It's (almost) Friday, and I I'd like to try to make you laugh a little without inflicting crap jokes like the last time.
A friend of mine gave me this idea (I think she nicked it off a mate on Twitter): Reverse Invention. You see, friends, we live in a world of staggering inventiveness. To give you just a few examples:
• Satellites designed to measure CO2 emissions that blow up in a cloud of…er, CO2 on launching (*)
• Battery-powered sports cars with expensive sound systems – not for music, but to sound like a… car
• “Clean” coal
• Biofuels designed to behave just like diesel – right down to the amount of pollution diesel creates
• Energy-saving light bulbs that take a bleeding hour to go from pitch black to “twilight of the gods” luminosity, forcing me to fire up my gas lighter if I want to avoid walls
• Software like Photoshop in which you spend a year mastering a basic process, by which time the next release makes the whole endeavour pointless.
(*) It could be argued that the satellite served its purpose, if only for a very short time
We are surrounded by such creativity. It’s bewildering. So let’s take all the complexity out of new inventions and make things simple. This is not reverse engineering, which is well known and just means working out what some other clever bugger did.
No, this is a whole new approach to making life easier and any resemblance to objects you may have seen in the past is purely coincidental. I have offered some tentative examples and own the copyright on all of them, so don’t try to reverse anything, but feel free to contribute your own. Reverse inventors of the world, unite!
Friday fun: reverse invention