I miss paper towels.

I'm pretty sure I've suffered more hearing damage from the electric hand dryers in bar restrooms than I ever have at live shows. I usually don't think to put earplugs in before washing my hands.

Screw you, Xelerator. Bring back the towels.

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24 Responses:

  1. David M.A. says:

    "It was a modern sort of bathroom, the kind where the only thing you had to touch was your dick. He figured that some bright Harvard grad was working on fixing that, too."

  2. skreidle says:

    Thoughts on Dyson's Airblade dryers? High-velocity but limited area, and as a result (and as I recall), quite a bit quieter than Xcelerator..

    • jwz says:

      They're somewhat quieter but they still take forever to actually dry your hands. Fuck them.

      • skreidle says:

        I'll admit, I was underwhelmed by their performance -- but I've been unimpressed by their standalone fans, too. Their vacuums may be excellent and not suck lose suction, but their air-blowers suck.

      • cthulhu says:

        Hmmm, I've been really impressed with the Dyson Airblade dryers at the Las Vegas airport; less than 10 sec and my hands are bone dry. But that's the only place I've used them, maybe McCarran has the super-turbo models or something.

        • Andrew says:

          Victory Brewing has the Dyson dryers in their bathrooms. I don't care how advanced their technology is, I want to rub my hands together after a few seconds since the water never evaporates uniformly and I can speed the drying process up by doing so. Trouble is, the machine takes about a second too long to kick back on. Plus it's noisy (although that doesn't bother me as much as the delay in activation and the unpleasant resemblance to some sort of fingerprint scan.

        • Ronald Pottol says:

          You are in Los Vegas, the humidity is something like 15%, your hands would be bone dry in seconds regardless.

          Just look at how your drink collects condensation. Oh, wait, aside from a hint of dampness where the ice is floating, it doesn't.

          Never thought I'd miss humidity until I moved to Vegas. A real 24h city is kinda cool though.

    • LafinJack says:

      Not to mention defeats the purpose of a touchless hand dryer as you keep touching the opposing surfaces of the pincers.

    • Joe says:

      $1200-1600. Fuck that.

    • Simen says:

      The Dyson dryers are pretty good, by far the fastest I've used. But it's still pretty difficult to blow your nose in them.

      • Nathan Roberts says:

        Or to put a bit of water and hand soap on them to clean up after the people that haven't figured out that the piss goes in the toilet, not on it.

      • skreidle says:

        And they don't generate quite enough of a Bernoulli vacuum to pull the door open without touching the grimy handle, either.

    • They're the only air-dryers I've run into that actually dry my hands, rather than leaving me with hands covered in bateria and warm water.

  3. phuzz says:

    I take it that just using the back of your trousers to dry your hands is considered uncouth then?

  4. Josh says:

    Get the older models of hand dryer's; the vent could be flipped upside downso the hot air would blow upwards: instant hair dryer for those doing touch ups, and trying to dry articles of clothing after someone has spilled something on it and they've gotten some club soda from the bartender.