Thursday, March 16, 2006

American Inventor

Did anyone watch American Inventor tonight? I thought it was pretty interesting, but next time I'll tape it so I can skip the commercials.

Once I created sort of a joke invention for George. His ears get red and hot all the time, and it drives him crazy.

I created Ear Coolies™ by hanging ice packs off either side of a headband. Then I wrapped it up in a box with this fancy label I made and gave it to George for Christmas.

This is the Ear Coolies™ official instruction manual:

Anyway, it was a joke, and did not really help George's hot ears. Actually every real product he's tried has also been a joke... nothing seems to work. Like the Chillow he bought... I'd already read the bad reviews... like, "I can't sleep at night because it smells so bad!"

I don't remember why George doesn't like his Chillow, but it's in the closet next to our Sobakawa Pillow which you may have seen the infomercial for... it was supposed to solve every imaginable earthly problem.


Karin said...

Yes I watched the show and I thought several of the things were pretty good ideas. I think that the window cooler the kid invented was a pretty good idea cause I see people leaving their dogs in their car all the time. We also bought the chillow and I hate it but Brad will still it out from time to time.

Badoozie said...

oh, this is soooooo good, i LOVE your invention, and i love your booklet to go with it. you are so cool, pun intended.

my favorite is the picture of the "incorrect" way to wear the ear coolies,
ps, i have hot ear syndrome also, so i'd like to order a pair of those, right now i have to go, but i have an invention to share

Saur♥Kraut said...

I think you have a winner! You need to patent it! I especially like the illustration of the 'incorrect' way to wear them! HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY!!!

Mr. Althouse said...

Thanks for reminding me. I had it TiVoed so that I could watch it last night and completely forgot about it until I read your post.

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was at the emotion the inventors had invested into their products. They took their rejections very personally. I feel the same way about my writing and now I can link the feelings others have to mine about anything they have created.

At first, I thought it would be about the contestants just trying to get rich quick, to seize the opportunity. Although it was that for a few, the majority were very sincere in their passion for what they invented. It was as if the money was secondary - as it should be.

I'll be watching...


EmmaSometimes said...

Somewhere, in the southern states, even as we speak, someone is wearing their Ear Coolies® over their face while driving and will end up getting in a car accident. They will attempt to sue Ear Coolies® but Ear Coolies® will be prepared. Ear Coolies® had diagrams. Ear Coolies® had COOL illustrations. Ear Coolies® illustrator will save the company and inadvertently provide some much needed comedy to blog peeps. (people peeps, not the squishy easter peeps.)

See, you get past all my weirdness and you will see I am totally normal.

Jenn said...

Karin, I vote for the sandbag filling device. That little baldy judge is kind of a jerk. I think there are a lot of uses for that air conditioner, like, maybe for people who go camping and sleep in the back of their SUV.

Susie, come back here and share your invention!

Saur, I wonder how many people besides my husband suffer from persistantly hot ears... is there really a market for this?

Mr. Althouse, yeah, and sometimes people get so attached to their one idea that they waste all their money on it without doing any research. I loved the sandbag filling invention. I wish I had Tivo. I use my good old fashioned VCR to skip the commercials.

Emma, I have taken every legal precaution in my diagrams. They'd better have a good lawyer!

momyblogR said...

LOL, Ear Coolies, I say go for it. You are too much, I mean HOW do you come up with this stuff?


uncle joe said...

I would wear them the incorrect way and call them "Eyeball soothers" because my eyes get very tired and need an occasional pick me up.

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