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Amazing Inventions That Were

Some things I dreamed up that were later turned in to products.

Anti-Static Jewelry

When I was younger I read in a science book or magazine that if you rubbed a flourescent bulb with saran wrap, it would glow. So I went in to the darkest room in the house and tried it out. It worked. The saran wrap / glass friction created a small static charge that transferred to the lamp and made it glow

I also had a little television next to my bed, and this sleeping bag that would make static whenever I rubbed my socks on it. I had fun rubbing my socks on the bag and touching my flourescent lamp, or writing things on the TV screen (which would glow when I touched it with a charged finger).

So I realized that if you could make a miniature flourescent tube, about the size of a fuse - maybe 1" long, completely surrounded by a metallic case so it couldn't break (and hurt you), you could put it in your pocket, or carry it around on a chain, or build it in to slippers, and it would protect you from building up a static shock. It would also look neat when you walked along the carpet and glowed.

Well, a few weeks ago I was in Kinokuniya Books, and upstairs they have some stationary, and there it was. The Pentel anti-static necklace. It used a photo-electric cell (if it can take light and turn it in to electricity, why not take electricity and discharge it into light?) instead, but there it was. A small, clear plastic case, and the metal part made contact with the chain.

I can't find this anywhere on Google, but I know it exists. I saw it.

Activated Charcoal For Hangovers

I don't drink a lot and I guess I don't know my limits, so one time I drank too much. I think I'm just susceptible to alcohol anyway, I usually feel a little sick when I drink. Anyway, I was really drunk. Really bad.

Now, I knew about Activated Charcoal to help with upset stomachs, and when a friend of mine went to the hospital for a potential overdose of drugs, they gave him a charcoal drink to clean out anything that may have been in his digestive system. I witnissed first hand how well it worked, his digestive system was quickly cleared out.

Knowing all this, I said "bring me the activated charcoal." I took about four pills, and long story short, I felt great the next day. I had only the tiniest hangover, no headache, no nausea, nothing. I was completely read to face the world.

Well, two weeks later I saw a commercial on TV for this product called The Chaser Pill, that you take when you're drinking and it prevents you from getting a hangover. I was in a store that carried it one day, so I looked at the package and guess what it is. The secret ingredient is Activated Charcoal.

So save yourself some money, and get Activated Charcoal from the health food store, and leave it next to your toilet. One morning you'll thank me for that advice. ;-)

Other Ideas

I have lots of other ideas... some good, some not so good, but I think next time I come up with something, I'll put in a little effort towards bringing it in to reality before I find out a Japanese pen company, or a company that markets herbal remedies beats me to it.

Other articles in this series

Oh My God It Burns! » Practical Applications of the Philosopher’s stone. For drunks. Running Vodka through a Brita Filter now instead of using Activated Charcoal Later.

page first created on Monday, September 13, 2004

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