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WTF – Chalkboard Arm Protectors

September 21, 2011

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This week we’re playing around with these arm covers that are supposed to protect you from getting chalk on your arms when you write on chalkboards. At least, that’s what Martina says they’re for, but I’m suspicious. See, I wrote on many chalkboards in my day, back when I was teaching, and I never smudged my arms on the boards. Never. I can’t even imagine how you would. I write with my wrists, not with my arms, and my body is a little bit far away from the boards, so my arm is at an angle. How exactly would chalk rub off on my arm when I’m writing, exactly?

And, even if somehow, I found myself pressed up against the chalkboard for some reason – maybe because the wall is slowly smushing me, and yet I still feel the need to go on with the lesson before my imminent death – why would I need one for my other arm? Why would my other arm be rubbing up against the chalkboard? Who writes with both hands at the same time? Or who writes legibly with both hands? Or are you leaning up against the chalkboard with your left arm, because you’re so exhausted and the class is so draining, while you languidly write with your right hand, and smear chalk all over your arm in the process?

What the hell?! Seriously! This makes no sense! We would easily dismiss it right away for it being so bizarre if it weren’t for the fact that Martina saw her teachers using these in school. Yes: they would wear these on both arms at the same time as they taught. ARGGH! WHY?!

Students would wear them too, supposedly, because they don’t want to smear ink on their arms. For lefties that’s understandable, but for righties? I…I don’t know. I give up. If any of you have an answer, let us know, because we’re really quite confused by it. Our best answer: use these sleeves to smuggle things into the class. Yeah. That’s the best idea we can come up with.

Anyhow, IT’S WTF GIVEAWAY TIME! To win this month’s WTF care package containing these Arm Protectors, the Golf Pencil Stationery Set, the Dog Bunny Hoods, and the Super Fun Water Guns, all you have to do is answer our creative question of the month. The question is:

If you were a student with these arm covers, what would you smuggle into your classroom?

If you’re a YouTube subscriber, feel free to leave your answers in the comments below (along with your YouTube name, so we can make sure you’re subscribed to us if we pick you as the winner). Woot! If you haven’t subscribed to us on YouTube yet, you can do so by clicking here. Yeah!

Otherwise, here are the bloopers for today. I was really hyped up on coffee. Had a Starbucks Doubleshot right before filming and got CRAAAZY. I was like a puppy. A crazy hyper puppy. Whoa.

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  1. Reese buttercups *Yum* 

    If anyone asks what the bulge is I’m proclaim I have a wart…. A rather Huge Wart

    5 years ago
  2. I would smuggle like a mini tv or something to watch my dramas or some peanut butter cups.

    5 years ago
  3. I would hide mini-books cos I’m nerd like that. Once I got scolded at Literature lesson because I was reading book under my desk( book was Harry Potter though XD )
    felix62442  –> youtube

    5 years ago
  4. “Protect from writing,” your student probably meant writing class. At my school they use them for when they practice writing with traditional ink wells and bamboo brushes.

    5 years ago
  5. Hum, they used to have that in the Western World in the early 1900s and
    before. It’s to protect your clothes against spills, mostly ink when
    you’d write with a quill and stuff. You often see press
    operator/printers with those on in period movies and stuff. In Victorian
    era, nannies, nurses, doctors and cooks and many other people would
    wear those as well, too… I think I’ve seen that done up until the
    1950s/60s or so… My granny would wear that to do laundry and household
    chores, when I was a kid. Also, it helps protect your clothes’ arms
    from excessive fabric wear and extend their durability if you had fancy
    or easily frayable material that could catch in , I dunno, nails or thistle or wood shards on a countertop or something…

    5 years ago
  6. Getting pen stain on the skin will eventually go away (within a day or two), but pen stain on the white clothes  are really hard to get rid of… (usually the top part of Korea school uniform is white)
    And of course some of the students does not care, right? But how about their parents?? lol
    BAM!! I TOLD YOU NOT TO GET STAIN ON THAT SHIRTS! BAM!

    5 years ago
  7. I think I get it. Like students have lazy arms sometimes and when they write on the board they tend to just have their arm lean against the board too and that gets the marker ink on their sleeves and so it stains them and that’s what you want to avoid.

