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Is there anything that you wish you had invented?

Asked at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St. on May 7, 2009

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RoeDapple 8 years ago

Wish I had copyrighted the phrase,"But wait, there's more!"

Chris Ogle 8 years ago

The Easy Button.... Now who could say no to that one... "If you call in 20 minutes, (because we can't do this all day) you will get 2 easy buttons for the price of one " CALL NOW 1-800-EASY

ohjayhawk 8 years ago

The Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

Chris Ogle 8 years ago

autie, don't know about prospector, but I tried to 'X' the empty..... but failed

jonas_opines 8 years ago

I'd like to build a car that runs on partisan bickering and denial.

salad 8 years ago


"The internet, but Al Gore beat me to it."

I guess I wish I'd invented the process by which you repeat a lie or half-truth enough times that it eventually becomes accepted truth, but Karl Rove beat me to it.

And for the record, Al Gore NEVER claimed to have invented the internet.

trinity 8 years ago

lip gloss that your hair doesn't stick to in a strong wind? add that to your list md :)

Drew Alan 8 years ago

a surefire cure for cancer or aids. (if we're thinking of things that haven't been invented yet) mostly I wish that my parents or grandparents had invented something amazing, then I'd be reaping the benefits.

Aileen Dingus 8 years ago

The pet rock. That guy made like a million bucks.

I'm still working on my "Jump to conclusions" mat.

RoeDapple 8 years ago

Not much of an inventor......

Wish I had found Bill Gates under a rock and raised him as my own.......

motomom 8 years ago

luggage with those little wheels on it

sgtwolverine 8 years ago

The iPod. Or Photoshop. (Or Photoshop for the iPod Touch!)

OzChicklet 8 years ago

Solar or wind powered oil rigs...yet to be invented!

MeAndFannieLou 8 years ago

Saying that you took the initiative in creating something is not the same as saying that you invented it - if it were, then the anti-Gore crowd wouldn't consistently change it. It's like the anti-choicers consistently and deliberately misquoting Margaret Sanger as saying "we wouldn't want word to get out" when what she really said was "we wouldn't want word to go out" - which changes the meaning significantly (if you don't want word to get out then you're trying to keep a secret but if you don't want word to go out you're trying to prevent misinformation).

salad 8 years ago

Esq2eB (Anonymous) says…

Salad: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the legislation that made the internet possible.”


Flap Doodle 8 years ago

I wish I'd invented the carbon credit that doubles as TP.

jonas_opines 8 years ago


jonas, "How do you get it to float?"

All the hot air, of course.

beatrice 8 years ago

Can I just say, sliced bread isn't an invention!

Yet we hear it all the time -- "Greatest invention since sliced bread." Well, excuse me, but it is the bread slicer that is the invention, not the sliced bread itself. So there. Now, can we stop repeating this nonsense.

To answer the question: the bread slicer.

Then, of course, the toaster.

trinity 8 years ago

ooo oooo oooo i got another one-tornado proof helmets! :)

invent 8 years ago

Nothing is invented anymore. There are just improvements.

Sagecasey 8 years ago

I wish I had invented inventions, then I could have a piece of every patent from all of the inventions mentioned.

FredGarvin_MP 8 years ago

Duct tape or as some people call it "duck tape"

Deja Coffin 8 years ago

Invention is overrated, just ask Albert.

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