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Million-Dollar Idea Store :: We think better than you.
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Genius in Real Time


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Text your order


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There are few things that annoy me more than long lines at the drive-thru. One of those things is the person ahead of me in the long line at the drive-thru who hasn’t made up his mind what he’s going to order. The convenience of ordering from the car is gone when I’m in line 15 minutes.

Satisfying your Big Mac attack is so easy, you can even do it on this cave man phone.

Here’s how to fix this: Text your order. Genius, I know!

I want a Number One from McDonald’s on Main Street. I text my order, get a return text with my order number, drive up to the express window and pick it up. I’m charged on my cell phone bill (or, I could set up an account prior and have it direct debited from my checking account) so I don’t even need to go through the hassle of getting money out or making change — just drive up to the window, tell them your number, and enjoy the delicious Big Mac.

It’s all pretty simple, really.

Noise un-cancelling headphones


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Noise-cancelling headphones are a must if you enjoy music. There’s nothing quite like trying to immerse yourself in whatever you’re listening to, only to be thwarted by the sounds of incessant chatter around you, babies crying, car horns blaring, or just the rumble of the subway train. A good pair of headphones will drown all of that out, leaving you with only sweet sounds.

Earbuds are great, but removing them just to hear someone speaking to you sucks.

But noise-cancelling headphones can also be frustrating. Someone’s trying to get your attention — probably to tell you something you don’t want to hear anyway. They tap you on the shoulder. You take off the headphones. They babble something. You put the headphones back on, situate them just right, immerse yourself.

Then they tap your shoulder again. Headphones off. Listen. Headphones on. Adjust. Repeat.

Noise un-cancelling headphones would solve that problem by allowing an external noise pass-through. A control on the headphone cable would drop the sound level delivered by the device they’re plugged into, and boost the volume of the outside noise delivered through the headphones themselves. The outside noise would be captured by external mics.

This allows you to hit a button to hear whatever you need to of the outside world, without removing your earbuds or taking off your headset. Perfect for train, bus or plane travel, studio recording sessions and more.

Problem solved. You’re welcome.

Vacuum Folder Concept


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The other day I was thinking why do I have to select all the stuff I want to move, and then drag the selection to a new location? Wouldn’t it be sweet if you could just suck up your files (or other folders) into a folder, using the folder like a vacuum.

Since I am not a programmer there was no way I was going to code this, so I decided to illustrate my concept with a mock animation. Please note, I believe this would be good for all OS’s. OS X is shown here because that was the OS available. Here’s the breakdown of what is going on in the video:

1. User selects a folder.
2. User activates Vacuum Folder. *Options available in settings.
3. Press a key to turn on the vacuum.
4. Start sucking up your files/folders, press key again to turn off
5. Leave folder activated, or deactivate when done.

* Option include:
-Define Hot key
-Always Ignore Folders
-Include Vacuum Folders
-Sound On/Off
-Show Vacuum Icon On Folders
-Tint Folder Colors
-Generate Logs (Original locations of items saved in Vacuum Folder as a text file)


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Lawnmower drink holder


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There are a billion types of drink holders for riding lawnmowers or golf carts. But

Close, but no cigar. This thing would spill your drink all over.

what about us poor saps who have to actually push our lawnmowers around on hot summer days? Do we not work just as hard? Are we not entitled to cool liquid refreshment?

You can get a drink holder for your push mower. Problem is, they’re all at a fixed horizontal plane, which means the second you start pushing uphill or downhill, you’ll be spilling your lemonade.

The Million-Dollar Idea is a drink holder that’s made from a simple Velcro-style strap attached to the lawnmower handle. It will swing freely, so gravity will keep the container from tipping over.

Mine would come with a nice sports bottle, maybe even insulated. Because I’m nice like that.

Vibrating ice scraper


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I’ve been talking about this forever, and even wrote about it three years ago.

MIT students tried to bring my vision to life. They didn't quite get it right.

My neck of the woods is often cold and snowy, and nothing is more frustrating on a cold winter day than scraping the ice from the windows of the car. A small degree of vibration would certainly help break up the ice, especially when it’s thick.

Now, some obviously astute students from MIT must have seen my former blog post, and actually built one of these a few months ago. So you can file this one under “Done.”

My only criticisms? 1. The handle is too big and cumbersome. This contraption doesn’t need a lot of power to be effective; think smaller. 2. I’m not given credit for this invention, even though clearly the idea was mine.

Bigger Trouble in Little China


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This is a no-brainer, but for some unknown reason the studios haven’t figured out how to get it done, even now, more than 25 years after the original.

"Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

Look, “Big Trouble in Little China” is one of the best movies ever made. A cult classic. The kind of movie you can watch repeatedly without getting bored. Like “The Great Lebowski,” only awesome. Filled with ninjas, magic, green-eyed Asian girls and the mighty Jack Burton, pilot of the Porkchop Express.

The sequel doesn’t need need to be much — just Jack returning to Chinatown to help his buddies defeat Lo Pan, who returns from the grave with a new plan to rule the world or something. It doesn’t matter.

Instant hit. You’re welcome.

Alligator shark


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The alligator shark would be fierce on land or sea. Seriously, look at those jaws.

File this one under “Things we’re glad aren’t real,” but if you were to dream up the scariest animal of all time, it just might be the alligator shark. With the head and teeth of  a shark and the body of an alligator, it would be capable of cutting a human in half in mere seconds, and thanks to its legs, it could easily chase down its prey on land or sea.

The alligator shark doesn’t exist, and we’re glad of that. But it belongs at the Million-Dollar Idea Store, just in case some enterprising evil genius wants to pay us for the rights to create an army of them to take over the world.

Cripe. Now I’ll never get any sleep.

The Mr. T Show


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Mr. T is a personal favorite. Type cast, certainly, but for good reason. In our sitcom, Mr. T would go on a series of auditions for various roles for which he is unsuited. The role of

mr. t as orphan annie

Mr. T tries out for a role as the little orphan Annie.

Annie in a stage production of “Annie,” for example. He could audition for the lead in a teen romantic comedy. At each audition, he’d show up as, well, Mr. T.

Obviously the show would entail a fictitious personal life, based loosely on Mr. T’s actual life (I guess) and his constant desire to find work. Perhaps he works at a fast-food drive-through window or as a bank teller. Hilarity ensues.

Imagine him trying out for the lead role in “Othello” or for the part of Dennis in “Dennis the Menace (“Mr. Wilson? You betta drink ya milk, fool!”). You can’t help but love Mr. T, so his struggles with finding a suitable job and paying the bills would be poignant and touching.

I was actually super excited about T’s role in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Every time he said “Lockwooood!” I burst out laughing.

Here’s the beginnings of a sample script j33pd0g put together.