All the ScienceBloggers have been asked to write about the recent invention they could wipe off the face of the earth. Their answers have been the usual suspects: nuclear bombs, land mines — truly awful stuff — and they might be right.
However, I’m not enough of a historian to know what the full impact of nuclear weapons has been. Maybe if the Bomb hadn’t been invented, we would have had a World War III by now. Therefore, I’ve decided to nominate the Ab Lounge. True, it hasn’t caused any wars, but imagine what watching your favorite TV show would be like if you weren’t incessantly tormented during every commercial break by breast-enhanced ditzoids claiming that all you have to do is relax in a lounge chair to have abs solid enough to open beer bottles.
What’s more, removing the Ab Lounge from the universe has absolutely no downside. Those wanting washboard stomachs could still attain them the old fashioned way — through genetic good fortune and thousands and thousands of sit-ups. Credit lines would be freer, attics and yard sales would be less cluttered, and hundreds of UPS and FedEx workers would suffer from fewer hernias.
Of course, after we’ve gotten rid of the Ab Lounge, we’d need to also go after Thigh Master, Ab Slide, Ginsu knives, anything made by Ronco, and pretty much everything sold on this site. But the Ab Lounge would certainly be a good place to start.