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Since becoming essentially obsolete as an appliance of daily life

since when?? this doesn't seem very npov, people use backscratchers all the time still -- 02:33, 25 December 2006 (UTC)

The whole history section is a slight updating of the entry in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. It's possible backscratchers have become more serious in the past century, but I don't have the specialist knowledge to be sure. Can you get them as you would any other grooming implement; can you get good quality ones? Or do you really generally get them in novelty stores? I know I got mine at Disneyland. However I think it's safe to take it out and won't damage the article. David Brooks 00:28, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

The term Chinese Backscratcher[edit]

It seems that this article is lacking (intentionally?) the fact that back scratchers are most commonly called "Chinese Backscratchers" in the modern English language. This is not a product of racism, nor does it ignore the fact that back scratchers appear through-out history in multiple cultures, but it is what they are most commonly called today. You might say "The Chinese Backscratcher is the most notable or most commonly found back scratcher today." ~ Agvulpine (talk) 12:13, 29 January 2010 (UTC)