Saturday, March 07, 2009

Inventions whose existence makes me sad

1) Automatically flushing toilets. Because the most basic aspect of sanitation eludes us, 100+ years later.

2) Escalators. I actually don't think these things improve human traffic as much as people assume. Aside from very long staircases, I suspect we could all do just fine without them. (They aren't even useful for people in wheelchairs or parents with strollers.)

3) These things. Because our laziness knows no bounds.

"HOW ME EAT NOODLES BEFORE THIS?"

7 comments:

MadHacktress said...

Agreed! I nominate you for President of Deciding the Stuff That's Too Stupid to Make.

We'll have to come up with a better title.

It still makes me sad that there are directions on the back of shampoo bottles in 2009; like there's someone out there who was unsure.

The Right is Where it's At said...

"2) Escalators. I actually don't think these things improve human traffic as much as people assume. Aside from very long staircases, I suspect we could all do just fine without them. (They aren't even useful for people in wheelchairs or parents with strollers.)"


What about people with leg cast or people with limited mobility,not necessarily on a wheelchair?

Zack said...

They're more than welcome to take the elevators with the wheelchair-bound!

Catelli said...

What's even sadder is when you have automatic flushing toilets and there are printed instructions on the wall on how to use them.

You think I jest?

http://notquiteunhinged.blogspot.com/2008/01/and-im-supposed-to-help-these-people.html

Declan said...

Agreed on all counts, although the escalator up the side of the mountain (really a series of escalators) in Hong Kong is pretty sweet.

Niles said...

I just like the irony of our workplace having spankin' new automatic flush privies, that flush while you're still on them and then don't flush when you are done and gone.

sooo.....there are instructions in each stall to make sure things are 'respectful' for the next user and what button to push on the 'monitor' panel to make it flush. ie: you need to flush the privy.

And I loathe with a special loathing the blasted auto-taps, auto-soap dispenser and auto-towel torment devices in the same torture chamber. I'm sure I'm invisible, or dead, or something, even though I show up in the mirror. I have tried to get soap, to no avail, only to give up and try for the water, and watch soap merrily squirt out while I'm on the other side of the sink.

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