Do you ever find yourself amazed at some new invention you read about or see? Do you ever comment, "I think I could have come up with that one myself!"? Creative ideas turn into gadgets we feel as if we just have to have to make our lives easier or more enjoyable. Nearly everyone with e-mail has probably seen pictures of some zany, yet at least semi-practical inventions that come out of Japan, like the handy roll of facial tissue in the picture on the right. As zany as it looks, though, there have often been times when I would have loved to have something like that to help manage a bad cold or allergies!
Today's i.v. is some cool inventions I've run across as I surf the web. At a time that the economy is so tight, it seems to me as if some of these items would be luxuries that many people would have a hard time justifying. I'm not supplying links, but you could Google any of these inventions that grab you.
Here are several food items that are interesting.
How about bacon dipped in melted chocolate?
Some like dark toast ... how about a little Darth toast, from a Star Wars toaster?
If you're a fan of Swiss Army knives, you might go for Swiss Army chocolate.
If you like Nutella, you might want to try finger cookies.
If you have trouble with people stealing things from your lunch, anti-theft lunch bags might be the solution for you.
Disturbing, isn't it?! Now several inventions for the feet.
People who like bumper stickers might go for these shoes bumper stickers.
Here's a close-up.
Here are some shoes that allow you to make your mark on the world, as you walk — shoes made with colored pencils.
Now for some general inventions.
For those who don't have Internet access, someone has published a book that was outdated before it was printed — Offline Wikipedia.
A keyring key?
Do you hate leaving your pet fish at home? Take it along!
Do you have trouble keeping track of your flash drive? Try this USB clothespin.
Do you get tired of extension cords or a lack of outlets? How about a wall like this?
Here's a close-up shot of the outlet wall.
Tired of buying expensive greeting cards that people look at, and eventually toss? Try this all-in-one stamp.
Those who collect salt and pepper shakers might not have this set yet. Salt and battery anyone?
Wish you had room for a ping pong table? Well, now you do with this ping pong door.
Now you can listen to your iPod almost anywhere!
Have you seen any neat inventions lately? Is there anything in this post that you now feel you just have to have?
"Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899
Atomic Bomb — an invention to end all inventions
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