There are a lot of innovative, intelligent people out there. We should all be grateful to those people; they make our lives a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable.
Sadly, a lot of creative, brilliant people go unrecognized. For example, who invented the bendy straw? No one ever talks about that person. In case you are curious, his name was Joseph Friedman and he was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He also got a patent for improving the fountain pen.
New products and adjustments to existing products are being developed every day. Here are ten examples of brainy people at work.
1. The Dentist Office
This dentist office has been upgraded with a television built into the ceiling. This might be the best idea in a very long while. If I have to go to the dentist, I want to watch TV while I’m in the chair.
I certainly don’t want to listen to the person cleaning my teeth. I hate that so much. It is one of the major reasons I avoid going to the dentist. The other is the fact my dentist wants me to sign over my entire paycheck every single time I have an appointment. I have to find a cheaper dentist.
Seriously, though, one of the hygienists just won’t shut up when she’s cleaning my teeth, and I hate it. She’s nice enough, but she’s asking me these personal questions that I really can’t answer anyway because her fingers are in my mouth. Even if I could answer, I wouldn’t want to answer. I’m a private person, and for some reason she thinks her position entitles her to knowledge that I just don’t wish to share.
I know she’s trying to be nice and fill the time. Getting your teeth cleaned is boring, after all. If there was a television in the ceiling, though, I could just get lost in an episode of “Seinfeld”. She probably wouldn’t feel the need to make awkward conversation if I were focused on a television show.
2. The Peephole at the Hotel
This hotel improved the peephole, which is nice. You don’t have to be right up against it to see who is at your door. I don’t like putting my eye near things that other eyes may have touched. That’s how you get ocular herpes, which isn’t fun.
I actually knew a woman who had ocular herpes. She got it from sharing makeup with another woman she was in a play with. Fortunately it was a mild case, but even the mild cases sound pretty terrible. The eye hurts, for one; there is light sensitivity, mucus discharge, and inflammation.
Severe cases, by the way, can lead to blindness. You do don’t want ocular herpes.
You probably don’t want to stay in a hotel, really, when you think about it. Hundreds—or maybe even thousands—of people have slept in your bed before you have. I know they change the sheets, or at least claim to, but it is still sort of gross.
3. The Garage Door
If you look closely, you’ll notice there is a regular door in this garage door. I had no idea this was an option, but it is great. It is a giant pain to open and close your garage door every single time you want to go in or out. You don’t want to leave your garage door open, of course—that is just inviting thieves to steal your lawn equipment and rummage through your garbage cans.
This really was elegantly done. You can barely tell the door is there.
4. The Kitchen
I don’t know who designed this particular kitchen, but they did a great job. That is everything you really need right there. There is a stove for cooking, there is a sink for washing your dishes, and there’s a little fridge. If you’re single, that’s all you really need. You are only cooking for yourself, and there is a good chance you are eating out a lot of the time.
If you want to live in a big city and you’re not super rich, you might have to live in a tiny place. Personally, I would prefer living in a tiny apartment by myself than having a bunch of roommates. Sometimes, though, you don’t really have a choice. The cost of rent in, for example, New York City is insane. I don’t understand how people manage to live in Manhattan. I believe the average cost of an apartment in Manhattan is over $3,000 a month. If you have a spouse and a couple of kids, you are going to have to make well over $100,000 just to live comfortably. The apartment will probably be too small, too. Most of them are.
5. The Hoodie
I have never seen a hoodie like this. I would definitely buy this hoodie. How did the designer manage to get those little headphones in the drawstring? That’s an impressive feat and an extremely useful redesign to the hoodie. One of the reasons I don’t listen to music more than I do, especially when out and about, is that I hate carrying around headphones—or earphones or earbuds or whatever they are being called now. A good set costs a small fortune, and I’m always terrified of misplacing them. It’d be much harder to misplace an actual hoodie.
I have lost a lot of things. I have never actually lost a mobile phone, though, which surprises me; almost everyone I know has lost one at some point, and that’s why I always get the insurance.
