Babycakes Brand Pancake Maker: http://www.ebay.com/itm/BABYCAKES-PANCAKE-MAKER-NEW-RELEASE-ITEM-/230837363045#ht_500wt_1128

It makes two whole silver dollar pancakes in just minutes! Just like a real pan! The box also states it may be used for eggs, but I'm sure endless uses could be thought up for something that can cook two palm-sized amounts of semi-liquids into solids in a few minutes. It also comes equipped with a hinge, which you won't find in any of your old-fashioned pans. Plus, it's yellow, and I personally find it vaguely resembles a cartoon iguana. Really, I can hardly think of any reasons not to buy this ingenious product.

Cheers from Virginia,
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on August 16, 2012, 08:29:21 PM
Two?  TWO?!?  I make six at a time on my ordinary griddle, and then six more, for just the two of us.  And back when we had the kids living at home, a dozen more. 

The only single-use small kitchen appliance that I own is the toaster.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on August 16, 2012, 09:05:11 PM
Ooh ooh, I got to use one today!  Had to borrow some scissors while at a friend's house today and she pointed out that the scissors had a laser!  (In the handle pointed forward.)  To help you cut a straight line!  How awesome!  Except when you cut with scissors, you move the handle up and down, which means the laser bobs forward and backward and isn't any use whatsoever in helping you aim your cut.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: dawnfire on August 16, 2012, 10:58:37 PM
I tried the ped egg and just shredded my heels. I was so rough that I had to tweeze carpet fibers from my feet.

I have reconciled myself to the fact that I have to dip my hooves in acid every couple of weeks to keep them from being completely horrible. (yes, acid. it's a gel that you brush on and rinse off after 2-5 minutes, depending on your damage)

And I love mine!  Its the only thing that work on my lizard feet.  When I use it, of course.

I love mine too.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Pippen on August 16, 2012, 11:03:33 PM
Totally with you on the 5-bladed razors, how does that help? Surely any more than 3 isn't adding any benefit.

We have a product here in Australia that was launched with a big ad campaign last year. Its a fancy automatic dispenser for antibacterial soap that has one of those sensors so you don't have to touch a pump, just put your hand under the spout. It was adverstised as being great for families etc and preventing the spread of bacteria as you won't be picking up bugs left on the soap dispenser by other people.

They seem to be completely ignoring the fact that the very first thing you do after dispensing the soap is use it to wash your hands, thereby removing said bacteria.  They managed to convince a lot of people to buy it, but at $20 each, what a rip off!

That ad drives me nuts! Like the poor darling precious child must be protected from germs at all cost. To heck with building an immune system. What next. Dettol bringing out a disposable hyperbolic chamber for kids to sleep in? A spray you disinfect them with before they can set foot in the house?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 16, 2012, 11:07:30 PM
That  ranks right up there with the iced tea maker in degree of useless.

I have to disagree.  The less time I have to spend making something I don't like (I make it for Dark Boyfriend), the happier I am.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Pippen on August 16, 2012, 11:08:25 PM
I'd like to complain about the new "eco friendly" sinks and dryers that are popping up everywhere. You know, the sinks with motion detectors/automated handles that you push once so they dispense a measured amount of water? I don't know who came up with those, but I need more than 4 seconds to actually wash my hands. In some cases I have to pull back and convince the machine that I'm a different person so it will give me more water.  ::) And while the idea of paperless hand dryers is a good idea, there's usually only 2 in a bathroom, and they aren't efficient enough (the Dyson Airblades in Europe are awesome, the dryers in America are not) to dry my hands. And I can't spend a large amount of time drying my hands, because there's a queue forming up behind me. Argh.

Sorry but I love those. I get so mad when I go into a bathroom and some fool has left the tap running because they are too lazy or disinclined to turn it off. Women in some parts of the world spend half their lives carrying water from filthy water sources and would be weeping at the thought of beautiful clean water being treated with such disrespect.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Minmom3 on August 16, 2012, 11:50:03 PM
There are two products that immediately spring to mind, and I apologize if they were mentioned before and I missed it while skimming through posts.  Both of these were advertised on TV, and both of these were bought by gullible little me at our local Walmart.

The "Quick Chop", the "fast easy way to chop mince slice and dice with just a tap".  I bought this out of curiosity and with no real expectations, and it's a good thing that I wasn't expecting much.  It worked all right the first time, but it was a pain to clean and it marked up the cutting board.  After that, the blades went dull, and there is no way to sharpen them.

"Smooth Away", a buffer for unwanted face/body hair.  It worked, yes.  It buffed away the hair...after being used long enough to make the skin red-raw.  So, it didn't work very well, and it wasn't really worth it.  Again, no expectations, just curiosity.

The "as seen on TV" aisle is a source of amusement these days.  ;D  "The "Pasta Boat"?  Really?  Yeah, I think I'll just stick with our good pot and a colander, thanks."

Don't give up on the "Quick Chop"!  I, too, bought one from Wal-Mart after having used my mother's since I was about 8.  My aunt got her one from Pampered Chef way back then (hehheh that was only 16 years ago...) and it still works perfectly today!  The Pampered Chef one is so easy to clean; it even comes apart around the blades so you can get those clean, too.  It's just that the Wal-Mart brand one is cheap and chintzy.  Spend a little bit more money for a higher quality one and you'll be happy.  I can't promise that, but I just used my mom's yesterday to make salad and it worked just like knew; I threw out mine about a week after having it.

We have one, not Oxo or Slap Chop, and not bought at WalMart - ours also comes apart and goes on the top shelf of the dishwasher - it is Very Nice for chopping up a small amounts of nuts - for sundaes and other deserts.  Not for baking cookies, because the amount is too small, but for small things, it's really nice. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Minmom3 on August 16, 2012, 11:56:40 PM
I'd like to complain about the new "eco friendly" sinks and dryers that are popping up everywhere. You know, the sinks with motion detectors/automated handles that you push once so they dispense a measured amount of water? I don't know who came up with those, but I need more than 4 seconds to actually wash my hands. In some cases I have to pull back and convince the machine that I'm a different person so it will give me more water.  ::) And while the idea of paperless hand dryers is a good idea, there's usually only 2 in a bathroom, and they aren't efficient enough (the Dyson Airblades in Europe are awesome, the dryers in America are not) to dry my hands. And I can't spend a large amount of time drying my hands, because there's a queue forming up behind me. Argh.

Sorry but I love those. I get so mad when I go into a bathroom and some fool has left the tap running because they are too lazy or disinclined to turn it off. Women in some parts of the world spend half their lives carrying water from filthy water sources and would be weeping at the thought of beautiful clean water being treated with such disrespect.

Fiskars makes a really swell hand dryer too.  It doesn't have the tube of air that points down and you 'scrub' your hands under.  THIS one has two sides, and both flow out some fierce wind you put your hand between.  Like a double sided version hand sized thing of the Big jumbo air blowers than blow most of the water off your car at the car wash.  I know I'm explaining it horribly, but it really does work well on your hands.  I've only seen it at the Valley Faire Food Court in San Jose, and I like it lots.  It's pretty loud though, which is obnoxious.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 17, 2012, 12:14:12 AM
I'd like to complain about the new "eco friendly" sinks and dryers that are popping up everywhere. You know, the sinks with motion detectors/automated handles that you push once so they dispense a measured amount of water? I don't know who came up with those, but I need more than 4 seconds to actually wash my hands. In some cases I have to pull back and convince the machine that I'm a different person so it will give me more water.  ::) And while the idea of paperless hand dryers is a good idea, there's usually only 2 in a bathroom, and they aren't efficient enough (the Dyson Airblades in Europe are awesome, the dryers in America are not) to dry my hands. And I can't spend a large amount of time drying my hands, because there's a queue forming up behind me. Argh.

Sorry but I love those. I get so mad when I go into a bathroom and some fool has left the tap running because they are too lazy or disinclined to turn it off. Women in some parts of the world spend half their lives carrying water from filthy water sources and would be weeping at the thought of beautiful clean water being treated with such disrespect.

Fiskars makes a really swell hand dryer too.  It doesn't have the tube of air that points down and you 'scrub' your hands under.  THIS one has two sides, and both flow out some fierce wind you put your hand between.  Like a double sided version hand sized thing of the Big jumbo air blowers than blow most of the water off your car at the car wash.  I know I'm explaining it horribly, but it really does work well on your hands.  I've only seen it at the Valley Faire Food Court in San Jose, and I like it lots.  It's pretty loud though, which is obnoxious.

Hands go in the gap while the air comes from either side to, basically, squeegee your hand.

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Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on August 17, 2012, 01:17:32 AM
That  ranks right up there with the iced tea maker in degree of useless.

I have to disagree.  The less time I have to spend making something I don't like (I make it for Dark Boyfriend), the happier I am.

Actually, It takes less time and fewer steps to make it without the teamaker for me. As well as less mess and less counter space.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 17, 2012, 01:20:13 AM
That  ranks right up there with the iced tea maker in degree of useless.

I have to disagree.  The less time I have to spend making something I don't like (I make it for Dark Boyfriend), the happier I am.

Actually, It takes less time and fewer steps to make it without the teamaker for me. As well as less mess and less counter space.

I have a pouch and water plus the machine.  Pouch goes in, water goes in, and done.  I don't have to stand around and watch things boil or stir things or any other such thing.  Pouch goes in, water goes in, and I walk away.  I like that.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: snowdragon on August 17, 2012, 01:26:49 AM
That  ranks right up there with the iced tea maker in degree of useless.

I have to disagree.  The less time I have to spend making something I don't like (I make it for Dark Boyfriend), the happier I am.


