Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Those Wacky Danes Have Got A Solution To Common Everyday Problems And Laziness!

Don't you just hate pumping gas? Wouldn't you rather be texting than doing something so mundane? I mean, you work so hard to be sitting down for as much of the day as possible, be it at your desk, on the couch or behind the wheel, and then you end up having to stand on your legs when you need to refuel. Gross! Well, the days of you pumping your own gas might be coming to the end, as the Dutch have built a gas-pumping robot that takes all the effort out of the exercise. And we know that exercize is bad!

The $111,100 contraption comes loaded with a database of where the tank is located on cars, allowing it to open the tank door, unscrew the cap and then gingerly insert the nozzle without scratching up the paint. It'll allow you to keep the stink of gasoline off your hands and will let you stay in your toasty car texting your friends instead of actually developing social skills necessary to get on with life, which is good, although I can't really imagine too many gas stations willing to drop six figures on such a device. We'll see! And what's going to happen to a guy like this gas station attendant? He's outta a job!

The Dutch Danes really have a thing about needles. So bad is the problem with bloody or possibly HIV infected needles being found throughout city centers, parks, beaches and stair wells, that there is actually need for this device. It’s called the Urban Needle Box by Hån Pham, and this Zippo Lighter sized storage container is simple in design but tackles a complex and growing drug problem's kind of a pocket-sized safety box for sharps! As a convenient and clearly marked receptacle for used needles, the makers of the Urban Needle Box hope it to be a ubiquitous item in any drug abusers inventory.

Vesterbro, Denmark is a town part in Copenhagen which has lived with this problem for more than 30 years. This is an area where drug dealers, drug abusers, prostitutes, drunks and homeless people live their lives along side with young middle-class families and their small children. How nice! Everyday, thousands of bloody needles and syringes are to be found on the street, children’s playgrounds, private staircases and backyards, etc. More than 90% of the entire drug abusers in the area are infected by Hepatitis C. Urban Needle Box’s goal is to clear the city for used and infectious needles. This way, it will provide safety for the families and their children living in the area.

The Danes have a solution for almost everything! I mean, what could be done, is to payi addicts for returning a full box and emptying it at the place where they get more drugs! I know there's a good purpose to this type of device (as in diabetics) but heroin users? I think the concept might have just one difficulty to overcome: reminding someone who's brain is fizzing with Smack to actually put needles in it. But heck, they could sit in their car at the gas station, texting their friends, while their shooting themselves with another hit of some good drug and never bother a soul. Isn't that a nice thought? Hmmm.