The Downward Gumball Machine

A while back, I was eating in a Steak and Shake and at the end of the meal I made my way over to the gumball machine. To my chagrin, I put my quarter in the machine and turned it over like I done numerous times before. However, this got me thinking. Do you really want to put a quarter in for a shot at a gumball. I mean this machine was ready to launch the gumball like the coins get launched on the Price is Right. The coins drop to uncertain results; however, in the restaurant the results are certain. If you are not paying attention your gumball ends on the floor.

My rule in situations like this is that in public places you can’t play with the 5 second rule. It doesn’t exist. You know restaurants, public transportation, public parks, etc. They are the wonderful hosts of things like SARS and Bird Flu. Do you really want to risk your life for a measly 25 cents? I didn’t think so.

Enjoy your next gumball wherever it may be. Note though that the lottery may be safer.

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The Fun Size

Hello IGWers,

Hope your 4th of July weekend was great. One of the questions perplexing me this weekend has got me up in arms. The question is simple. How do you determine the fun size? I mean the fun size evaded the Greeks and the Romans, but it has appeared in today’s society and it is wrecking havoc. I mean if an object goes beyond the fun size; is it fun? Nobody wants to admit that there product isn’t fun beyond a certain size so I leave this questioning more perplexed than when I came in.

Lets examine some of the items that come in fun size.

1. Candy. If I get candy beyond a certain size is it no longer fun?

2. Pitchers. If you can drink more of something is it worse?

3. People. Apparently according to the Urban Dictionary a short person can be called “fun size.” Is this right? Are tall people not fun too?

By a preponderence of the evidence, fun size is a huge load of crap.

The innovations gone wrong keep piling up!