Archive for March, 2006

Drink From The Toilet

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

This one comes from my friend Jeff, who noticed something odd when reading
the warnings on a package of Vanish, the toilet tab stuff.

Bowl water not harmful to children or pets. However, it is not recommended
that pets regularly drink water from the toilet.

Jeff’s comment was what about children? Should children drink freely
from the toilet?


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Constantly Changing Smells

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Febreze. A line of products for people who can’t keep stuff clean long enough for things to smell good.

Some of their marketing is clever. They have a photo on their website of a whole bunch of people in a room, and everybody, including the dog, is enjoying the smell of the room.

Febreze has two products that I think are ridiculous ideas.

1) Scentstories. A disc goes into a special device. The disc, over time, changes the smell supposedly to tell you some sort of story. "On A Tropical Island" will go through fruit smells, tropical flowers, and sea mist smells among others. So you end up with some sort of nasal cacophony, and then it’s all over, and your house goes back to smelling like dog.

2) NOTICEables. The commercial makes it seem like people who use air fresheners have one main problem: they don’t notice the fresh, good smell they are providing. I can tell the difference between cooked meat and evergreen trees, but evidently, some people suffer from un-notice-able air fresheners.

NOTICEables changes the smell throughout the day, alternating between two smells. I guess it’s a mini Scentstory. The commercial says you will KNOW your air freshener is working because you will notice the change from one smell to the next. You will smell it going from Calypso Breeze to Hawaiian Paradise.

I only need my air freshener to do one thing: get rid of the smell I currently have… A smoker walked into my house. I cooked that steak again. Time to scoop cat box. Et cetera. I don’t need rotating smell-o-rama for my home.

I have Febreze air sprays, and the smell is very temporary. If I want a longer-lasting smell, I will light incense at 10 cents each. I will not buy a disc and a machine to "play" a scent symphony. Otherwise, a shot of Febreze in the air is enough temporary good smell to cover a temporary bad smell.


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