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They can put a man on the moon, but.....

 
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Thought this might be fun in the same vein as "You know you're a Permie when...."

They can put a man on the moon, but.....


... they can't make a tool to remove those tiny burrs from your flannel pants! ;-/

 
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.......they can't make a car with a rodent-proof HVAC.
 
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^^This! Every fall! WTH??
 
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... but they use smartphones with 1,000,000 times the computing power to watch silly cat videos
 
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I like that Rob. But it's awfully subversive. Because it suggests the "they" are actually "we."
 
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They can't make warm flannel lined stretch work pants for curvy women.
 
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They can't come up with a way to organize men's blue jeans at the store that has any sort of order.
 
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… europeans can't build cars that work in mud, clay and humidity.
 
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.....the can't (yet) make a cell phone voice signal with the clarity of the old analog land-line.
 
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They can't make a Toyota Tundra or Tacoma with a plug in hybrid drive train (like the Prius Prime) that can go 30 miles on a charge and then get 35 mpg from there on...
 
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These are problems that permie innovation skills could solve simply by establishing a PET badge system (Permaculture Experience according to They). The "for this BB you will..." possibilities are boundless, e.g.:

-You will construct a potato chip bag that can be opened by hand without the chips flying everywhere.
-You will develop a means of predicting the weather.
-You will devise a cellphone with processing power reduced by a factor of 10^6 that is still capable of displaying cat videos.
-You will explain what the heck the music these kids today are listening to is all about.
 
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....they can't come up with winter-warm gloves with the dexterity of un-clothed fingers.

....they can't come up with chemically-inert, safe, non-stick pan surfaces.


 
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Dc Stewart wrote:.....that is still capable of displaying cat videos.



My wife does endless pet pig videos.....do you suppose these take up less bandwidth and battery juice than cat videos??......

;-)


Re:  Cars and their obvious owner-lamented deficiencies.     -- maybe we need to get back to mandatory conscription where, instead of military boot camp and much like the Permie merit badges, there is a year of car mechanics--home constructionplumbing/electrical/finance--interwoven with self-health/wellness.
 
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...(from my wife).....they can't make a sheet of plywood be 3 X 7 instead of 4 X 8 ft ...... so that *she* can carry the darned thing instead of always asking me to do it.
 
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John Weiland wrote:...(from my wife).....they can't make a sheet of plywood be 3 X 7 instead of 4 X 8 ft ...... so that *she* can carry the darned thing instead of always asking me to do it.



Make her a Merry Christmas gift!  A panel carrier will effectively make her arm a foot longer.

 
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...replacement parts for...well, just about everything, but I'd start with the gear I need to fix my mix-master.
 
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....they can't make a walk-behind snowblower that doubles as a garden-size crop combine for dry beans, pulses and small grains.  (..beams at the thought!)


....they can't make a vacuum hose attachment with an infinitely-variable angled head......that also *truly* sucks up pet hair. ;-)
 
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They can put a man on the moon, but.....



Has anyone considered how simple the moon shot was? It was not much more complicated than drawing the lead for a duck shoot. The early analysis for the whole program was done on slide rules in the beginning. The hardest part is how do you keep 3 men alive for a week or more and not have the equipment weigh so much that the rocket would not leave the launch pad.

In the spirit of the post --

... still can't keep slugs out of the garden. (Even WITH ducks.)
 
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.....they can't breed a dog who can, or is willing, to tell you where the 'other' dog is at on the property.  

So many wasted hours searching the property for the 'other' dog who usually has caught a rabbit or some other prey.....and REFUSES to respond to its name.  Meanwhile, an ostensibly perfectly capable dog trots alongside of you---and gives you that doe-in-the-headlights look when you exasperatedly say "Where is FiFi???..... I KNOW that you know where she is.  Can't you just lead us to her?"   Nope...not gonna happen.  Could be the next day before Fifi or Fido reappears, but no help from the dog who was present.  Is there some kind of doggie-culture contract or agreement to this effect of which I am unaware?
 
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.... but they can't make a toaster that's easy to get the crumbs out without making a total mess and still hearing some rattle around inside in the end...sigh!
 
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