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What modern invention would you uninvent?

Asked by Rarebear (25162points) November 7th, 2011

Inspired by the podcast The Infinite Monkey Cage, specifically 11/22/10 The Modern World
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/timc

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smilingheart1's avatar

Most plastic products, especially plastic bags. The irony is I work at a plastics resin factory.

Ayesha's avatar

Not modern, but I would uninvent cigarettes.

CWOTUS's avatar

Call waiting

thorninmud's avatar

The factory farm.

Coloma's avatar

Hardcore porn. It is ruining the men of america in very unhealthy ways.

ucme's avatar

Vibrators! They make us blokes look a little “tired” in comparison.
Unless I can shove batteries up my arse, I ain’t going to be humping all night….well, at least not without a break or two.

Qingu's avatar

Nuclear weapons.

Maybe.

Blackberry's avatar

@Coloma You mean….not all women are eager to throw up while fellating us?

john65pennington's avatar

Computers…..........then people would not have to worry about hackers attempting to steal their money.

janbb's avatar

Automobiles. I truly see the rise of the automobile as the tipping point for sustainable life on this planet.

Coloma's avatar

@Blackberry Haha..gag me with a…

tom_g's avatar

fast food

tom_g's avatar

leaf blowers
powered lawn mowers
air conditioning

Lightlyseared's avatar

3D movies. Yeah I love paying more to watch a movie wearing stupid shades, unable to make out what’s going on cause the image is so dark and the director has spent most of his time thinking of ways he can have pointy pointy stuff pointing out of the screen instead of concentrating on the actual plot.

tedd's avatar

twitter

I feel no need to explain myself

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Great Question @Rarebear.

I would uninvent MONEY.

Coloma's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies

Here here!

Trade ya 2 fat geese and a cup of flower seeds and a happy brownie if you rake my yard. lol

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

But you know what I’m gonna do with those geese… don’t you? Sure you want to make that trade?

Coloma's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies on second thought, no. haha

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

I’d still rake your yard for some brownies though…

flutherother's avatar

Nuclear weapons
Certainly

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

One of my ex-girlfriend’s grandfather was a scientist that worked with Albert Einstein. She has a letter in her possession written by Albert to his immediate scientific peer network. In that letter he touts the triumph of nuclear fusion, but warns of the dangers if used improperly. He literally made a prediction that bad things were sure to come of it.

Lightlyseared's avatar

VX gas and weapons grade Botox.

tedd's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies While I see where you’re going, money is most definitely not a modern invention.

And duh Einstein was warning about the dangers of nuclear power… he gave it to the Americans because he knew the Germans were working on the bomb.

The Manhattan Project?

Facade's avatar

The relaxer. Yes, it is a big deal.

marinelife's avatar

Cell phones.

FutureMemory's avatar

Another vote for cell phones. Sometimes I don’t want to be so available to the world.

CWOTUS's avatar

I’ve been thankful for nuclear weapons since my teens, actually. Who doesn’t understand that nukes have prevented the Cold War from turning into WW III? (For that matter, I probably owe my life to nukes: My dad was staged in Adak, Alaska at the end of WW II, and would have been one of the grunts on the ground in an invasion of Japan. I might not even be here – nor many of the rest of us – without those only two nukes dropped ‘in anger’.)

tedd's avatar

@CWOTUS I both hate nuclear weapons, and recognize that they have probably saved a lot of lives thanks to merely existing.

There hasn’t been a major war between world powers since WW2, and that’s entirely thanks to nuclear weapons. Prior to them, hardly a decade would go by that there wasn’t some major conflict in the world.

That whole, being able to wipe out humanity 1000 times over thing though, really puts a damper on the “good” they’ve done.

Qingu's avatar

@CWOTUS, that’s why I said maybe.

I’m not sure we’ve actually experienced the downside of having nukes yet, though.

Coloma's avatar

I refuse to carry a cell phone. I get so razzed by everyone, but, I feel the same. I don’t want to be available 24/7 and if I’m running a few minutes late, oh well..just wait, the old fashioned way. lol

iamthemob's avatar

Autotuning.

tom_g's avatar

- loudness war in modern recording (lack of dynamic range)

- television

wundayatta's avatar

Well, as long as we are being wishful, I would get rid of electically enhanced music. No speakers. Only acoustics. Or, if we did have electronic instruments, I would cap the volume on said speakers so they could be no louder than any individual acoustic instrument they are playing with.

Rarebear's avatar

Great answers all!

My answer is Twinkies. I hate Twinkies. It’s a stupid food with a stupid name.

janbb's avatar

Twinkies – Nuclear bomb; yeah, I’d go with the Twinkies. :-)

rebbel's avatar

CDs of Celine Dion

Michael_Huntington's avatar

iPods (or any MP3 player really), iPads, iPhones, bluetooth and staplers. Especially staplers! Someone keeps stealing my stapler.

Berserker's avatar

Energy drinks.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Nooooooo! Or else I’ll sleep through my morning classes! Well actually, I sleep through most of them even with energy drinks…

Berserker's avatar

Every time I drink one, my heart begins to hurt.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Yeah, what’s up with that? It’s like someone squeezing your heart.

Berserker's avatar

Actually that’s exactly what happens to me. I had not even a quarter of a Red Rave last week, and that started happening. I’d rather stay away from them, and I don’t like that kids are just able to buy them.

dabbler's avatar

Speaker phones in the office.

woodcutter's avatar

High fructos corn syrup,or foods that they are part of.

iamthemob's avatar

@woodcutter – That’s a really, really good one.

Coloma's avatar

Car alarms.
Aaaagh!
I disabled mine, freaking steal the damn car just don’t blast me into a heart attack with all the *%^&$ false alarms. lol

mattbrowne's avatar

Handheld digital pets constantly begging for food.

Berserker's avatar

@mattbrowne Ha, yeah. I had a tamagotchi before. I always had to ’‘delete’’ the piles of crap it made.

I accidentally dropped it in my coffee.

Paradox25's avatar

Facebook, it seems that everybody around me is obsessed with it to the point where you can’t have a decent one on one conversation with them anymore.

tom_g's avatar

@Paradox25 – Please see my response to your comment here.

Paradox25's avatar

@tom_g I even know who broke up with who, who cheated on who, who is considering suicide and who hates who, thanks to what my nephew and sister relays from Facebook. to me.

Facade's avatar

Credit cards/credit.

woodcutter's avatar

How about big bass speakers for cars. Real music doesn’t sound like that, no way.

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