    5 years ago
  8. In one arm protector I would hide..some chips,chocolates,candies,etc…and in other one a psp with a lot of games kekekeke!!

    5 years ago
  9. I was thinking hamster… until Martina said it…. damn u martina… but sitll luv u :)

    5 years ago
  10. they’re for art projects in case the paint/crayon and all those colors get on your shirt… they’re called TOSHI 토시 by the way in case you guys are curious…

    5 years ago
  11. If I would smuggle something inside the room, it would be candies and chocolates, a cellphone and an mp3 player. Why? Cause when I’m bored and sleepy and it would be rude to sleep on your teacher, I could eat a candy or play on my cellphone hidden inside them or listen to my mp3 player. Hahaha. And my teacher won’t even notice it cause I safely hidden them and I can share with my classmates.

    Youtube username: tintan121

    5 years ago
  12. I’m a student in Korea, and those arm protectors are used in art classes(usually in elementary school) because when kids color with crayons, they get crayon all over their arm because they happen to rub their arm to the drawing when coloring them, and its used when painting too! I don’t know if they are used to protect arms from chalkboards lol!!

    5 years ago
  13. See. Korea is the land of gamers. So .. this is just a real life version of a gaming armour, only they call this “The Bracers of Chalk Protection”

    5 years ago
  14. Oh my god hyper Simon is my new favorite thing, freakin hilarious you two… I have nothing to say except…. Martina is look especially lovely today, and Simon is the most hilarious caffeine hyped person I’ve ever seen. You guys seem like you’re in better moods since gochu kimchi and sad depression in heven. me gusta happy eatyourkimchi <3

    5 years ago
  15. I really don’t get the high school kids wearing those (and I’ve never seen my middle schoolers wear them), however I taught the kindies last year, and we had those arm sleeves for art class for them. 
    I must say they are definitely helpful with kindergartners and paint. They also wore little matching aprons. 
     

    5 years ago
  16. Here in Peru teacher even student’s wear them a lot it’s  because we use uniforms whit white shirts that have long sleeves so they get dirty ALL THE TIME really u walk like for 5 minutes or so and u have your sleeves all dirty and gray and our mothers  get all angry .___. ajem.. back to the point It protects from dirt chalk food dust Painting EVERYTHING! They’re awesome :3

    5 years ago
  17. i think the arm protectors could also be used for like if your running for your school and your racing against other schools. you would wear those on your arm and they would be your school colour and your opponents would have their school color. i looked up what those things are but all i got was “great for laboratory clean ups”  or its like a portable eraser. kids in my class always wipe the board with their sweaters so this could also be used to erase the board with. this is all i could come up with for now.

    5 years ago
  18. We used uniforms in my school and we’d ALWAYS end up with chalk on our black jackets. It would’ve been nice to have these back then!

    5 years ago
  19. Guys, seriously. I have had the MOST difficult day, and the first thing I do is go to my laptop and see if you’ve posted a new video. You make me happy :) I only wish you could make more videos!

    5 years ago
  20. haha i know what i would smuggle. 
    I would smuggle sandwiches to class,one in each arm, those things seem to have a lot of space, and discretely pull out the sandwich little by little and eat it while my teacher is lecturing. Its always cold in my class and i always complain, so if i wear these weird arm thingies people will just think i was trying to cover up.its perfect! i’ll never feel hungry in class again!

    5 years ago
  21. The first thing I imagined when I thought of what to smuggle in with the arm thingys was this really ridiculous image of me hiding a pair of knitting needles in each arm and like secretly knitting. Now of course this would make no logically sense because I mean where would I hide the yarn…and then there’s the issue of I don’t actually know how to knit… But I mean it would be so resourceful- bored in class? just knit yourself a little scarf.
    youtube account- crazymonkey22694

    5 years ago
  22. i used it for art class.

