Help the Homeless Idea

Page 68 out of my idea and invention book when I was a kid has a wonderful idea about helping the homeless. The concept was to give homeless people addresses so they could receive mail. Volunteers would donate their addresses for a homeless person so they could come by and collect mail. According to my old idea book, this would allow homeless people to “get jobs or get mail” apparently you need an address in order to have a job.

Free Mail for homeless

As you see in the before and after pics, having a place to collect mail will make you happy and shaved. My spelling has improved since then, my handwriting unfortunately, has not.

I remember at some point for a class project we had to write the governor or representative or someone and remember sending my idea about giving free mail to the homeless. I did get a response, it said something about a concern for the homeless in Oregon. I guess my idea wasn’t implemented.

A couple months back, I thought that it would be a great idea to utilize telephone poles to have public lockers in them. A telephone pole could easily have some sort of vending machine or some kind of locker in it, perhaps even mailboxes for the homeless.

Ideas for positive social change should be more of a priority for people.
That reminds me I’ve got to read those Victor Papanek books, they should be required reading for all designers and people.

Javan’s Cuddle Bed

Cuddle Bed

A while back Javan shared with me his idea about a cuddle bed. At the time I think he just met a nice girl who he wanted to be extra close with in the in the bed, without having his arm fall asleep. The Cuddle Bed is basically a mattress with a hole in it so you can easily position your arm around your significant other. In addition to coming up with great ideas Javan takes amazing photos, check out his new photo blog.

I think you might also have to buy some specialized sheets for this bed too.

A while back GJ Echternkamp shared another wonderful idea for couples along the same lines I will be posting about this week (I need to get the graphic ready).

Happy Toast

After a recent visit to my Parents house, my Mom had discovered my old idea/invention book that I had when I was about 13. It’s a funny book that has 98 different inventions or Ideas in it. Each of the 98 ideas took up one page in the book. Most of the ideas or inventions are too silly or embarasing to publish on MoHDI, some of them are still really good ideas. This is one of those good ideas.


Page number 2 in the book is my Happy Toast invention. Basically its a toaster with removable element that would be shaped into different designs and then that image would burn into the toast. Since my invention, toaster technical advancements have been very spectacular. This toaster almost does everything that I wanted my toaster to do. If you do a search on google, you will find many more fany toasters out there.

Art toaster

Out of the 98 inventions in my book, I think the Happy Toast idea ranks close to the top. I can’t help but imagine toasters ten years from now. If you are ever running short on ideas, I think brainstorming about toaster improvements is a great way to get the ol’ synapsis firing.

Here at MoHDI we’ve had some butter ideas. Remember The Butter Pusher and the Butter Cover Cutter. In an ideal world we would all have these wonderful devices in our homes.

Powered By Gasoline

I’m happy to say we just added a new product to our shop.

Powered by Gasoline

Powered by Gasoline sticker.
This sticker was designed for vehicles that do not run on biodiesel or alternative energy sources.

You can purchase them using PayPal from the MoHDI shop by clicking here.

I was going to sell the stickers at the average gallon of gas price but I thought that might be slightly high.

If you would like a “powered by gasoline” sticker and cannot afford one, please email me why you deserve a free sticker along with your address and I will consider sending you one.


The Laughatorium, is a small room where you cram a bunch of people into it, then blast them with laughter. I’m not sure what is supposed to happen next but, I can assume that some of the people in the room will start laughing then soon the whole crowd will be laughing. At some point the laugh track will not be needed at all. Perhaps the idea of this small room crammed with people will be the kindling for this blaze of laughter.
Apparently this idea is not new, it was shared to me by Allegra, who heard it from some South African man who said these “Laughatoriums” are all over South Africa. I did a little research and couldn’t find any information on these things. I might look into this more if I have some time.
The idea is really awesome. I could see several uses for these little rooms. Making it portabler would allow you to visit large corporations who like to spend money on “team building” exercises and stuff like that. Perhaps laughter might be more popular than a cup of coffee in the morning. Perhaps pumping a little more oxygen into the room might help people get some good laughter going. It also might be nice to have some funny or interesting drawings inside the room to really add to the experience. The Laughatorium might also serve well as a promotional piece. I think it might be worth building and setting up downtown. There must be numerous health benefits to this sort of device, I guess we won’t know until we build it and test it on people.
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The Endless Slide

the endless slide

A long time ago I had a wonderful idea for a piece of playground equipment, an Endless Slide! Despite not being able to find the original pages of notes and drawings on the idea I drew a rough spec so you can visualize such a fun piece of equipment. Obviously this drawing is not to scale but you can get the idea. By having a longer rotating slide unit more kids could enjoy this slide at the same time.

