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The Reverse Umbrella

On a trip to a very sunny and hot location, I cleared my sweaty face in order to see a person shading themselves from the sun with an umbrella. A regular umbrella.

Shade helps.

But as anyone who goes to Disneyworld in the heat of… well, anytime… would see is squirt bottles paired with little fans. You get a little handheld mister to keep you wet and cool.

Using mist and water to help create a cooling effect is not new. Ancient architects and inventors had figured out ways to cool houses and food using water… things like swamp coolers and cooling chimneys.

This cooling works best with a breeze. If you’re wet from sweat or mist and have a breeze, yum – cool.

But on the hottest days, the sun burns. The breeze gets dwarfed by the burning sun. Without shade, that breeze is all but lost.

Enter the umbrella. But shade without much moisture won’t do much to help either.

Now, sweat alone will make a difference, but let’s say that shade of the umbrella has kept you from sweating too much… saved you from dripping in perspiration. What then?

Enter the Reverse Umbrella. It’s a normal umbrella with a twist… or should I say a mist.

Instead of the umbrella keeping you dry, the Reverse Umbrella keeps you wet.

With a little fan and a reservoir for water in the umbrella shaft – make it rain under the umbrella! Then the breeze will blow across your misty clothes, hair, etc. while in the shade.


Novelty Hearing Aids

We happened to be visiting “The Shack” today looking for a sort of novelty Xmas present and next door was a hearing aid store. Quickly an idea came to me – why not novelty hearing aids?

On the one end of the spectrum you could have the “hearing voices” model which records random bits of conversation and then when there’s silence later it will play back those conversations in hushed tones. You’ll start to think you’re hearing people who aren’t there.

Related to that would be that “affirmational” model which would periodically fill the quite spots with affirmations such as “you’re super!” an “you deserve another piece of cake.”

Then there would be the “transformational” models such as the auto-tune model which would make even the worst night listening to friends do karaoke tolerable.

What about the “affiliate” models? Big Red Sox fan? The hearing aid has a big logo and when the game is on, it acts like a radio. Periodically it could play greatest team moments as well. How about the voice of Ted Williams to make a guy want to wear a hearing aid?

So, there could be a market for intentionally purchased novelty hearing aids as well as the surprise gag gift. Either way, with a little bit of fun and entertainment, even people with perfectly good hearing will want to wear them.


Perhaps a little bit morbid, but why not a line of T-Shirts that point out that life isn’t always perfect and happy? Won’t some people want “heavy” t-shirts just to point out the irony of it all?

Here’s a list of slogan ideas:

  • My doctor just told me I have 3 days to live
  • What does ‘inoperable’ mean?
  • My son placed me in this home and all I got was this tshirt
  • My wife had me committed and all I got was this tshirt
  • Is hair supposed to fall out?
  • Bald is sexy, right?
  • Ssh! No one knows I am contagious!
  • Ebola is a state of mind
  • I am terrorized
  • Someone bombed my car
  • My other car is a bomb
  • It’s not ‘suicide’ if you set off my explosives
  • Autopilot Terrorism
  • I only get one chance, so let me get this right
  • It’s only Ebola
  • Did you get your flu shot? Too bad.
  • I forget, how do you spell Alzheimers?
  • I can’t feel my legs
  • Have you seen my Mommy?
  • Have you seen my baby?