I’d rather toss it into the bush.

Very, very disgusting lid

Very, very disgusting lid

What is the point of these lids on trash cans, exactly? I suppose they are meant to manage odors, but to be honest I haven’t seen to many stinky lidless trash cans. I have seen lots and lots of the lidded ones with such a disgusting lid that I am very tempted to just drop whatever I need discarded into some bush or something*, but not touch the yucky lid. And really, if you’re concerned about the smell that much, just purge the thing regularly!


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Perhaps if the spring that closes the lid wasn’t so strong it would be fairly usable, but no, those things are usually as strong as the pit bull’s jaw, so there’s no way to push, say, a plastic cup through without touching the lid. And even when discarding a glass bottle, chances are you’ll get bitten!

*Being a good guy, I usually either carry it all the way home or until I find a lidless can.

Greasy phone screens.

Different technologies, same problem.

Different technologies, same problem.

Either there’s a conspiracy or I am doing something wrong. Here’s a picture of two phones I have, one is for the landline (yes! I still use it :p), another is the cell. Both have screens and both have to be held with the screen facing the ear when talking. And I may be a dirty hippy and all, but I have to clean the screens regularly because the skin on my ear is, well, naturally oily.

I believe this is a design failure more than anything else. If the flip phones pretty much have to have this layout, the type of phones pictured above could easily have screen and keyboard on one side, speaker and microphone on the other side. Granted, the screen would get dirty off the hands, but I do wash hands more regularly than ears!

And really, if there is some unknown-to-me rationale to have the screen and the speaker on one side of the phone, why not have two speakers and two microphones, on both sides. The wonders of modern digital signal processing would easily allow switching off the speaker and microphone on the outer side, depending on which microphone is used.