Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Invention of the Day: Cereal Bowl.

The cereal bowl with flat bottom is one of my favorite inventions because it combines simplicity and utility. You can hold it comfortably in the cup of your hand AND you can put it down safely on a flat surface. If you don't believe me, try doing it with your plate. The majority of people have hard time believing that this bowl is such a great invention. To them, it looks completely obvious because they are so used to tables, desks, and other everyday furniture of the civilization.

But a few thousand years ago it was not such an easy transition. It took one culture a few hundred years to invent the new shape for household pottery.

I bet today's patent office would not issue a patent for this invention because of its "obviousness." But, as Leonardo da Vinci famously said, Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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