You’re renovating your house and you
knock a hole in the wall and an avalanche of dirty rusty old razor
blades fall out. You’re wondering why are there razor blades in my walls? What do
you do? You turn to the internet and you find that tons of other people, they’re
asking the same question on forums and message boards The culprit isn’t anything sinister.
Fifty years ago nearly every bathroom had a medicine cabinet and at the back
of this medicine cabinet was a tiny slot for disposing of used shaving razors. But
that slot is actually just a hole in the wall. That’s all there is.
Once your razor goes through there, well there’s no way to ever get it out. It
just falls into the wall. But stuffing garbage into our walls, especially dirty
used razors, is just kind of weird. How was it ever so normal that nearly every
bathroom had one? Sure we had different sensibilities back then – I mean check out
this freaking cereal commercial. I mean how many used razors could pile up inside a
wall? How many from the previous owner 40 or 50 years worth? And those things are
covered in someone else’s DNA. That little slot is there because your father
or grandfather had to shave with this. Pretty much good for one single use and
slicing up your face, these things were kind of dangerous to handle. So why not
throw it away somewhere safe? Away from the kids. And in the 1950’s no one cared
about how much crap they threw out. Things seemed more infinite back then,
once you tossed something away you really didn’t think about where your garbage
went. By the 1970’s we had invented these. Most people stopped using double edge
razors altogether so the slots became kind of irrelevant and many of us ripped
out the old medicine cabinet when we remodeled our bathrooms. But the blades
usually they stayed in the wall for someone else to find. When these medicine cabinets were put in the thinking must have been that it
would take countless years to fill up a wall with garbage razors. Out of sight and out of mind, it was just not something that would ever have to be dealt with.
But there’s something amusing about the fact that only a few decades later, we’re
finding these rusty old razors and some of us are completely confused by it.