Saturday, June 15, 2013

Your Favorite Invention

THE SUNDAY MAGAZINE of the NEW YORK TIMES did an issue on inventions. Many of them you don't even think of an an invention. Like a PB & J or a band aid.

My favorite non-technological invention in the zip lock bag. I would put everything in one if they had ones large enough. I remember the bad old days when things fell out of bags. No more.

What is yours?

15 comments:

George said...

As a hardcore user of Ziplock bags for my thousands of books in my basement, I have to second your choice.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, they are pretty useful. I don't know if they are my favorite invention but they are excellent. We buy them in huge quantities at Costco.

Jackie says Swiffers.


Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Swifters would be right up there.

Anonymous said...

She also said Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes.


Jeff M.

PS - I'd be more likely to go with the VCR 30 years ago or the DVR now.


Charles Gramlich said...

ziplocks are pretty cool I must admit. my favorite invention is probably the word processor.

Chris said...

As an avid walker and hiker with massive -- dare I say Conan-esque -- thighs (cough), I'd have to vote for the boxer brief. No chafes!

In the absence of the boxer briefs, I'd probably then vote for the Gold Bond Powder.

Richard R. said...

1. toothbrush

2. ice maker in the refrigerator / freezer

3. microwave oven

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

As a sub-invention, the "delete" and "backspace" keys on a computer keyboard. I never got used to the typewriter eraser!

Todd Mason said...

Language and music are about tied. (You did suggest non-technological, which in a sense no invention is...very much including sealable bags....)

Anonymous said...

Things that make food preparation easier and quicker: the food processor, the immersion blender, the microplaner. I'd also add something I've only seen recently on the grocery shelves, although it may have been around for a while--ginger paste in a tube. I also really love that we can buy Greek-style yogurt now. I used to make it myself by straining regular yogurt through cheesecloth overnight. To be able to buy it is so much more convenient (although I understand there are some environmental concerns with all that whey to dispose of).

Deb

pattinase (abbott) said...

I can't imagine the days without toothbrushes. My husband joins Deb in saluting the microplaner. White out would have once made my list.
I think language and music came to early for gratitude. I am thinking of what makes my day easier.

Todd Mason said...

Ah. Then potable water (we hope) delivered to the house.

Cap'n Bob said...

Indoor plumbing.

Margot Kinberg said...

Hmmmm... non-technical? OK, I'm going to cheat. The remote control. It revolutionised TV watching.

Al Tucher said...

Bungee cords!