I was challenged a couple of months ago to invent something new every day. That seemed impossible until I tried doing it. It seemed an impossible task because people have been around inventing things at least since Mt. Toba erupted and the human species was shrunk to an estimated “10,000 breeding pairs that existed about 70,000 years ago.” My point for choosing that day for the starting of inventing things is because the cultural history would have been constricted also to a small set of ideas. The total historical population of humans since that date is estimated to be “about 105 billion births since the dawn of the human race”. All those numbers are obviously approximations but for my purpose far more accurate than I need for my statement … People are not very good at inventing things, but collectively they are able to accumulate vast wisdom.
Today the “invention” I showed those guys, who had challenged me to invent something every day, was absolutely simple and could have been, and should have been, invented by someone before me. It should have been invented because it would be helpful to nearly everyone who wears shoes and it really works well.
There needs to be a small lump at the end of the aglet of shoelaces. It is helpful when putting on your shoes because when you pull your finger along the shoelace toward the aglet it is stopped by the lump. You can then pull the lace more easily into the position where you need it to be for tying. I know this to be true because I dipped the tips of some of my shoelaces into Shoe Goo, and when it had dried as a small lump on the tip of each of the aglets it worked perfectly. I can now tie my shoes by feeling more easily without looking at them, and can even do it in the dark.
Of the billions of people who wear shoes, it was me who did it. You could have done it, but you didn’t.
There must still be many things that need to be brought to our collective attention.