Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

The Tingler: Best Way to Spend Four Bucks

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In lieu of a reader rec post this week, I am here to share with you my new favorite thing and to implore you to buy one for yourself immediately because it is seriously awesome and, get this, it’s only like four bucks. It will be the best four bucks you ever spend unless you’re on vacation in Mexico.

Last week, I went to my friend Sarah‘s place for ladies night and, after we’d all had a few drinks, Sarah busted out her Tingler, declaring it like the best thing ever. We started passing it around, taking turns tingling each other — ladies night! — and here is just a sampling of some of our responses to this thing:

1. “If sex felt like this I would want it all the time!”

2. “I feel uncomfortable doing this to my sister when she’s making those kinds of noises — someone else take over now.”

3. “I feel so close to you now…”

4. “Oh my god, don’t stop!”

5. “HOLY SHIT!!!”

The next day, I went to Rickies and bought a Tingler for myself. Later that evening, I introduced it to Drew and he was equally impressed. Now, before this post takes a turn in the TMI direction, I’ll just tell you you can get a Tingler here (ok, so this one is 5 bucks, not 4, but it’s marked down from $15, so it’s still a deal). You won’t be sorry.

P.S. I’m getting my hair cut tonight for the first time in over five months and I cannot wait. That mop has gotten outta control.

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    lets_be_honest March 27, 2014, 12:18 pm

    Getting it immediately! I LOVE when people play with my hair.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray March 27, 2014, 12:42 pm

      I love it when people play with my hair too! I have a hard head and like it when people play with rough with my hair.

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  • muchachaenlaventana

    muchachaenlaventana March 27, 2014, 12:22 pm

    This thing is seriously a game changer.

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    bethany March 27, 2014, 12:22 pm

    Anyone see the video of someone using one of those on a dog? He loved it.
    I’ll buy one the next time I buy something from Amazon, so I can get free shipping!

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      lets_be_honest March 27, 2014, 12:24 pm

      It wouldn’t let me buy the one Wendy posted without spending $25 (its an add on item or something?). I just got another one off Amazon and it had free shipping and I’m not a prime member.

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      • GatorGirl

        GatorGirl March 27, 2014, 12:50 pm

        Sometimes they have these things you can’t buy unless you buy $X amount. We had that happen with some TV cord we needed. It’s kinda obnoxious.

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    kerrycontrary March 27, 2014, 12:26 pm

    I love the tingler! So one of my favorite nights from high school—my group of friends (guys and girls) sat around a huge fireplace just feeding the fire and making smores and using the tingler! hahaha.

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    Diana March 27, 2014, 12:33 pm

    Sometimes you can get it at the Target dollar bin for $1! Best dollar I ever spent.

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  • KKZ

    KKZ March 27, 2014, 12:36 pm

    I’ve heard great things about these too! And $4-5 is a steal, I’ve seen them in Sharper-Image-like catalogs for way more. I mean, who doesn’t love a good scalp massage? And I love the idea of using it on a dog, haha.

    P.S. The best $5 I’ve spent lately? I got a haircut from a student at a beauty school yesterday, it had been several months for me too and I was looking shaggAY, and I’m going to a wedding this weekend so the timing was excellent. I would be nervous doing something serious like a color or perm with a student, but a trim? No sweat! Highly recommended.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray March 27, 2014, 12:42 pm

    How come I’ve never heard of a Tingler and everyone else has? I hate feeling left out. Guess I gotta buy one now.

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    Lily in NYC March 27, 2014, 12:44 pm

    LOL, these things had a wave of popularity in the late 90s. A couple of things to know – it doesn’t really work if you use it on yourself, someone else has to do it. Also, if you have even minor neck issues, don’t try it; I got massive neck spasms every time I tried it except the first time. Otherwise, it’s great fun!

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    Laura March 27, 2014, 12:48 pm

    I actually got a packet of these for about ten bucks on Amazon, and gave them out as Christmas gifts. Mass tingling around the Christmas tree! Look for the bulk options on Amazon.

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  • SixtyFour

    SixtyFour March 27, 2014, 12:56 pm

    I have one of these, and I love it!! It’s so fun when people come over my place who have never seen one before. If they see it sitting on my bedside table, they’ll usually think it’s some kind of crazy, torture sex toy. They’re really apprehensive to have me try it on them the first time, but then they can’t get enough!

