EXACTLY what I needed!



  • I came across this while ordering some meeting room supplies.

    "Visible Ink Markers".

    Which is perfect, because visible ink is exactly what I want in a marker. Markers mark; that's what they do. If you can't see it, then it probably isn't a mark. And it's important to clarify that it's not just the marker that's visible, but the ink in the marker, as well.

    A colleague has speculated that they say "visible" to remind you that sniffing the markers is not their primary purpose.

    But it also seems to imply that there would be something else available. Perhaps audible ink markers for the blind, or tactile ink markers for the blind and deaf. I've looked all over the site, but I can't seem to find any alternatives.



  • Hmm, just to put a slightly less WTF'd explanation into play.

    Visible ink supply provides early warning of ink run-out.

    Another possibility is that the actual canister that contains the ink is transparent, therefore allowing you to see when the ink level is running low.



  • @CDarklock said:

    I came across this while ordering some meeting room supplies.

    "Visible Ink Markers".

    Which is perfect, because visible ink is exactly what I want in a marker. Markers mark; that's what they do. If you can't see it, then it probably isn't a mark. And it's important to clarify that it's not just the marker that's visible, but the ink in the marker, as well.

    A colleague has speculated that they say "visible" to remind you that sniffing the markers is not their primary purpose.

    But it also seems to imply that there would be something else available. Perhaps audible ink markers for the blind, or tactile ink markers for the blind and deaf. I've looked all over the site, but I can't seem to find any alternatives.


    Maybe all their other markers are like this one. Or maybe the company has not yet entered the Deming era and their other markers come without ink so as to keep the prices competitive?


  • @grassfire said:

    Hmm, just to put a slightly less WTF'd explanation into play.

    Visible ink supply provides early warning of ink run-out.

    Another possibility is that the actual canister that contains the ink is transparent, therefore allowing you to see when the ink level is running low.


    Good explanation, but 'visible ink marker' easily qualifies for WTF?! Delightful


  • What, you never had those puzzle books with invisible ink markers when you were a kid? (You know, those "ages 8-88" ones?)






  • "visible ink marker" is funny; does it mean the ink is visible  "(visible ink) marker" or is it only the marker which is visible "visible (ink marker)"?



  • @grassfire said:

    Another possibility is that the actual canister that contains the ink is transparent, therefore allowing you to see when the ink level is running low.

    My laundry detergent has a thin strip of clear plastic down the bottle's seam, through which you can see the level of liquid remaining. I think that's what these markers have, too.

    But the fine print always spoils the WTF. The headline is chock-full of classic WTFiness, and the true measure of your devotion to the almighty power of the WTF is whether you stop at the WTF and enjoy it - or just keep going until the WTF is demolished. It would be sheer folly to stop at the WTF and never resolve it, but one could pause for a few moments of unfettered WTF before proceeding. If you truly respect the wisdom that is WTF, you extend those moments to hours or days.

    It is left as an exercise for the reader whether having greater respect for the WTF is in and of itself another WTF.



  • @CDarklock said:

    @grassfire said:

    Another possibility is that the actual canister that contains the ink is transparent, therefore allowing you to see when the ink level is running low.

    My laundry detergent has a thin strip of clear plastic down the bottle's seam, through which you can see the level of liquid remaining. I think that's what these markers have, too.

    But the fine print always spoils the WTF. The headline is chock-full of classic WTFiness, and the true measure of your devotion to the almighty power of the WTF is whether you stop at the WTF and enjoy it - or just keep going until the WTF is demolished. It would be sheer folly to stop at the WTF and never resolve it, but one could pause for a few moments of unfettered WTF before proceeding. If you truly respect the wisdom that is WTF, you extend those moments to hours or days.

    It is left as an exercise for the reader whether having greater respect for the WTF is in and of itself another WTF.




    WTF?!

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