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October 22nd, 2004

Best Invention Ever

A few weeks ago, I was informing a coworker about TiVo. He was extremely excited about it, especially after seeing the online demo. Later in the day he even proclaimed that TiVo was the best invention ever. “Better than the refrigerator?” “Better than the automobile?” “Yes.”

Although he was being facetious, and TiVo is an incredible thing, it got me to wondering what the best invention ever really is. I’m thinking of something that has changed the way people work or live or both, and is totally indispensable.

My answer would be electricity. Although the paper clip is a close second.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: cate
DATE: Friday October 22, 2004 -- 11:40:23 am
i always hear the kids these days talking about this "sliced bread" - hmm, what will they think of next?



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday October 22, 2004 -- 1:09:42 pm
Electricity is not an invention; it's a natural force that was "discovered."

But I know what you meant--probably electical service, the harnessing of electricity, which is the fountain from which all cool electronic doo dads flow.

I couldn't begin to answer what the best invention would be without narrowing the question a bit.

Best invention of the last fifty years? Teflon.

Best (and worst) invention of last one hundred years? Gasoline (OTTO) engine.

Neatest invention? Velcro.

Wow! I'm pretty boring.



FROM: Monica
DATE: Friday October 22, 2004 -- 1:16:18 pm
how about plumbing?



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday October 22, 2004 -- 1:35:00 pm
Neatest invention? Velcro.

Now, if they could just invent silent Velcro...



FROM: Rob
DATE: Friday October 22, 2004 -- 4:33:05 pm
Joseph Ur A Geek! Get A Girlfriend!!!



FROM: aharris
DATE: Friday October 22, 2004 -- 4:33:25 pm
Paul: You took mine. ;)



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday October 22, 2004 -- 8:16:48 pm
I vote for the printing press.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday October 23, 2004 -- 10:42:58 am
Just coming back from a vacation, I totally agree: "TiVo" is one of the best inventions. I programmed my TiVo to record everything I wanted while away for 2 weeks..and it worked perfectly. Furthermore, it took about 2 minutes to program, no tapes to worry about, hi-speed fast forwarding through commercials.

I don't watch TV anymore, I watch TiVo.



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday October 25, 2004 -- 1:30:44 pm
Rob--

I'm not a geek. I'm actually more of a nerd, since I wasn't born into the fold.

My girlfriend is also a nerd, which is the primary attraction. Cerebral women get me going. However, even by non-nerd physical standards, she's hot! Which is an important, but secondary dating factor.

Together we have a dual nerd income, which tends to be on the high side. This leads to a lot of surplus, which we invest in various ways, including a fund directed towards world domination.

Nerds have great intellectual ability, and many talents. Using that, we can apply ourselves (usually after college, for two reasons. One: priorities; Two: income requirements) and morph into regular looking people. Ever wonder why nerds are less and less visible after the high school years? We're morphing and taking over.

PS: I wanted to add that the invention of the safety match presented a huge leap forward for the welfare of mankind.



FROM: Specter102 [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 25, 2004 -- 3:50:40 pm
I would go about saying that the languages human's create definitely surpass everything. Without it, nothing would be invented.



FROM: Alan Alexander Jachura
DATE: Sunday January 23, 2005 -- 1:03:17 pm
I think the 'mute' button on tv remotes is a great thing!



FROM: Alan Jachura
DATE: Sunday January 23, 2005 -- 1:04:43 pm
The 'off' button is even better!



FROM: Kate
DATE: Sunday January 23, 2005 -- 3:03:33 pm
I'm not sure about it being the best, but the microwave definately deserves an honerable mention. Burritos in less than 5 minutes? Done! Canned pasta in 2-3 minutes? Done! It allows impatient no-talents like me the opportunity to eat things other than sandwiches.



FROM: Ken
DATE: Sunday January 23, 2005 -- 5:49:42 pm
Medicine is a great invention, seeign as most of my generation will live into the 100's, and i get rid of 50% of my body covered in poison ivy in about 2 days, there are some other less important reasons tho, like cancer and something about aids.



FROM: alireza
DATE: Sunday February 6, 2005 -- 9:49:45 am
i think that medicine isn't an invention.
i think the most important invention is INTERNET.
what do think about it?



FROM: dave
DATE: Sunday February 6, 2005 -- 12:19:59 pm
I've been saying for months that XM is the best invention of my lifetime. Not sure about "ever," though.



FROM: Frank Zappa
DATE: Friday April 15, 2005 -- 10:21:56 pm
This is not so much an invention, but rather re-inventing an ideal. The thought that we need to have more 'stuff' in our daily lives to 'simplify' whatever we do to make someone else rich. For example cell phones and the idea of consolidating your computer in your phone so you can be away for social contact for a longer period of time. I think what I am saying is the invention or ideal of money..? Any thoughts?



FROM: Fgsh
DATE: Sunday April 17, 2005 -- 8:06:43 am
You are all nerds



FROM: hdkSHDK
DATE: Wednesday June 1, 2005 -- 12:20:00 am
YALL IS NERDS



FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday June 1, 2005 -- 7:14:26 am
Hm. Maybe punctuation was the best invention ever.



