Sunday, April 18, 2010

Today's Macro Photo. Cotton swab

This is a cotton swab. Leo Gerstenzang invented the cotton swab in the 1920s, after observing his wife applying wads of cotton to toothpicks, which she used to clean their baby’s ears at bath time. He refined his invention into the brand name that we know today as Q-tips, the Q stands for quality. The most common use for cotton swabs is also the most dangerous. Using a cotton swab to clean the ear canal can cause an ear infection or even worse, a perforated eardrum.

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