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Leith on life: How did nobody think of this?

By Sam Leith   April 2014

Man landed on the moon, as far as I can tell, very many years before humankind invented the horizontal-handled potato masher. Uplifting the moon landings may have been, but as a technological leap forward, I’d say the horizontal-handled potato masher has incomparably more to offer humanity—not to mention being a damn sight easier to arrive at, ideas-wise.

It’s a case of the multiplication of tiny frictions, tiny inconveniences, that make daily tasks more irritating. For most of my childhood years, I remember labouring at the spud pan, the muscles of my hands aching with the grip, and never being more than…

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