Loved my Ice Tea Maker....used it til it broke and still morn the loss of it.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RingTailedLemur on August 17, 2012, 04:09:51 AM
I'd like to complain about the new "eco friendly" sinks and dryers that are popping up everywhere. You know, the sinks with motion detectors/automated handles that you push once so they dispense a measured amount of water? I don't know who came up with those, but I need more than 4 seconds to actually wash my hands. In some cases I have to pull back and convince the machine that I'm a different person so it will give me more water.  ::) And while the idea of paperless hand dryers is a good idea, there's usually only 2 in a bathroom, and they aren't efficient enough (the Dyson Airblades in Europe are awesome, the dryers in America are not) to dry my hands. And I can't spend a large amount of time drying my hands, because there's a queue forming up behind me. Argh.

Sorry but I love those. I get so mad when I go into a bathroom and some fool has left the tap running because they are too lazy or disinclined to turn it off. Women in some parts of the world spend half their lives carrying water from filthy water sources and would be weeping at the thought of beautiful clean water being treated with such disrespect.

Fiskars makes a really swell hand dryer too.  It doesn't have the tube of air that points down and you 'scrub' your hands under.  THIS one has two sides, and both flow out some fierce wind you put your hand between.  Like a double sided version hand sized thing of the Big jumbo air blowers than blow most of the water off your car at the car wash.  I know I'm explaining it horribly, but it really does work well on your hands.  I've only seen it at the Valley Faire Food Court in San Jose, and I like it lots.  It's pretty loud though, which is obnoxious.

Hands go in the gap while the air comes from either side to, basically, squeegee your hand.

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Like the Dyson Airblade!  I like those, they work so much better in public loos than the regular hand dryers.

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I'm excited about a device in a public loo.  I am my mother.   :-\
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Wulfie on August 17, 2012, 09:33:07 AM
That  ranks right up there with the iced tea maker in degree of useless.

I have to disagree.  The less time I have to spend making something I don't like (I make it for Dark Boyfriend), the happier I am.


Loved my Ice Tea Maker....used it til it broke and still morn the loss of it.

Same here. I never had to worry about someone not rinsing out the coffee grounds out of the basket or not rinsing out the coffee caraf before making tea. Coffee is a migrane trigger for me and clean pure ice tea is worth the hassel for me (before I started making Fridge Tea)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 17, 2012, 10:30:09 AM
That  ranks right up there with the iced tea maker in degree of useless.

I have to disagree.  The less time I have to spend making something I don't like (I make it for Dark Boyfriend), the happier I am.

Actually, It takes less time and fewer steps to make it without the teamaker for me. As well as less mess and less counter space.

I have a pouch and water plus the machine.  Pouch goes in, water goes in, and done.  I don't have to stand around and watch things boil or stir things or any other such thing.  Pouch goes in, water goes in, and I walk away.  I like that.

Boil?  Counter space??   To make ice tea, I fill a pitcher with water.  Put in teabags, and put the pitcher in the fridge.  Next morning, I have iced tea!   There's nothing to boil, nothing to take up counter space.
Been doing it this way for YEARS.

Dark Boyfriend doesn't like it like that, unfortunately; doesn't think it gets the right taste out of the tea bags.  I guess it's only useless if you make tea a certain way and only helpful if you make tea a different way.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Elfmama on August 17, 2012, 03:21:22 PM
That  ranks right up there with the iced tea maker in degree of useless.

I have to disagree.  The less time I have to spend making something I don't like (I make it for Dark Boyfriend), the happier I am.


Loved my Ice Tea Maker....used it til it broke and still morn the loss of it.

Same here. I never had to worry about someone not rinsing out the coffee grounds out of the basket or not rinsing out the coffee caraf before making tea. Coffee is a migrane trigger for me and clean pure ice tea is worth the hassel for me (before I started making Fridge Tea)
Just rinsing out a carafe or machine innards won't work, anyway. Those oils that give coffee its flavor are very penetrating, and have to be scrubbed hard to get them out.  Even bleached, sometimes.  I think it was Dark Magdalena who says she doesn't like it?  Do you dislike tea because you think it tastes like very weak coffee? It is not supposed to taste ANYTHING like coffee!  Tea has flavors all of its own.  And you certainly don't have to stand around and wait while it boils!  Pour boiling water over the tea bag.  Done. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 17, 2012, 04:46:00 PM
That  ranks right up there with the iced tea maker in degree of useless.

I have to disagree.  The less time I have to spend making something I don't like (I make it for Dark Boyfriend), the happier I am.


Loved my Ice Tea Maker....used it til it broke and still morn the loss of it.

Same here. I never had to worry about someone not rinsing out the coffee grounds out of the basket or not rinsing out the coffee caraf before making tea. Coffee is a migrane trigger for me and clean pure ice tea is worth the hassel for me (before I started making Fridge Tea)
Just rinsing out a carafe or machine innards won't work, anyway. Those oils that give coffee its flavor are very penetrating, and have to be scrubbed hard to get them out.  Even bleached, sometimes.  I think it was Dark Magdalena who says she doesn't like it?  Do you dislike tea because you think it tastes like very weak coffee? It is not supposed to taste ANYTHING like coffee!  Tea has flavors all of its own.  And you certainly don't have to stand around and wait while it boils!  Pour boiling water over the tea bag.  Done.

I don't like coffee either  ;D ;D

If I'm to pour boiling water over the tea bag...then I have to wait for the boiling water.  No, I don't stand there and wait, but I have to keep checking.  I don't like that though it is minimal effort; I want even more minimal effort.  It's just easier for me with a machine.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on August 17, 2012, 06:04:21 PM
Have you tried an electric kettle, Magdalena? I love mine!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 17, 2012, 06:16:07 PM
Have you tried an electric kettle, Magdalena? I love mine!

No, Dark Boyfriend brought the ice tea maker into the relationship (that just sounds funny) because he's just as lazy as I am so I've only ever used it.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on August 17, 2012, 08:56:46 PM
Back again, with my tea recipe:

The equivalent of 4 tea bags in a pint canning jar 1/2 filled with water. Microwave 1 1/2 minutes (2 in my old microwave). Let it sit for 4 min to 12 hours. The staples on the tea bags are not large enough to spark.

Pour that tea concentrate into a 1/2 gallon container, add water to fill.

I use 2 black tea bags and 2 Constant Comment bags. It makes me happy. If I don't have Constant Comment, I add 1/2 lemon juiced.

No counter space, no boiling that I have to supervise, and it's ready when I am.

I hate sweet tea, but the sugar can be added at step 3.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 18, 2012, 12:51:01 AM
Back again, with my tea recipe:

The equivalent of 4 tea bags in a pint canning jar 1/2 filled with water. Microwave 1 1/2 minutes (2 in my old microwave). Let it sit for 4 min to 12 hours. The staples on the tea bags are not large enough to spark.

Pour that tea concentrate into a 1/2 gallon container, add water to fill.

I use 2 black tea bags and 2 Constant Comment bags. It makes me happy. If I don't have Constant Comment, I add 1/2 lemon juiced.

No counter space, no boiling that I have to supervise, and it's ready when I am.

I hate sweet tea, but the sugar can be added at step 3.

That's still a lot more planning than "Pouch in, water in, I go away".  I have to measure out the equivalent of 4 tea bags, I have to press the buttons on the microwave, I have to come back when the microwave is done, I have to pour the concentrate into something else, and add water to that, too.  I'm not saying your way is difficult, but I am saying that an ice tea maker is not a useless product.  Pouch in, water in, done is a lot simpler, IMO.  Maybe not enough simpler for you to justify an ice tea maker, but enough for me to.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on August 18, 2012, 07:08:49 AM

And just so I am not straying too far off topic here, my favorite useless product ever was the flowbee. You put an attachment on the end of yur vacuum hose, and started vacuuming around your head, and the attachment would cut your hair as it was being sucked up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3G1cwqYkO4

"just bounce it all over your head!"

I'm sorry, right now all that's going through my head is the part of Wayne's World when the guy comes on with the "Suck Cut."  He demonstrates it's use on Garth, saying "As you can see, it sucks as it cuts!"

That someone actually made one is just too funny.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Lynnv on August 18, 2012, 08:46:01 AM
That's still a lot more planning than "Pouch in, water in, I go away".  I have to measure out the equivalent of 4 tea bags, I have to press the buttons on the microwave, I have to come back when the microwave is done, I have to pour the concentrate into something else, and add water to that, too.  I'm not saying your way is difficult, but I am saying that an ice tea maker is not a useless product.  Pouch in, water in, done is a lot simpler, IMO.  Maybe not enough simpler for you to justify an ice tea maker, but enough for me to.

My mom feels that way about hers.  She and her DH drink a LOT of iced tea and they love their iced tea maker in the way that some people love their coffee machines.  It wouldn't make sense for me since I seldom drink iced tea, but they use it almost daily.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Harriet Jones on August 18, 2012, 09:16:11 AM
That's still a lot more planning than "Pouch in, water in, I go away".  I have to measure out the equivalent of 4 tea bags, I have to press the buttons on the microwave, I have to come back when the microwave is done, I have to pour the concentrate into something else, and add water to that, too.  I'm not saying your way is difficult, but I am saying that an ice tea maker is not a useless product.  Pouch in, water in, done is a lot simpler, IMO.  Maybe not enough simpler for you to justify an ice tea maker, but enough for me to.

My mom feels that way about hers.  She and her DH drink a LOT of iced tea and they love their iced tea maker in the way that some people love their coffee machines.  It wouldn't make sense for me since I seldom drink iced tea, but they use it almost daily.

I found it useful, too.  I don't drink tea, and my boyfriend-at-the-time did.  It was so much easier to set the machine up, press the button, then have correctly made sweet iced tea sometime later.  Making iced tea without the machine isn't hard, but having the machine was nice.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lowspark on August 20, 2012, 09:07:45 AM
I used to have an Iced Tea Maker and loved it. I agree - no muss no fuss. But when I remodeled my kitchen, I installed a hot water dispenser so now I use that instead. Hot water and bags into pitcher. Let stand 5 minutes. Remove bags, add ice. No waiting for the water to boil so it's very convenient. I love that hot water dispenser. It's great for any instant hot drink or food such as oatmeal. But I agree, the iced tea maker was perfect for my purposes.

