Looks like good ol' James Dyson got pissed off at something else that didn’t work properly: public-restroom hand dryers. Amen, brother. As Dyson’s legion of engineers discovered, the standard-issue dryers just suck up filthy air from the bathroom, heat it, and shoot it out at your hands in even filthier condition, which totally defeats the purpose of cleaning your hands in the first place. So on the brand-new Airblade dryer, air is drawn in through an iodine-resin purifying filter before it’s shot out of two hair-thin openings at 400 miles an hour. Yeah, that’s right, I said 400 mph, which is faster than the following:
2. the Delorean from Back to the Future
3. the speed at which a girl will run away from you when you bring up high-powered hand dryers in an attempt to get her number
Dyson says it will bring the Airblade to the U.S. in late 2007. Hopefully, that will inspire you to wash your hands after going to the bathroom. I’m wiping my hands on my jeans till it gets here.
We had a chance to test the thing way before you will. Check out what it does to the skin on my hand! —Joe Brown
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