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12. 15. 2005

Hello Halitosis, Goodbye Tongue Moss


It's high time some demented Sanrio licensee recognized that meth mouth and Hello Kitty go together like drinking and driving. In a low-proof twist, rather than devise a bubblegum pink alcohol breathalyzer, Tanta produced a Hello Kitty Fresh Kiss Bad Breath Checker.

Was there ever a better mouthless trademarked character to judge varying degrees of chronic oral malodor? Hello Kitty must be speaking from the heart when she indicates on her LCD display that you need to brush your teeth; that your "tongue has grown moss;" or you need to use "bad breath spray and chew some gum."

The Shuffle-sized device has a built-in semiconductor gas sensor. When you huff into the sensor, it recoils in horror, then reads the amount of volatile sulfides and hydrocarbons that have escaped your gaping maw.

Or as they say in Engrish: Mouth smelling and the bad breath is anyone. White ones where it is attached to the surface of tongue are called the tongue moss. With Fresh Kiss, main component of bad breath in expiration. The Fresh Kiss costs 1,344Y or around $11.32 at Rakuten.

(via Odd Things from Japan. While you're there check out the Lt. Uhuru-ish ear light too.)

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