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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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Esq2eB 4 years, 11 months ago

Sorry Salad, but your corrections are not what he said. You can YouTube it, Google it, Urban Myth it, but my qoute was dead on.

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Original_Me 4 years, 11 months ago

Police to portray an example rather than think they can cut corners & not follow simple laws & ordinances, like turning signals & making complete stops at stop signs. (Rather than that "do as I say not as I do" attitude.)

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Deja Coffin 4 years, 11 months ago

Invention is overrated, just ask Albert.

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FredGarvin_MP 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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Sagecasey 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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invent 4 years, 11 months ago

Nothing is invented anymore. There are just improvements.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

A Scotch drinking Mayor? yeah, right.

Hollywood is probably writing it now.

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

TOB, Autie, etal

You recall the Jackson, Mississippi, Scotch drinking mayor that was on trial for directing the destruction of a crack house that ended in a hung jury. A new trial was set for next Monday. He ran for mayor again and came in third in a field of ten on Tuesday, walked into a hospital just after the polls close and died last night. Hollywood could not have written this.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20090507/NEWS/90506014

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trinity 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Then we could have questions like, "if you cousin was caught with crack cocaine in a stolen car, would you lie for him then defend his actions in an open forum?"

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

some days I wish I had invented the OTS.

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beatrice 4 years, 11 months 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.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 11 months ago

RETICENT_IRREVERENT (Anonymous) says…

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

All the hot air, of course.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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salad 4 years, 11 months 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.”

-fixed

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MeAndFannieLou 4 years, 11 months 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).

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OzChicklet 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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Esq2eB 4 years, 11 months ago

Salad: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the internet."

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edjayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

Cutting out the bottom of the peach basket so the basketball could fall through.

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Starlight 4 years, 11 months ago

Practical fusion power generation. Unless it has to be something that exists, in which case I'd say the personal computer.

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sgtwolverine 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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motomom 4 years, 11 months ago

luggage with those little wheels on it

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

"Transmogrifier" - MeAndFannieLou

Pope Petrus beat you to it?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

Bucket O' Margaritas.

Actually, I'm just tickled pink that someone invented them.

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Pleather

Autie, are you crediting me with inventing work and a way to deal with it when " ...things do not seem to go as well"?

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ocean 4 years, 11 months ago

goretex

(not the al gore kind)

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RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months ago

Not much of an inventor......

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

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Aileen Dingus 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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

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Drew Alan 4 years, 11 months 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.

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trinity 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

Severe weather, fake boobs, pull tabs on cans, non clinging pet hair, permanent mascara..oh wait..there's still time.

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SwineFlu 4 years, 11 months ago

Very good answers Laura and Noah...way to keep that carbon footprint to a minimum.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Didn't Prospector invent beer?

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salad 4 years, 11 months ago

RETICENT_IRREVERENT (Anonymous) says…

"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.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 4 years, 11 months ago

Actually, I'm more of a "reinventing" sort.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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blue73harley 4 years, 11 months ago

Global warming. Man, I would like to be ridin' THAT cash cow!

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Didn't Prospector invent the pick and shovel?

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

What ohjayhawk said.

I wish I had invented cheap manual labor. This bunker isn't getting built on time.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

fulminate gun powder...I like busting caps

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ohjayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

The Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months 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

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RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months ago

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

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

The internet, but Al Gore beat me to it.

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