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Published: April 12th 2006
There is no elegant way to eat Fish here...
It has been a stellar month for inventions here in Banda Aceh. It just goes to show that necessity promotes progress...and with that, I present to you the top three most remarkable new inventions (patents pending) that will no doubt benefit thousands of people in Banda Aceh (not to mention the inventor herself):
1.) Hot Water - this amazing improvement on plain old water, will allow people to have their bucket "shower" in relative comfort, thereby solving the morning "shock and awe" routine. There are a number of other inventions that have resulted from this including instant tea and one-minute oatmeal.
2.) Fillet of Fish - Pulling fish bones out of your mouth is a constant occurance at meal time...choking on fishbones, unfortunately, is also common. The "fillet" technique cuts the fish into ready-to-cook pieces that have had the bones removed ALREADY. The suspicion about "bone free fish" is a myth - it is merely the 'cut.'
3.) Brewed Decaffinated Coffee - Sumatra is famous for it's delicious brew of coffee and coffee houses. But ask for a cup of decaf and you will discover the region's dirty little secret - Nescafe Instant Decaf. (gasp!) Until now, there
You don't step in it, you just dip the bucket in and splash water on yourself. Can't wait until the "hot" water invention becomes widely available!
were no other options if you wanted a fresh brewed cup of coffee minus the caffeine. However, this new, evolutionary, coffee bean has had all the caffeine removed, leaving you free to enjoy a fresh cup of brewed java, minus the jitters.
So, there you have it. These inventions would improve humanity and make one person in particular very very happy. Feel free to submit other invention ideas in the "Add Comment" section below.
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