Monday, April 5, 2010

HEY, IF I SWALLOW THAT BLUE LIQUID AT THE BARBER SHOP WILL I DIE?


Had the day off today. My wife wasn’t so lucky. She had to go in to work. So pretty much my morning was spent doing a bunch of little errands. Stopping by the bank, the post office, and finally the barber shop.

I’m pretty much old school when it comes to my hair. No fancy schmancy stylist salon. My barber has that old red, white, and blue pole out front. And the dingy shop Is occupied only by haircutters right off the boat from some Eastern European country. Good people. No chit chatting. Just, “SIT!” and, “You want same cut?!”

I like that. Gives me time to ponder the great mysteries of my life. Job path. Kids? Future house purchase? And the most important theological question of ‘em all – WILL I DIE IF I DRINK THE BLUE LIQUID FROM THE CONTAINER THAT HOLDS THE COMBS?

Well since I did have that day off I decided I’d finally be productive and get that answer. Here’s what I found out.

Name of Liquid: BARICIDE®

Year Invented: 1947 (by Maurice King)

Usage: Disinfecting combs and scissors.

Interesting facts: Proven to kill the HIV-1 virus as well as Hepatitis B & C. Also, according to Maurice’s son (Ben), his dad named the solution Barbicide® because it was meant to kill the barber. He added that it was an inside joke. Guess you had to be there.

SO WILL IT KILL YOU?

Took me a bit of googling, but I did find a warning label for the B-solution. It states that if you do swallow the liquid you should seek medical advice immediately. That’s it. So the only thing I can take from this is you probably won’t die...in the near future. Since the instructions are essentially asking you to chat it up with some medical professional instead of driving to an emergency room or induce vomiting.

Mystery solved...I guess.


The wonders of Barbicide®.



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33 comments:

  1. I don't recommend testing your theory! Could be a slow, agonizing death, the least of which would involve swallowing cooties.

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  2. Thanks for posting and sharing. I will make sure not to drink the blue liquid at the barber shop unless I really want to voimit or visit the emergency room. HAVE A HAPPY SPRING DAY!!!

    Gina
    motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this post. I used to sit in the barber chair and wondered the same thing!
    I also wondered about all those glass jars filled with colored liquid in old drug stores. I later found out they colored with plain old food coloring...

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  4. I can't believe anything as pretty a color as that could possibly harm me.

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  5. Ya know I would have never thought to see if that stuff could kill you. Thanks for the 411.

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  6. The title of this post alone made me let out a nice giant fart. Thanks.

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  7. Yeah...your theory is um...possible. Yet not probable. I don't think that you should try this one out. Just sayin'

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  8. Well, it's good to know that it kills many dangerous germs, at any rate. I wonder if it takes care of H1N1? Or what about good ol' regular flu, for that matter?

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  9. I love this! What the hell is with Ian's comment-I'm still laughing really, really, really hard at that. But on a serious tip, I think I've often wondered that too. I actually have a haircut appointment tomorrow, I'll be sure to bring this post up to my stylist.

    I really, really wanna say something in the form of a "PS" but I'm biting my tongue. Feel free to email me... Just saying.

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  10. Damn Ian! rotflmfao!
    Ok as a Master Barber I can say in TN the Barbicide we use is red now. I HATE it. I miss the old skool blue stuff. I can still find it at barber supply shops but our state board says no! Boo hisss TN state board!

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  11. Wow dude you found the cure for AID's...in a barber shop no less? This was you best day off ever! Creepy that there is actually a video about the blue stuff.
    http://apackalipsnow.blogspot.com

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  12. I wonder if it will bring my plant back to life?

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  13. haha I love your blog, you crack me up!!! I'll be sure to not swallow any barbicide next time I'm getting my hair done. Thanks for the heads up! Good looking out.

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  14. I've found it really useful for killing Barbie!

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  15. STILL my all time favorite post

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  16. Is this my husband over here blogging? Because dude, he also does the "red and white pole" barber shop route.

    I also love the wikipedia link -- It's my go-to place for all my burning hot questions.

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  17. How were barber;s supplies sanitized before 1947? Were people getting sloppy seconds when the came in for a flat top?

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  18. ha!! Good to know..you never know when that information will be needed, right:)!!! Funny post!

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  19. Well. Crap on a stick. Learn something new every day. Thanks for the PSA! I'll make sure if the boys ever drink it that we only stop at like 2 or 3 places on our way to the Dr. Since it won't kill you right away and stuff.

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  20. I don't know how I missed this....no wonder I haven't been able to sleep lately. I will sleep soundly tonight thank you ;)

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  21. Interesting that is so damn potent. (Kills HIV? That's hardcore!) Good info, I say!

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  22. Having worked in a salon and on hair for many moons I am laughing at this post on so many levels! ;-)

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  23. Shit-- I'm 99% sure my hairstylist pulls her scissors out of a drawer and not barbicide.

    Maybe I should go buy some and drink it as a preventative measure, since my salon obviously isn't protecting me from the HIV.

    One more thing for the to-do list.

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    1. I used my barbicide today to clean my water bottle since I was sick I thought I was a genius and I'd kill all the germs. Long story short I accidentally drank some .. I threw up and felt like death for about 4 hours and now 7 hours later I'm still feeling like hell.. The pain and nausea remains. .on the bright side I stopped shitting myself every time I throw up .

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  24. Hm.... me thinks that when wife goes to work, Ian has too much time on his hands...
    Lucky for us!

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  25. haha who thinks about stuff like this? Oh duh!

    Guys and their barber's, actually its pretty cool actually! Always awesome when you don't have to explain what you want over and over again!

    Don't drink the blue juice!

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  26. That is awesome. I have wondered the same thing from time to time. Excellent blog! Stopping by from UBP.

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  27. Why do you go to a barber shop? I thought you were bald???

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  28. I always wonder how often they change it. I'm weird.

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  29. Hmmm...almost makes me want to take a sip...just to see what it tastes like :)

    WM

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  30. Ooh the question of what it tastes like is a good one... But only if it's new / unused. If you drink the stuff with combs in it, whether you die or not, I think you'd certainly want to. You've upped the ew factor significantly!

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  31. Nice post.

    I say,
    The emphasis of a barber school's education is to teach the essentials of providing hair and skin services for men. They often learn to perform razor styling, hair cutting and coloring, blow drying, foam shaves, steam facials, and facial massages.
    Using a good hair salon is key to great hair care. But how do you select the right hair salon from the many choices available?
    You can do to guarantee that you always receive the best hair cuts, latest professional techniques and stellar service is to choose the right hair salon. Granted, that is easier said than done. With hair salons on practically every street corner, narrowing down your options to find the right salon can be confusing.
    http://kisnersbarbersalon.com

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  32. What movie is it where he ends up drinking the barbicide? He's like really thirsty or something

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