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Virtues Of Longterm Relationships

Longterm relationships, with friends or with family, give context to life, and, by offering a measure of permanence, provide a sense that death can be, if not stopped, at least resisted.

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Relationships | | Leave a comment

New Shopping Carts At Local Grocery Store

I was at my grocery store this morning, and saw that they had a number of new shopping carts. I was surprised because we’re in hard times. One figures shoppers would have to make do with old carts until a better day arrives.

The new carts are more shiny than the ones they replaced and have battleship gray handles. There are large speckles–or maybe small splotches–on the handles.

The shopping cart was invented by New Yorker Sylvan Goldman in 1937.

From The Great Idea Finder

One night, in 1936, Goldman sat in his office wondering how customers might move more groceries. He stared idly at a wooden folding chair. Put a basket on the seat, wheels on the legs. . . Wait a minute. Goldman and a mechanic, Fred Young, began tinkering. Their first shopping cart was a metal frame that held two wire baskets. Since they were inspired by the folding chair, Goldman called his carts “folding basket carriers”.   

You don’t really think of something as obvious as a shopping cart being “invented.” Yet I guess shopping carts were not created with the Big Bang. Maybe the trick to genius is to find something obvious but not yet done. 

If you read the first link of this post, you’ll see that in the beginning people did not want to use the carts. Men thought they could hold all their groceries without help. Women thought them unattractive to be seen wheeling about.  

I used a shopping cart this morning because I needed somewhere to put all my Little Debbie products. I bought the Christmas Tree Cakes and the Cosmic Brownies.

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 7 Comments