The answer: Whether it was mom or grandma who said it first, she was definitely right: You probably shouldn’t put anything in your ear that’s smaller than your elbow.
But in order to understand why you don’t need to swab out the ol’ ears, we first need to understand why we have earwax to begin with. That gross gunk, known medically as cerumen, is actually there for protection. “The purpose of earwax really is to keep your ear canal clean,” says Douglas Backous, M.D., chair of the hearing committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF) and director of hearing and skull base surgery at Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle.
Not only does earwax help to keep dust and dirt away from the eardrum, it also provides some antibacterial and lubricating perks. And — one of the body’s many wonders! — your ears basically clean themselves. Once earwax dries, every motion of your jaw, whether that’s chowing down on lunch or gabbing away with friends, helps move the old earwax out of the opening of your ear (much like as if it were riding an escalator, says Backous).
Three decades after its U.S. premiere on July 20, 1984, “The NeverEnding Story” feels magical in a way that’s unattainable for a dark fantasy of today. It’s twisted and rife with imperfections, but that’s part of what makes it so charming. Constructing an entire universe was no small task, and it’s part of why “The NeverEnding Story” is special in a way that certainly could never be recreated with special effects.
Thirty years ago, technology in film was limited to early iterations of the green screen. This was true of any of the ’80s fantasies — “Dark Crystal,” “Return To Oz,” “Labyrinth” — and while each found a unique magic in their casts of hand-crafted puppets, none had the staying power of “The NeverEnding Story.”
"It was really only blue screen then," director Wolfgang Petersen told Huff Post Entertainment. "It wasn’t even called green screen yet, and that was all we had."