The Posture Hat

Posture Hat
Slouching is a major problem now-a-days. More and more people have poor posture. I try to hold the sky up with my head but, if I’m not thinking about it I often end up slouching. I’m 6’4″ and it’s easy to forget what I learned in posture school. Recently I ran into my friend Kim who pointed out how poor my posture actually was. I should point out that she has very good posture. I also realized that successful people generally have good posture, this formula will also work in reverse so… Successful People = Good Posture so Good Posture = Successful Person. This simple math problem shows up that if you want to be a success, good posture is the way to go about it.
The secret to good posture is this hat. Now I’m no haberdasher but, I certainly think this hat could be stylish and practical. Since my formula proves that Good Posture = Success then, if this product ever gets made it’s certainly worth a fortune. The high tech design of this stylish hat promotes good posture for those wearing it. By simply balancing a small ball on top of the concave hat you are encouraged to stand up strait. I do hope we can build some prototypes for these hats soon. Any large office should encourage workers to wear such ergonomic hats. Even if we don’t make a fortune on these hats think of all the good we can do for all those with poor posture out there.

The Break-Up Ring

break up ring
The break-up ring is a ring you give to your current boyfriend or girlfriend in order to let them know that you would like to end your current relationship with them. When you need to say something and just can’t find the words, this ring offers an easy way to share how you feel.
Much like an engagement ring, except for opposite. We hope to be offering these wonderful rings in our shop soon. We might even start selling “rebound rings” and I would like some “companionship tonight rings” too. I’m sure we could come up with a whole lot of different styles and labels for the exact same ring.

Conversation Kit

Who-Talks Coins for Conversation Kit
Here’s a cheap idea, even a DIYI (do-it-yourself idea). Lots of couples have trouble talking because (a) at least one person doesn’t listen well, and interrupts too much, or (b) at least one person talks too much or too little. So make a large two-sided coin that can be flipped or passed back and forth. One side says “My Turn,” the other “Your Turn.” (Or “His Turn” and “Her Turn.”) Whoever flips gets to keep talking for two minutes if “My Turn” comes up. Other person talks (even has to) if “Your Turn” does. The person without the coin has to listen. (OK, maybe there’s a Rant card with a Stop sign on it, that you can play if somebody just won’t stop.) You either automatically take turns, or let the talker flip again for a chance to keep talking. (You could even play “Conversation Catch,” tossing the coin in the air and whoever gets it, gets to talk next.) Depending on the talkers, the silliness of the coin might deflate arguments or get people laughing. (Should have funny cartoons on it for that reason.) Comes with a nano pamphlet of Talking Fairly Tips. Uh-oh, my time’s up. “Your Turn.”  

The Money Target

After a recent family trip to the San Juan Islands, I stumbled upon this wonderful Hundred Dollar Idea while riding the ferry.
A brief stop at an Island my brother Aaron pointed out this wonderful site.

Lomez Money Target
Wow! There must be like a hundred bucks in change down there!

The dock had been painted with a target that encouraged people to literally throw money at it. I even saw someone try to make a paper airplane out of a dollar and throw it to this wonderful target.

I figured this would be a great product to make and sell. We could even give them to the workers at busy intersections (generally they carry cardboard signs). I bet we could slap some advertising on there too. I would imagine our roll able waterproof (for fountains) money targets would be a fantastic investment for anyone who is looking to make some money quickly.

Money Target

After returning to Portland I decided to do a little investigation into this wonderful idea. I learned a valuable lesson about investigation. Some things are best left not found out.

Here is a series of emails that I had to inquire about this money target.

To protect anonymity I’ve changed some names and titles and edited some things.

Originally I emailed the treasurer of the Island thinking they would be the one who managed the money target.

