Friday, October 1, 2010

Necessity is the Mother . . .

Let's talk inventions.

And not just the big ones. Sure, the airplane is pretty cool (or was). The cotton gin sure was a big deal. The wheel, yeah, yeah, I know.

It's the little inventions I want to talk about today.

Last night was just a bit chilly. I have yet to put on those yummy, thick, flannel sheets. To keep my toes from turning blue, I slipped on a pair of socks. Good heavens, they felt good. I thought that socks were quite an amazing invention. Then I started thinking about others:

Clothes dryers


Toilet paper

Hole punches

Pill cutters

Those awesome wine bottle openers that allow you to remove a cork in a short series of fluid movements -- like a ballet.

What are your favorite not-so-big inventions?


  1. the ballet wine opener has to be at the top of my list, along with power locks, power windows, thumb tacks, coffee grinders, the self service machine at the post office...stop me now!

  2. My dad's favorite saying was the to say something was the "best invention since sliced bread". So I guess one of my favorites is the toaster.

    -Stephen @
    Inventor Help

  3. Great post!
    My favourite invention is the self adhesive postage stamp!

  4. I love scissors. Flush toilets are pretty great too, and umbrellas are nice.

  5. Air conditioning is number one.
    But that's a big one, right up there with the wheel.

    Smaller? I'd have to say white out.

  6. Excellent post! I love wearing socks to bed on a cold night, makes all the difference to a good nights sleep.

    Digital cameras and lawn mowers rock my world.

    Peggy xxxx

  7. Seriously? I'd had to say tampons. Pain meds are good, too. (gosh, is it that time of the month?) Actually, lots of pharma inventions -- thank the heavens for those. Washing machines (yes, it's laundry day). Ummmm.....I'd also say my ipod, but now that I have an iphone and can take pictures! talk! listen to my npr podcasts! that is definitely at the top of the great invention heap.