The pancake maker is $43 on ebay! Wow. That's a lot of money for something that makes two itty bitty pancakes at a time.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: KenveeB on August 20, 2012, 01:03:20 PM
I used to have an Iced Tea Maker and loved it. I agree - no muss no fuss. But when I remodeled my kitchen, I installed a hot water dispenser so now I use that instead. Hot water and bags into pitcher. Let stand 5 minutes. Remove bags, add ice. No waiting for the water to boil so it's very convenient. I love that hot water dispenser. It's great for any instant hot drink or food such as oatmeal. But I agree, the iced tea maker was perfect for my purposes.

My parents have a hot water dispenser too, and I love it! I want one in my dream kitchen. :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 05, 2013, 05:44:30 PM
I had to revive this topic since seeing a commercial for the "squatty potty" Apparently its some plastic bench thingy you put your feet on, to simulate a more natural "squatting" position while you do your business. while I don't doubt perhaps that position works, someone actually came up with a product for it? I was cracking up.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on July 05, 2013, 05:59:28 PM
I had to revive this topic since seeing a commercial for the "squatty potty" Apparently its some plastic bench thingy you put your feet on, to simulate a more natural "squatting" position while you do your business. while I don't doubt perhaps that position works, someone actually came up with a product for it? I was cracking up.

I bought a small stool (I call it my stool stool), I couldn't imagine there was actually a product.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 05, 2013, 07:25:44 PM
I had to revive this topic since seeing a commercial for the "squatty potty" Apparently its some plastic bench thingy you put your feet on, to simulate a more natural "squatting" position while you do your business. while I don't doubt perhaps that position works, someone actually came up with a product for it? I was cracking up.

I bought a small stool (I call it my stool stool), I couldn't imagine there was actually a product.

I guess it can be lumped in with all the other "useless" products that you don't need, and can use something else for. Like many kitchen gadgets. The name made me giggle, and i wondered why you couldn't simply use something else.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: TootsNYC on July 05, 2013, 08:44:03 PM
Well, if you look at it, you'll realize that you can keep it in permanent position tucked up next to the potty, and it won't take up a lot of space.

And its shape is such that it puts the foot supports to the side, which is probably more effective and which an ordinary stool wouldn't do.


http://www.squattypotty.com/Squatty-Ecco-p/sp-ecco.htm?gclid=CICGyNjembgCFcWZ4AodJkQAJQ

And the people who don't want to use it can just ignore it--it won't really be in their way.

So, if someone needed or very much wanted it, this might be worth the money because the form factor is both effective and logistically easy.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dazi on July 05, 2013, 11:32:08 PM
I had to revive this topic since seeing a commercial for the "squatty potty" Apparently its some plastic bench thingy you put your feet on, to simulate a more natural "squatting" position while you do your business. while I don't doubt perhaps that position works, someone actually came up with a product for it? I was cracking up.

I bought a small stool (I call it my stool stool), I couldn't imagine there was actually a product.

I guess it can be lumped in with all the other "useless" products that you don't need, and can use something else for. Like many kitchen gadgets. The name made me giggle, and i wondered why you couldn't simply use something else.

It's not exactly a new product either.  I remember an elderly relative that had a darn near identical one 20+ years ago.  The only differences I can see is this one is plastic instead of wood and it has an amuzing name.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on July 06, 2013, 05:39:41 AM
Yeah, but I don't just use my stool stool for drooling; it doubles as an actual stool, too. Looking at the price of the squatty potty, I'll take my $10 stool stool any day.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on July 06, 2013, 10:01:27 AM
Plenty of places around the world, squatting over a hole in the ground is the norm.  I can see that being an adaptive tool for someone who is new to sitting-style toilets and prefers the old way.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: jpcher on July 06, 2013, 12:30:15 PM
I can see that product being very handy when potty-training young ones. ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: mbbored on July 06, 2013, 03:11:34 PM
The position is apparently better for your back and causes less straining.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: JustCallMePat on July 13, 2013, 08:02:34 PM
Plenty of places around the world, squatting over a hole in the ground is the norm.  I can see that being an adaptive tool for someone who is new to sitting-style toilets and prefers the old way.

On a job long ago, there was a mysterious series of very unsightly messes left in the rest room.  Apparently an intern from overseas, unfamiliar with American plumbing fixtures, tried to use the toilet like a squat by climbing up on top.  Hence the resulting mess. The perpetrator was found when one foot slipped and she was hurt in the fall and had to call for help.

The most foul place I've ever been was to an airport rest room (if it could be called that) in Odessa, Ukraine.  That's where I first saw such the horrific sight of a poorly maintained squat.

OK, back to the topic...  Useless products, right?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on July 13, 2013, 09:54:53 PM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nikko-chan on July 13, 2013, 10:01:46 PM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

That was on an episode of Worlds Dumbest!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: whatsanenigma on July 14, 2013, 11:19:44 AM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

That was on an episode of Worlds Dumbest!

That commercial is seriously creepy!  The first time I saw it, I honestly thought it was a joke commercial until the end with ordering information came up.

If it were just being sold as a toy, I wouldn't mind.  But they are making it out to be literally a substitute for a live bird.  It's like, real birds are so messy, so bond emotionally with our electronic one instead!

And all of a sudden I am thinking of the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?".
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Iris on July 14, 2013, 04:34:11 PM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

That was on an episode of Worlds Dumbest!

That commercial is seriously creepy!  The first time I saw it, I honestly thought it was a joke commercial until the end with ordering information came up.

If it were just being sold as a toy, I wouldn't mind.  But they are making it out to be literally a substitute for a live bird.  It's like, real birds are so messy, so bond emotionally with our electronic one instead!

And all of a sudden I am thinking of the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?".

An actual robot bird would be so cool. I'd buy one in 0.4 seconds. One that only moves its head and twitches its tail though? Boooooor-ring.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: magicdomino on July 14, 2013, 05:07:08 PM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

Suitably modified, Not-So-Pretty Polly makes an excellent addition to your haunted pirate scene for Halloween.  Seriously, though, I've seen photos of a mechanical macaw modified with latex barnacles and rib bones, then given a dark wash to dull the remaining plush "feathers."  Just the thing to perch on a pirate skeleton's shoulder.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: RebeccainGA on July 15, 2013, 07:20:05 AM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

That was on an episode of Worlds Dumbest!
DP and I saw this, and both nearly fell out of bed laughing.

I mean, yeah, we bought one of those mechanical fake goldfish for my 99 year old great grandmother. She was fully aware it was fake, but it gave her something to watch (not unlike a lava lamp). This thing? Not even.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nikko-chan on July 15, 2013, 08:01:58 AM
And since perfect polly was on worlds dumbest.... there are other inventions i remember from there too... what about the like thing you go to the bathroom in and then take it with you? That was awful! I was like "Dude, if you have to go to the bathroom that bad, find a restroom!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Harriet Jones on July 15, 2013, 08:05:51 AM
And since perfect polly was on worlds dumbest.... there are other inventions i remember from there too... what about the like thing you go to the bathroom in and then take it with you? That was awful! I was like "Dude, if you have to go to the bathroom that bad, find a restroom!

What product was that?  Not saying the product *isn't* useless, but there can be times/places when there is no restroom (or even a convenient tree) immediately available.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on July 15, 2013, 08:09:15 AM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

That was on an episode of Worlds Dumbest!
DP and I saw this, and both nearly fell out of bed laughing.

I mean, yeah, we bought one of those mechanical fake goldfish for my 99 year old great grandmother. She was fully aware it was fake, but it gave her something to watch (not unlike a lava lamp). This thing? Not even.

Picture a nice patio set up like a tropical bar. The natural plants are North American woods, of course, but the music and other decorations are tropical. It's cocktail hour. That bird is part of the decorations, like the travel poster or the patio lights. The bird is just sitting there, and 2 drinks into the party, the host turns it on!

It does have it's place. Not my place, but it was fun!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: artk2002 on July 15, 2013, 08:49:29 AM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

Two words: Billy Bass (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CC0QtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D6WC6EbRQmJ0&ei=mv3jUbj5H4qUiQLG1ICAAQ&usg=AFQjCNEirqL64YpcBJktozl4jYxUJuDUYg&bvm=bv.48705608,d.cGE&cad=rja)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nikko-chan on July 15, 2013, 10:17:26 AM
And since perfect polly was on worlds dumbest.... there are other inventions i remember from there too... what about the like thing you go to the bathroom in and then take it with you? That was awful! I was like "Dude, if you have to go to the bathroom that bad, find a restroom!

What product was that?  Not saying the product *isn't* useless, but there can be times/places when there is no restroom (or even a convenient tree) immediately available.

I can't even remember but I think it was a catheter or something for when you didn't want to get up to go to the bathroom >.<
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lowspark on July 15, 2013, 10:43:05 AM
Like the David Sedaris story? (Hilarious)

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/214/family-physics?act=3 (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/214/family-physics?act=3)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: jpcher on July 16, 2013, 04:58:21 PM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

Two words: Billy Bass (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CC0QtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D6WC6EbRQmJ0&ei=mv3jUbj5H4qUiQLG1ICAAQ&usg=AFQjCNEirqL64YpcBJktozl4jYxUJuDUYg&bvm=bv.48705608,d.cGE&cad=rja)


I LOVED my Billy Bass! DDs gave it to me for Mother's day one year (the way LDH told the story was that they saw it and just had to get it for me . . . I'm really undecided as to how much influence LDH had on them, though ;) )


And it certainly was not useless! It gave me a lot of joy!

Especially with the motion detector. I set it up in my guest bathroom whenever we had big parties . . . talk about surprise-the-guests-fun! ;D



(yeah, I know I have a weird streak in me.)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: magicdomino on July 17, 2013, 09:13:10 AM

Especially with the motion detector. I set it up in my guest bathroom whenever we had big parties . . . talk about surprise-the-guests-fun! ;D



(yeah, I know I have a weird streak in me.)

