Win a Coffee Cup to the Stars!
What is the Dumbest & Most Frustrating Modern Invention? What is the work of man that has given the most annoyance or has caused the most waste of time and effort? What creation has most promised to be a boon but which has turned into the largest colossal boondoggle?
Could it be Car Alarms? The Comprehensive, Employee-Written Performance Review? PowerPoint? The Electric Guitar? Hip Hop? Cell Phones? Celebrities? The National Institute of Health? Facebook? The P-value Itself? Vatican II? Instant Replay Review?
The Environmental Protection (protecting whom from what?) Agency? Backup Beeps? Restaurant Inspections? Diet Pop? Sliced Bread? Microwave Ovens? Academic Feminism? GPS in Cars? White Boards? Whole Foods? The Transportation Security Administration?
Nothing before the turn of the last century should be included: for greatest consideration, stick to the past 50 years. And nothing that doesn’t suit it purpose admirably. For instance, atomic weapons. Nasty business to be under one when it springs to life, but it cannot be said that its boom is a bust. We want false, over-blown promises.
You don’t have to pick from my list, which is only a rough guide. Inspect your molars and recall what ground them down. Say what the worst invention is, but also say why. Be succinct.
Enter below in the comments by midnight Eastern Time 18 August 2015. No emails. Your entry must FIRST consist of the word ENTRY (to distinguish it from ordinary comments), followed by a TITLE of your nomination, to be completed by NO LESS than 50 but NO MORE than 150 words describing your reasoning. Provide your REAL EMAIL in the comment box (where it asks) if you want to be notified of your victory. No inventions before 1900.
I am the sole judge and arbiter. No whining.
The winner will be announced the week of the 17th. The lone victor will receive a WMBriggs.com official mug1. I’ll email the victor for an address where I can send the mug.
I may write about this contest elsewhere. If so, I may quote you.
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