    5 years ago
  23. I would say cellphone for a reasonable answer cause it’s forbidden here until university.

    felix62442  at youtube

    5 years ago
  24. I use them when i’m painting, with the paper on a table. Since paint doesn’t usually get on a handle, i don’t need to worry about getting them on my hand, but if I accidently rest my forearm on the paper the paint gets onto the arm protector thingy instead of my arm. I am a korean 10 year old ( did you know you had a fan this young? ) that loves drawing so my mother got me PINK arm protectors

    5 years ago
  25. I would sumggle in a $5 foot long from Subway. But around Halloween I would have to smuggle in some candy (of course). My arm cover would be like bulging with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

    My youtube name is ‘b2storanges’

    5 years ago
  26. BACON. I would smuggle tasty bacon, and it would look like I was wearing one, but I’d be wearing both on one side so the oil wouldn’t get all on my sleeve. And I would have tasty obese – ness in my epic arm protector.

    oops, I wrote this here before I watched the whole video. Off to Copy and Paste!
    =^-^=

    5 years ago
  27. LOL at Simon and his 2nd basing!!!!!!
    ahahahha!

    5 years ago
  28. lee

    Solely for fashion

    5 years ago
  29. That is my favourite Threadless shirt of all time, Simon. I wear mine often.

    5 years ago
  30. I have a teacher that could use a skirt version of those… she usually erases chalk with the side of her fist and ends up wiping it on the front of her pants without thinking, so she ends up with white handprints all over the front of her black pants. I’ve never known of anyone who got chalk on their arm though.

    5 years ago
  31. I think Simon fails to see the point ’cause he’s tall. At  5’3″, if I want to reach the top of a chalk board, my forearm is on the board. I remember having chalk on my arms when i was in school….

    I would smuggle noms in those sleeves, probably chocolate, probably of an oreo type variety..mmm…mint oreos. :)
    -cloiebuggeater

    5 years ago
  32. I would smuggle my phone, special earphones for my phone, sum sour gummy worms, chocolate, my color pencils… mmm so much could be smuggled! :D

    5 years ago
  33. I’d always thought that this was for those sun-fearing girls who didn’t want their arms to get tanned while wearing t-shirts… hmmm.

    5 years ago
  34. Very useful. I can’t tell you the number of times I got my arms smugged with chalk writing on the blackboard. 

    5 years ago
  35. IS THAT A GIRAFFE HUGGING A DIPLODOCUS?

    5 years ago
  36. I would smuggle my ipod, some snacks, my magic wand, little travel pillow (so if I have detention and I lean on my arm to sleep, it’s all cushy) and a cute little mouse to play with ^_^. And if the teacher questions why my forearms are so big I’ll just let them know that I work out…alot…

    Youtube ID: sorcy79au

    5 years ago
  37. i had a teacher in highschool who could have seriously used these. he was the best teacher EVER – i took french and latin from him, but he also taught german and spoke ukranian (1st language) and english fluently….and knew a few other languages not-so-fluently.  he was notorious for getting chalk dust ALL OVER himself. on his face and back and rear-end, too. OH, and as per your discussion, he WOULD write with one hand and erase with the other….or sometimes he’d just write with the other hand b/c he was also ambidextrous. he was so smart and super nice! YAY!

    simon totally looked like someone set him to vibrate today….he couldn’t keep still. hahahahaha!!! so funny!!! poor martina!! take him out and let him run around for a while and burn off some of that energy!!
    here’s a video of simon on caffeine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8XybOzhEIE
    as for smuggling things, my first thought was seriously spudgy. but then i figured he’d be too big. so i’d probably bring in a million toys to play with while listening to the teacher (for some kinesthetic learners, it helps keep focus if your hands are busy)….so like a koosh ball, some little transformers….maybe some of my beading supplies, pliers (those always come in handy). 
    my youtube name is: tattiepoteet

    5 years ago
  38. These are mainly for artists. If you watch the drama “Goong” or “Palace,” Chae Kyung wears them when she paints. 

    5 years ago
  39. I would smuggle in some hotdogs ’cause they’re long and would fit perfectly into a sleeve lol, some ketchup packets would fit as well, everytime I would want to grab a bite, I will just let my arm fall and grab the hotdog in my hand and secretly munch on, XD  

    Youtube: lorelove1516

    5 years ago
  40. I love the color …..blue ♥o♥
    and lol to the vid keke ~ Power Rangers ~

    5 years ago