Kicked to the Curb: Picky, Picky

Description: I don’t know if you have looked down at the roads and parking lots when you travel, but there are some very interesting items being discarded in these areas. I decided they were worth recording and perhaps discussing a bit. It seems that our current culture is leaving some interesting finds for future anthropologists.


I am going out on a limb here and make an assumption that you know what the item is that appears inside the yellow oval below although it is somewhat broken.

If you haven’t guessed, it is a dental flossing pick.

A bit more than a year ago, my wife pointed out an interesting phenomenon that I hadn’t noticed. She told me that she finds many flossing picks discarded in parking lots or along the roadside.

I am one who flosses with a pick on a more or less regular basis and as hard as I try, I can’t imagine how people “floss on the go.” I usually initiate this routine over my bathroom sink with water running and occasionally lubricating the pick with the water.

Once I was made aware of this unusual occurrence, I began to notice that there were many flossing picks discarded in parking areas.

I am wondering if perhaps I am unaware of alternate uses for these devices. If you can offer some insight, please leave a comment below.


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