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Cotton Bud – a bad engineering design. Trust me.

By on Oct 30, 2009 | 3 comments

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It took me about a week to conclude that spiders have no brain. But it took me about 3 years of ignorance to conclude that

Cotton Bud

Cotton Bud

cotton bud is actually a bad engineering design typically used to keep the ears clean. Now that I’ve made this fantastic discovery, I believe it’s my duty to pass on the wisdom to you and next generations through my superblog.

From an engineer’s perspective, a cotton bud is made up of a small wad of cotton wrapped around either one or both ends of a small rod, usually made of either wood, rolled paper, or plastic. Now when you enter this whole mechanism inside your ear, all it does it push stuff deep inside your ear instead of pulling it out.


I’m now thinking why no one really bothered about creating a better, effective design for it? Anyone?

The Big K


  1. mad_scientist

    November 6, 2009

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    Yes it is a slightly retarded design, the cotton bud that is. I haven’t been using any for a long time. Either use the good ‘ol finger :mrgreen: or go to an ENT specialist once in a while, depending upon how much “wealth” you gather :mrgreen:

  2. Bad Engineering Nerd

    November 19, 2009

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    Umm I don’t think its a bad design as it actually does to the job its small enough to go inside and you roll it around and it takes everything out fair enough your point would be correct if the bud was actually big.

    Also the bud can go deep enough to take out what ever was pushed back in.

    God I so wish this was a bad design because I got an assignment to find a bad engineering design and suggest improvements and right now i’m failing miserably! help?

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