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August 4, 2005 12:05 AM

Broken: Shower head label

ShowerheadBob Sifniades writes:

I bought this no-name showerhead from Home Depot. It says "Brand New" on the front. I figured maybe it was printed with water-soluble ink that would disappear during the first shower. But several showers later, and it shows no sign of going away. As far as I can tell, it's printed with the same permanent ink as the 3 pictographs, and will be falsely proclaiming its new-ness for a long time.


At least you can hoc it at a yard sale later as "brand new". Broken? Yes

Posted by: rimat23 at August 4, 2005 01:35 AM

Looks like it actually has four different spray settings - the "brand new" setting washes you so thoroughly you'll look brand new again! :-)

Posted by: Craig at August 4, 2005 01:36 AM

It looks like "no name" is actually named "Brand New". That is the name! Not Kohler or another known plumbing company, but "Brand New".

Posted by: edward jon at August 4, 2005 02:06 AM

If only everything could be falsely labeled "Brand New" EXP: "I am selling my [Brand New] Car on ebay". It looks like someone screwed-up like on the microwave post. Or mabye the brand new phrase means something else than this shower hasnt been used yet.

Posted by: Phil at August 4, 2005 02:09 AM

Maybe "Brand New" is the name of the no-name geniric company to make you think that is is a "Brand" name?

Or I could just be crazy.

Posted by: PyThos at August 4, 2005 02:38 AM

It's not broken.Brand New is the manufacturers name. Catchy,like the local band named Free Beer-you can imagine what a draw that brings when placed on the billboard.

Posted by: sidhewlf at August 4, 2005 07:32 AM

_@_v - the symbol thingies on that look like different alien abduction u.f.o. tractor beam settings you can set that "brand new" shower head to...

Posted by: shesnailie_@_v at August 4, 2005 07:49 AM

Maybe 'brand new' is a setting on the dial. Maybe you're supposed to turn it to this setting when the device is first installed to flush out something or allow removal of some spacer widget that is only meant for shipping.

I would be interested to hear what the instructions have to say.

If this were the case, I would argue that this is not broken. Not EVERY device can (or should) be properly operated at-a-glance without referring to proper operating instructions - especially when said devices have the potential for doing harm if improperly installed/used.

Posted by: DaveC426913 at August 4, 2005 09:17 AM

that's not my showerhead,bob.

thank you

Posted by: noname at August 4, 2005 09:56 AM

Perhaps all it means is that it is a "Brand New" design, in which case it should be marked on the packaging rather than the showerhead.

Alternatively it could be saying that it is made of brand new materiels. (like on matteresses and pillows) ;)

Posted by: Sean P at August 4, 2005 10:33 AM

"New" brand UFO tractor beams?

Posted by: Fuzzy at August 4, 2005 10:48 AM

Brand New is a setting, and when you put it on Brand New it cleans the shower head

Posted by: at August 4, 2005 11:00 AM

Brand New is a setting, and when you put it on Brand New it cleans the shower head

Edit: Wrong name

Posted by: Unknown at August 4, 2005 11:01 AM

It's not really a shower head, it's a mini camera & microphone & it has been designed by aliens to spy on you & determine if you are worth abducting!

Posted by: Steve at August 4, 2005 11:25 AM

What's broken is that you bought it at Home Depot. Bob, I know you just moved to St. Croix, so either there's a Home Depot there (aaaaargh, are they EVERYWHERE!?!) or you carried it with you through airport security. Given the whole alien abduction theme this thread has morphed into, the TSA should have confiscated it as a potential weapon. Broken. ;-)

Posted by: Louise at August 4, 2005 12:30 PM

I find this rather humorous, but not really broken. It would be broken if it affected my consumer experience; but as long as the shower head sprays and sprinkles in the way it is supposed when the dial points to the different stream icons, I would be pretty satisfied.

Posted by: SAM at August 4, 2005 01:14 PM

Reminds me of the cover band called "Various Artists," popular on non-network TV ads. And perhaps Brand New is "internationally famous"!

Posted by: Colin at August 4, 2005 01:22 PM

Brand New Shower head- If you call now, we'll UPGRADE your order to four giant-size shower heads! That's right, four great big shower heads for only twelve easy payments of 29.95!

Plus S&H!

Posted by: Bob at August 4, 2005 03:21 PM


If you call within the next 30 minutes you will get the four giant-sized shower heads at the phenominal price of only $19.95, an unbelievable savings! This is offered to those consumers who respond to the ad within the next 30 minutes, so, have your credit card number handy. (Usually ships within 3-7 weeks).

Posted by: Steve at August 4, 2005 05:20 PM

Sorry to go off topic here, but am I the only one that gets the following garbage characters when clicking on that image?

?m??ðDϩW,暦S?@[ ?Ǵ??@[???홫͌򋵃*{ۭ????ݳ?l???5?ޤw[??

Posted by: Ben at August 4, 2005 05:29 PM


Sorry, you are disqualified for alien abduction because you have been unable to view the image. However, you were given an A+ for memorizing & re-writing the garbage characters! But, do not give up, you are still eligible for the fantastic offer of only $19.95 for the 4 (yes, that's four) giant sized shower heads!

Posted by: Steve at August 4, 2005 05:59 PM

I don't think that Brand New is a company, there is no little trademark symbol thing.

Posted by: [insert name here] at August 4, 2005 08:26 PM

Whatever you do DON'T USE IT! It is not a showerhead, it is a radioactive source! See the INTERNATIONAL RADIOACTIVE HAZARD SYMBOL formed around the center??

Posted by: Pat at August 4, 2005 11:13 PM

Clearly this is NOT broken -- and it's not a "no-name" showerhead! It's all about the BRANDING, man -- it's a Brand New Showerhead, the newest of the new brand of showerheads. You'll find Our Showerhead So Valuable, You Can't Buy A Better One NEW!

Posted by: mh at August 5, 2005 12:07 AM

The setting icons look doctored to me. The icon in the upper right looks fake (shouldn't it all be on the black and not chrome?) along with the "Brand New" label at the bottom. Just my 2 cents.

Posted by: Poster at August 5, 2005 09:14 AM

Ben, I'm getting the same problem with garbage characters in a popup window instead of the correct image. I have a similar OS configuration. It seemed to start on this site a couple of weeks ago. I haven't noticed the problem on other sites.

Posted by: Alex Benenson at August 5, 2005 12:45 PM

Good one Pat, now that you mention it I see it too.

Posted by: Sean P at August 5, 2005 07:06 PM

Since I can't find anything pertinent (I even searched Google and Yahoo for an actual answer to the "brand new" problem), I was hoping I could sneak my own broken in here. The good design contributors here are smart. Maybe you can help me undertand.

Here goes: It's not broken when Novak reveals the name of a CIA agent (where "broken" is slang for "treason," but it is broken when he curses and walks off the air?

I guess I'm asking two questions. Why on earth would unmasking Wilson's wife be an effective threat? Just because the reporters were given the fodder doesn't mean they had to drink the kool-aid (to horribly, horribly mix a metaphor).

Jeeeeeeeeze. I'm confused.

I think Novak's broken for outting that woman, and I can't figure out why he isn't be charged with treason.

I wish someone would improve this user experience.

Posted by: sparky at August 6, 2005 12:06 AM

We've got a brand of produce around here playing the same game. It's (hopefully I'm remembering the spelling right) "Pick'd Ripe"

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at August 7, 2005 02:01 PM

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