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42,576. She planted that terror of debt so deeply in her children that even now, in a changed economic pattern where indebtedness is a part of living, I become restless when a bill is two days overdue. Olive never accepted the time-payment plan when it became popular. A thing bought on time was a thing you did not own and for which you were in debt. She saved for things she wanted, and this meant that the neighbours had new gadgets as much as two years before we did. (Credit & Debt & Gadgets) John Steinbeck, East of Eden
73,847. 1. Television
2. Sky PVR box
3. Pipes & Lighters
8. Digital music, digital players, amplifiers, speakers
9. Remote control
13. Playstation 3
15. Gym equipment & weights
18. Microwave Oven
19. Tin opener
20. X Ray Machine esias
73,848. I love gadgets. And I love kitchen gadgets. Hestor Blumenthal
73,849. In many ways my life over the past fifteen years has coincided with the most astonishing technical advances in history. Stephen Fry’s Top 100 Gadgets, Channel 4 2012
73,850. Fiendishly clever, wonderfully attractive gadgets. That I personally adore. ibid.
73,851. 100. Karaoke machine: It’s the laugh-a-minute Japanese whose invention in 1971 of a so-called empty-orchestra machine allowed for the ritual slaughter of pop classics ibid..
99. Kindle: Say hello to the ebook reader.
97. Corby Trouser Press: ‘I was a bit bored so I dismantled my Corby Trouser Press’ Alan Partridge
96. Garlic Press
95. Torches: ‘You can open it. There it is. You can set it down. Set it at any angle you wish. And it’s a very very good design. Slim. Neat. You can carry it with you. I shall now carry one with me almost everywhere.’ Margaret Thatcher with torch
94. Wheely Trolleys
92. Soda Stream
91. Remote-Control Cars
90. Metal Detectors
89. The Ultra-Portable Tent
88. Brevil Toasted Sandwich Maker from Australia
87. Electric Blanket: Invented in 1912
86. PIN machines
84. PDA Nokia Communicator et al
83. Scissors: The Romans who pioneered the first cross-bladed scissors way back in 100 A.D.
81. Electric Shaver
80. Handcuffs: A powerful symbol of law and order
79. Night Vision Goggles
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76. Paper Shredder: What’s not to love?
75. Lawn Mowers: We’d be deprived of that delicious smell of freshly cut grass carried on a warm summer breeze
73. Tin Opener: Tinned food was created in the nineteenth century as an alternative to the heavy glass jars the military used to carry supplies
72. Sinclair ZX Spectrum: Kick-started the British IT industry
71. Mouse Trap
70. Cine-Projector: Added a dash of Hollywood glamour to suburban life ... Some of the worst cinema ever made
67. Hearing Aid: ‘Do you by any chance have a hearing aid?’ Basil Fawlty
66. Pager: The mobile phone may well have sounded the death knell ... Sixty million units shifted worldwide.
65. Food Processor: ‘They have made our lives that much easier in the kitchen.’ Hestor Blumenthal
64. Robotic Dog
63. The Superb Cassette Boom-Box
61. The Portable Camping Stove
60. The Patio-Heater
58. Electric Toothbrush: In 1987 rotary action electric toothbrushes hit the market
57. The PVR: A truly joyous box of tricks