When I first read this, I thought it said guest bedroom.  Good way to catch the nosy, as well as guests overcome with irresistable lust.   :D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: diesel_darlin on July 18, 2013, 07:46:22 PM
My STBX husband got me a deer head that sang "Sweet Home Alabama". His antlers got broken in the process of moving, so I threw him away.  :( I wanted a Billy Bass so bad when they came out!  ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: dawnfire on July 18, 2013, 08:00:53 PM
I always like the mounted lobster that sang "rock lobster"
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: snowfire on July 18, 2013, 11:39:07 PM
We got a friend of ours a singing & dancing gopher.  >:D He loved it. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Miss Understood on July 19, 2013, 12:27:45 AM
Plenty of places around the world, squatting over a hole in the ground is the norm.  I can see that being an adaptive tool for someone who is new to sitting-style toilets and prefers the old way.

On a job long ago, there was a mysterious series of very unsightly messes left in the rest room.  Apparently an intern from overseas, unfamiliar with American plumbing fixtures, tried to use the toilet like a squat by climbing up on top.  Hence the resulting mess. The perpetrator was found when one foot slipped and she was hurt in the fall and had to call for help.

The most foul place I've ever been was to an airport rest room (if it could be called that) in Odessa, Ukraine.  That's where I first saw such the horrific sight of a poorly maintained squat.

OK, back to the topic...  Useless products, right?

I'm sorry to continue the derail - but I am genuinely curious about this.  I have traveled to cities where the "squat - there's the hole" is the way people go to the bathroom.  I was 20 at the time and pretty fit.  What would an American middle-aged woman do in such a situation?  There is no way I could do that now (I mean I can squat, but I can't always get back up without an assist from my hand, which I wouldn't want to put down on such a floor).
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Ms_Cellany on July 19, 2013, 11:40:07 AM
Also, how do you keep your pants clean when you pull them down?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: cwm on July 19, 2013, 12:25:58 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer?

http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-571-Banana-Slicer/dp/B0047E0EII (http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-571-Banana-Slicer/dp/B0047E0EII)

From the website:
Faster, safer than using a knife
Great for cereal
Plastic, dishwasher safe
Slice your banana with one quick motion
Kids love slicing their own bananas


If you do nothing else the rest of the month, go read the comments on that item. Amazon has nearly 4300 comments, and most of them are quite hilarious!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on July 19, 2013, 12:38:00 PM
Plenty of places around the world, squatting over a hole in the ground is the norm.  I can see that being an adaptive tool for someone who is new to sitting-style toilets and prefers the old way.

On a job long ago, there was a mysterious series of very unsightly messes left in the rest room.  Apparently an intern from overseas, unfamiliar with American plumbing fixtures, tried to use the toilet like a squat by climbing up on top.  Hence the resulting mess. The perpetrator was found when one foot slipped and she was hurt in the fall and had to call for help.

The most foul place I've ever been was to an airport rest room (if it could be called that) in Odessa, Ukraine.  That's where I first saw such the horrific sight of a poorly maintained squat.

OK, back to the topic...  Useless products, right?

I'm sorry to continue the derail - but I am genuinely curious about this.  I have traveled to cities where the "squat - there's the hole" is the way people go to the bathroom.  I was 20 at the time and pretty fit.  What would an American middle-aged woman do in such a situation?  There is no way I could do that now (I mean I can squat, but I can't always get back up without an assist from my hand, which I wouldn't want to put down on such a floor).

Also, how do you keep your pants clean when you pull them down?

I've been wondering about both these things. Even when I was a librarian and just squatted when I was only shelving a few books on the lowest shelves, so doing that several times a day, I got to the point that I couldn't get up without putting a hand on the floor or hanging on to a higher shelf, so can those older people who have that as their only option keep doing it?

(Yes, I know squatting wasn't my best look, but I only did it when there was no one around except my supervisor.)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 19, 2013, 01:11:57 PM
Plenty of places around the world, squatting over a hole in the ground is the norm.  I can see that being an adaptive tool for someone who is new to sitting-style toilets and prefers the old way.

On a job long ago, there was a mysterious series of very unsightly messes left in the rest room.  Apparently an intern from overseas, unfamiliar with American plumbing fixtures, tried to use the toilet like a squat by climbing up on top.  Hence the resulting mess. The perpetrator was found when one foot slipped and she was hurt in the fall and had to call for help.

The most foul place I've ever been was to an airport rest room (if it could be called that) in Odessa, Ukraine.  That's where I first saw such the horrific sight of a poorly maintained squat.

OK, back to the topic...  Useless products, right?

I'm sorry to continue the derail - but I am genuinely curious about this.  I have traveled to cities where the "squat - there's the hole" is the way people go to the bathroom.  I was 20 at the time and pretty fit.  What would an American middle-aged woman do in such a situation?  There is no way I could do that now (I mean I can squat, but I can't always get back up without an assist from my hand, which I wouldn't want to put down on such a floor).

I'm not sure what i would do either as if i tried to squat and hover, I'd fall over. and like you, not willing to put my HAND on the floor but I suppose if i had to, i would. and make sure i had LOTS of hand sanitizer.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on July 19, 2013, 04:53:38 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer?

http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-571-Banana-Slicer/dp/B0047E0EII (http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-571-Banana-Slicer/dp/B0047E0EII)

From the website:
Faster, safer than using a knife
Great for cereal
Plastic, dishwasher safe
Slice your banana with one quick motion
Kids love slicing their own bananas


If you do nothing else the rest of the month, go read the comments on that item. Amazon has nearly 4300 comments, and most of them are quite hilarious!

I saw a watermelon slicer at Home Depot the other day.  It looks just like an apple slicer but bigger!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Julian on July 19, 2013, 07:29:26 PM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/GoateeSaver--The-Goatee-Shaving-Template/dp/B001F2B3P8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1374279950&sr=8-2&keywords=goatee (http://www.amazon.co.uk/GoateeSaver--The-Goatee-Shaving-Template/dp/B001F2B3P8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1374279950&sr=8-2&keywords=goatee)

Somebody sent this link to me recently.  It's a little plastic doo-hickey you clamp between your teeth (well, the fellas do anyway) to provide a nifty template when trimming their beard.

Some of the comments are sidesplitting - particularly from the ladies...  (Go down the page a bit and click on the comments link, rather than the visible ones on the page.)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: jolyan on July 19, 2013, 09:43:40 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer?

http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-571-Banana-Slicer/dp/B0047E0EII (http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-571-Banana-Slicer/dp/B0047E0EII)

From the website:
Faster, safer than using a knife
Great for cereal
Plastic, dishwasher safe
Slice your banana with one quick motion
Kids love slicing their own bananas


If you do nothing else the rest of the month, go read the comments on that item. Amazon has nearly 4300 comments, and most of them are quite hilarious!

I saw a watermelon slicer at Home Depot the other day.  It looks just like an apple slicer but bigger!



There is a hot dog one too.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Nikko-chan on July 20, 2013, 04:16:01 PM
Hot dog slicer, banana slicer, watermelon slicer....*twitches*  I think I will just take my chances with a paring knife or in the case of the watermelon a big sharp knife.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dazi on July 21, 2013, 12:07:31 PM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on July 21, 2013, 12:16:18 PM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA

Clicking through the pictures I was thinking "all those little cars, I wonder how ridiculous those would look on my big pickup..." then there's a picture of a Peterbilt.  Hilarious.  I do still wonder what they'd look like on my pickup, but there's no way I could convince DH to try it  :P
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 21, 2013, 02:04:19 PM
One of the girls on my softball team has them on her car.  Her boyfriend had to take her car somewhere for something and she said he was totally embarrassed to be seen driving her car.

So if any of you ladies have trouble with men in your life taking your car, you may want to consider them!   ;D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: perpetua on July 21, 2013, 03:11:40 PM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA

I saw a car actually wearing them the other day. Up until then I'd thought it was an internet myth.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: magicdomino on July 21, 2013, 05:13:22 PM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA

I saw a car actually wearing them the other day. Up until then I'd thought it was an internet myth.

I've also seen a car with eyelashes.  Sadly, they didn't seem as cute in real life.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Doll Fiend on July 21, 2013, 06:06:28 PM
I have seen a car with eyelashes. And a nose. A red nose. The car belonged to a popular clown in town. Can't miss her car!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Julian on July 21, 2013, 06:56:00 PM
At a certain time of the year here we see lots of red noses (on cars and people), but they're a fundraiser for SIDS.  Been guilty of red-nosing the car myself!   :D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Bluenomi on July 21, 2013, 08:24:02 PM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA

There was a bright pink WRX I used to see around with those. Talk about making what is usually a fairly blokey car over the top girly!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: dawnfire on July 22, 2013, 12:27:54 AM
At a certain time of the year here we see lots of red noses (on cars and people), but they're a fundraiser for SIDS.  Been guilty of red-nosing the car myself!   :D

It looks funny when  you see fleets of buses with red noses. Myself I tend to buy something more discrete like a pen or badge rather than the nose.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: artk2002 on July 22, 2013, 11:38:56 AM
Saw a car yesterday with a large, pink, fuzzy mustache (http://www.carstache.com/).
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: zyrs on July 22, 2013, 03:27:24 PM
I think the eyelashes and mustache would look great on our car.  It has a huge smile already.  Mazda 3 has a smile (http://www.ausmotive.com/2009/02/10/all-new-mazda3-making-moves-for-melbourne.html).  Front end picture down a little in article.


Edit: my wife says; "It's not happening.  It's happy enough."
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Bethczar on July 22, 2013, 06:14:23 PM
Saw a car yesterday with a large, pink, fuzzy mustache (http://www.carstache.com/).
I so want one of those for my handsomely mustached husband!!!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: drzim on July 22, 2013, 06:30:23 PM
Saw a car yesterday with a large, pink, fuzzy mustache (http://www.carstache.com/).