FROM: Vic
DATE: Sunday June 12, 2005 -- 5:18:52 pm
"Toilet paper." says my sister.



FROM: elizabeth
DATE: Thursday June 16, 2005 -- 7:42:48 pm
"Medicine is a great invention, seeign as most of my generation will live into the 100's, and i get rid of 50% of my body covered in poison ivy in about 2 days, there are some other less important reasons tho, like cancer and something about aids."

you got rid of 50% of your body? WHAT!



FROM: Modou Kebeh [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday June 18, 2005 -- 5:16:39 am
All the opinions provided are important.But to me i think computer is the greatest invention in the last 5 centuries.So i would want you send me ideas regarding the importance of computer and electronics.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday June 18, 2005 -- 9:48:16 am
So i would want you send me ideas regarding the importance of computer and electronics.

Send you? Hm.



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DATE: Tuesday July 5, 2005 -- 12:00:32 pm



FROM: Amos Odetayo
DATE: Thursday July 21, 2005 -- 6:21:39 am
The best ivestion so far is the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles Schulz in 1950



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday July 21, 2005 -- 8:45:13 am
Yeah, "Peanuts" is way better than refrigeration.



FROM: Deeporg [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 21, 2005 -- 10:53:42 am
People call a hamburger patty with cheese melted over the top, minus the bread a "Chopsteak" .... and this makes it not a hamburger patty how? Ground sirloin is ground sirloin.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday July 21, 2005 -- 2:02:58 pm
People call a hamburger patty with cheese melted over the top, minus the bread a "Chopsteak" .... and this makes it not a hamburger patty how? Ground sirloin is ground sirloin.

So are you saying that ground sirloin is the best invention ever?



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday July 21, 2005 -- 2:37:20 pm
I was repairing a camera yesterday and thought to myself, "Where would we be without screws?"

Think of it. Nails don't do the best job and rivets are a pain in the ass. Glue is so-so. Clips and other mechanical fasteners usually break after a while. But screws last almost forever and have an unbelievable amount of clamping force, all without special tools.

Screws are amazing. We'd be nowhere without them.



FROM: steph
DATE: Thursday July 28, 2005 -- 4:01:52 pm
I'm thinking when God made humans, that was the best invention ever. Of course, if we weren't ever made, we wouldn't know it anyways.



FROM: Jake
DATE: Monday November 28, 2005 -- 5:26:26 am
I was the best invention ever made, in my opinion. My parents are the best inventors.



FROM: Jean
DATE: Monday November 28, 2005 -- 5:38:08 am
I think the best invention was chips. A cheap food made from cheap potatos. Chips can solve all problems policticans can not such as third world starvation and can disolve tense situations; if there is a hungary bear attacking you you can feed him chips, if your're stuck on a desert island you can make a raft from chips. It would go soggy but you can repair it with more chips. Eventually it would turn into a chip island where you could create chip trees. Eventually new chip based lifeforms would develop and turn into humanoids. you would then have family! THe whole universe would turn into chips and you would'nt need everything else. You could even save the universe by pluging black holes with a huge chip. Of course to get a huge chip you would need a huge potato which would suck all the worlds resouces but the human sacrafice would save the universe! New medical techniques would develop to deal with satuated fat. even thinking of chips makes me want some so I'm off now!!!!!!



FROM: Eric
DATE: Tuesday December 6, 2005 -- 1:24:36 am
best invention? screws are good but the one thing that really got stuff rolling would have to be the wheel.



FROM: nate dizzle
DATE: Thursday December 29, 2005 -- 4:39:26 pm
tivo sucks dick motherfroto



FROM: John
DATE: Thursday December 29, 2005 -- 10:14:09 pm
Artificial light, so taken for granted.



FROM: harrypotterfreak
DATE: Monday January 9, 2006 -- 7:32:51 pm
electricity is cool, but paper is coolER!



FROM: duh
DATE: Thursday February 2, 2006 -- 12:22:07 pm
i hate paper i suggest burning all of it and live without writion more typing
and fyi computers are the best invention



FROM: Ricky
DATE: Thursday February 2, 2006 -- 1:20:04 pm
Best invention not used enough! The mask thing they put on Lector in Silence of the Lambs while transporting him.

If they would use that on people more today, or require "known stupid people" to where it, man our lives would be so much better.



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday February 2, 2006 -- 3:09:41 pm
or require "known stupid people" to where it

What should people who confuse homonyms ware?



FROM: Ricky
DATE: Thursday February 2, 2006 -- 3:20:20 pm
At this point, put my hands in a vice and keep them there for not using the correct word.

Sadly, I'm normally the one catching those things for others. Oh well, I guess that's why I've accepted that I'm not perfect. Not even close!

But, I'm over it.



FROM: Frederik Budde (Denmark, 13 years)
DATE: Sunday April 2, 2006 -- 12:37:40 pm
In my opinion, the best invention ever is the bicycle. Without that, too many people in the world would be extremely fat, in fact beyond the fatness limit, causing of none exercise.. But the question is hard to answer, because there is so many prior inventions that meant so much to the world population through the years.

