HP, IBM…Will You Please Line Up Here?
February 28, 2014 9 Comments
The boys had been up in the attic together helping with some cleaning. The kids uncovered an old manual typewriter and asked her,
“Hey Mom, what’s this?”
“Oh, that’s an old typewriter,” she answered, thinking that would satisfy their curiosity.
“Well, what does it do?” they queried.
“I’ll show you,” she said and returned with a blank piece of paper. She rolled the paper into the typewriter and began striking the keys, leaving black letters of print on the page.
“WOW!” they exclaimed, “That’s really cool. But how does it work like that? Where do you plug it in?”
“There is no plug,” she answered. “It doesn’t need a plug.”
“Then where do you put the batteries?” they persisted.
“It doesn’t need batteries either,” she continued.
“Wow! This is so cool!” they exclaimed. “Mom, you know you are sitting on a gold mine? And you are stowing it away in the attic? The world needs something like this. We should license this right away to HP, IBM…for manufacturing!
Credits: adapted from mikeysFunnies.com, originally from Jerry Lambert. Images from openclipart.com (3_children from ryanlerch and typewriter from andinuryadin).