Charmin Thinks Its Forever Roll Is the Perfect Toilet Paper for Millennials

Charmin
Charmin

It’s hard to reinvent toilet paper. So long as it’s soft and of sufficient thickness to make its intended use as smooth as possible, consumers are generally happy. (Unless, of course, they wipe too aggressively, leading to rectal irritation known as Polished Anus Syndrome.) But Charmin is betting on the fact that they have a solution to a problem most toilet paper users didn’t even realize they had: where to stock their inventory of Ultra Soft rolls.

The Charmin Forever roll is a massive stool spool that measures between 8.7 inches and a foot in diameter, the larger more than twice the dimensions of a standard 5-inch roll. The idea, according to Charmin, is to eliminate the need for consumers to store extra rolls. The company believes that Millennials are often living either alone or in smaller domestic units, with storage space at a premium. With a Forever roll, users only need to worry about buying toilet paper every one to three months.

Although people would no longer need to stockpile rolls, the Forever roll is so large that it won’t fit on a conventional wall-mounted toilet paper dispenser. Charmin offers a stainless-steel freestanding apparatus or wall brackets to accommodate the rolls. Those kits average $29.

As for the rolls themselves: There’s a price for convenience. Newsweek estimates that the 12-inch roll retailing for $9.99 comes out to 58 cents per 100 sheets, while their smaller Mega rolls average 34 or 35 cents per 100 sheets. This hybrid of practicality and viral marketing is currently only available on the Charmin website.

[h/t Business Insider]

This Cool T-Shirt Shows Every Object Brought on the Apollo 11 Mission

Fringe Focus
Fringe Focus

NASA launched the Apollo 11 mission on July 16, 1969, ending the space race and beginning a new era of international space exploration. Just in time for the mission's 50th anniversary this year, Fringe Focus is selling a t-shirt that displays every item the Apollo 11 astronauts brought with them to the Moon.

The design, by artist Rob Loukotka, features some of the iconic objects from the mission, such as a space suit and helmet, as well as the cargo that never made it to primetime. Detailed illustrations of freeze-dried meals, toiletries, and maintenance kits are included on the shirt. The artist looked at 200 objects and chose to represent some similar items with one drawing, ending up with 69 pictures in total.

The unisex shirt is made from lightweight cotton, and comes in seven sizes ranging from small to 4XL. It's available in black heather or heather midnight navy for $29.

If you really like the design, the artwork is available in other forms. The same illustration has also been made into poster with captions indicating which pictures represent multiple items of a similar nature.

The Reason Sneakers Have an Extra Set of Holes

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iStock/PredragImages

If you examine your favorite items of clothing closely enough, you may start to ask questions like: Why are shirt buttons on different sides for men and women? (Because, historically, women didn't dress themselves.) Or why do my jeans have a tiny pocket? (To hold your pocket watch, of course.) Both of the clothing quirks mentioned above are relics of a different time, but if you look at your sneakers, you'll find a commonly-ignored detail that can be useful to your daily life.

Most sneakers have an extra set of holes above the laces that are often left empty. The holes may not line up exactly with the rest of the laces, indicating that they're there to serve a special purpose. For many situations, ignoring this pair of holes is totally fine, but if you're tying up your shoes before a rigorous run or hike, you should take advantage of them.

The video below from the company Illumiseen illustrates how to create a heel lock with these extra holes. Start by taking one lace and poking it through the hole directly above it to create a loop, and then do the same with the lace on the other side. Next, take the ends of both laces and pull them through the opposite loops. Tighten the laces by pulling them downwards rather than up. After creating the heel lock, secure it with a regular bow tie.

What this method does is tighten the opening of your shoe around your ankle, thus preventing your heel from sliding against the back of it as you run. It also stops your toe from banging against the front of your shoe. The heel lock is especially handy for long runs, walks, and other activities that often end with heel blisters and bruised toes. Even if you aren't slipping on your shoes for exercise, lacing up those extra holes can make a loose-fitting sneaker feel more comfortable.

Of course, the trick only works as long as your laces stayed tied—which even the most expertly-tied knot can't guarantee. Here's some of the science behind why your shoes often untie themselves.

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