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What Bill Nye Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked Bill Nye — most famously known as the Science Guy, who recently partnered with Bombay Sapphire — about the fountain pen, coffee maker, and wall clock he can’t live without.

Some people — including my own flesh and blood and dear friends — will leave a sponge at the bottom of a sink. When it sits flat at the bottom of a sink, a sponge doesn’t drain for crying out loud! Bacteria on the sponge has a party and its waste products release smells that we all find so unpleasant. If you put a sponge in the caddy, you don’t get that. This is not rocket surgery. This caddy has a dial that allows you to secure its suction cup way more effectively than if you were just pressing it against a surface. It’s a more sophisticated mechanism.

I have had issues with dandruff my whole life. Head and Shoulders works best for me. There’s nothing better — I’m open minded, but there’s nothing better. I’ve tried Selsun Blue but it doesn’t work as well. Without doing my own microscopic analysis, I believe the reason is that the particles of zinc pyrithione in Head and Shoulders are smaller. So it’s easier for them to find their way into the funnel-shaped parts of your skin where your hairs grow. Fifty percent of people on earth have dandruff or have the fungus that causes dandruff, the globosa fungus. This fungus has been around since the beginning of humans. It has been chasing us around for a hundred thousand years and originally came from shallot flowers called Persian Shallots in the U.S. The fungus grows on your skin, feeding on your sebaceous oils, and the waste product of the fungus irritates your scalp. That’s why your scalp sheds skin cells. Zinc pyrithione inhibits the fungus. Every dandruff shampoo brand uses zinc pyrithione but Head and Shoulders does it better.

I’m wearing one of my Brooks Brothers shirts right now. I like the feel of the fabric. It’s crisp: a mixture of cotton and some synthetic fibers that is just a great, very comfortable blend. It also has collar stays — you know, those plastic things in the collar.