Flubbing my way to riches.
Sometimes the worst failures become the greatest successes. Take Post-it Notes. A 3M scientist was trying to invent bigger, stronger, tougher adhesives but found something that was less sticky and adhered only temporarily. This discovery led to Post-it Notes, the ubiquitous office supply staple with 3M producing upwards of 50 billion individual notes annually and selling them in over 150 countries. Most impressively, a Post-it Note is how a boyfriend of Carrie Bradshaw broke up with her in 2003 on “Sex and the City”.
I wonder if this kind of seismic unintentional creation may have occurred at one of our local go-to takeout restaurants the other day when my mom ordered their Lemon Pesto Chicken Sandwich. “I think there’s a bone in this,” she says, staring at the flat grilled chicken breast which was supposed to be boneless. She hands it to me for inspection. I feel a hard stick-like section, pick at it, and see that it is indeed chicken not bone. However, it was so tough it seems she could’ve broken a tooth biting into it.
This got me thinking. First, what the [heck] happened? Second, might this be a happy accident? Perhaps the unyielding chicken breast could be repurposed like 3M sticky notes.
Maybe a bullet proof vest. Thinner than Kevlar and possibly just as strong, you could don these chicken breasts and go out with confidence knowing that no one will know you’re wearing protection; you’ll look as slim as always. And when you look good, you feel good. Perhaps your positive energy will ward off any danger that a normal Kevlar vest would not.
Shoe soles also comes to mind. Even without an upper, you could Super Glue some laces on and throw two of them over a traffic light wire. It’d provide pretty pretty good street art for drivers and pedestrians.
Notably, the chicken breast’s rugged texture has a small amount of flexibility. If enough of them were bonded together, it may have the durability and flexibility needed to provide a rarely seen bounce known as flying rubber or “Flubber” that was portrayed in the 1961 Disney film “The Absent Minded Professor“. Flubber gains energy every time it strikes a hard surface which would make it possible to jump over the traffic light wires with the hanging chicken breasts on them. See other uses of Flubber in the movie’s trailer here:
No, I’m not going to disclose the restaurant’s name for two reasons:
- I like their other food; and
- I do not want you approaching them about how they make that chicken as you may pursue a patent before I do.
I gotta go. I’m gonna find out how to get a patent. I know I’m on the path to riches now!