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July 10, 2005

Helpful Hints from joe–eeze: Red is for Right


Ever get annoyed with headphones and earbuds, especially those made by Sony (above and below), which indicate which is for the left and which for the right ear with tiny letters about the size of one of the facets of a fly's eye?

Me too.

Your annoyance with such poor design — at least, in this area — is about to end.


Because guess what?

A couple years ago it dawned on me: red is for right.

So all you need to do is put something red on the one that goes on the right ear and you're home free.

No one will know your secret, which makes it all the more fun.

Things that work: Sharpie, Magic Marker, lipstick, nail polish, sticky round dots, etc.

Also works for other things that are potentially used by or on the wrong side.

Now aren't you glad you're a joehead?

I sure am.

And yes, "Tommy" is still on endless repeat as I create this post this fine Sunday morning.

"R is for Red" would've been a good Sue Grafton title in her Kinsey Millhone series, no?


I wonder if the color choice was accidental or subliminally tilted toward the mayhem end of the spectrum?

July 10, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink


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I am sincerely hoping that you'll never EVER take to the seas in any other fashion than as passenger. Because, when it comes to the ships lanterns, red is LEFT and the green ones are supposed on your right. Given of course that you are standing in the aft of the boat with your nose pointing afore to the bow.

Posted by: Perikles | Mar 8, 2007 5:55:22 PM

Unless, of course, you're color blind. Then red isn't so useful.

Posted by: Carol | Jul 11, 2005 9:30:17 AM

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