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    Painted_lady March 27, 2014, 1:01 pm

    One of my college friends had one, and after a certain number of drinks, there was a waiting list for who would get “tingled.”

    I am actually one of maybe six people in the universe who doesn’t enjoy it. It always gets tangled in my hair, and anything that could be considered a light touch tickles me like a motherfucker, which makes me feel like hitting people.

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    • BriarRose

      BriarRose March 27, 2014, 1:42 pm

      I remember years ago my MIL had one and someone used it on me, and it felt really weird and not at all enjoyable. I thought I was alone in my secret shame, but I guess not! Maybe I should give it another try?

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    Taylor March 27, 2014, 1:30 pm

    Love it! My husband used it on me to help me relax during labor 🙂

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  • Diablo

    Diablo March 27, 2014, 1:37 pm

    I’m actually quite certain M would love this, but the first comment by Wendy’s friend above makes me wary/insecure in my manhood. Like, there might be a gizmo event horizon at which point M would no longer really need a man, and that is a scary thought. Of course, the Tingler still can’t cook or mow the lawn, so maybe I’m still OK.

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    • Cassie

      Cassie March 27, 2014, 5:44 pm

      Yet. It can’t cook or mow the lawn yet.

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    Sarah March 27, 2014, 12:40 pm

    When Nick got home and saw all the pictures, he was suddenly very protective of his Tingler and was like, “Wait, how do we clean this thing?” So glad to spread the gospel!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy March 27, 2014, 12:58 pm

      Please thank Nick for sharing his Tingler with all the ladies.

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      • Diablo

        Diablo March 27, 2014, 1:34 pm

        Only one of many comments here that is bound to be taken out of context.

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle March 27, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Definitely assumed this was a sex toy before I scrolled down. BUT then I read everything, & sounds like it still is a sex toy ;)?

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    • Cassie

      Cassie March 27, 2014, 5:45 pm

      Now, Fabelle. Not everything that makes one tingly leads to the bedroom. That’s just a bonus.

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    No Pants March 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

    This reminds me of that ASMR feeling I keep reading about!

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    • theattack

      theattack March 27, 2014, 2:07 pm

      Okay, so I’d never heard of ASMR until your comment just now, but I’ve been experiencing that since I was a toddler. I’ve tried explaining it to several people, but no one has ever understood it. Thanks for solving one of the mysteries of my life for me!

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        No Pants March 27, 2014, 2:10 pm

        I have to confess, I totally have been reading ALL about it because I’ve had it since I was wee, too. I scheduled my life around Bob Ross’ painting show (see below) because it was the only thing that would help me sleep or calm my anxiety. Now it’s, like, a total “thing” and there are YouTube videos dedicated to ASMR.

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        theattack March 27, 2014, 2:13 pm

        I didn’t discover Bob Ross until I in college, but I would get really high and watch Bob Ross all the time. Omg the sensations!
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        As a child, I was really uncomfortable with people playing with my hair because I thought it was an inherently sexual thing since it sort of all feels sexual in nature. My dad was always sad because I never wanted him to braid my hair since it just felt too intimate.

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        No Pants March 27, 2014, 2:15 pm

        I was the same way about people playing with my hair or scratching my back! My eyeballs basically roll back into my head.

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        SasLinna March 27, 2014, 3:56 pm

        I’m confused by ASMR – is it different from getting a sort of tingly feeling from getting your hair brushed, for example? (I also sometimes get that same feeling during yoga, which is kind of cool). That would really be the same as what the tingler does? Or is it a different phenomenon?

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow March 27, 2014, 4:00 pm

        OH yeahh, I thought I was the only person to ever get it too because whenever I tried to explain it, people thought I was nuts. I just called it The Tingles.

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    • KKZ

      KKZ March 27, 2014, 2:43 pm

      Ok, this is really weird, because I just read about ASMR for the first time yesterday, but the context was “Weird ways people can have orgasms” so… is there a non-orgasmic context for ASMR? haha.

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      • KKZ

        KKZ March 27, 2014, 2:45 pm

        (I don’t think I have it/get it myself, I just find it interesting. Along the same lines as “fire breath” orgasm which I do think/know is a real thing.)

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      • KKZ

        KKZ March 27, 2014, 2:52 pm

        Also, TA, don’t you also have that thing that I’m probably going to spell wrong….synesthesia? Where you can taste colors and hear flavors and shit? Sounds like the two are related!

