Invention No. 101 has to be Room 101. If only there was a place you could banish all those inventions you wish had never been invented in the first place, some of which may already have been mentioned in this book.
The Room 101 idea first appeared in the book Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a torture chamber where prisoners are confronted by their own worst nightmares. The main character, Winston Smith, is taken to Room 101 and comes face to face with his deepest fear, rats.
Which inventions would you cast into Room 101? Open the door and throw in all those pointless machines that waste your time and ruin your day, or, worse still, pose a threat to life or the environment. Here are some suggestions:
Electric hand dryers. These inventions never work properly! You either have to fight to keep the air flow going and risk burning your hands, or give up and dry your hands on the back of your jeans! Banish them!
School. The institution we love to hate. Would you banish the whole thing or just certain classes and teachers, or just the homework?
Clowns. Some people love clowns but others find them more scary than spiders! Would you send in the clowns?
Mobile phones. Some say one of the most annoying things ever invented! Would you give yours up?
Banished by guests on the TV show, Room 101: cheese (Paul Daniels), caravans (Jeremy Clarkson), instruction manuals (Phil Collins), clipboards (Ross Noble), the piece of cotton that holds new pairs of socks together (Michael Parkinson) and Room 101 (Stephen Fry).
List your three most hated inventions and why you want to get rid of them.