In a somewhat random conversation over drinks, we were trying to work out what were some of the coolest inventions were. The Boeing 747, iPod (inevitably), the Ferrari 275 GTS, a frisbee, the internet, fork and knife, lapelles (!!), money, the Dyson vacuum cleaner, democracy and the bra.
What's most interesting to me is how these things came about. Frenzied moments of genius? Not one of them - they have either come about through hard work (99% perspiration, yes I remember Dad!), or through total luck (Eureka).
- The Frisbee - inspired by the metal pie tins of the Frisbie Baking Co
- The escalator - conceived as a Coney Island amusement ride
- Reinforced concrete - by a French gardener trying to develop a better flowerpot (!!!)
Some people blatantly get it wrong
. But some get it so correct
it almost makes you want to jump up and down. Or, more likely, they get it so right, that you don't even realise
Oh, and don't forget the old timers