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      • theattack

        theattack March 27, 2014, 3:00 pm

        Yes, I do have synesthesia! Wow, I’m really flattered that you remember that. Did you read that they’re related somewhere? I would love to read that if you did.
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        I didn’t know ASMR was a thing until just now, so I don’t want to speak about it generally, but I can say that I’ve never had an orgasm from it. To me it’s more of general pleasure (always either sexual or ticklish for me). So not orgasms, but general sexual pleasure.

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        KKZ March 27, 2014, 3:41 pm

        I’m just as new to the idea as you are so I don’t know at all if they’re related, but it seems interesting to me that they’re both present for you… almost like you’re extra-sensitive to certain stimulation, in more than one way. I’m a little envious actually! I’ve always been tempted to try LSD or other hallucinogenics because I want that transcendental experience, but in the end I’m too chicken, LOL.
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        (Although, come on, who doesn’t find Bob Ross totally entrancing?)
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        I DID hear a few really cool stories on NPR recently, though. One was an interview with a musician with synesthesia, who hears every note as a different color, and the other was an interview with a guy who is totally colorblind but devised a way to translate colors into sound frequencies so he can “see” color by “hearing” it – he doesn’t actually have synesthesia, he invented a device similar to a cochlear implant that lets him do that. I’m just fascinated by the whole idea of the senses colliding so I pay attention to such stories. 🙂

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        KKZ March 27, 2014, 3:43 pm

        And now that I think about it, in the article about orgasms, most of that section was devoted to the idea that people can “think” themselves into getting off (women moreso than men) and then ASMR was tagged on at the end as something related, but not directly. It was on Cracked, though, so… grain of salt.

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle March 27, 2014, 4:00 pm

        I can “think off” .. I was better at it when I was a child, but I can still do it now. It just takes a really long time. It isn’t ~just~ thinking though… I need to tense up my lower abs, kinda? & push like I want to pee? It’s the same muscles used in a Pilates pelvic tilt, so sometimes I get horny during class. But yeah, this is a thing!

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle March 27, 2014, 4:01 pm

        Also, I orgasm in my sleep a lot. Like, I wake up because I’m coming. One time I had a dream that I was using my vibrator, & woke up orgasming only to realize I didn’t have my vibrator at all, haha

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        bethany March 27, 2014, 3:05 pm

        Every way I’ve heard of it was totally non-sexual. It was like it put people in a zen-like state. Like meditation.

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    No Pants March 27, 2014, 2:06 pm

    I bet it would give me the same tinglies I used to feel when Bob Ross and his joys of painting used to air on PBS. Like, instant calm.

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      bethany March 27, 2014, 2:08 pm

      Do you listen to Preston and Steve? They were just talking about ASMR.

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        No Pants March 27, 2014, 2:19 pm

        I don’t, but I’ve read about it a ton and couldn’t believe the universe finally had a name for all the tinglies. What did Preston and Steve say about it?

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        bethany March 27, 2014, 2:22 pm

        Basically that Preston has it, and has had the same experience as you. Had reactions to stuff since he was a kid, but could never properly describe it, then stumbled upon the Youtube videos. He says it’s just like a total relaxation and sometimes it makes his arm tingle or something. It sounds awesome. I wish it happened to me! I’m going to put on an ASMR video just to make sure it doesn’t work for me.

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        No Pants March 27, 2014, 2:26 pm

        I can definitely recommend which videos you should watch, but first you have to promise that you won’t think I’m a weirdo and will still drink on the patio with me while we dress up Rudy as a viking.

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        bethany March 27, 2014, 2:30 pm

        I promise!

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    marynn March 27, 2014, 11:37 pm

    I’ve heard someone sell it as the “Orgasmotron”… draw your own conclusions

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    MsMisery March 28, 2014, 12:57 pm

    My mother sent me one of these (I am prone to headaches). It does nothing for my headaches, but it makes my skin tingle all over!!! The first few seconds is like AAAAAHHHH MY BRAAAAAIN. The cat, however, is not amused.

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  • JenjaRose

    JenjaRose March 29, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Aw, man. I LIVE for my “tingler!” It is the best thing in my life. However, because I won mine one drunken night at Dave & Buster’s, after which my friend delcared that “It looks like an octopus!”, I named him “Señor Pulpo.” Whenever a friend comes over, they request him by name.

    He is the only man for me.

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