Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
Game #4: What was the inventor thinking?
Your challenge: identify the function of this object. An unshown accessory is used with this object.
Two winners will be named, one for the correct guess and one for the
funniest guess. And yes, this invention pertains to young children
and/or parenting/raising young children.
Post your ideas via the comment form.
No links! If you discover a website describing this invention, keep
it to yourself. All will be revealed in time. You are competing for the glory.
Update: No one correctly guessed the purpose of this invention.
I’m going to weasel out any award glorious plaudits to all of the submissions for their humor or plausibility.
Answer: It’s a Receptacle for Baby Clothes. Or more accurately, this invention from 1909 allows you to wash cloth diapers in your toilet bowl.
Step 1. Store soiled cloths in the mesh bowl. Where you store the mesh bowl is not explained.
Step 2. When ready to wash, place the plug inside the toilet (maybe using that metal pokey stick-looking thing) and rest the mesh bowl over the toilet bowl.
Step 3. Flush the toilet to empty the toilet’s tank and fill the toilet bowl.
Step 4. Apply a cleansing compound to the water.
Step 5. "The cloths are manipulated by means of the manipulator (#9 in the image, the metal pokey thing) until sufficiently cleansed."
Step 6. Raise the mesh bowl by its handles and pull the plug out at the same time.
That’s all! Repeat as necessary.
The inventor explains, "It will be noticed that in this operation the hands of the operator have not become soiled or in any way brought in contact with either the dirty cloths or the water. [...] This operation can be repeated as many times as is desired until the cleansing is absolute."
Wow. I’m at a loss to explain why this invention didn’t sell like
hotcakes. I mean, everyone has a toilet in their home. It can’t lose!