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Why in the hell does the world need two different kinds of screwdriver? There's just no good reason for that.
Posted on June 14, 2007 2:06 PM
there are actually 3 (standard/slot, philips/star, robertson/square) and the reason for lack of standardization is that the US chose the philips despite the fact that the robertson is a superior one and is standard in most of europe and the rest of the free world
kinda like the metric system
SciFi Dad | June 14, 2007 2:32 PM
And you KNOW a man came up with it!
ckirby50 | June 14, 2007 2:55 PM
That is a very good question.
Crystal | June 14, 2007 3:07 PM
Oh my! There is a THIRD kind? Holy crap, I never knew that. Wow, Beth, your blog is entertaining AND educational.
donna | June 14, 2007 3:36 PM
I have always pondered this while searching for the "other damn screwdriver". You know the opposite of the one you need, which is alwys the one I have. Weird.
SciFi Dad, you really know your screwdriver history. Very manly, indeed.
Kelly M. | June 14, 2007 8:04 PM
Pays to have one of those Black & Decker cordless SmartDrivers with the interchangeable bits. Way handy and has great power/torque.
And Home Depot has 'em for about $40. Well worth it.
coolchick | June 14, 2007 8:44 PM
pretty sure there are more than two ...?
but, yeah, who needs 'em.
s@bd | June 14, 2007 9:09 PM
SciFi Dad, I am so going to impress the hell out of my husband with this information. And this is going to come up in conversation sooner than later because:
a) we just moved into a new place and are still in the middle of baby-proofing, installing new closet organization, etc.
b) we are going to Europe for 2 weeks in July
I can't wait to act all Cliff Claven!
Meegan | June 14, 2007 9:15 PM
My husband thinks they should outlaw straight screws ...he hates them! You know the one with the single line.
Why have 2 types?
FENICLE | June 14, 2007 10:12 PM
No, there is not. A man came up with THAT idea.
Sarah | June 14, 2007 11:51 PM
I have been pondering on that question myself. My guess? Home depot wants you two buy two sets of screwdrivers!
Nadine | June 15, 2007 6:09 AM
I don't need any - that is what Bryan is for! ;)
aimee/greeblemonkey | June 15, 2007 9:12 AM
it gives men something to talk about at the hardware store.
Pamalamadingdong | June 15, 2007 9:34 AM
This I have often wondered.
Tuesday | June 15, 2007 9:52 AM
what is this of which you speak?
i know of only one type and it sure tastes smooth goin' down :)
ali | June 15, 2007 11:00 AM
I was going to tell you there were three kinds and no matter what we need the screwdriver for, it's the one we need that we can't find.
Hope you have a great weekend and your house is snapped up quickly.
ann adams | June 15, 2007 12:34 PM
How can you have "+" without "-"? You need both!
Math Daddy | June 15, 2007 2:12 PM
You need to buy the type of screwdriver I have...it is reversible so you can just remove the metal part, flip it over and you have the regular "straight" head or the philips head in seconds. Save a lot of "now where did I put it" searching.
Krush | June 15, 2007 9:13 PM
Actually, there are even more than three. Don't forget about the Allen/hexagonal kind in do-it-yourself furniture! And there are a bunch of different kinds used in manufacturing.
Still irritating, though.
Erin | June 15, 2007 10:02 PM
To hell with finding the "other" screw driver. A hammer is all ya need!
Suz | June 16, 2007 1:56 PM
GREAT question! I'll ask my dad. He's a contractor....
Haley-O | June 16, 2007 5:40 PM
Wait! How about the f*&$ing mini phillip's head screwdriver.
A screwdriver should be made with juice - not something designed to frustrate.
jali | June 18, 2007 12:13 PM
I just finished repainting my mud room. Okay I used all three screwdrivers in there! Now mind you, I built this house, but the designers of the light fixtures, etc. all have their own thing going. What a pain!
Maribeth | June 18, 2007 2:27 PM
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