Q-Tips are the darndest thing.
I never have them when I need them. Does anyone else out there know what I’m talking about? The problem is I have been moving around a lot and a container of Q-Tips doesn’t fit into my small ‘travel bathroom bag.’ You know what I mean? So I keep the Q-Tips in a box…somewhere. They are in a box somewhere and I don’t know where that somewhere could be. Then when my wife and I are staying somewhere; wherever; I’m not really sure where the Q-Tips are usually at! We’ve had some small apartments and still the Q-Tips evade me. I know it’s not just us and our transient lifestyle because even when I’m visiting with someone or staying somewhere for a length of time, it’s very hard to nail someone down to an essential question, like, ‘Do you have any Q-tips?’
Q-Tips also represent something of a paradigm shift. You can’t clean your ears out without them, so unless you want that pent up earwax feeling all the time, you quite literally always have to have them. You can clean out your ears but you can’t really clean out your ears without the Q-tip. You know what I’m talking about; you can kind of get the exterior surface earwax with your fingernail or a tissue, but to really, effectively get in there and clean your ears out, so they’re clean, you have got to use the Q-tip.
Who the heck even invented the Q-Tip anyway? According to about.com the Q-Tip were “cotton swabs under the brand name of Q-Tips (and) were invented in 1923 by a Polish-born American named Leo Gertenzang.” The ‘Q’ in Q-Tip stands for “quality.”
“Leo Gertenzang decided to create a pre-manufactured cotton swab after observing his wife wrapping a piece of cotton on the end of a toothpick.”
Meanwhile, you can picture it, right? This guy, Gertenzang, he’s like “Geeze, why’s my wife doing that?!?” In the meanwhile he’s digging into himself, picking out his own earwax with an overgrown fingernail. And then the light just goes off and it’s like, “Eureka!”
It’s hard to believe that before 1923 people just did without the Q-Tip. Or it’s hard to believe that they let the earwax build up without regard for the gross feeling and all the greasy earwax which bunches up when you don’t use Q-Tips for a period of time. I mean 1923 was a while ago but you would have figured that personal hygiene would have been more aggressive about this untoward bodily function. Like there would have been some regulation over the matter.
Hopefully when you need them, there are always a few spare Q-Tips nearby.