Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Good Idea::Bad Idea

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    12,070

    Good Idea::Bad Idea

    Boy's Invention Keeps the Lid On

    Okay, I just couldn't stay away from this one. This boy "invented" a foot-activated pedal that raises/lowers the toilet seat. (Think flip-top garbage cans). I like when kids are creative.

    But there's still plenty of humor here. For instance;

    While her son, who is in the school's Talented and Gifted program, manages assignments with ease, he has one weak spot: remembering to lower the seat after he's done, Beth Wulf said.
    then
    "My mom was getting mad at me for forgetting to put the toilet seat down and she was falling in," said Jake, a fourth-grader at Odebolt-Arthur Elementary School.
    So, the kid who is "talented and gifted" is the offspring of a woman who apparently lacks the ability to learn from past experiences, and continues to sit on the toilet without first looking. Am I the only one who finds this ironic?

    And, to throw in the mandatory current-events joke; there is one big flaw with this kids foot-pedal invention. Didn't we all recently learn it is not wise to tap your foot while in the restroom?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    13,423
    Tapping, not peddling. er... pedaling.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    10,685
    Quote Originally Posted by Fazor View Post
    (Think flip-top garbage cans)
    Is that what you call them in the States? We call them pedal bins in England.

    And I liked the p*litic*l joke!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Olympia, WA
    Posts
    27,465
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Beardsley View Post
    Is that what you call them in the States? We call them pedal bins in England.
    Random trivia--they were invented by Dr. Lillian Gilbreth, the mother of the family from Cheaper by the Dozen (the original of which is based on a real family, for those who didn't know). She and her husband were efficiency experts.

    As to falling in--I don't always turn on the lights if I go to use the bathroom at night. Since I live with Graham, who doesn't put the seat down, I check first, but it did take some time for me to get used to that.
    _____________________________________________
    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    12,070
    Ah, so would you be offended if we started refering to you as 'ol soggy bottom then?

    P.S., I *always* turn on the lights when I go to the restroom at night. Otherwise the ghosts, or worse, Bloody Marry, might get you!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    N.E.Ohio
    Posts
    19,858
    Quote Originally Posted by Fazor View Post
    Okay, I just couldn't stay away from this one. This boy "invented" a foot-activated pedal that raises/lowers the toilet seat. (Think flip-top garbage cans). I like when kids are creative.
    I too, like when kids are creative.
    The problem is, that this idea is not anything new. So the kid is creative. Give hime credit for the creativity, but not the invention.

    It's been thought of. Patents 5404595 AND 4584724 for example.

    Wasn't this the same show that presented the kid that invented the wedgie proof underwear?

    At what point is the show exploiting the children?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    12,070
    Yes, it was the same show. And that wasn't really wedgie proof underwear (tho that's what it's "marketed" as); it's easily removable underwear. If they had designed them in thong and bikini versions, I'd move to nominate them for the next Nobel prize.

    I'm curious as to the other "child-inventions", but not curious enough to watch Ellen's show.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Nowhere (middle)
    Posts
    25,036
    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Random trivia--they were invented by Dr. Lillian Gilbreth, the mother of the family from Cheaper by the Dozen (the original of which is based on a real family, for those who didn't know). She and her husband were efficiency experts.

    As to falling in--I don't always turn on the lights if I go to use the bathroom at night. Since I live with Graham, who doesn't put the seat down, I check first, but it did take some time for me to get used to that.
    Good rule of thumb; always look at something before sitting on it. You never know what might be left by accident on a chair (or intentionally by someone with a pre-adolescent sense of humor) and for non-chair furnishings, the potential for mayhem is even greater.
    I'm a cynical optimist. I think the only way out is through, but once we get through it'll be better. Very different, but better. Howard Tayler

    It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin

    "It is the duty of the writers to seduce me into suspending my disbelief!" Paul Beardsley

    Power, Lord Acton says, corrupts. Not always. What power always does is reveal. Robert A. Caro

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    N.E.Ohio
    Posts
    19,858
    Quote Originally Posted by Fazor View Post
    If they had designed them in thong and bikini versions, I'd move to nominate them for the next Nobel prize.
    Wedgie proof thong? No wonder it would deserve a Nobel. I thought that was impossible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername
    Good rule of thumb; always look at something before sitting on it. You never know what might be left by accident on a chair (or intentionally by someone with a pre-adolescent sense of humor) and for non-chair furnishings, the potential for mayhem is even greater.
    Yes; the perfect candidates for whoopie cushions.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Nowhere (middle)
    Posts
    25,036
    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    Yes; the perfect candidates for whoopie cushions.
    I was thinking more of those pinheads who left thumbtacks on teachers' chairs in school.
    I'm a cynical optimist. I think the only way out is through, but once we get through it'll be better. Very different, but better. Howard Tayler

    It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin

    "It is the duty of the writers to seduce me into suspending my disbelief!" Paul Beardsley

    Power, Lord Acton says, corrupts. Not always. What power always does is reveal. Robert A. Caro

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    12,070
    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    I was thinking more of those pinheads who left thumbtacks on teachers' chairs in school.
    Really? I was think'n more like unattended slices of pie. I hate when people carelessly sit on my pie!

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    13,886
    Good rule of thumb; always look at something before sitting on it.
    Also: never reach into a blind place with your dominant hand.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    13,148
    30 girls + two bathrooms = bad idea.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    16,686

    Re: Good Idea::Bad Idea

    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    30 girls + two bathrooms = bad idea.
    That's when the bushes you planted in the yard come in handy.

    I always turn the light on. Not doing so would be like trying to pitch a strike with your eyes closed.

Similar Threads

  1. Bio fuel, Good idea or no?
    By SAMU in forum Off-Topic Babbling
    Replies: 68
    Last Post: 2008-Jul-05, 06:26 PM
  2. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 2007-Aug-01, 03:24 AM
  3. Good Idea/Bad Idea
    By Gillianren in forum Off-Topic Babbling
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 2006-May-15, 07:38 AM
  4. Was the space shuttle a good idea?
    By banquo's_bumble_puppy in forum Off-Topic Babbling
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 2006-Mar-30, 05:50 AM
  5. Good idea, or something missing?
    By NEOWatcher in forum Off-Topic Babbling
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 2005-Sep-08, 07:59 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
here
The forum is sponsored in-part by: