For many of my readers that have read more than one or two of my posts, you have no doubt, figured out that I am nothing, if not, a skeptic. Yes, indeedy, I wear my cynicism and skepticism like other women wear chin-to-ankle Spanx. Firmly ensconced and hard to remove. This is especially true when someone is trying to "sell" me something.
Do I really think that most inventions that hit the market came into being because we required them?
I think Plato had it all wrong when he used the word necessity or at least it being used singularly. I think this is more accurate.
|Perhaps the Mother of Invention was a lazy, greedy mother that had some addictions.|
I have upon occasion had flashes of brilliance as far as "inventing" goes, (mostly in the category of either hoping for wealth or needing to create a shortcut) but never went to so far as to get a patent. Therefore, it could be said, I have no right poking criticism at ideas that others are trying to promote....but here I am doing just that.
Take for example these products: Were they necessities?
|Baby duster for floors?|
|If the baby duster is a complete failure|
|Does this cap look better than baldness?|
|Complete loss of dignity is a known side effect|
Thought Number One: The Store Where You Pay to Break Things
This week there has been a number of news reports about the store front in Boise, ID where a guy is marketing the concept of smashing things as a type of therapy. The store called Das Breakroom was started by Tom Farrenkopf. He charges people a fee to come in and smash things such as lamps, dishes electronics, vacuums and furniture. The pictures show it to be an extremely "no frills" kind of operation.
The prices are reasonable (I guess) for those that feel enough rage that they need to destroy something. You can smash a single item for $3.00. Since it isn't an item from your home, I guess one could consider that as a type of savings really.
Tom encourages people to come in for "recreational destruction". One of the articles I read prior to writing this post had a recent client say, "So don't break plates at home, people. Das Breakroom is where you need to go. Why don't more cities have places like these?"
|At $3.00 per item, Crabby Pants is figuring out the budget plan.|
As I am not in the habit of breaking my dishes or electronics due to uncontrollable rage, I don't think this is a necessity for me but perhaps, I am being short sighted. Maybe the next "new product" will be more in demand.
Thought Number Two: Palcohol: No more toting bottles and cans when you need a drink.
|The alternatives could of been worse|
to read more about what is going on.)
On the outside chance you haven't heard of Palcohol...it is a powered drink mix in the same vein as the kiddy fruit powdered drinks but this powder is strictly for the adults. It turns water, juice or whatever you mix it in, into an alcoholic treat. Currently the powder comes in four flavors: Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Powderita (margarita) and Lemon Drop.
At least part of the reason you won't get to buy little packets of booze anytime soon, is that there are issues dealing with all the warnings that need to be put onto the label. One of the items that need to be added to the label is, "this product is not to be snorted." (Seriously, doesn't that warning need to be put on just about every item that is for purchase...legally?)
SOOOO...who really is the Mother of Invention? I would say she is closely related to someone at a PR firm. I will say that at least until I come up with a brilliant idea that becomes the next must have. Then we are good to call my invention a necessity.
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