A writing challenge of the Little Egypt Writer’s Society
© 2018 Bill Murphy
Wouldn’t you agree that most inventions are the result of someone attempting to make work easier… and by default, life easier? Invention is the obvious spin-off of ‘work smarter – not harder.’
I received my inventive spirit from my father. He loved to ‘tinker.‘ When I was around 10, dad saw a simple wind-turbine which inspired him to see other possibilities.
The turbine didn’t have traditional blades. Instead, it had a series of 1/4 spheres, ‘cups’ which caught the wind. Dad then remembered the loud screech which aircraft tires made when they hit the ground on landing… burning away expensive tires as they contacted the ground. If the tires were already TURNING before the plane touched down, he reasoned, rubber would not be needlessly wasted.
Dad figured that if RUBBER quarter spheres were molded onto the outside edges of aircraft tires, the forward speed of the plane would make the tires spin before they touched the runway… a huge saving on tires! Years later we learned that this was actually tested, but proved to be impractical.
Then during the mid to late 50s, I had an aviation idea of my own, one having to do with ‘winglets‘ for droppable fuel tanks. This too was tested in the late 50s. Alas, it too proved to be impractical. Oh well.
Fast forward to 2018. Our nest is no longer empty. We have a daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter ‘temporarily’ living with us. What do they say about ‘too many cooks spoil the broth?’ This I know this for sure, too many cooks can really mess up a kitchen… and a microwave.
Our microwave is 4 or 5 years old. With attention, it has been kept looking almost new. The number one labor saving device in our kitchen is a $2 microwave splatter shield… when used. Simply USING IT is the key! Verbal reminders don’t seem to get the job done. Even signage hasn’t always worked. It is so frustrating… to me.
HERE’S MY IDEA FOR A MICROWAVE, TIME, AND SANITY SAVING INVENTION.
I’d love to have a splatter shield somehow electronically LINKED to the microwave, so that the microwave will operate only when the splatter shield is properly in place. Period. No over-rides. No shield = no cook.
Yes, I know, “But it only takes 2 or 3 minutes to wipe down the inside of the microwave. Big deal!”
But let’s face it… those who don’t have the will, energy, or 3 seconds of time to simply pick up the shield and use it… are NOT the one’s who feel a burning desire to roll up their sleeves and spend 2 to 3 minutes cleaning up a big splattered mess.
Now where did I put my soldering iron?