Journalist Marilyn vos Savant conducted a poll in the Los Angeles Times Parade magazine last weekend. She asked 2000 people what they would most like to uninvent. Here are the top ten, with some comments made by respondents in quotes (without quotes are my comments):
1. High Heels – “they make me dread dressy occasions”
2. Jet skis – “inventions that allow one person to enjoy a formerly quiet lake or beach while ruining the scene for swimmers, picnickers, and sailors, not to mention wildlife.”
3. Leaf blowers – high decibel nuisances. Commercial gardeners love them, but the city of Laguna Beach put it’s foot down and has outlawed them. If only my town would do that. Not only are they loud, but also contribute to global warming with their dirty little one-stroke engines.
4. Automated Telephone Assistance – there are actually websites (such as Gethuman.com) devoted to showing consumers how to get around different company’s systems so you can actually speak with a human being.
5. Television – I can’t get into this one. I think TV has its purpose. I read a lot but love tv too. But I do think it cuts into family time. As for the crappy stuff that co-exists with the good – don’t yell about, just change the channel.
6. Video Games – (Manuel and Randi won’t like this one). I don’t play them, but if used in moderation I see no harm. I just hope people are vigilant about the violence level in their kids’ games.
7. Bass ampifiers – ugh. There’s a guy in my neighborhood who shakes our windows every time he drives by, luckily it goes by quick. There is no escaping bass noise and I pity those with inconsiderate neighbors.
8. Neckties – these torture devices are now thought to reduce blood flow to the brain by applying pressure to the carotid arteries. I would like to add bras to this category too. Let ’em swing in the wind like the “primitive” cultures do. Who wants all this tight stuff next to their bodies?
9. Car alarms – a noise usually ignored by others and only inconveniences the owner of the car and anyone else within earshot. They’re only deterrent value is that when an alarm is heard, people who know their car is in the vicinity look around to make sure it isn’t their car, thus at least providing a little observation. “Have you ever heard a car alarm sounding and thought “Wow! Someone is trying to steal that car?'”
10. Cell phones – oh man, need I say more? My hubby calls it “the electronic leash”.