What’s an Invention the World Needs to Have?

Note: Before we get into this week’s question—we loved how the Dinner Table where people posted their best picture made us feel like we got to know our readers better. So we’re taking things to the next level and asking readers to send us a video of them telling us a story from their life to be posted on an upcoming Dinner Table. If you want to be involved, think of that story you tell people—can be a funny or shocking story or just one describing a particularly poignant moment in your life—and take a video of yourself telling it. We’ll pick a selection of our favorites and post them on an upcoming Dinner Table.

More details: The video doesn’t have to look great or be professional at all—you can self-film it with your phone if you want to. Stories can be as short as 20 seconds or as long as three minutes, but try not to go longer than three minutes. To submit your video, just email it to [email protected] (if it’s too big straight from your phone or too big to attach, try using a service like Dropbox or Google Drive instead), and include your name, first initial of last name, and your city/country—or, let us know if you’d like us to leave that info out. The deadline to send us a video is the end of the day EST on Tuesday, Feb 17. Send any questions to ta[email protected]. Can’t wait to see what people send us!


DT14- Inventions PThis Week’s Question:

You know that brilliant invention you thought of but you don’t want to tell anyone because you’re planning to invent it some day and become a billionaire? Well you and I both know you’re not actually gonna ever do it, so tell us about it. What would be a great invention that the world needs to have?

Tim’s Answer: I use my phone headphones constantly. I only do phone calls using headphones, and most of the time when I’m walking or driving or exercising or cooking or doing chores or errands or waiting in line, I have headphones in listening to podcasts or maybe The Blue Danube Waltz on repeat to make strangers on the street hilarious. So my life ends up basically being a long series of folding up headphones to put them in my pocket and then untangling headphones when I want to put them on. Someone needs to invent a better way to store headphones—something with magnets or maybe a thing where they get neatly sucked into a small canister and then easily come out when you want to use them. Headphones are only going to become more of a thing as time goes on, and the person who invents something good enough that companies like Apple will want to buy the technology and implement it into their headphones will become outrageously wealthy.


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