Come to me, ye who are laden with boredom, for I shall ignite your mind! Let there be ingenious inventions! (Insert sound of angel choir and trumpets here.)
I cannot lie that I am writing this article mostly to try to get a few extra pennies and to get some comments on one of my articles! However, the ideas proposed in this article are ones that I have long wanted to share with someone anyway. I guarantee that this article will either entertain you, give you ideas, or at least make you nod your head as you think “yes! I know exactly what she means!” Remember: comments and feedback will make this article a success. So thank you, willingly or not, for being my audience.
Have you ever become so annoyed or frustrated with something that you thought: why hasn’t anyone invented anything to prevent this problem? Allow me to provide some examples. If you have any ideas, comments, or possible inventions for said problems, please feel free to comment. If you have any funny anecdotes involving said problems, leave a comment below! If you haven’t the faintest idea of what I’m talking about,comment below and let me know.
I came up with some of my own frequent problems or common pet peeves and decided that each situation could seriously use an invention or innovation to prevent said problem.
The first sticks to the subject of lint, fur, and hair. I often get dressed for work or a fancy occasion, clean off all the lint and hair from my clothing, and walk out the door only to find boat loads of new particles clashing against and clinging to my clothing. Even after I’ve spent the past ten minutes running down my clothes with a sticky-tape lint remover, and even after I’ve avoided the dog and lint-infested furniture, I still manage to have two or three new layers of lint and hair all over me once I’m outside or in my car ten minutes later! Even the seat in my car adds to the new layers of lint on my clothes! So what, I ask myself, could possibly allow me to enter work or fancy occasions with completely clean clothes-absent of all lint, fur, and hair? I thought perhaps there could be some scented and non-scented lint/hair repellent that you can either wash your clothes in or spray on your clothes before wearing them. Do you have any ideas? Please comment.
You may think that this next problem is a bit too much sharing for a published article, but I know at least 2 of every 5 readers also have this problem to some extent! The second problem that I seem to have almost daily is potty shyness. I just can’t usually use the potty if other people are in the bathroom, or if the bathroom is located near a place that is also frequented by people. Music playing in the bathroom helps. Stall doors that actually lock help. Bathroom stalls that have no huge gaping cracks between the door and stall walls are also ideal. However, not all bathrooms have music playing; not all bathroom doors lock effectively; very few bathrooms have stalls with no gaping spaces or cracks in the walls; you can almost never control the timing of your visit to the bathroom to be such that you are the only one there at the time you visit.
People joke about how women like to go in groups to the bathroom. It’s not just going to the bathroom. It’s an experience. An adventure that women like to share together. I must admit, perhaps shamefully among the female readers, that I am not one to ask other women if they would like to accompany me to the bathroom. No, I’d rather go by myself and actually be able to use the potty, thank you very much. So I ask myself at least once a week: what can I possibly do to prevent or get rid of my potty shyness? Or, what could be invented so that potty shy peoples such as myself can still peacefully use the bathroom? This dilemma is such a common pet peeve in my life that I sure do hope you will leave a comment, suggestion, or innovation!
Oh the next dilemma is incredibly aggravating! When it’s raining outside and you don’t particularly want to get wet as you go from a building to your car, you thankfully whip out your trusty umbrella. Assuming you have at least a decent umbrella, it effectively repels the rainwater from your person and usually anything you’re carrying as you walk from the building to the car. The second you reach your car, however, the chances of getting into your car still dry are pretty slim. Even if you have a perfectly functional umbrella, you cannot escape the inevitability of getting wet when you close the umbrella after getting into the car. The rain then pours on the inside of your car door for a second-long enough to get it soaked-and sometimes rain falling at a slant comes into your car where you now sit, thus obliterating the purpose of the umbrella. After you close the door, you get even wetter when you either put your umbrella at your feet where it will get your legs all wet or splash your entire body as you swing the umbrella over your body to the passenger or back seat. What, then, is the purpose of the umbrella? If you are just as wet by the time this ordeal is over than if you had just run from the building to the car without an umbrella in the first place? Or, maybe you’re one of those people that give me a laugh every time it rains. Maybe you open up the back door of the car to close and throw your umbrella in so that you can then turn to open the driver’s door to get into the car. In so doing, you become as wet as you would have been had you not had an umbrella at all! So comment and let me know what invention might be suitable to preventing such an aggravating dilemma!
I have so many more pet peeves and problems that could possibly be remedied by ingenious inventions, but I will list just one more in this article. Gum. Now, I don’t like gum and thus, I do not chew it. However, I know a great many people who love gum and even depend on it for one reason or another. Gum can sometimes even help a person quit smoking, after all…but that’s an entirely different matter to tackle. Gum becomes a problem for me when it is thrown and lands in my hair and I have to cut a large chunk of my hair because the gum won’t all come out. This sort of occasion likely doesn’t happen often, but it did happen to me, unfortunately. Gum is a problem for me when my footsteps suddenly feel more sticky and difficult, and I realize I have gum stuck on one of my shoes. Gum is a problem when it is someone else’s leftovers stuck all over the bottom of the desk where I sit. Singapore may have the right idea by banning gum altogether so that they can prevent finding gum all over the streets and poles and benches and desks and any other place where gum does not belong. Banning gum is perhaps a little extreme, but what if there was some invention that prevented gum from sticking to anything except for itself? What if there was an invention that caused gum to immediately dissolve once it leaves a person’s mouth after being chewed. Those are just some of my ideas. Leave a comment if you have any ideas of your own!
Innovations come from a need and here I have provided you with four dilemmas/problems. Brainstorm, invent, patent, and share! Just be sure to leave your comments at the end of this article so I can see what you’ve come with.