By the standards of history, you, I, and (unless you’re a very atypical blog reader) pretty much everyone we’ve ever met is fabulously wealthy. How wealthy? One good measure is our ability and willingness to support the frivolity of others. Here are two recent technological innovations that give eloquent testimony to just how well off we are.
First, the Oreo separating machine. (Yes, I realize that every other blogger on earth has already linked to this one, but if you haven’t actually watched it yet, you really should click through):
The amazing “Useless Machine”. It has one button, with two positions, “On” and “Off”. When you switch it on, a lever arm emerges, pushes the button back to “Off”, and retreats. Repeat as desired:
Personally, I’d like it better if the lever arm moved more slowly and deliberately. But maybe that’s why I’m not a designer.