September 30th, 2009


Brilliant idea of the day

I like to drink root beer out of bottles with a straw but most straws are too short. Last night at Four Burgers in Cambridge I got two straws, took out from my pouch my trusty nail clipper (which had come apart and had to be repaired), trimmed a slot at the end of one straw so that it could be crimped a bit and inserted in the other straw to create a double length straw. It worked although the flow was a bit constricted; it didn't leak.

As my brilliant idea for the day maybe I should patent it - though I looked and found 12,960 patents with the word straw in them - I glanced at the titles of the first 150 and they were almost all about drinking straws. This is the first public disclosure - I have a year to file :).