Every year my friend goes to Japan and brings me back omiyage (a souvenir); every year I tell her she shouldn't have gone to the trouble. But this year's souvenir, which I just received, is too weird not to appreciate.
Photo above. You're probably asking yourself, as I did, why the heck would they make jet-black Q-tips? Think about it for a second, see if you can figure it out, then hit the link below for the answer.
Ear wax is yellowish; the high contrast of a black Q-tip shows you exactly how much you're "getting." My friend assures me I will be amazed (horrified is more like it) after using these.
She also tells me they have black Biore strips in Japan.