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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
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Posted - 05/09/2012 :  08:34:55  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's a hypothesis that desperately needs testing: the Q-Tip is the Most-Abused Product Ever (MAPE). I don't know anyone who doesn't stick them in their ear canals, contrary to the written warning(s) on the box (and those commercials back in the 70s).

Can anyone think of any competition for the title? Sure, lots of people huff paint, but I think the per capita rate of paint abuse is minuscule compared to that of Q-Tip abuse.

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Hal
Skeptic Friend

USA
302 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2012 :  08:54:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Hal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To stretch the definition, I'd say that fingers/hands are probably stuck in more places they don't belong than just about anything else*. My hand is nicely configured for clearing solid debris from my kitchen garbage disposal.

* Stretching further to metaphorical misapplications, noses almost certainly lead, hands-down.

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ThorGoLucky
Snuggle Wolf

USA
1457 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2012 :  09:05:45   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A while back, Steven Novella in the SGU podcast explained that it was not necessary to swab ears as I had been taught by my mom when I was a kid. I took Steven up on it and stopped doing so. My ears itched more and more until after three months, I couldn't tolerate it anymore. It took several Q-tips to swab my ears clean and end the infernal itching. Perhaps I destroyed my ears' natural ability of self cleaning due to swabbing since I was a child. Hmm.
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BigPapaSmurf
SFN Die Hard

3192 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2012 :  09:52:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmm, it's a close match with "Standing on the last step/top of a ladder", "Not balancing a ladder on proper footing", "Standing on one foot on a ladder", several other ladder rules and "sleeping with an electric space heater/blanket/heating pad"

Theres probably a warning in TV manuals about not watching for more than two hours at a time or something, the most flouted rule will be one that no one is even aware of... unless we count things that include the rule HOT! DONT TOUCH!

The ladder though probably has more rules broken each usage, it will never compete with the number of people who qtip wrong.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
Edited by - BigPapaSmurf on 05/09/2012 09:57:11
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
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Posted - 05/09/2012 :  10:34:31   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I only use Q-tips to clean stuff like my keyboard. I would never stick one in my ear. There are drops for that sort of thing though it's not a problem that I have, so I've never used them.

I have definitely fallen from ladders. But I suspect that my ladder time is much more than your average persons, being that it's a tool of my trade.

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podcat
Skeptic Friend

435 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2012 :  11:13:40   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send podcat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I thought that title went to Happy Fun Ball.

“In a modern...society, everybody has the absolute right to believe whatever they damn well please, but they don't have the same right to be taken seriously”.

-Barry Williams, co-founder, Australian Skeptics
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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9672 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2012 :  14:00:40   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.
I don't know anyone who doesn't stick them in their ear canals, contrary to the written warning(s) on the box (and those commercials back in the 70s).

Are you seriously trying to convince me that isn't the intended use?


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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2012 :  21:40:39   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here in the Catholic Philippines, this is probably the product most often not used according to instructions:


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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The Rat
SFN Regular

Canada
1342 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2012 :  06:09:32   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Hal

To stretch the definition, I'd say that fingers/hands are probably stuck in more places they don't belong than just about anything else*. My hand is nicely configured for clearing solid debris from my kitchen garbage disposal.

* Stretching further to metaphorical misapplications, noses almost certainly lead, hands-down.




A good friend of mine has often posed the question "If you're not supposed to pick your nose, why are your nostrils and your fingers the same size?"

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Hal
Skeptic Friend

USA
302 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2012 :  07:31:24   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Hal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by The Rat

Originally posted by Hal

To stretch the definition, I'd say that fingers/hands are probably stuck in more places they don't belong than just about anything else*. My hand is nicely configured for clearing solid debris from my kitchen garbage disposal.

* Stretching further to metaphorical misapplications, noses almost certainly lead, hands-down.




A good friend of mine has often posed the question "If you're not supposed to pick your nose, why are your nostrils and your fingers the same size?"


As good an argument for Intelligent Design as any, I suppose. My point was actually that noses, like fingers, get stuck in a lot of places they don't belong, with even more disastrous consequences!
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alienist
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USA
210 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2012 :  11:54:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send alienist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by ThorGoLucky

A while back, Steven Novella in the SGU podcast explained that it was not necessary to swab ears as I had been taught by my mom when I was a kid. I took Steven up on it and stopped doing so. My ears itched more and more until after three months, I couldn't tolerate it anymore. It took several Q-tips to swab my ears clean and end the infernal itching. Perhaps I destroyed my ears' natural ability of self cleaning due to swabbing since I was a child. Hmm.


Sometimes allergies can cause itching. Have you noticed if your ears itch more during certain times?

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well! - Joe Ancis
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alienist
Skeptic Friend

USA
210 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2012 :  11:56:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send alienist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by The Rat

Originally posted by Hal

To stretch the definition, I'd say that fingers/hands are probably stuck in more places they don't belong than just about anything else*. My hand is nicely configured for clearing solid debris from my kitchen garbage disposal.

* Stretching further to metaphorical misapplications, noses almost certainly lead, hands-down.




A good friend of mine has often posed the question "If you're not supposed to pick your nose, why are your nostrils and your fingers the same size?"


Nose picking is the most common cause of nose bleeds.

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well! - Joe Ancis
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ThorGoLucky
Snuggle Wolf

USA
1457 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2012 :  16:51:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by alienist

Originally posted by ThorGoLucky

A while back, Steven Novella in the SGU podcast explained that it was not necessary to swab ears as I had been taught by my mom when I was a kid. I took Steven up on it and stopped doing so. My ears itched more and more until after three months, I couldn't tolerate it anymore. It took several Q-tips to swab my ears clean and end the infernal itching. Perhaps I destroyed my ears' natural ability of self cleaning due to swabbing since I was a child. Hmm.


Sometimes allergies can cause itching. Have you noticed if your ears itch more during certain times?

No.

I have only one data point from one biased subject. I should try my experiment again. Then I can get two data points from the same biased subject!
Edited by - ThorGoLucky on 05/10/2012 16:54:57
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
26001 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2012 :  18:52:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by alienist

Nose picking is the most common cause of nose bleeds.
[Chief Wiggum] Remember, Ralphie, if your nose bleeds it means you're picking it too much... or not enough. [/Chief Wiggum]

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