“You don't have to reinvent the wheel, you just have to make a shinier one.”
Invention is the act or process of inventing things. Invention's mother is necessity. The Chinese invented the act of inventing. All sorts of things can be invented, from iPods to orbital landers to the Republican Party. These three examples were of course all invented by Phil Donahue in 1532; but many people are unaware of the many interesting inventions that were not anachronistically invented by washed-up celebrities. This article will explore some of these weird and little-known inventions.
The Mouse Amplifier
Invented by Gustav van Laardassen in 1892. One night, Doktor van Laardarssen's daughter Gouda slept in a railway sleeper car that was far too loud, and was thus deaf from berth. Returning home to her native Dapto, she discovered that she could no longer hear her dear little mouse Butoilet playing in his wheel. Doktor van L. set to work making a device that would amplify the mouse's sounds a hundredfold.
"The power to amplify rodents! Such a power," he declared, "would set me above the gods!"
Alas, this prediction turned out to be correct, and Dr. van Laardassen is now the undisputed ruler of the universe.
The Pornographic Coil
An early precursor to the Internet, the pornographic coil is designed to extract and condense free-floating etheric pornography. Invented in 1902 by the very earliest of internet pioneers, Albert Smythe-Cholmondley-Gore, Duke of Florida, who described his invention as a "superior informative highway" which would allow the user to "load down divers pictures of improperly dressed maidens, both from the civilized world and the Far East". A true visionary, his Nobel Prize speech foresaw the day when his device would allow "persons to gratify their vulgar appetites, no matter how weird or shameful their tastes might be."
Lord Gore was loudly booed during this speech, possibly because he chose to deliver it whilst wearing a plush otter suit with the crotch cut out.
The Twikenham & Co. Patent Combination Bicycle & Marijuana Fume Inhaler
Invented in 1849 by London bicycle company Twikenham and Co's legendary chief inventor, Sir Ebeneezer Cheechandchong, this device was invented to allow the stoner cyclist maximum cycling pleasure whilst remaining completely bombed. An opium version was planned, but the outbreak of the Crimean War pushed up the prices of cast iron and Turkish opium to the point where such a device would have been uneconomical.
Invented by the redoubtable Eli Whitney in 1796. Whitney is said to have claimed that his device made crushing tribbles to harvest their pelts "no tribble at all". The device made large scale tribble production economically viable, and use of the device was soon extended to puppies, kittens and baby fur seals. The effect of this invention can be demonstrated by the falling cost of tribble fur garments in the last years of the 18th century. In 1776, Benedict Arnold bought a fine tribble-fur weskit for forteen pounds, seven shillings, thruppence, a ha'penny and a jar of molasses. By 1801 a similar weskitt could be purchased for $3.23 from Ye Walle-Markete.
By 1822, it was becoming increasingly obvious that New York's antiquated sewer systems were not up dealing with the ever rising tide of urine that New Yorkers were producing. And so Jeb Reglard stepped in. Now, some folks says as Jeb Reglard was twenty foot tall, but truth were, he weren't an inch over 6'7" in his stockinged feet. But he was the strongest, mightiest inventor ever to walk the prairies of Uncle Sam's fair land. Since he was a child, he'd travelled the land with his nerdy ox, Shadowfax, (who was so big his horns were thirty iMacs and a stick of caffeine gum apart) and he invented railways and telephone exchanges as he went. Some folks say as he invented the whole blamed power grid - but that's a story for another day.
When Jeb Reglard reached Noo Yok city, he saw jest whut a problem there wus.
"Why, an inventor can't walk down Broadway without gettin' urine alls over his trouser cuffs," he said, "it's sad and alarming. And Shadowfax, he's been on tippytoes since we left Jersey, an' he ain't even got toes."
And so Jeb set himself a spell and thought such mighty thoughts that he soon had the answer, "Why," he said, "It's plain as day. What this here town needs is nothin' but steam urinals!"
And so he took his mighty pipewrench and got to work, and by noon that very day he'd done invented hisself a steam powered urinal. The folks of New York were as happy as could be, an' they begged Jeb Reglard to stay. But the city was no place for a man like Jeb Regland, and he strode back off into the fronteer, where he invented the Grand Coulie Dam to impress an Indian Princess, who totally dumped him in favour of some jerk named Brad.