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If necessity is the mother of invention, then what is the father?

("Frank Zappa" is not an acceptable answer.)

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nodressrehersal
Jan. 8th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
At the risk of starting a sexist thread here, I'd say, "desire" is the father.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Start all the sexist, snarky, sarcastic threads you want. This is the place for it.
nodressrehersal
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
I was trying to think of what else would inspire someone to invent something, and all I could think of was untethered consumerism and our societal cry of, "I want, I want, I want..." but then I worried that maybe readers would think I was saying that was a male characteristic.
createdestiny
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Disaster? Shit-happening?
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I'll take B.
penshark
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
Flo & Eddie? (Did some searching on Mothers of ... and was reminded they'd been in the group for awhile.)

Desperation?
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
I saw Flo & Eddie in their own band in the Boston Garden in Spring 1973. The great Aynsley Dunbar was their drummer. They opened for Alice Cooper. It was an interesting night.
sahlah
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
Creativity
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
That may be our winner.
gregorypeccary
Jan. 9th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
It's "incentive" -- as in "what's in it for me."
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
"Incentive" could work.
tanadariel
Jan. 9th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Boredom
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 10th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Really?
tanadariel
Jan. 10th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
"I need something. Huh, I have some time on my hands, so let's make it."
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 10th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
The cliché surfaced in my brain Sunday when I was trying to re-hang a door, trying to hold it up with one arm so the hinges would stay aligned with the holes for the screws. I wasn't clever enough to be able to do that, so I spotted a screwdriver lying on the floor and tried to use my foot to nudge the blade of the screwdriver under the door to hold it up.

It didn't work, so I figured I should have not only summoned invention's mother, but also its father. But I didn't know who he was. But wait, wait, wait! Has the gender of "invention" ever been ascertained?
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