Those are Lyft drivers....a ridesharing service that's booming in San Francisco where I live.  Looks like they're expanding to So Cal

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-lyft-san-diego-los-angeles-20130702,0,5040430.story
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: baglady on July 22, 2013, 07:34:22 PM
You *can* get those "as seen on TV, not available in stores" products in stores. Most of the drugstores around here have an "as seen on TV product" section. And the local mega-mall has an entire "as seen on TV" store.

Do not waste your money on the Sticky Buddy. It works for the first couple of times and then loses its sticky. The little teeth are handy for raking up the pet hair so you can then pick it up with a vacuum or an old-school lint roller, but that's about all it's good for -- not worth 20 bucks.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Wulfie on July 23, 2013, 09:39:05 AM
Do not waste your money on the Sticky Buddy. It works for the first couple of times and then loses its sticky. The little teeth are handy for raking up the pet hair so you can then pick it up with a vacuum or an old-school lint roller, but that's about all it's good for -- not worth 20 bucks.

If it is like the Mr Sticky that I have, you simply need to use a tiny bit of soap on the "sticky" part when it starts to lose its sticky and it is as good as new. I use soap on mine about every 5-6 uses and it has lasted for years.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: baglady on July 23, 2013, 04:43:59 PM
Do not waste your money on the Sticky Buddy. It works for the first couple of times and then loses its sticky. The little teeth are handy for raking up the pet hair so you can then pick it up with a vacuum or an old-school lint roller, but that's about all it's good for -- not worth 20 bucks.

If it is like the Mr Sticky that I have, you simply need to use a tiny bit of soap on the "sticky" part when it starts to lose its sticky and it is as good as new. I use soap on mine about every 5-6 uses and it has lasted for years.

Really? What kind of soap?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Wulfie on July 23, 2013, 05:39:56 PM
Do not waste your money on the Sticky Buddy. It works for the first couple of times and then loses its sticky. The little teeth are handy for raking up the pet hair so you can then pick it up with a vacuum or an old-school lint roller, but that's about all it's good for -- not worth 20 bucks.

If it is like the Mr Sticky that I have, you simply need to use a tiny bit of soap on the "sticky" part when it starts to lose its sticky and it is as good as new. I use soap on mine about every 5-6 uses and it has lasted for years.

Really? What kind of soap?
I just use the same liquid soap that I have at the sink. As long as it is a liquid soap (vs bar of soap) I have not noticed any difference between dish soap and hand soap. I just let it air dry afterwards and it is as good as new.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on July 23, 2013, 05:44:52 PM
Do not waste your money on the Sticky Buddy. It works for the first couple of times and then loses its sticky. The little teeth are handy for raking up the pet hair so you can then pick it up with a vacuum or an old-school lint roller, but that's about all it's good for -- not worth 20 bucks.

If it is like the Mr Sticky that I have, you simply need to use a tiny bit of soap on the "sticky" part when it starts to lose its sticky and it is as good as new. I use soap on mine about every 5-6 uses and it has lasted for years.

Really? What kind of soap?
I just use the same liquid soap that I have at the sink. As long as it is a liquid soap (vs bar of soap) I have not noticed any difference between dish soap and hand soap. I just let it air dry afterwards and it is as good as new.

I tried it with Dawn. It's still dead. But then, it didn't even last through one rinse in cool water. I'm keeping the small one, though, because side witn the rubber fingers is great to use to push Woolite rug cleaner into the carpet.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Wulfie on July 23, 2013, 05:49:10 PM

I tried it with Dawn. It's still dead. But then, it didn't even last through one rinse in cool water. I'm keeping the small one, though, because side witn the rubber fingers is great to use to push Woolite rug cleaner into the carpet.

That might be your problem. With my Mr Sticky they are very clear that you need to use HOT water when you clean it. That helps the oils to release from the polymer.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on July 23, 2013, 06:05:39 PM

I tried it with Dawn. It's still dead. But then, it didn't even last through one rinse in cool water. I'm keeping the small one, though, because side witn the rubber fingers is great to use to push Woolite rug cleaner into the carpet.

That might be your problem. With my Mr Sticky they are very clear that you need to use HOT water when you clean it. That helps the oils to release from the polymer.

I found the directions for my Sticky Buddy. It does say "lukewarm" water. I'll give it another shot.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: crella on July 23, 2013, 07:28:33 PM
Also, how do you keep your pants clean when you pull them down?

It's a bit complicated...roll up your pants a few inches so they don't touch the floor when you lower them. When you pull them down to your knees, and squat, your pants are in front of you because your tush is behind you in a squat. You can't get your pants dirty doing what you have to do, but they can get dirty on the floor, so I recommend rolling up the legs. Long skirt? Gather it up and toss it over a shoulder...

Or, just look for a stall with a western toilet mark! Much easier! Westerners tend in general to be a bit less flexible...the Japanese sit on their legs on the floor and so they are pretty bendy ;D. Their heels are on the ground when they squat, they can squat and just sit there. For westerners who grew up using chairs, there's less flexibility (I think in the hamstrings) so an unsupported squat is difficult. A lot of people hold onto the pipe connecting the squat toilet to the water tank , but sometimes the pipes break off if they're old...lots of stories on ex-pat websites about squat toilet contortions  ;D  They are being phased out here, or at least both are offered, because of the great number of older Japanese getting knee and hip replacements. A total knee makes using one impossible.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Kimblee on July 27, 2013, 11:28:59 AM
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

That was on an episode of Worlds Dumbest!
DP and I saw this, and both nearly fell out of bed laughing.

I mean, yeah, we bought one of those mechanical fake goldfish for my 99 year old great grandmother. She was fully aware it was fake, but it gave her something to watch (not unlike a lava lamp). This thing? Not even.

I bought one for my 96(well, at the time 93) year old great grandmother.

She... does not know its fake. She thinks it eats the ivy plant hanging in its water. She killed her last two bettas on accident and was in a depression "Goldie" can't die so long as we remember to change the batteries every few months.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lkb on August 07, 2014, 03:21:23 PM
I was at our local grocery store today and they had a new gizmo called the

Rapid Ramen Cooker (cooks perfect ramen noodles in the microwave in only 4 minutes, the box says!)

Ummmm, I can cook good-enough ramen noodles (who gets to define when it's perfect BTW?) in three minutes using a good ol' sauce pot, water and a regular stove.

Only $6.99 plus tax.... or a two-pack at Amazon for $13.98 plus shipping.....


Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Lynnv on August 07, 2014, 04:23:40 PM
I was at our local grocery store today and they had a new gizmo called the

Rapid Ramen Cooker (cooks perfect ramen noodles in the microwave in only 4 minutes, the box says!)

Ummmm, I can cook good-enough ramen noodles (who gets to define when it's perfect BTW?) in three minutes using a good ol' sauce pot, water and a regular stove.

Only $6.99 plus tax.... or a two-pack at Amazon for $13.98 plus shipping.....

I have one and use it a lot.  My job means that I live in hotels about 80% of the time.  I am not sure what perfect Ramen Noodles are either but I have to say that it is pretty handy for me and means I can eat something slightly better than fast food on a regular basis. 
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: ladyknight1 on August 07, 2014, 09:03:53 PM
I use the tortilla warmer we have. They come in a ceramic version or a cloth version and work very well to warm tortillas.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 08, 2014, 12:45:14 PM
I was at our local grocery store today and they had a new gizmo called the

Rapid Ramen Cooker (cooks perfect ramen noodles in the microwave in only 4 minutes, the box says!)

Ummmm, I can cook good-enough ramen noodles (who gets to define when it's perfect BTW?) in three minutes using a good ol' sauce pot, water and a regular stove.

Only $6.99 plus tax.... or a two-pack at Amazon for $13.98 plus shipping.....

I'm assuming you mean 3 minutes after the water boils...so it does cut down on cook time. It also seems handy for someone who doesn't have a stove.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lady_disdain on August 08, 2014, 02:42:17 PM
But you don't need anything other than a small bowl to cook ramen in the microwave! I have plenty of experience doing that.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 08, 2014, 02:43:18 PM
But you don't need anything other than a small bowl to cook ramen in the microwave! I have plenty of experience doing that.

For me, that would take 9-12 minutes to do.  Cutting that down to 4 could be nice.  I wouldn't buy it because I don't need it, but I kind of understand it's purpose.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Harriet Jones on August 08, 2014, 05:46:42 PM
I saw the ramen cooker in the store the other day!  It seems like it would be useful for someone who has limited access to cooking facilities, like only having a microwave. And it's perfectly shaped for ramen.  I know I don't have any microwave safe bowls that would fit a block of ramen without being way too big.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on August 08, 2014, 05:52:44 PM
I saw the ramen cooker in the store the other day!  It seems like it would be useful for someone who has limited access to cooking facilities, like only having a microwave. And it's perfectly shaped for ramen.  I know I don't have any microwave safe bowls that would fit a block of ramen without being way too big.

At least around here, they sell single-serving ramen bowls.  They're essentially a styrofoam cup you pour boiling water in.  They cost about quarter instead of a dime, but they're convenient for the lack of dishes required  :P
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Harriet Jones on August 08, 2014, 05:55:34 PM
But then you're throwing away all that styrofoam!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 08, 2014, 06:04:25 PM
I saw the ramen cooker in the store the other day!  It seems like it would be useful for someone who has limited access to cooking facilities, like only having a microwave. And it's perfectly shaped for ramen.  I know I don't have any microwave safe bowls that would fit a block of ramen without being way too big.

At least around here, they sell single-serving ramen bowls.  They're essentially a styrofoam cup you pour boiling water in.  They cost about quarter instead of a dime, but they're convenient for the lack of dishes required  :P

Those taste so much different to me than the packaged blocks.  I don't care for the styrofoam cup ones, but the packaged ones are delicious in that poverty-oatmeal way.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on August 08, 2014, 06:35:57 PM
I'm wondering if I am the only one who breaks up the blocks before cooking? I am not a fan of the long strands, and it is still good to me. I've always cooked the stuff in the microwave in a bowl that seems about right - never on the stove - so I'm pretty happy for the past, oh! my! 25 years of doing this. But I understand why travelers would really like this item.
_________

I remember how I used to laugh about bottled water until one time we had gastric distress from approved local water while traveling. We now go through at least 3 cases a year (in addition to the 2 gallons home water in jugs for every trip) and always have it available for guests - and their pets.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: jolyan on August 08, 2014, 08:10:34 PM
But you don't need anything other than a small bowl to cook ramen in the microwave! I have plenty of experience doing that.

