Oxymoronic Invention: the Electric Composter
Do you know of any self-contradictory or "oxymoronic" inventions? You know ... inventions that defeat its own purpose?
Our guest blogger, Phil Jones aka "bottleslingguy", is the inventor of his own brand of nursing bottle slings (you can check them out at http://www.bottleslingguy.com/ ). Phil is an avid fan of AmericanInventorSpot.com (he's been with us since the beginning), he loves to pick on Doug Hall and plans on changing the way people bottlefeed their children. Auditioning right after Robert Amore and Francisco Patino of ABC's American Inventor, his two minutes of fame never made it past the cutting room floor. Now he likes to hang around here and remind people to check out his invention. He also wanted to let us know about an invention that just doesn't seem to make sense.
Here's his article:
* * * * *
"A NatureMill automatic composter recycles its weight in waste every 10 days, diverting over two tons of waste from landfills over its life. This reduces emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas produced when organic matter decomposes in oxygen-starved landfills."
Is it me or does anyone else think this composter defeats it's own purpose? It says it uses ten watts of electricity. That's like having a ten watt light bulb on 24 hours a day. Doesn't that contribute to greenhouse gases? Isn't there a contradiction here?
How about this, buy a solar powered house so you'll be guilt-free when plugging in your composter? Besides, what's he got against the worms? Worms are a composer's friend. I say, WORMS RULE!
For every NatureMill composter plugged into "the grid" (a great emitter of greenhouse gases mind you), there will probably be a dozen or so worms put out of business. So say, ten worms every ten days and that's thirty a month. Let's assume the Green Product market eventually catches on... that could be the end of worms.
All right, forget about the worms. I say package the composter with a solar panel. How big would it have to be to accommodate ten watts for 24 hours a day for however long it's lifespan? Probably no bigger than a satellite TV dish. That'd be ok. Tough luck, worms.
Guest Blogger - Bottle Sling Guy