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Old 06-25-2008, 01:05 AM   #1
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June 25, 2008: Picky Picky

You can pick your friends, and you can pick your ears, but you can't......

Neatorama points to these two combination earwax spoon/ toothpick, antiques.

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In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a tiny solid gold combination toothpick and earwax scoop is displayed inside a clam shell. A diver recovered the artifact Sunday, May 18, about 40 miles west of Key West during a search for remains of the Spanish galleon Santa Margarita that shipwrecked in a 1622 hurricane. Estimated value of the pick could exceed $100,000



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A status symbol and hygienic tool, this ear picker/tooth cleaner was found at the James Fort site by APVA Preservation Virginia archaeologists. The 17th-century English knew about plaque, which they called scale or surf, and were encouraged by doctors to scrape their teeth frequently. They also knew that a buildup of earwax could cause deafness. As was the fashion for many of these tools, our ear picker is double-ended, combining the function of an ear scoop with that of a nail/tooth cleaner. Ear pickers were used by all levels of society in medieval and post-medieval England, but ours, being silver, probably belonged to a gentleman.


Bet you wish you had one for the gross out value.
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:38 AM   #2
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Hygiene is important! These people just valued it so much that they even made tools out of precious metals for...a classier experience? I guess this shows that pretty much anything can be made from gold and silver.
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:45 AM   #3
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I wonder when these tools went out of fashion in the West. And why. People still have earwax, right? People should still groom themselves, right?
I have a little earwax spoon/keychain that I bought in China a few years ago for about 2 cents. (They're mass-produced in steel, not silver) It's a handy little tool.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:11 AM   #4
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That's what Q-tips are for.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:15 AM   #5
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I thought that was a coke spoon.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:37 AM   #6
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I wonder when these tools went out of fashion in the West. And why.
Replaced with car keys.
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:20 AM   #7
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Gold and silver for earwax and tartar removal, but I guess they used the old farmer's blow to clean their noses. Now I'm going to stop thinking about these things for the rest of my life.
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That's what Q-tips are for.
'cepting Q-tips just shove most of the wax up into the far recesses of the ear canal. And, of course, the Q-tip folks say not to use their product in the ear canal.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:01 PM   #9
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'cepting Q-tips just shove most of the wax up into the far recesses of the ear canal. And, of course, the Q-tip folks say not to use their product in the ear canal.
Poor technique. Q-tipping is an art and feels deliriously wonderful. I'm a junkie. My ears are very tidy. The qtip folks just don't want you to stick it in your ear for fear you will poke a hole in your ear drum or leave cotton in there. All examples of poor technique.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:46 PM   #10
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They don't care if you screw up your ear, they just don't want to be sued.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:50 PM   #11
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Poor technique. Q-tipping is an art and feels deliriously wonderful. I'm a junkie. My ears are very tidy. The qtip folks just don't want you to stick it in your ear for fear you will poke a hole in your ear drum or leave cotton in there. All examples of poor technique.
I agree 100%. It's all about the eargasm.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:41 PM   #12
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depends on the diameter of the ear canal. My wife, poor thing, has small diameter ear canals and can't insert the q-tip into the canal. It just mushes the wax back into the canal opening.

I, on the other hand, get an eargasm every morning.
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I, on the other hand, get an eargasm every morning.






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Old 06-25-2008, 03:50 PM   #14
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I am surprised to find so many q-tip junkies. I thought my every-day-without-fail habit was rare.
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I thought my every-day-without-fail habit was rare.
If I don't q-tip my ears after I shower, my ears feel gross all day. All moist and itchy; it drives me crazy.
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