I have a scar and unbendy pinkie that disagrees with you. I burnt my hand on microwaved ramen in college when the water splashednout.  My own dumb luck but a ramen cooker may have helped
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lkb on August 09, 2014, 04:49:08 AM
Thanks for the insight. It never occurred to me about using them for travel or in situations where therewas a microwave but no stove. (At my first very very cursor glance they lookef metal too. My bad. Thanks for opening my eyes.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 09, 2014, 09:39:44 AM
Thanks for the insight. It never occurred to me about using them for travel or in situations where therewas a microwave but no stove. (At my first very very cursor glance they lookef metal too. My bad. Thanks for opening my eyes.

No worries! There are a bunch of things I think of as useless and wouldn't fathom buying that other people use daily :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Lynnv on August 09, 2014, 11:14:30 AM
Thanks for the insight. It never occurred to me about using them for travel or in situations where therewas a microwave but no stove. (At my first very very cursor glance they lookef metal too. My bad. Thanks for opening my eyes.

No worries! There are a bunch of things I think of as useless and wouldn't fathom buying that other people use daily :)

Agreed.  This thread has made me see use for some things that I could never have imagined were helpful in any way.    8)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: jpcher on August 10, 2014, 11:20:26 AM
I'm wondering if I am the only one who breaks up the blocks before cooking? I am not a fan of the long strands, and it is still good to me. I've always cooked the stuff in the microwave in a bowl that seems about right - never on the stove - so I'm pretty happy for the past, oh! my! 25 years of doing this. But I understand why travelers would really like this item.
_________

I remember how I used to laugh about bottled water until one time we had gastric distress from approved local water while traveling. We now go through at least 3 cases a year (in addition to the 2 gallons home water in jugs for every trip) and always have it available for guests - and their pets.

I do! But it took me a while before I figured out that it's better to break the noodles before opening the pack. ::)

I've seen people put the pack on the counter and punch it a few times but that made the noodle bits too small and crumbly for me. Plus I've had the pack explode using that method.

The best way I found is to put the pack of noodles on the edge of the counter so that the counter edge is in the middle of the pack. Press down. Turn the pack 90 degrees and press again . . . perfect 1/4-length noodles. ;D

Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MommyPenguin on August 10, 2014, 07:11:24 PM
I'm wondering if I am the only one who breaks up the blocks before cooking? I am not a fan of the long strands, and it is still good to me. I've always cooked the stuff in the microwave in a bowl that seems about right - never on the stove - so I'm pretty happy for the past, oh! my! 25 years of doing this. But I understand why travelers would really like this item.
_________

I remember how I used to laugh about bottled water until one time we had gastric distress from approved local water while traveling. We now go through at least 3 cases a year (in addition to the 2 gallons home water in jugs for every trip) and always have it available for guests - and their pets.

I do! But it took me a while before I figured out that it's better to break the noodles before opening the pack. ::)

I've seen people put the pack on the counter and punch it a few times but that made the noodle bits too small and crumbly for me. Plus I've had the pack explode using that method.

The best way I found is to put the pack of noodles on the edge of the counter so that the counter edge is in the middle of the pack. Press down. Turn the pack 90 degrees and press again . . . perfect 1/4-length noodles. ;D

I do the same thing, too.  I just break the ramen pack in half, then turn it and break it again, while still in the package.  I have to make them separate for my husband, as he likes his long, but I prefer them shorter and it's easier for my kids as well.  In fact, sometimes I'll cut theirs a bit further in their bowls to make it even easier.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: DoubleTrouble on August 12, 2014, 09:09:11 PM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA

We spotted some on a VW Bug a few months ago, my 5-year-old was so confused & thought the car was alive like the the movie "Cars" Pretty funny to watch him keep checking over his shoulder to see if the car was watching us.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: WolfWay on August 12, 2014, 11:40:28 PM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA

We spotted some on a VW Bug a few months ago, my 5-year-old was so confused & thought the car was alive like the the movie "Cars" Pretty funny to watch him keep checking over his shoulder to see if the car was watching us.

I saw a triple whammy of kitchness at the gym a few months back. Barbie pink VW Golf, with pink fur and My Little Ponies on the dashboard, and those giant eyelashes on the front. I was almost tempted to hang around to see who was driving it, but I was on a tight deadline to get home before traffic got too bad.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MommyPenguin on August 13, 2014, 10:11:52 AM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA

We spotted some on a VW Bug a few months ago, my 5-year-old was so confused & thought the car was alive like the the movie "Cars" Pretty funny to watch him keep checking over his shoulder to see if the car was watching us.

I saw a triple whammy of kitchness at the gym a few months back. Barbie pink VW Golf, with pink fur and My Little Ponies on the dashboard, and those giant eyelashes on the front. I was almost tempted to hang around to see who was driving it, but I was on a tight deadline to get home before traffic got too bad.

There's this totally weird car near me (we mostly see it at the library) that is covered with "666" signs and distorted Bible verses and anti-Bible quotes and all sorts of weird things, including a giant pole that sticks up about 8 feet and has more signs on it (signs are over the windows, too, no idea how he sees to drive).  I used to wonder who drove it.  Then one day I was at the library and saw a guy with 666 written on his forehead.  Pretty easy to figure out who drives *that* car!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: athersgeo on August 13, 2014, 10:41:13 AM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA

We spotted some on a VW Bug a few months ago, my 5-year-old was so confused & thought the car was alive like the the movie "Cars" Pretty funny to watch him keep checking over his shoulder to see if the car was watching us.

I saw a triple whammy of kitchness at the gym a few months back. Barbie pink VW Golf, with pink fur and My Little Ponies on the dashboard, and those giant eyelashes on the front. I was almost tempted to hang around to see who was driving it, but I was on a tight deadline to get home before traffic got too bad.

There's this totally weird car near me (we mostly see it at the library) that is covered with "666" signs and distorted Bible verses and anti-Bible quotes and all sorts of weird things, including a giant pole that sticks up about 8 feet and has more signs on it (signs are over the windows, too, no idea how he sees to drive).  I used to wonder who drove it.  Then one day I was at the library and saw a guy with 666 written on his forehead.  Pretty easy to figure out who drives *that* car!

There's two cars that I see periodically that always make me smile. One is a Smart which someone has covered with turf (yes, as in real live grass), which is then further decorated according to what's going on (they mowed and painted the Olympic rings into the grass on the bonnet/hood during the London Olympics and I've also seen it with Christmas decorations). Then there's the Harley Davidson rider who decorates for Christmas by covering his bike in fairy lights (I've seen him at least once every holiday season for the past four years).

As for pink cars, I once saw a bubblegum pink Ford Fiesta, replete with cow-print seat covers, pink furry dice (they clashed with the paintwork, btw - the dice were neon pink), eyelashes on the headlights and a decal on the back that said it was "Powered By Fairy Dust". I walked by it on my way into the supermarket and thought "Wow, who on earth drives that?". When I came out, I got my answer: a six foot chap with the build of a rugby player. It's possible he was borrowing his other half's car - but he didn't even look slightly embarrassed so...who am I to judge?...!

And finally, a useless product: melon ballers (as in a tool to make little balls of melon). When we moved house, we decluttered our kitchen and I discovered that we owned not one, not two but three melon ballers (all the same size - approximately the size of a teaspoon measure, but with a hole in for the juice to run out through so you couldn't even repurpose them as measuring scoops), which, to the best of my knowledge, hadn't been used in my life time (I was 30 at the time).

The best bit is we've still got one (mum insisted we keep one, "just in case") - and it still hasn't been used!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: MommyPenguin on August 13, 2014, 10:45:18 AM
And finally, a useless product: melon ballers (as in a tool to make little balls of melon). When we moved house, we decluttered our kitchen and I discovered that we owned not one, not two but three melon ballers (all the same size - approximately the size of a teaspoon measure, but with a hole in for the juice to run out through so you couldn't even repurpose them as measuring scoops), which, to the best of my knowledge, hadn't been used in my life time (I was 30 at the time).

The best bit is we've still got one (mum insisted we keep one, "just in case") - and it still hasn't been used!

When I was a kid, we had one of those!  With two sides, one larger, one smaller.  My mom used to use it a fair amount, though.  I guess she used her time a lot better than I do, because I can't imagine spending all that time to scoop cute little watermelon balls, at least for most occasions.

I did use it once, though, when I held a baby shower for my SIL.  I cut a watermelon to look like a baby carriage, then scooped watermelon, canteloupe, etc. into little balls, and filled the watermelon rind with those and other fruits.  It was fun, but a *lot* of work.  Not something I'm likely to start doing regularly.  :)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 13, 2014, 10:48:22 AM
A melon baller is a great utensil to throw in the grab bag if you ever do a meal with kids where they only get to eat with the utensil they pull out of the bag.

I combined that with a Monk's dinner one night when I was babysitting.  The kids were driving me 'round the bend and I just wanted peace and quiet so for dinner, there was no talking and they had to eat with a funky utensil.  One of them drew a spaghetti fork, which was entertaining.

Apparently, they talked about that dinner for *years*.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on August 13, 2014, 11:38:44 AM
Oh, I adore melon ballers!  I just cut a melon in half, scoop out the seeds, and sit down with my big "bowl" of melon and a sharp edged "spoon" to scoop out individual bites.  WAY easier than actually slicing and peeling the whole thing.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: SpottedPony on August 13, 2014, 01:44:17 PM
Have y'all seen the car headlight false eyelashes?  I nearly piddled myself, I was laughing so hard.

