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cwm

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #465 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

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!

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #466 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.)

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #467 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.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #468 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

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!

Julian

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #469 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

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.)

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #470 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

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.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #471 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.

Dazi

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #472 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
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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #473 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

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #474 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
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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #475 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.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #476 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.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #477 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!

Julian

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #478 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

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We'd watch the lightning crack over canefields
Laugh and think, this is Australia.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #479 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!