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Sunday, November 13, 2022

#435: Toilet Paper Width Shrinking

Common for years in products, shrinkflation has been going on with subtle shrinking of product sizes to try to keep the prices level while providing less, either due to cost pressure in production or simply wanting more profits for the companies.  I have hated this always because I think a disclaimer should be required on the product for a 6 month period notifying the size is smaller, when it's subtle.  

But with the trend in toilet paper rolls, it's SO sneaky where you really have to have a keen eye to notice that this just smacks as a total scam in my book and should be illegal to do without a notification on the package.  This is a product that no one is going to see the specs because of all the dimensions and notice it's less, unlike maybe a bottle of soda that is clearly marked with one measure.  Just opened a new package and thought it looked narrower and measured against the old one and indeed, it's 1/8th or so inch less.  This is on top of previous reductions over the past couple years.  Severity: 5

Sunday, October 23, 2022

#434: TV promotions to win X's Money

Fox sports is the big user of this dumb contest to win some money and they claim it's one of their broadcaster's.  Namely Terry Bradshaw, as an example.  Obviously, it's not their money or they just give them an equivalent bonus to cover it so it's lame they think it will be more enticing than just normal money.  Severity: 2

Sunday, February 13, 2022

#433: Heat and A/C on the Same Day

Unless living in an extreme location like Death Valley or the Sahara Desert, there should never be a need for someone in a house or apartment to use the heat and air conditioning in the same day.  If it cools down at night and early morning, you should know it will warm up quickly later in the day, so just deal with the few degrees of being below you optimal temperature rather than waste energy heating up the house, only to have it too hot later.  Same goes in the other direction when one could use natural cooling at night to cool down the house rather than use the A/C for maybe a brief period where the temperature is slightly above the optimal temp.  Severity: 4

Thursday, May 27, 2021

#432: Kid Going to College Signs

 It's common to see people with signs on their front lawn proclaiming their kid graduating from highschool with class of 'xx signs, which is fine, but today saw one bragging about their kid going to a college.  And not even a very prestigious one, St. Mary's.  To me, that is some shameful boasting that is just about free advertising for the college which is duping the parents.  Severity: 3

Thursday, November 26, 2020

#431: Stockpiling of Bottled Water During Pandemic

During the pandemic, whenever stockpiling occurs, people are including bottled water in crazy amounts in their panic buying.  This is despite there being no danger to the water supply from the virus so there is no reason for people wasting money and creating excess trash buy stocking up on this product, especially given people are not even going anywhere.  Foolishness.  Severity: 4

Thursday, July 23, 2020

#430: The touching of a thing at end of a run

This is odd one that I am not sure why I dislike but it surrounds things on popular routes of running or walking that people like to touch as some sort of accomplishment before they reverse and return the other direction.  I saw  itr and reminded me of a big one these at Fort Point in SF.

Severity: 2

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

#429: Wearing Masks When Not Needed

During the virus pandemic, when you are just walking outside in an non-congested area, you don't need to wear a mask, yet many seem to think they have to or need to.  Waste.  Save the use for when needed.  Can't imagine why anyone would exercise with one on when not around others or then can be easily avoided.  Severity: 4