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164703.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:03 am Reply with quote

Question: Into which bodily orifice would you stick a Baby Gay?
(ok, so I know it's not a viable question, but it made me laugh)

Answer: Your Ear.

"Baby Gays" was the original name of the cotton buds one uses to clean one's ears; known in the states under the trade name Q-tips. They were invented by Leo Gerstenzang when he saw to his horror that his wife was using toothpicks with cotton wads to clean their son’s ears.

Originally called Baby gays, the new name Q-tip was given the name thanks to Q for quality – they were wooden sticks with cotton ends until the company bought-out the British company who made the paper sticks used for lollies.


164710.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:18 am Reply with quote

Am I right in thinking that these days we’re recommended not to use Q Tips to clean ears with?

164727.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:46 am Reply with quote

Correct. It just impacts the wax further up the canal, and possibly damages the eardrum. Ears are largely self-cleaning. Unless you're an okapi.

164736.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:06 am Reply with quote

So, how do Q Tips market their product these days? As a keyboard cleaning device?

164743.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:19 am Reply with quote

I think they assume that their fear-of-icky-substances-based marketing will be more powerful than people actually reading proper, boring, not-accompanied-by-attractive-people-and-a-stirring-soundtrack medical advice.

And they're probably right.

164752.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:27 am Reply with quote

I would have thought that using q-tips to remove the unattractive ear-wax which is not too deep in the ear (like the stuff that the ear-picks were designed for) isn't dangerous at all.

That's what I always thought ear-buds were used for anyway.

164756.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:31 am Reply with quote

For sensible folk like you and I, I'm sure it's not. But the official advice has to be 'lawyerized' to accommodate the most basically functioning members of society who would otherwise ram it right through into their brains with a hammer.

164760.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:36 am Reply with quote

Yeah, this is important, I guess, If we're going to talk about ear-picks etc, then we need to get the health and safety right - or we'll have a whole bunch of people banging on Stephen Fry's door with Baby Gays sticking out of every orifice.

164905.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:33 am Reply with quote

That would make a good show in itself.

165026.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:47 pm Reply with quote

Further to the Hopi ear candles (much) further up this thread, Jenny points out that the US measure of light intensity is the "foot candle" - .post 165021.

165247.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:18 am Reply with quote

Anyone got $200 hanging around?

170020.  Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:19 am Reply with quote

Man pulls aeroplane with ears:

British strongman Manjit Singh pulled along a Jetstream 41 airliner weighing around 16,300 pounds for 12 feet yesterday using only his ears. Manjit wore ear harnesses that were attached to cables that pulled the plane.

“My ears are still hurting a little bit,” Manjit told


177376.  Thu May 24, 2007 1:20 am Reply with quote

In the ear-pick mould, here's a nose-syphon:

177404.  Thu May 24, 2007 3:32 am Reply with quote

Altogether now....


185576.  Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:13 am Reply with quote

Jazz legend George Melly got funnier as his hearing failed him.

In the 1980s (when his hearing deteriorated,) Melly's banter with his audience started to get more surreal.

At one gig in London, Melly asked a fan if she lived locally.

"Yes," said the fan, "but I spent several years in Uxbridge".

"You poor soul", replied Melly, "To have undergone such terror and tragedy and still be able to smile is remarkable".

Melly thought that the fan had said she lived in "Auschwitz".

Source: The Week, 16 June 2007


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