ETA: forgot to add the link  :)

http://www.eyelashes4cars.com/?gclid=CLud-6qKwbgCFSdk7AodCCoAMA

We spotted some on a VW Bug a few months ago, my 5-year-old was so confused & thought the car was alive like the the movie "Cars" Pretty funny to watch him keep checking over his shoulder to see if the car was watching us.

One time we parked next to a truck that had a set of 'balls' hanging from the trailer hitch.  I pointed it out to my Dad, saying, 'there's a male truck'.  He and I had a good chuckle over it.  When I told my Mom that we were parked next to a male truck, she didn't get it, she thought I meant a mail truck and couldn't understand why I was calling an unmarked truck a mail truck, until she saw the balls in the back. 

I don't know where one would get them, I've never seen them anyware.  In any case, if I were to get something like that, I'd want them in a color close to the color of the vehicle. 

Spotted Pony
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: magicdomino on August 13, 2014, 03:07:12 PM
One time we parked next to a truck that had a set of 'balls' hanging from the trailer hitch.  I pointed it out to my Dad, saying, 'there's a male truck'.  He and I had a good chuckle over it.  When I told my Mom that we were parked next to a male truck, she didn't get it, she thought I meant a mail truck and couldn't understand why I was calling an unmarked truck a mail truck, until she saw the balls in the back. 

I don't know where one would get them, I've never seen them anyware.  In any case, if I were to get something like that, I'd want them in a color close to the color of the vehicle. 

Spotted Pony

I think that the male genitalia were originally manufactured as replacements for the, um, maimed.   ;)  It wouldn't surprise me if they are now made for the purpose of making vehicles more macho, in case you had doubts about the owner.  I recently read a book, Paw Enforcement, where a female officer made a bet with her Macho-Man ex-partner.  I forget what he would win, but her reward would be his pick-up truck's massive organs.  She won the bet and got to drive down the road with the organs hanging from the back of her Smart car.   :D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on August 13, 2014, 03:45:53 PM
The car version are called "Truck Nuts" and I wasn't at all surprised to see that the first result on Google was to buy them on Amazon.  They come in pretty much every color imaginable.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Idlewildstudios on August 13, 2014, 05:04:37 PM
I use a melon baller to scoop the seeds out of apple halves. Beat better than trying to wrestle with a paring knife.

I have seen banana and hot dig slicers at stores.  Cutting a banana is so difficult it requires a special tool?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Harriet Jones on August 13, 2014, 05:10:50 PM
I use a melon baller to scoop the seeds out of apple halves. Beat better than trying to wrestle with a paring knife.

I have seen banana and hot dig slicers at stores.  Cutting a banana is so difficult it requires a special tool?

 I wonder if they're aimed at people with toddlers who want to "help" with food prep. Otherwise, they're a one-function tool that takes up a lot more room than a knife.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 13, 2014, 06:03:18 PM
A melon baller is a great utensil to throw in the grab bag if you ever do a meal with kids where they only get to eat with the utensil they pull out of the bag.

I combined that with a Monk's dinner one night when I was babysitting.  The kids were driving me 'round the bend and I just wanted peace and quiet so for dinner, there was no talking and they had to eat with a funky utensil.  One of them drew a spaghetti fork, which was entertaining.

Apparently, they talked about that dinner for *years*.

What is a Monk's dinner ?

A dinner where no one is allowed to speak.  It's great for when the kids are driving you 'round the bend.   :D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: norrina on August 13, 2014, 07:37:50 PM
Banana slicer and hard-boiled-egg slicers have been common in the lower age classrooms at the Montessori schools I have subbed at. The children get to practice peeling the bananas and eggs, then slice them safely with the slicers and have a healthy snack.

I've used our melon baller to ball an actual melon a couple times, but mostly find that too tedious to bother with on a regular basis. My more regular use of the melon baller has been to shape cookies. The chocolate chips cookie recipe I use is a stiff chilled dough, so the baller scoops and releases the dough cleanly, and I end up with uniform, perfectly round cookies to boot.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: ladyknight1 on August 13, 2014, 08:34:59 PM
Melon ballers are fantastic for removing olives and capers from tall narrow jars without too much of the liquid.

We have a large red pickup in our area that has "Santa's Sleigh" painted on it with Christmas light bulbs and the driver does look a lot like that jolly ol' elf.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Alicia on August 13, 2014, 08:43:33 PM
Melon ballers are fantastic for removing olives and capers from tall narrow jars without too much of the liquid.

We have a large red pickup in our area that has "Santa's Sleigh" painted on it with Christmas light bulbs and the driver does look a lot like that jolly ol' elf.

Try a pickle picker upper
http://smile.amazon.com/Animewild-1365-Norpro-Deluxe-Pincher/dp/B000PSBNCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1407980331&sr=1-1&keywords=pickle
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Slartibartfast on August 13, 2014, 11:20:56 PM
Melon ballers are fantastic for removing olives and capers from tall narrow jars without too much of the liquid.

We have a large red pickup in our area that has "Santa's Sleigh" painted on it with Christmas light bulbs and the driver does look a lot like that jolly ol' elf.

Try a pickle picker upper
http://smile.amazon.com/Animewild-1365-Norpro-Deluxe-Pincher/dp/B000PSBNCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1407980331&sr=1-1&keywords=pickle

Most fun utensil ever!  Although my dad always called it the "nose picker" which bothered my sister so much she wouldn't use it.  Still, good for olives, pickles, marachino cherries, and abything else where you don't want to stick your fingers in a jar but can't maneuver a spoon well . . .
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: lowspark on August 14, 2014, 07:33:57 AM
The most interesting thing about this thread is that for every person who thinks, "who came up with this useless product?" there's someone else who actually thinks that product is useful! What a wonderful world!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Mental Magpie on August 14, 2014, 09:33:36 AM
The most interesting thing about this thread is that for every person who thinks, "who came up with this useless product?" there's someone else who actually thinks that product is useful! What a wonderful world!

Agreed!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: chigger on August 16, 2014, 09:19:21 AM
Melon ballers are fantastic for removing olives and capers from tall narrow jars without too much of the liquid.

We have a large red pickup in our area that has "Santa's Sleigh" painted on it with Christmas light bulbs and the driver does look a lot like that jolly ol' elf.


Melon ballers are great for scooping out the insides of mushrooms before you stuff them.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: #borecore on August 16, 2014, 09:44:13 AM
I watched the end of "Shark Tank" last night,  and a young woman invented a cardboard box that doesn't need to be taped to assemble it. As the hosts pointed out, it's not exactly a wide open market,  nor is it worth more than triple the price of a regular cardboard box,  even if it's clever.

What surprised me was that the inventor had supposedly won a national college entrepreneur competition. Did no one have those questions along the way?
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 18, 2014, 10:35:11 AM
I watched the end of "Shark Tank" last night,  and a young woman invented a cardboard box that doesn't need to be taped to assemble it. As the hosts pointed out, it's not exactly a wide open market,  nor is it worth more than triple the price of a regular cardboard box,  even if it's clever.

What surprised me was that the inventor had supposedly won a national college entrepreneur competition. Did no one have those questions along the way?

Yeah, they're called 'Banker's boxes' and I use them all the time at work.  Not exactly a new idea, that.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: blue2000 on August 18, 2014, 11:13:44 AM
I watched the end of "Shark Tank" last night,  and a young woman invented a cardboard box that doesn't need to be taped to assemble it. As the hosts pointed out, it's not exactly a wide open market,  nor is it worth more than triple the price of a regular cardboard box,  even if it's clever.

What surprised me was that the inventor had supposedly won a national college entrepreneur competition. Did no one have those questions along the way?

Yeah, they're called 'Banker's boxes' and I use them all the time at work.  Not exactly a new idea, that.

We also have chip boxes at work. Much less sturdy (the chips are light, so they don't have to be fantastic) but the boxes can be put together and broken down again many times before they wear out.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 19, 2014, 12:39:29 PM
Melon ballers are fantastic for removing olives and capers from tall narrow jars without too much of the liquid.

We have a large red pickup in our area that has "Santa's Sleigh" painted on it with Christmas light bulbs and the driver does look a lot like that jolly ol' elf.

Try a pickle picker upper
http://smile.amazon.com/Animewild-1365-Norpro-Deluxe-Pincher/dp/B000PSBNCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1407980331&sr=1-1&keywords=pickle

Most fun utensil ever!  Although my dad always called it the "nose picker" which bothered my sister so much she wouldn't use it.  Still, good for olives, pickles, marachino cherries, and abything else where you don't want to stick your fingers in a jar but can't maneuver a spoon well . . .

That thing always reminded me of the "nose scene" in Total Recall, so I get your dad's nickname for it.  :D
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: norrina on August 21, 2014, 11:04:27 AM
I watched the end of "Shark Tank" last night,  and a young woman invented a cardboard box that doesn't need to be taped to assemble it. As the hosts pointed out, it's not exactly a wide open market,  nor is it worth more than triple the price of a regular cardboard box,  even if it's clever.

What surprised me was that the inventor had supposedly won a national college entrepreneur competition. Did no one have those questions along the way?

Yeah, they're called 'Banker's boxes' and I use them all the time at work.  Not exactly a new idea, that.

We also have chip boxes at work. Much less sturdy (the chips are light, so they don't have to be fantastic) but the boxes can be put together and broken down again many times before they wear out.

Some of DH and DSS' sneakers come in tapeless boxes as well. They don't hold up particularly well to our cat's insistence that they are his new bed...
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: marcel on August 23, 2014, 09:37:35 AM
I watched the end of "Shark Tank" last night,  and a young woman invented a cardboard box that doesn't need to be taped to assemble it. As the hosts pointed out, it's not exactly a wide open market,  nor is it worth more than triple the price of a regular cardboard box,  even if it's clever.

