Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nothing Changes

I'm sure you are looking forward to seeing more of my house purchases and after a beautiful long weekend in London with my mother I'm sure to have stack to show you .... however today I wanted to show you something funny.

It doesn't seem to matter where in the world you are some things never seem to change .... I had to write one of these yesterday and stick it up in the kitchen. Let us hope that the Scot's have a sense of humour!


The first reports of a mechanical dishwashing device are of an 1850 patent in the US by Joel Houghton for a hand-powered device. This device was made of wood and was cranked by hand while water sprayed onto the dishes. This device was both slow and unreliable. Another patent was granted to L A Alexander in 1865 that was similar to the first but featured a hand-cranked rack system. Neither device was practical or widely accepted.

Modern dishwashers are descended from the 1887 invention of Josephine Cochrane who invented a new advanced dishwasher, also hand-powered, which she unveiled at the 1893Chicaho World’s Fair. Cochrane was quite wealthy and was the granddaughter of John Fitch, the inventor of the steamboat. She never washed dishes herself and invented the dishwasher because her servants were chipping her fine china.

I’m not sure if you are aware but we are lucky enough to have a dishwasher in this office. In order to promote modern invention might I mildly suggest everyone has a go at embracing modern technology and put their dishes in this wonderful and obviously very useful device?

This is where it gets funnier - one of my engineers tried to get smart and added the following - please bare in mind he is French and his English is slightly broken ....
Oh Miss V
 There is some French humour in you. Totally agree with your reminder

 I’d just like to point out few things from the picture telling the true story of the washing machine

 Every man initially thought they could have a woman to help them doing home stuff
  • They rapidly were disappointed
  • Men were tired to wash the dishes when their wives were dreaming/talking/thinking/sleeping (as you can see on the picture)
  • They had to create something that would save them from this hard task (women failing to the initial hope of the men)- So did Joel Houghton !
 Conclusion of the story: If I get a washing machine at home, do I still need a woman ??

Obviously I had the last word......

Sebastien Darling,

I am afraid you should have read the entire text before trying to “tell the true story”

If you read it you would see that men both tried to build a dishwasher but since they had no idea on how to actually wash dishes they got it wrong. I believe the words “Slow and Unreliable” were used … quite fitting really describing both men and their inventions.

It took a woman to make one that worked …. Alas….. Your story is more fairy-tale than truth.

As for your concerns over the idea that you would be spoilt with both a “dishwasher” and a woman, I would advise you that its probable you won’t get the second unless you know how to use the first!

Happy Washing Mr X!

Glad to see we still have our sense of humour in this office!

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