Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday, bloody Tuesday

I finally got a new toothbrush. My last one was one of those vibrating ones i bought in USA. Unfortunately since they dont sell the replaceable heads here in Belgium i had to buy a whole new one once it wore out. But THAT was not the problem.

The bloody part of the story starts at home with new toothbrush - and packaging - in hand. I tried for five minutes to pry it open with my bare hands to no avail. I then grabbed the scissors. Even the scissors just barely won the battle versus thick impenetrable plastic.
But once the scissors took the project as far as it could before breaking on me, I had to finish it manually. I learned the hard way that soft skin is no match for sharred plastic. It sliced and poked me all over my hands until they looked like a played-out kindergarten tick-tack-toe board - hence the blood you see on my brand new toothbrush. Hopefully the bristles are easier on my gums than its wrapping was on my hands.


If anyone knows why companies insist on putting their products in too-thick plastic and oversized wrappings, please let me know!

11 comments:

Joe Biker said...

Scabs on the fingers just make you look tougher on the bike.

If it's any consolation, I've found those electric toothbrushes work pretty good on muddy CX bike crevices. Just hold it and let the brush do the work.

chr15 said...

That damn stiff packing plastic! Worse than paper cuts and just a step down from stanley blades! Ouch!

The wrapping wouldn't be so bad if wasn't heat sealed!

Anonymous said...

Wrapped hard to prevent theft.

PEANUT said...

If they put a thinner plastic on it or only covered the top half in plastic, wouldnt that be equal? I seems silly to do an overkill wrapping to deter stealing.

PEANUT said...

hey joe biker - yeah, i bleed tough. haha love it! Thanks for the reusable idea.

Phil said...

I'm low-tech on toothbrushes. Go with the old style. If ya want healthy teeth and gums, flossing is where it's at.

PEANUT said...

I already floss at least once a day but i really do love the vibrating toothbrushes - makes brushing my teeth fun.

Lips said...

I've been eyeing my electric toothbrush as a household item that goes hummmmmmm...Oh wait, I'm no longer on the porn chat line

PEANUT said...

Yep, works for that too...so i hear.

Rickie Rainwater said...

christine, it probably had a "Child Protected Wrapper." I always tell my friends this when they can't open something. Yes, pretty rediculous wrapping something so well that even the strongest can't get it out. I always wonder what the elderly go through. I also hate DVD wrappers, toothbrush boxes, ect. ect. What are these manufacturers thinking. Oh I know, all of us consumers are terrorist in disquise and they are protecting their products from us with an inpenetratable force field of plastic.
Hope you didn't bleed to death.
Chain cleaner, great idea.
rickie

Rickie Rainwater said...

Been severly ill for a week, but now I'm good. New blog post. Though not bloody like yours, just wanted to share it.
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rickie