What surprised me was that the inventor had supposedly won a national college entrepreneur competition. Did no one have those questions along the way?
sounds like standard moving box to me. The ones that i use do not need to be taped.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: demarco on August 23, 2014, 01:05:18 PM
The Swash

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/business/2014/07/16/pg-takes-on-the-dry-cleaner-with-a-new-at-home-device/12728113/

This is a rather large piece of equipment that deodorizes clothing and smooths out wrinkles between washings or dry cleanings. The device is plugged in to an electrical outlet but does not require a water source. A piece of clothing is hung inside the machine and a "pod" is added. The process takes ten minutes. The process does not remove stains. The swash costs $499 and the pods are $6.99 each. The article mentions that the device may be useful in airport lounges but is designed for home use.

I can almost see the airport lounge application if someone is someone is reeking and wrinkled and  is in a furious hurry to meet somebody important but no way on earth can I see giving house space to this thing. There are dry cleaner sheets that work in the dryer and cost a fraction of the pod price.  The sheets deodorize and the dryer action will take out the wrinkles. You can also use the sheets to remove stains which the swash cannot do. The worst thing about the swash, in my opinion, is the space it would take up. I have small rooms and there isn't anywhere in my closet, bathroom or bedroom where this thing would fit without causing  a problem.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Dazi on August 23, 2014, 01:24:41 PM
The Swash

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/business/2014/07/16/pg-takes-on-the-dry-cleaner-with-a-new-at-home-device/12728113/

This is a rather large piece of equipment that deodorizes clothing and smooths out wrinkles between washings or dry cleanings. The device is plugged in to an electrical outlet but does not require a water source. A piece of clothing is hung inside the machine and a "pod" is added. The process takes ten minutes. The process does not remove stains. The swash costs $499 and the pods are $6.99 each. The article mentions that the device may be useful in airport lounges but is designed for home use.

I can almost see the airport lounge application if someone is someone is reeking and wrinkled and  is in a furious hurry to meet somebody important but no way on earth can I see giving house space to this thing. There are dry cleaner sheets that work in the dryer and cost a fraction of the pod price.  The sheets deodorize and the dryer action will take out the wrinkles. You can also use the sheets to remove stains which the swash cannot do. The worst thing about the swash, in my opinion, is the space it would take up. I have small rooms and there isn't anywhere in my closet, bathroom or bedroom where this thing would fit without causing  a problem.

Someone didn't do their research. They have a product that already does that.   It's called Dryel, you can buy it at Walmart or the grocery store for about $10.00.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Luci on August 23, 2014, 02:10:29 PM
The Swash

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/business/2014/07/16/pg-takes-on-the-dry-cleaner-with-a-new-at-home-device/12728113/

This is a rather large piece of equipment that deodorizes clothing and smooths out wrinkles between washings or dry cleanings. The device is plugged in to an electrical outlet but does not require a water source. A piece of clothing is hung inside the machine and a "pod" is added. The process takes ten minutes. The process does not remove stains. The swash costs $499 and the pods are $6.99 each. The article mentions that the device may be useful in airport lounges but is designed for home use.

I can almost see the airport lounge application if someone is someone is reeking and wrinkled and  is in a furious hurry to meet somebody important but no way on earth can I see giving house space to this thing. There are dry cleaner sheets that work in the dryer and cost a fraction of the pod price.  The sheets deodorize and the dryer action will take out the wrinkles. You can also use the sheets to remove stains which the swash cannot do. The worst thing about the swash, in my opinion, is the space it would take up. I have small rooms and there isn't anywhere in my closet, bathroom or bedroom where this thing would fit without causing  a problem.

Someone didn't do their research. They have a product that already does that.   It's called Dryel, you can buy it at Walmart or the grocery store for about $10.00.

Twelve pods are $6.99, which helps considerably.  "A package of 12 Swash pods will cost $6.99 and come in a variety of scents."

There are very few times I would use it, particularly since we don't go into smoky bars or parties anymore, so I pretty much agree: useless product for most of us.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: allthelittledaisies on August 23, 2014, 06:11:01 PM
The most interesting thing about this thread is that for every person who thinks, "who came up with this useless product?" there's someone else who actually thinks that product is useful! What a wonderful world!

After reading the whole thread so far, that is my favorite part, too! Also I now have several uses, and a burning need for, a melon-baller. How fabulous!
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Sirius on August 23, 2014, 08:24:34 PM
I use a melon baller to scoop the seeds out of apple halves. Beat better than trying to wrestle with a paring knife.

I have seen banana and hot dig slicers at stores.  Cutting a banana is so difficult it requires a special tool?

I'm tired, and I saw that as "hog slicers." 

Back when I was a youngster we had a cheese slicer - rectangle shaped, with what looked like small serrated knives equally spaced.  Looked like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/161378073042?item=161378073042&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

What my mother had to say when she tried to use it to slice cheese almost blistered the paneling.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: JoW on August 23, 2014, 10:39:26 PM
A hotdog or banana slice is about the same diameter as a toddler's windpipe.  Cutting those slices in half before giving them to a toddler is important.  But I think the slicer is a gimmick.  Especially since the one I saw in a store was made to look like a dachshund.



Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: shhh its me on August 24, 2014, 11:18:53 AM
A hotdog or banana slice is about the same diameter as a toddler's windpipe.  Cutting those slices in half before giving them to a toddler is important.  But I think the slicer is a gimmick.  Especially since the one I saw in a store was made to look like a dachshund.

The hotdog slicer seem to be more dicer but the banana slicers seem to just slice.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 24, 2014, 01:11:44 PM
I'm sure many will find it useful but it made me giggle. I was looking for something to ahem, enhance my cleavage, with some of my outfits for my upcoming vacation. Settled on some inserts you put in your bra designed to push the boobage up.but that's not it.

I also came across some for the nether regions; some sort of padding/insert to hide camel toe! Ok, whatever but I laughed.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: Hmmmmm on August 24, 2014, 02:06:03 PM
The Swash

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/business/2014/07/16/pg-takes-on-the-dry-cleaner-with-a-new-at-home-device/12728113/

This is a rather large piece of equipment that deodorizes clothing and smooths out wrinkles between washings or dry cleanings. The device is plugged in to an electrical outlet but does not require a water source. A piece of clothing is hung inside the machine and a "pod" is added. The process takes ten minutes. The process does not remove stains. The swash costs $499 and the pods are $6.99 each. The article mentions that the device may be useful in airport lounges but is designed for home use.

I can almost see the airport lounge application if someone is someone is reeking and wrinkled and  is in a furious hurry to meet somebody important but no way on earth can I see giving house space to this thing. There are dry cleaner sheets that work in the dryer and cost a fraction of the pod price.  The sheets deodorize and the dryer action will take out the wrinkles. You can also use the sheets to remove stains which the swash cannot do. The worst thing about the swash, in my opinion, is the space it would take up. I have small rooms and there isn't anywhere in my closet, bathroom or bedroom where this thing would fit without causing  a problem.

Someone didn't do their research. They have a product that already does that.   It's called Dryel, you can buy it at Walmart or the grocery store for about $10.00.

Twelve pods are $6.99, which helps considerably.  "A package of 12 Swash pods will cost $6.99 and come in a variety of scents."

There are very few times I would use it, particularly since we don't go into smoky bars or parties anymore, so I pretty much agree: useless product for most of us.

I saw a comparison of the Swash versus steam dryer or plain dryeron GMA.The swash really did perform much better in removing odor & wrinkles. A chambray shirt looked pressed even around the colar. If I still did a bunch of weekly dry cleaning I might invest. We used to spend a minimum of $120 a month on dry cleaning. If I could have cut that by 40% I could recover my cost in less than a year. Also the convenience of being able to refresh an item that I had forgotten to get cleaned at home would be beneficial. They said you could do 2 items at a time so around .30 for each piece for the pods.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: #borecore on August 24, 2014, 02:29:27 PM
If you figure that you want to 'pay it off' in a year, and you're doing a shirt and a pair of pants a week, and a suit (two pieces) twice a month, then it's actually $3.58 per item (if you clean double the shirts & pants, it's $2.24/item; if you mete out the cost over 5 years, it goes down to $.93/item & $.68/item, respectively), plus the cost of electricity. Still cheaper than dry cleaning (for suit pieces at least), but as far as I can tell, it's not a substitute for dry cleaning period (i.e., you'll still want to get things thoroughly cleaned every few cycles). The main thing keeping up the cost is the assumption of fixed prices for the pods.

Of course, if you price it out over the life of the machine, it gets lower, but I am not sure how many households need it enough to justify that initial output. So I guess I wouldn't call it a "useless product," just not one that's going to be commonplace anytime soon.

My not-quite-useless but still "What?!" product: Cellphone cases that absorb every speck of dirt. I just replaced my perfectly functional red Body Glove case (with a black and metallic one that's equally functional) because I felt like a slob. No amount of soaking, washing, scrubbing and stain removing got the black smudges off all eight corners of the thing. Manufacturers know that the modern consumer carries a phone everywhere, so why not make the case non-absorbent? (The label says it's "antimicrobial," but apparently not antifilth!)
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: BioformCassie on December 19, 2014, 07:31:37 AM

Try a pickle picker upper
http://smile.amazon.com/Animewild-1365-Norpro-Deluxe-Pincher/dp/B000PSBNCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1407980331&sr=1-1&keywords=pickle

Thank you for posting this. I've seen one before and couldn't possibly imagine what its purpose was.

We've always used melon ballers for scooping out the insides of zuchinni to make stuffed zucchini boats.
Title: Re: Who came up with this useless product?
Post by: wheeitsme on December 19, 2014, 11:37:45 AM

Try a pickle picker upper
http://smile.amazon.com/Animewild-1365-Norpro-Deluxe-Pincher/dp/B000PSBNCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1407980331&sr=1-1&keywords=pickle

Thank you for posting this. I've seen one before and couldn't possibly imagine what its purpose was.

We've always used melon ballers for scooping out the insides of zuchinni to make stuffed zucchini boats.

We actually have one of those.  Great for olive jars!