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March 28, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Hand dryer icon


Funny, I usually dry my hands with that thing. But each to his own, I guess.


interesting hairstyle they got going on there.

Posted by: gmangw at March 28, 2006 12:29 AM

It's not a hair dryer, its a self hypnotizer.

You are getting sleepy.... You will buy more stuff... When you hear the word 'cubicle' you will .....

Weirdorama. oh yeah....second!

Posted by: buffalo_Bill at March 28, 2006 12:48 AM

Not entirely broken. I see these occasionally near showers (gym, YMCA, etc.) so you can dry your hair easier than with just a towel, like a wall mounted hair dryer.

Posted by: ataricom at March 28, 2006 01:41 AM

i've seen those before... they can dry both can't they? hands and head

but most dryers in common use dry only hands, unless you wanna get into this really akward position

so i guess the company decided it was a safe assumption that most dryees would already be aware of the primary function (hands) and thus there was no need to diagram it along with its little-known second function

i hate to be so freakin anal here but really i hope broken isn't becoming synonymous with relying on the customer having SOME common sense

but each to his own i guess

Posted by: WHAT at March 28, 2006 01:53 AM

Folks- that silver piece flips out, so the airflow can be redirected upward toward your head. What is broken is it usually roates only about 110 degrees, meaning you still have to bend over a far piece to put air on your head.

Posted by: nyackjazz at March 28, 2006 08:47 AM

But, if it flips out, why does the diagram still show the head under the nozzle?

I'd say broken. Unless that's a shower, who would need to dry their head? Even if it is a shower, how many people use a hand dryer to dry their hair?

Posted by: Galen D. W. at March 28, 2006 09:04 AM

Suggesting alternative uses is broken now?

Posted by: Jim King at March 28, 2006 10:11 AM

Broken- if only for the fact that this added functions popularity probably increased after Desperately Seeking Susan- Who wants to be drying their hair/underarms/hands with that thing? Invest in paper towels-

Posted by: smartypants at March 28, 2006 10:49 AM

Those things suck anyway. Takes more time than paper towels and leaves your hands (or head whatever your thing is dude) wet and soap-slimy.

Posted by: Ron Mexico at March 28, 2006 11:02 AM

See also.

Posted by: Logan at March 28, 2006 11:15 AM

Uh, Ron, if you're getting a soap-slimy feeling, maybe you should rinse your hands a little longer before you dry them.

Posted by: Downshift at March 28, 2006 11:34 AM

Broken label, you're supposed to pull the metal flap down to re-direct the air-flow to your face/head, and leave it where it is for your face.

And if the flap doesn't move, it's even more broken, becasue every other dryer that looks like this one works that way.

Posted by: MinkOWar at March 28, 2006 12:03 PM

all of the head dryers i have seen were placed high enough that your average person would only need to stand under one without being in an awkward position. not broken, they are functional and work.

Posted by: dsfh at March 28, 2006 12:35 PM

What's broken about it? The picture shows you what you can do with it. And it is possible to use it for your hair (i.e. campers, homeless people, etc.) - heck, you could even use it for your arms, back, legs, clothes, etc.

Posted by: James at March 28, 2006 12:39 PM

Logan, please in future do not post NSFW (aka 'Not Safe For Work') links, or at least flag them as such! I innocently clicked on your "see also" link and freaked as soon as I saw the word "Vagina" - a perfectly nice word in some settings, but not when I'm at my desk at work!

Posted by: Alex B at March 28, 2006 01:21 PM

Not broken: Using a hairdryer to dry your hair or face - sometimes after flying all night you want to freshen up or shave before reaching your destination, and a hot-air dryer may be all you've got. The little flip-out nozzle directs air upwards and is very handy.

Broken: The graphic doesn't seem to show this! The person clearly has his head BENEATH the dryer, from which the hot air is clearly flowing downwards with the flip-out nozzle closed!

Conclusion: very broken - creating a handy feature and then showing users how NOT to use it.

Posted by: andrew Tonkin at March 28, 2006 02:58 PM

I prefer the ones with the instructions spelled out. Its usually 4 lines long, and no matter how far my over the road driving took me, it seems alot of them had line 5 added-Wipe hands on pants. (Unless you want to cycle it 5 times, but by the 3rd time, the guy behind you will kick your butt.)

Posted by: Paul at March 28, 2006 05:49 PM

Public restrooms are broken. The rust-eaten stall doors crawling with E.coli are broken. The rolls of single-ply toilet paper are broken. The too-close-together urinals are broken. The always-empty soap dispensers are broken. And I'm willing to bet if you try to put your head under that thing, you've got to put your knees on the filthy bathroom floor to do it. And are we even sure that's the intent of the instruction, not that it's just poorly drawn? Either way, broken!

Posted by: Corky at March 28, 2006 09:06 PM

Who needs instructions on these things anyway?

If you can't figure out how to use it you're probably not safe to be out alone in public.

Posted by: safety dance at March 28, 2006 09:18 PM

Hand dryers have always been made to also dry your hair or face. With the old ones you could rotate the nozzle(to the left or right) so it blows air upward.

asbestos... I saw a dryer with;

3) Dry hands on pants. scratched on it. I think in a bar in Pittsburgh.

Posted by: Timm at March 29, 2006 07:06 AM

what's with the snakes in the person's head?

Posted by: beckett at March 29, 2006 09:19 PM

push button, recieve bacon.

very bizzare looking directions.

Posted by: chenry at March 30, 2006 03:04 PM

It's not a hand dryer you blind fools! It's alien technology used to steal information from us! First, they steal the top secret knowledge that they won't even let the president know. The aliens snatch the worlds weaknesses from our tiny, undeveloped minds, and they are, as we post, building up a super army that targets our weak spots, such as fast food, democrats, pride, and California. Therefore, I beleive that in order to protect ourselves we should ban democrats, sue McDonalds(Burger King can stay) and abolish the state of California from the U.S.

P.S. This only applies to Americans.

Posted by: joe at March 30, 2006 04:39 PM

I use them at the club as a wall mounted hair dryer.

Posted by: Geroge Rouse at March 31, 2006 09:25 AM

I heard they're developing one of these dryers to replace the toilet paper rolls.

Posted by: Paul at March 31, 2006 08:33 PM

What's really funny, is when my daughterswere young, my wife would use the hand dryers to blow dry their hair after swimming. The youngest thought that these were hair dryers! They're not???

Posted by: Denis at April 1, 2006 04:31 AM

These blower things also dirty your hands...they also suck and blow germs right onto your fresh clean hands.

Posted by: mefx1 at April 24, 2006 04:31 PM

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