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From the Vault of Art Shay: Genius

By Art Shay in News on Sep 7, 2011 7:00PM

Ten photos showing simple devices of "near genius" provenance have just come my way from someone who shares my enthusiasm for the smarts, wherever they crop up.

One rubber extension would solve the need for an extra inch of pipe missing from my new kitchen faucet. Another is a pair of slippers with small floor mops for soles so you can clean your beer spill going to the fridge for seconds. Another shows a round palette of several colors - from which hang keys of similar colors - so you can minimize your key confusion. A twin baby cart has a mommy bicycle built in near the center of gravity, not pushing from behind.

Rather than print a catalog of this neat stuff I'd rather show you some smart people I've met and describe how they outsmarted or otherwise impressed me.And in a case or two how I outsmarted them in my dullish pursuit of photographic duty.

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