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Elastomer Key Covers Self Destruct
A fan of monkey-themed anything, these elastomer key covers made in China seemed like a cheap and cheerful way to tell my keys apart for $2.99. But after only what I’d consider normal use, they quickly turned from cute to grotesque, with cracked cheeks, gaping eye holes, and horrible rictus grins.
My husband, a materials scientist, suspects some sort of chemical attack — he points out that I like popcorn when I go to the movies, and I do that a lot. So salt is implicated, though I also apply face cream in the morning before grabbing my keys to lock up and head off to work. I’m not so sure, but they clearly don’t live up to the marketing hype of “stretchable and durable.” Though next time I think I’ll opt for the hard silicone key toppers instead!