Ultra small and ultra giant Q-Tips (cotton swabs) can actually be extremely practical.
Q-tips are sticks with balls of cotton attached to the ends. They're useful for applying makeup, hygiene, arts and crafts, and even detailing cars. In more innocent days folks would actually use them inside ears, but apparently product liability was such a concern that the packaging now specifically says you should not insert Q-Tips inside the ear canal.
An ultra small Q-Tip is useful for cleaning dust bunnies from between keys in your computer's keyboard. A giant Q-Tip is useful if you happen to know somebody who's a Ferengi. :-)
Actually there are other uses for giant Q-Tips, like removing spiderwebs from hard to reach corners and dusting the blades of a ceiling fan. Cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station fashioned their own giant Q-Tip out old clothing and a piece of pipe to swab the rocket engines on the space station's exterior. The clothing was then put into a sealed bag for return to Earth where engineers analyzed the residue from the thrusters.
a small piece of cotton
broomstick, PVC pipe, or similar rod
large nylon tie or heavy duty string.
Step 1: Micro Q-Tip
Tear off a small piece of cotton and glue it on the toothpick. Wrap the cotton around the toothpick and let the glue dry.
Step 2: Giant Q-Tip
Use a long nylon tie or piece of string to tie the towel to the pole.