Making the World a More Meaningless Place

Watering CanBack during my school years, one popular run of jokes revolved around the failed inventions that Ireland had attempted to contribute to modern society, things like concrete dinghies, chocolate teapots, fluorescent black paint. Architect Katerina Kamprani has produced a wonderful selection of objects reminding me of those old jokes, the kind of objects which immediately invoke the kind of frustration experienced by anyone trying to use a wrong-handed tin opener. Listed together in a collection which she calls The Uncomfortable, I can definitely see there being a market for these as a kind of novelty gift.

Random Quote

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.

— James Nicoll