How many times have you thought it or even said it when asked by someone else for an opinion and replied, “That’s a good idea”. And then much later, with the benefit of hindsight or the turn of events, thinking that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all. Yes, we have all been there; only some more so than others!
“That’s a good idea” was this week’s theme for a story for my Writing Group only I couldn’t come up with a good idea for a story. I did, however, come up with a few ideas that others had come up with (some of them good and a few that proved to be not quite so good!)
This is just a brief selection and I’m sure you can think of many more. Unfortunately there’s no prize for guessing who may have uttered those immortal words, “that’s a good idea”….
White Star Line announcing they were going to build an unsinkable ship.
The Italian architect before he realised he was constructing a bell tower on soft ground.
An editor who sacked Walt Disney saying he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.
The US Cavalry officer who decided to attack 2,000 angry Indians with only a force of 210 men having left his artillery behind at the fort.
Thinking you could invade Russia before the weather turns.
Plotting to assassinating an arch duke.
Constructing what you thought to be an impregnable defensive wall on your eastern border, only to see your enemy go around it.
The American chemist, Spencer Silver, who failed to make his new adhesive glue strong enough and caused a stationery revolution.
The cost conscious Kellogg brothers who rather than throw away a cooking pot of stale wheat baked it and put it through some rollers.
The 1,009 times Colonel Sanders secret chicken recipe was rejected.
The theory and concepts of Communism, Democracy and Quantum Physics.
The Scottish biologist who was so keen to get away on his holidays he left his dirty petri dishes in the sink.
The unknown Chinese cook who mixed together charcoal, sulphur and saltpetre and accidently blew up his kitchen.
The customer in a restaurant who kept sending his potatoes back to the kitchen saying they were too thick and not fried enough. The chef, George Crum, eventually sliced them so thin and fried them so much they became crisp.
And finally two of my own…
Buying self-assembly flat pack furniture from Ikea.
The selfie stick and all those sellers who think it’s de rigueur for tourists.
Words and photographs Copyright © 2015 by Antony J Waller