NECESSITY is the mother of invention, so they say, and the creators of a new pedal-operated toilet lid lifter believe the gadget may be necessary to save some relationships from disaster.
The device is the brainchild of the parents of Billie Jo Ropiha, who more than 20 years ago had such a huge argument about her dad leaving the seat up that he created a foot-pedal operated seat lifter which has been used by the family ever since.
Last year Ropiha decided to commercialise the so-called ‘Kiwee Lifter’ and is now in the process of manufacturing using modern cost-effective methods.
She believes the system “will save marriages” and is also likely to help improve hygiene in public toilets and corporate bathrooms.
Everything is bigger in America – including cholesterol levels, which may be linked to a record cheese stockpile.
A recent report from the US Department of Agriculture has found US stocks of cheese are at their highest levels in over a century, with cold storage holding more than 630 billion kg.
Apparently the glut is in part related to better cow genetics meaning they produce more milk – and perhaps an awareness that eating macaroni and cheese every day may not be so good for you.