The following is a list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.
They appear in order of importance, with 1 being the most influential.
10th Place: The Abundant Seas of Trash
There was a time where the garbage man didn’t pass in front of your house, when it wasnt necessary to use plastics trash bags, where everything that was thrown to the earth would decompose and give way to new life. Sadly those times are quickly to coming to an end. With the beginning of the Industrial Revoulution in the 1800’s the amount of synthetic products sored to unpredecented heights. Then came the invention of tin cans, and more importantly the almost-indestructible “plastic”. Just take a look at your supermarket – nearly 70% of the products there have some sort of plastic around or in them. If the 60,000,000 american families synthetic trash production is enormous, imagine the worldwide production.
plastic bag: 20 years
plastic cup: 250 years.
plastic plate: 400 years.
thicker plastic products: 1000’s of years
9th Place: The Pocket-size Musician
Music has been the passion and profession of billions across history. A melody to a crying baby, a dedication to a loved one, a cure to our every day problems… the list goes on and on. Music has had as much impact in today’s society as it did back in ancient times. Platon states that his master Socrates repitedly had a dream that told him “Oh Socrates, work on composing music”. You see, Socrates believed that there was only two pure things in life: the soul and harmony – and accordingly he argued “that music was pure harmony”. Such harmony has been recorded over the last 123 years into millions of songs and melodies. Imagine the power to reproduce any music any where any time… that is the power of the MP3.
When was the last time you went for a run or travelled by air or walked through the city without an Ipod?
Might be while ago for a growing number of people in our society. Music relaxes you, makes you happy, inspires you. So it is no wonder that more and more people decide to spend their moments of solitude listening to their Mp3’s. Listening to music sparks sweet moments of tranquility where you leave all worries behind and you are able to only focus on the present. Next time you walk through the city or university try pay attention to the percentage of people listening to their Mp3’s. The results might surprise you.
8th Place: The Unnatural Act of “holding it in”
Yep, cause the price for peeing in a public space or park is worth 250 euros in most European countries. Kind of crazy that a couple hundred years ago one could pee anywhere he wanted: from a bush in the side of the road all the way to the dark corridors of french palace of Versaille. Anywhere was a possiblity as long as one did it discreetly.
But in our society, evolution and social changes have marked certain places where the current human “should” liberate his urges. This being capable of driving a person insane at moments when one can’t find a marked zone. This rather “recent” social norm has impacted human behavior to such a point that there are people who rather pee themselves than pee in public places.
Good thing “marked zones” exist though because otherwise the magnitude of bad odor and bacteria would make living in giant metropolis impossible. The only problem is that… We all get emergencies people. I personally find that getting charged 250 euros (350 dollars) is a bit outrageous. Next time you pee in public space, try not to do a victory dance afterwards. = )
The rest of the countdown will be published weekly starting this next Friday 20th, August.
Till then… have a good day!!