Another reason that the best invention is the bicycle, is the fact, that if there weren't bicycles, the traffic would grow to interminable altitudes and it would take hours just to drive a few kilometre to work.

Another suggestion is the hydrogen tablet, inventet by Denmarks Technical University (YEHAA!). This tablet has got the character that the hydrogen is stored in an until today unseen high effectiveness and secure way. The smart characteristic with this tablet is that it fills less than the original hydrogen and it isn't dangerious to handle.

The last great invention I want to emphasize is the insulin. It cured a lot of people across the world and this will go on many years ahead.



FROM: hilary f
DATE: Monday May 1, 2006 -- 3:11:48 am

HI EVERYONE I AM HILARY WATS YOUR NAME I AM DOING A PROJECT ON INVENTIONS BUT DONT KNOW WAT TO DO IT ON. I NEED SOME HELP AND
FAST

SEE YA AROUND



FROM: bilbo baggins
DATE: Monday May 1, 2006 -- 11:41:44 am
Ummm..........i'd say you should do something with plastic. Plastic is like the best invention ever. It's what makes up everything all ya'lls said. computers, tivo, etc.
Plastic is even in our clothes. So........Hilary Duff, I mean, Hilary F, you should totally do plastic! What would the Russian Mafia do without plastic?



FROM: fsrgdgrgrgrdrgfrgrgrdgrgr
DATE: Monday May 15, 2006 -- 8:33:41 am
TOILETS! if not we wither will be crapping our pants a lot or craping in a hole and buring it!!!!IT" S TRUE



FROM: Leslie
DATE: Thursday July 27, 2006 -- 5:32:25 pm
Sorry folks, here in the Lone Star state Central Air Conditioning rules!!!!!!!!!!



FROM: cassielynn
DATE: Friday August 11, 2006 -- 4:44:39 pm
This forum was created two years ago, i wonder if the guy who asked the question even checks this thing anymore.

I was wondering how you came up with your answers? Your opinion of the greatest invention ever, is it because it benefits you the most or is it because you see it as a true benefit to society?

And if you see it as a benefit to society then what is the actual benefit? Something to create a much lazy-er (excuse my spelling) society, or perhaps the tools we create in order to prolong the miserable lives of humans?





FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday August 11, 2006 -- 6:24:03 pm
This forum was created two years ago, i wonder if the guy who asked the question even checks this thing anymore.

The Daily Ping was started six years ago. And yes, I read this. I read every Ping I've ever written, every day.

I was wondering how you came up with your answers?

I thought about the original question for a few minutes. I guess I wanted to strike a balance between something I valued and something that really did benefit society. TiVo, the paper clip, and electricity all count (but plastic is a good one.)



Amanda F. September 7, 2006, 8:07 pm

Joeseph said, “Best invention of the last fifty years? Teflon.”

That’s incorrect. Teflon was ‘*discovered*’ in 1938.
He posted that comment in 2004. Do the math.

Do you think that the creation of government could count as an invention?

fooool October 4, 2006, 1:23 am

best invention: socks 🙂

alan inglis February 5, 2007, 6:14 pm

first thing i thought of was plastic…. then the flushable toilet, then toilet paper………. for obvious reasons. does music count????

The Invertor of all this stuff May 1, 2007, 8:28 pm

Football, Baseball, iPod’s, Water Polo, MySpace, Wikipedia, toasters, Pike Place Market, Glass, Houses, Computers, Internet, Criag’s List, EBAY, Dogs, Nuke’s, Medicine, Washington, The Dollar, Borat, Color, Printers, Telephones, Cell Phones, Television, The Canadian Channel, Google, Photoshop, Checkers, Electricty, Chairs, Electric Chair, Coca Cola, Spiderman, Superman, Comcast, Paint, Dell Computerts, Microsoft, Animals, The Spanish Language, ATV, Tea Pot, Helmets, Root Beer, Swimming, Music, Gasoline, Paper, Plastic, Gaterade, Water, Pens, Pencils, Trees, Cars, Metal, Photobucket, Bikes, Skateboards, The Bathtub, Sandles, Big Macs, Ice Cream, Steroids, The Office, Mascara, CSI, Cameras, Pirates, Batman, Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny, Flowers, Lizzards, Refridgerator, Spoon’s, Condom, Movies, Movie Theater, Vending Machine, Sweedish Fish, Guns, Swords, Brass Knuckles, Egypt, Sliced Bread, Waves, TiVo, Preps, Emo’s, Jocks, Velcro, Duct Tape, Paper Airplanes, Teflon, Indoor Plumbing, Mute Button, The Oven, Microwave, XM Radio, Rap Music, Country Music, Rock Music, E-Mail, HD Television, Toilet Paper, Honey Buckets, Garfield, Gaydar, McDonaldas, Screwdrivers, Sun Chips, The Wheel, PingPong, Beer Pong, Socks, Gernades. Those are all the best inventions ever!!!!

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