Your BEST! ORIGINAL IDEA EVER! Please share?

  • During my life, including an adult career in sales, no-one ever looked at me and said: "You're an "IDEA MAN!" or anything that approached that complement.

    However, even I have had a few original ideas in my life, that I did something with.

    I confess this 1974 bumper-sticker appears to be the best & the most noted.
    visit Idaho the tick fever state original 1974 sticker..jpg

    In 1974, I was starting my second year of running a surprisingly succesful outdoor shop in Moscow Idaho. As an Idaho native, I had been aware of the increasing influx of tourists & new settlers in Idaho since my teen-aged years & I noted some folks in Oregon were attempting to counter their popularity with tourists with humorous slogans.

    "Visit Oregon for our annual rain festival Jan 1 to Dec. 31."
    "Last year 157 people fell off their bicycle in Oregon, & drowned!"

    Such humor was not lost on me & suddenly an idea, based on Idaho's rich history of Idaho ticks carrying a nasty bacterial infection named Tick Fever and/or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

    And thus, I had my first ever worthwhile Original Idea! (and quite likely the last too.)

    I sold hundreds of them in my outdoor store between 1974 & 1983. My first experience with having folks comment on the bumper sticker was in Yosemite in 1975, when an older couple noted the sticker on my bumper. After they both contemplated it for a few seconds, the man said: "It's some kind of a Hippie-thing."

    A Moscow Idaho band named themselves Tick-Fever & bought out my remaining supply of bilious green & black bumper stickers in short order. I replaced it with a sickly yellow & black variation bumper-sticker that faded in sunlight & was tough to sell. However the original lives on. Two friends posted this photo on my Facebook page today, to remind me that the one-time band members still are using my sticker. (I claim copyright infringement on my bumper-sticker being on that bag, so of course I can post the photo);)
    Visit Idaho the tick fever state from Brent Bernard.JPG

    This winter, an "old" Idaho friend reproduced the original Tick Fever bumper sticker without asking for permission, but sent me 20, which made it fine with me. I proudly put one on my bumper & a month later it was stolen off my bumper in the Boise airport parking terminal. Hot damn! People still like the slogan.

    The new sticker.

  • @FritzRay

    Fritz, that's one hellofa great idea! Kudos to you!

    Me, I never had a business idea in my life. All my creative energy goes into painting, sculpture, and bad poetry.

    We've all got our talents, eh?😉

  • Not great

    But I'd does work

    Little smoking incense cones in gopher tunnels!


  • @zBrown
    Seriously Z, does it really work?

    Those littles bastages have absolutely ruined my yard, my patio, and possibly even my hot tub.

    Where can I get me some gopher incense?

  • @L-Aura


    But just regular incense cones from the dollar store

    Cover the tunnel entrance with a plastic cup to keep smoke in!

    It worked for me

    Also got a skunk family to move out from underneath my house

    My cat Big Mike was disappointed

    He liked them

    Earliest known signs of cannabis smoking unearthed in China
    Incense burners found at 2,500-year-old cemetery suggest intentional use of to get high

  • Big Mike, Ricky (from outlaw biker club gift), incense cones

    Put the cone on tinfoil in the tunnel


  • @zBrown

    How many furry family members do you have?

  • @FritzRay

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 🏁

    Would love to sport one on my bumper, Fritz!

    From the public service department, maybe add Lyme Disease to your list of bacterial infections, eh?

    Caveat emptor: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Others tempted to post genius ideas they may still have big dreams about may want to be wary of posting them up on the big, bad Internet. Lots of thievery from unscrupulous types all over the globe nowadays (read "Angel Investors" and Venture Capitalists). Damn, now where did I leave that tinfoil hat.....

  • I'm absolutely an ideas person. I get a new idea at least once a day. I started a thread like this at the other forum that I admin, and expected people to be like "Oh, let me tell ya!!!!" but...I guess idea people are not a dime a dozen. Big surprise to me!

    But here's a throwaway idea I will offer; one that I did act on:


  • @Happiegrrrl

    Good one, Happie!

    From the technical dept: you're link syntax is fine (but maybe could use something more descriptive between the square brackets, e.g. "Super Powers"). Various third party sites, e.g. Flickr, apparently block pulling such into "foreign" websites. Most likely as a measure to mitigate abuse by unethical miscreants.

    Note: Ah,I see you got it sorted via local upload while I was composing this. I tuned your post a bit to add some line breaks so as to set the image off. Feel free to remove them. Just trying to lend a paw. 🐕

  • @Happiegrrrl I'm not sure why the image is where it is, but it is.... This is the car magnet, and I still need to add stickers and such. I thought about making an option in more "election-y" colors, and I did do one in Blue, but I kind of like the subtlety of it. Like the Pussy Hat wasn't an in your face thing definitely was.

  • @Happiegrrrl

    Good one Happie! Love it!

  • @toby Thanks for cleaning it up there.

  • @L-Aura I thought so, but have to wonder if it would be such a good idea to have my van sporting that as I make my winter travel through the Red Regions. I think a t-shirt will be a better option. People who would think nothing of slashing your tires or smashing your windshield aren't usually going to punch you in the face.

  • @Happiegrrrl

    I would rethink any such exhibitions given the aggressive hostility I have experienced from the alt right. Was accosted by a significantly larger, younger, and far more buff dude in a well worn MAGA hat in the parking lot of local grocery store last summer. I was wearing a Ray Troll Art t-shirt at the time. A long time favorite artist from my AK fisherman days. I enjoy Ray's witty sense of humor. MAGA guy decided to politicize it.

    Verbal assaults included the usual: commie, socialist, get the fuck out of this country because your commie ass doesn't deserve to live here, etc. Upped the ante and shoved me pretty good. My quick thinking defused it when I uttered: "Oh, so you're going to make America great again by beating up a broken down sixty year old man? Right in front of the security cameras too, eh?" That last bit must have got him thinkin'... But not enough to keep him from throwing me a pretty hard shoulder as he moved past. Here's the grossly offensive shirt:


    To be clear: I had not said one word to this dude and lots more focused on grabbing some beer than the shirt I was wearing. It was they who initiated this confrontation. Did not vote in the last election. Go figure. But hey, that's America. Love it or leave it. Oh wait... snap....

    Peace ✌

  • So my daughter now 10 years old was a grumpy baby. That's an understatement. Those little mechanical swings did nothing to help. So I plugged an eye bolt into the ceiling (find the stud!) and took a shoulder sling and wrapped it around the handle of the car seat.

    Now I took a long daisy chain and girth hitched it to the eye bolt and cliped the other end to the sling on the handle of the car seat with a locking biner. Buckled her in and I could sit on the couch and just give her a swift push and she would just swing for 5 minutes and then I would just repeat. Best thing ever! She loved it! Not rocket science but ho man it saved my sanity.



  • @Skywalker Oh, man, does that bring back memories. But we solved our problem with what was then known as a "Jolly Jumper". You can google it, but the basic idea is similar, up to a point. Yes you install an Eye-bolt in the ceiling, but what you suspend from it is a... hmmmm... bungee type cord, down to a seat into which you put the kid, at a height such that his toes just touch the floor.

    Result? Hours of insanely happy bouncing.

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