questionswhat's one stupid product you can't live without…

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Wait! Tell me more about this beard shampoo stuff. And where did you find it?

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@magic cave: I found it at Amazon on one of my tangent-filled deep search excursions. I totally wasn't looking for it and it somehow found its way into my cart.

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@zuiquan: Thank you for the endorsement and the pointer!

@shrdlu: Thank you for the link!

The Spouse's birthday is next week. I know I'll never be able to top the ukelele I gave him last year, and his annual gift card from Amazon isn't especially exciting (the man can buy $50 in books within 20 seconds, and does so, within a minute of a card hitting his hand), but beard shampoo sounds as if it will run a close second to the uke. Little kids in stores get wide-eyed and ask if he's Santa; he just leans forward, puts his finger to his lips and whispers, "Shhhh... I'm on vacation!" Their moms tend to ask him to tell the kid to do or stop doing whatever the acting-out of the week is.

I'm off to the Amazon page! Thanks again!

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@magic cave: Tell him to just rub a little on his palm and then massage it into his wet beard. It lathers up like crazy and you need way less than you think you would. I think this tiny block will probably last a year with daily showering as long as it stays relatively dry on my top shelf.

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Oh, heavens! The 5-star reviews have a life of their own, rather like the banana slicer.

@zuiquan: Thank you for the useful tip; I'll be sure to tell him. I'm sorry to have highjacked your interesting question. I'll be back shortly with a proper, on-topic answer.

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Discovered 35 years ago...my wife.

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By the way - don't tell her I listed her under "stupid product".

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I don't remember where I got one of these, but I remember laughing at it at first, now i use it a lot. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=push+down+bottle+opener&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apush+down+bottle+opener
mine isn't listed, but this is what it is.

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Mango Pitter. I eat many more mangos just to use it ! It amazes me that it works so well given that mangos come in vastly different sizes.
Happy mango pitting, er.... I mean eating !

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@ceagee: link? I hate pitting mangoes. I would eat more if it was easier...

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@mtm2: your secret is safe with me.

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This corer I also find indispensable.

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@ceagee: Just out of curiosity but are those links in red text? Because I'm pretty colorblind in the red spectrum and I usually have to hunt for the links with my mouse because I can't see them most of the time. Now if they're some other color then I guess I'm just blind blind.

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@ceagee: Dang! Never heard of this (fortunately, The Spouse is pretty good at pitting mangoes), but I'm going to buy one anyway. Thanks for the tip!

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@zuiquan: Yes, they're in dark -- not bright -- red. I'm not color-blind, but I also have trouble spotting them, especially if they're very short.

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@magic cave: OK good, that makes me feel better. The other day I was playing a video game that allowed the display to be adjusted for colorblindness and it made me super happy. The vast majority of games and internets can't be bothered. If foes are red and friendlies are green they're all going to get shot if I'm behind the trigger.

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@zuiquan: Let's try to keep you focused on just the blue and green aliens, then.

The Spouse has the variety of color blindness that makes lavender, violet, and purple appear the same as various shades of blue. As a result, I do most of the clothes buying and matching.

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Two words. Cell Phone. Of course it wasn't THAT recent.

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Add some of these items as deals

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@magic cave: That sounds like a problem with the red color spectrum. How are his perceptions of orange and brown? accurate?

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@magic cave: Yeah, that's a red problem like I have. I thought the Vikings wore blue uniforms and couldn't understand why they were called the Purple People Eaters until I was a teenager and someone explained it to me. I also can't really distinguish brown from green. I had an eye doctor give me the new air force pilot's colorblindness test because she hadn't had anyone to test it on yet a couple years ago. I've never seen a doctor get so excited about a test before. Before the test I'd always been told I was red-green colorblind but I can see green, just 15% less than a normal sighted person. I also found out I can only see 5% of red. But it's always a good party game. "Hey, what color is my shirt? How about my pants? How about this wall?"

