The Tick Grabber – functional but creepy

by Ally

Alright, I admit that this technically isn’t a gadget or at least not by most standards.  In all fairness though, I looked up the word just to see if there was a loophole in the dictionary and it turns out there is.  A gadget is also any ingenious article, so although I find this key chain to be beyond ridiculous I’m sure someone thought it was ingenious.  Likely they were inebriated at the time of thinking it, but surely someone did indeed think so.  Personally, I just find it highly disturbing.

For those that don’t live in heavily wooded areas or just don’t really ever go camping, ticks are annoying.  Annoying and gross, they have to be removed in such a way that they won’t cause Lyme disease.  Typically, we used something hot to get it to back out of the skin and that worked well enough.  It didn’t cost us any money, which is always grand if you’re feeling particularly cheap.  However, for those that would like to add another key chain to their key ring there is this odd little Tick Grabber.  Just put the tick’s body through the largest part of the opening and then slide it to the smallest.  Then you of course, pull.  The device is being sold for $5.99.

Source: bookofjoe

8 reviews or comments

AndrewD Says: June 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm

@Gadgets: This could clearly be used as a fatal weapon. Next the terrorists will be de-ticking us! Run!

thewhynotgirl Says: June 16, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Actually, there are a lot of people who live in areas where ticks are numerous– including some of us who didn’t know that there were ticks in our urban areas!
This, if it works effectively, could be a seriously handy gadget to have if you need to routinely check your dog after you walk him, or your kids after they’ve been outdoors.

Just sayin’.

AndrewD Says: June 17, 2008 at 10:37 am

@thewhynotgirl: That is totally valid. After living in a rural area for years you get used to removing ticks from your head and skin. It just comes with the territory. This gadget would have been a nice tool to have.

Wendora Says: May 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I saw this in action at the local animal shelter. I pointed out the tick and with this thing is was off the dog’s ear in no time. A tweezer would be to difficult to use on a squirming dog, this is perfect.

bobard the retard Says: January 1, 2013 at 10:56 pm

What happens if I drive my moms car (my keys would be nestled safety under my captain kirk key chain holder) and discover a parasite has made me its host?

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