My 2018’s List of Obsolete or Nuisance or Useless Items or Inventions
Our needs and things that support them changes overtime, based on new technologies and inventions, on new and better ways of doing things or new requirement for the greater good.
With pressing needs on sustainability side – for one, a lot of what we use or buy today should be shelved and forgotten, replaced by more eco-friendly, safe or value-adding things in life.
Here are my picks of obsolete or nuisance everyday items:
1. Paper staples, staple wire and staple wire remover. I’m sure you’ve been "nuisanced" by the little evil thing one way or the other – and the fact is, we moved on and invented other ‘attacher’ techs. Binder clips, old-school paper clips, clothes line clip, tapes – you name it. Staples are not just nuisance or safety issue – it’s a waste of metal (non-reusable) – yes small and trivial but imagine a trillion little angled wire pieces used by 2-3 billion people! Loose or misfired staple wires lying on the floor is an obvious safety risk for kids and barefooted adults. So the next time the cashier attempts to staple your receipt with the card validation print-out, or staple the top-open end of the paper bag - shout “Nooooh”.