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@nmchapma: I think he's mostly okay with reds and browns; it's sometimes hard for me (and for him, I guess) to figure out, since his humorous go-to comment is "Hey, I'm color blind; not my fault!"

True but funny: several years ago he went to work for a big-box DIY store. The employment app asked about any issues he might have that would make working in an specific department. He dutifully noted that he's color-blind and was promptly assigned to -- the paint department!

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@zuiquan: Aha! Thank you for clarifying that for me. I'm glad your stint as an optometrist/opthalmologist's test dummy was interesting to both the tester and the testee, so to speak. I'll have to talk to The Spouse again about oranges and browns. Maybe our opthalmologist can get his hands on the Air Force pilot's test, too, since we see him at a US Naval Air Station hospital.

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@magic cave: I recommend it if you can get it. It's pretty enlightening as it breaks down exactly where you're deficient which really helped me wrap my head around just what I was seeing compared to everyone else.

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@ceagee: Yes, but don't feel like you need to do that just for me, I find them eventually. I've gotten used to it. But I always wonder if other people can't find them because they're colorblind too or they just don't know how links work here.

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The Internet: what it doesn't cost in dollars it makes up for in hours.

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Three Amazon gadgets, two of which I use multiple times daily.

This little stand makes my unwieldy 13" tablet a joy to use.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D856NOG/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This little pill crusher powders my dog's huge glucosamine pills so I don't have to wonder if it was a tooth or a pill breaking every time I hear him bite down on one:
http://www.amazon.com/Carex-Health-Brands-70071-CRUSHER/dp/B000KL1N3C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400538602&sr=8-1&keywords=pill+crusher

And these microwave steamers make an effortless 5 minute meal after a 12 hour work day. Just throw in some chicken tenders, some clean veggies and some seasoning and dinner will be ready before you have changed out of your work clothes. Shake some sauce in there after cooking and empty onto a paper plate and have a fresh home cooked meal with no dishes to wash.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UEKBKC/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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I think for most people the answer would be bottled water.

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@thunderthighs: Now I think you're just trying to get me sick too! lol

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Since food appears to count... Ruffles potato chips. From Costco or SAMs, the only way to get them at a 'reasonable' price.

They qualify as 'stupid' because they have minimal to negative redeeming nutritional/health value and are overpriced given the raw materials/processing. But as a 'potato chip' product, they are in a class completely by themselves!

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@mtw1057: Nasty dead flat plastic flavored water? Hate it, and it upsets my stomach. I'll go thirsty a long time before I will drink that stuff.

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@moondrake: agreed - cases of bottled water are for sticking in a corner of the basement or garage - only to be opened in emergencies! ;-)

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@moondrake: I use the steamers a lot. You used to be able to get large ones but I haven't seen those lately. I stocked up on those.

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OK, I recently received some 'Noevir 808' shaving cream as a gift and now I'm totally hooked on it! It's actually sold as a "washing foam" but one of the suggested uses on the box is shaving, and, wow! After years and years and years of using supermarket shaving creams like Noxzema, etc., this has changed my life!

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http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0001AU3OW Anyone who drinks tea needs one of these. No, your teabags are not working out just fine. You need loose leaf. You need an InginuiTEA.

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@moondrake: Yep. I've never drunk bottled water (well, not after the first one, anyway) and hope never to have to.

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@purplefeather: I love my ingenuitea! i've had it for over 6 years and it is still my go to tea maker

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There is another 'stupid product': the elusive woot bag of crap. Before i knew about it i never cared about it. Now i waste/dedicate many hours hunting this elusive bundle only to be soooo disappointed when i finally receive it (in fairness, i'm not always disappointed.) in the end i cannot say that the boc is stupid per se, however I have become stupid in my obsession of them. It is easier to call a product stupid when in self denial.

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@jthebird1977: At least you get one to be disappointed by. The rest of us dream........