"Why didn't anyone think of that before?"
August 6, 2008 10:14 AM Subscribe
What are some innovations that come across as obvious solutions for problems? Something that makes you say, "Why didn't anyone think of that before?" Three that I can think of are: ketchup bottles that pour from the bottom, adding a notch to make it easier to tear open sealed packages, and having a single line for all bank tellers instead of a line for each teller.
posted by ShooBoo to Grab Bag (69 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
Ketchup bottles pouring from the bottom: I've also seen this with shampoo. However, I don't think they have this completely right yet as most of the time the bottles are essentially upside-down regular bottles that are top-heavy and can fall over easily.
Notched packages: I only recall seeing these in the last five years are so. How long have this been done for? It certainly cuts down on the struggle of opening plastic packages.
Single lines for bank tellers: I first noticed the switch in the mid 1970's. Previously, there were individual lines for each teller and you'd never know if you'd get stuck behind someone with an annoyingly long transaction. It would be nice if something like that could be done for cashiers at supermarkets and retail stores.
And here's one that I think someone should sell, take the pour from the bottom of the bottle one step further and use a syringe for thick liquids (ketchup, mustard, honey, etc.)