Subject : Ferry Money
Hello Tarbara,

Last weekend I took a trip to the San Juan Islands for a family
gathering. Although we did not have the opportunity to visit Lomez
Island I was very impressed with what I saw while the ferry stopped to
drop people off on your island. I’m sure you are aware of the money
target at the ferry dock.
( a link to an image of the money target then a paragraph of ramblings about MoHDI)
Here is what I would like to know about if you might be able to help me
I’m curious about the history of the target if you could tell me any
details on this I’m very interested.
How long has it been there?
Who made it?
What do you call this? I like the term “Money Target” is there another
name people call it?
Where does the money go?
How much revenue does this target make?
Do you think other islands might adopt this idea?
Anything else you could tell me about this would be very helpful or if
you know of someone else who is an expert on the money target I would
very much like to ask them some of these questions.

This certainly gave us some ideas for a new product that I hope to be
selling on our site soon.

Thank you very much for your help, next time we visit we will try to
spend some time on Lomez.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Brew Enderson
Millions of Hundred Dollar Ideas

A couple days Later….

Subject: Lomez “money target”
If you use such an idea as the “money target”, please don’t attribute it to Lomez Island. I wasn’t aware of the target so I phoned the Lomez ferry dock and they are continually painting out that target. It seems there are a group of kids that periodically paint it back to life and then collect the money themselves!
Clever perhaps, but not at all appreciated by the ferry system. So now you know; hopefully it won’t be there the next time you visit.

Then I wrote back feeling all bad and stuff

—–Original Message—–
To: Lomez Chamber of Commerce
Subject: Re: Lomez “money target”

Hey Pary,

I’m sorry to hear that I was a part of the targets demise if it so
happens. Before the decision to get rid of the target is finalized, I
suggest you take a ride on the ferry and watch people reaction to the
target as they are docked at Lomez perhaps there could be a better way
to deal with this. Personally I think that it is more of an asset than
not, the people on deck really enjoyed seeing such a wonderful and
inventive idea in the works.

I certainly think there could be some way to work out an arrangement to
keep the target. Perhaps there is a cause on the Island that money from
the target could be directed at. I would imagine that the target pulls
in a good amount of revenue (I’m still doing the math on this). The
target was also a very pleasurable part of my trip. My 8 year old cousin really
enjoyed trying to get his coin into the target. It is a simple inventive
pleasure that is unique and creates a brief but memorable experience.

Perhaps you can send some muscle down to the docks, wait till the kids
collect the money and take it from them. Personally, I would think that
you might not have gotten the full truth to the story of the target form
the dock. I would imagine that the “Kids” collecting money most likely
work for the Ferry system, I’m certainly no crime detective but I am
quite savvy about such issues.

Removing the target is probably going to upset some people.

I think that the good outweighs the bad when it comes to this target and
I think the Chamber of Commerce should consider keeping the target.

Based on my website traffic and the demographic of my readers I’m
guessing that this article will most likely result in a nice group of
visitors to Lomez Island in the future ( like 1-2 every few years). I would hope that they too could
have the pleasure of seeing this target first hand. I was going to do a
mention to Lomez Island with a link to your site. If you would like I
can post a link to something related to the San Juan Islands instead so
you can distance yourself from this money target.

If you would like any assistance in keeping this wonderful icon of
creativity and commerce, please let me know. I offer my time and the
time of the people who work for me to help you come up with a plan that
will keep this target going.

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful
servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has
forgotten the gift.”
Albert Einstein

Thank you for getting back to me. Please consider keeping this money

Have a wonderful day,

Millions of Hundred Dollar Ideas

I plan to share your letter with the Lomez ferry dock folks. It is
interesting that you were so impressed with the “money target” as I have
never heard it mentioned before by visitors. As locals, I guess we just
drive on the ferry not seeing what tourists see.

There are certainly many charities and non-profit organizations on Lomez who
could use the extra money, but the Washington State Ferry System regulates
whatever goes on at the ferry docks and I doubt a “money target” would be
allowed regardless of the motive.

We shall see??


Then I concluded with this email


This is fantastic news. It sounds like the Washington State Ferry System
has all ready allowed the target to be there time and time again. I
would imagine that there might be some agreement you can reach with them
to regulate it a bit more though. It seems to me if you can have a
wonderful Lomez Island sign at the ferry docks you should also be able
to have the addition of the “Charity Target” as well.

If Lomez Island wants a “Charity Target” they should be able to do so, I
wouldn’t let the Ferry System push you around.

Please keep me updated.

Thanks again,

I have not heard from them since.