Sunday, August 19, 2012

What the Hell Happened to Pipe Cleaners?

Sure, we're all in favor of healthier living. But what about the impact on arts-and-crafts supplies?

I recently discovered that stores no longer sell pipe cleaners. They've been replaced by something called "chenille stems."

When did this happen, and is that the best name they could come up with? I feel like a macho guy can wield a pipe cleaner, no problem, but you have to be pretty comfortable with your masculinity to say, "Please pass the chenille stems."

I guess this was inevitable. We've gone a generation without pipe-smoking dads reading the newspaper in the living room. It only makes sense that we lose the accessories too.

Come to think of it, many dads are probably still smoking a different kind of pipe. But I'm not sure how you clean that.