Sunday, September 5, 2010

Question of the Day #678

This morning, after breakfast, the groom offered a Listerine breath strip to his nephew. B hesitated and put the strip in his mouth.

"Put it on your tongue. It'll dissolve," said the groom.

B moved his tongue around. The breath strip wrapped around his front tooth, turning it green. With a puzzled look on his face, B put a napkin to his mouth. A tuft of napkin stuck to the green tooth.

"I don't even know what to say to you," the groom said.

His nephew struggled to get the breath strip out of his mouth while the adults at the table tried to hold our laughter in.

Hilarious as the Listerine breath strip incident was, I totally get it. If I were B, I'd be thinking, "What the heck is this thing and what is it supposed to do?"

What weird invention has you puzzled?



  1. Okay, so I'm going to step in it here and say something that will result in someone thinking I'm a Luddite.
    Kindle and its clones. I understand why they're really useful for people who must read multiple manuscripts in odd places and times, such as agents. Or for people who don't want to lug around stacks of books, such as travelers or students. But for the average person, what's wrong with books with beautiful covers and lovely pages to turn?
    As for the argument that electronic reading devices will save trees. Puh-lease. What about all the electronic waste we already can't get rid of?
    So, Kindle lovers, tell me why I'm wrong.

  2. I've just ordered a Kindle, and I'm sure until I'm used to it, it will have me puzzled. Tricia, for me, it`s not an either, or issue. I love my books, and will continue to collect classics and such. The draw for me is not purchasing SO many books (I read a lot), having access to lots of free classics, and having ready access to a dictionary and wikipedia for research when I am reading. As well, it will be a heck of a lot lighter to hold when reading 600+ page books. :)

    The weird invention that has me puzzled (and annoyed) is scented toothbrushes. I didn`t know they existed until I got one in a stocking. It`s inventions like that, that make me wonder how humanity is ever going to survive their own stupidity. :P

  3. I'm with Tricia. I don't the e-readers either. I can't really afford to go buying books either, real or electronic. That's why I use the library as must as possible. And if my library doesn't have the book I want I can get it through inter-library loan and am charge a minimal shipping fee. Cheepest thing going, the library.

  4. Something to consider is that many e-readers will allow libraries to electronically publish thier inventory, and likely increase their inventory, so that more people have greater, more immediate access to information for free.

  5. Cell phones. I'm just not into them. Some people seem to have them surgically attached to their hands. I just don't get it.


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