I had a friend who once lost a phone he bought the day before; naturally, he lost it in a bar after a heavy night of drinking. It was, at the time, the most expensive iPhone you could get. He was depressed for weeks. He never thought to go back to the bar to look for it, though, because he is kind of an idiot. Weeks later, after he bought another phone, he came to learn the staff had the phone the whole time.
6. The Cardboard Security Guard
I am assuming this is sort of a joke, but I must say that this is surprisingly realistic. I have never seen a security guard in a liquor store, which is sort of surprising. It is remarkable just how much a really good bottle of wine or whiskey can cost. I saw a bottle of whiskey on sale at Costco—of all places—for almost $5,000.
You have to wonder what kind of person shops for expensive whiskey at Costco. I have nothing against Costco, certainly. I buy my pants there. I also get my tires there. Still, if I had $5,000 to drop on whiskey, I don’t know if Costco would be the place I’d go.
Apparently you can spend over $20,000 on whiskey. Why would anyone do that? How much better could it possibly be? I am assuming people buy such bottles to impress their friends. However, if you feel the need to impress your friends by spending a small fortune on alcohol, you probably need to make new friends.
At a certain point, I think people who claim to taste a difference between $50 whiskey and $5000 whiskey are just being pretentious.
7. The Coffee Cups in the Bag
On the one hand, this seems brilliant. It can be a pain to carry multiple cups of coffee.
I just don’t see how the bag could work, though. Wouldn’t the coffee spill?
Much like whiskey, coffee can get pretty expensive. Have you ever heard of Kopi Luwak? It is one of the most expensive coffees out there. The whole process is sort of gross. I don’t understand why anyone would pay hundreds of dollars for a kilogram of the stuff. Also, a lot of critics say that the coffee actually tastes pretty bad. Chances are, like with the whiskey that costs almost as much as a brand new car, people only buy it to show off to their friends and their colleagues.
8. The Little Ice Packs
These are a nice innovation. You shouldn’t have to freeze half of your arm after an allergy shot. This picture, by the way, was taken at the office of a doctor that specializes in treating people who have allergy problems.
I have had allergy problems all of my life. I couldn’t consume dairy products as a child, which was problematic for my parents. They decided to keep me alive somehow—although I am not sure how they did it. Later, after I got over my dairy allergy, I developed asthma—which was also problematic.
Then, when I was about 11 years old, I developed an allergy to the cold. I am being completely serious. I would get hives and welts from cold temperatures. I couldn’t take gym class in high school because the locker room was too cold. I couldn’t go swimming in the ocean for many years. I couldn’t even eat ice cream.
The allergy to the cold I developed, in case you are curious, is called cold urticaria. There are articles about it. My “condition” has improved since I was a child, but it isn’t completely gone. Understandably, I am not looking forward to the upcoming winter months. If I get too cold, there will probably be hives. It isn’t a great look.
From what I understand, you can also develop a similar allergy to heat. I can’t believe I haven’t developed that one yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if I developed it next summer.
You can actually be allergic to human hair. It is an extremely rare condition, but that one must really be terrible. Most people have hair, after all. Furthermore, you can be allergic to another person’s saliva—and another bodily fluid I won’t mention here. I am pretty sure you can guess what I am talking about.
You can also be allergic to hair dye, by the way; if you want to color your hair, you should probably go to a salon that knows how to deal with such things. The allergic reaction can be extremely serious. Fortunately, it is a pretty uncommon allergy.
9. The Tiles of the Ceiling
These are ceiling tiles in a middle school. Students in the eighth grade painted them. This isn’t an innovation or invention, per se, but it is pretty cool.
First of all, there are a lot of talented kids at this school. That is pretty impressive artwork. I also really like that they are fans of “The Legend of Zelda” series. I played those games a lot when I was a kid. In fact, I still play them. I have a copy of the most recent “Zelda” game, which came out in 2017, in my Nintendo Switch right now. The first game in the series was released in February of 1986.