This generation is blessed with many fantastic devices that did not exist a hundred or even fifty years ago. Giant color TV’s that weigh about 6 pounds. Cable or satellite reception…hell, satellites! First phones, then cell phones. I remember calculators being a big deal, Polaroid cameras were a blast, computers and libraries of information at your fingertips was unimaginable; now it is all on a little box in your pocket. GPS, air-conditioning, microwave ovens…modern conveniences are just too many to list and more are developed every day, but today I want to pay homage to some older incredible inventions that we really take for granted.
These inventions may not seem like much, but just try to imagine your life without them. They are not technical, not fancy, not complicated, most solved problems we didn’t even know we had.
Pop-up tissues – This one is genius, how they are packed I don’t know, but if you have a sudden sneeze sneak up on you, how great is it to have a tissue at the ready?
Pop-top cans – Not a big deal? It is if you ever had to tear the house apart looking for a church key.
Automatic ice makers – I hated those ice tray thingies, they shot ice all over when you opened them, and you never had enough ice.
Zippers – Buttons are ok, but they do not match the convenience of zippers. I still don’t know how these things work. Word of caution to men; alcohol, a full bladder, and zippers are not a good combination.
Velcro – Not as good as zippers for some tasks, but a God-send for parent of squirmy toddlers.
Teflon – Solved many a sticky issue.
The Snuggy –
OK, bad example.
Corn-on-the-cob butterer –
If you don’t have one of these, get one!
Plastic garbage cans and bags – No more dents, noise and stink.
Wheels on suitcases – Hauling 40+ pounds through an airport was near impossible…still, I don’t know what took so long for this one.
I’m sure I left out many very simple inventions that we simply take for granted, so hit me with your “How could you forget…” comments.