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Don't sell your kidneys for karma

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2006 11:30AM
American InventorIs that what the guy on American Inventor said last night, that he put so much passion and energy into his invention (a portable coffee cup/grinder thing) that he sold his kidney? Or donated his kidney? And that he had to do it because it was "karma?" I'm not quite sure exactly how/why he did it (except that he wanted to be a hero to his son), but I think this is something none of us should do. Don't sell your kidneys for karma.

Also: don't sell your feet for food, don't sell your hands for a house, and don't sell your penis for a Porsche.

This was just one of the many delusional inspired inventors trying to convince the judges that their invention was the one to change the world. How about the guy who had the cup holders that wrapped around the coffee pot. He wouldn't let Doug talk at all (note: this isn't a bad thing. I swear if an inventor came on the show and said he had invented a personal rocket ship to bring you to the moon, Doug would say, "Look, I've been to the moon, OK? This just isn't going to work."). Or how about the guy who made sleeves for remote controls? And the lady with the bears that build character. Isn't that just Build-A-Bear, but with surgery?

Eh. I don't know. I'm still waiting for the lawsuits from people who have patented an invention. You know they're coming.

(Side note: who is the host of this  show? He's like the poor man's Ryan Seacrest. He has that Seacrest-y/reality show host look about him, but they never really show him "hosting." It's mostly just shots of him smiling or hugging/consoling the inventors.)

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This show will fail, if it will, not because the inventors are lame, but because the show is cut in such a moronic way it makes bad TV because it's repetitive as hell.

So there are kooks out there. We get it. Thanks, show one in every show and let's move on. So there're inventors out there who will make the woman judge cry. Great. But several on every show? Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring.

Show us the real inventors. I want to see the really cool stuff. I am not the least bit interested about the next inventor who comes in with some sort of a device that does something about human or animal waste unlike the producers of the show who just LOVE to show the judges frown in disgust every time they've got an invention of this kind on the show. I'm sorry, but that does NOT make good tv.

I wonder why the producers didn't pay some fake inventor to pick a real fight with the judges. Not just words, but actual physical confrontation. That would fit the way the show is produced actually. Maybe it's coming.

This show is really starting to dissapoint me.

April 08 2006 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I felt bad for the kidney karma guy when the camera got a shot of his son hugging him and saying "I love Mommy." When the guy said "What about Daddy?" the kid walked away.

His invention was a good example of the failure of the show. It was passed on solely because it already exists. But surely there is room in the marketplace for variations on a theme. Perhaps his idea has some unique quality that the existing ones do not? But the show would not be able to own all the rights to the invention if they think that there's someone out there in the world who is going to come looking to sue them.

April 07 2006 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Agent Manderplex

Well, the host of this show used to host an Animal Planet show. I can't remember the name, but it was like American's Funniest Pets or something. He's kinda lame, sorry.

This show is going to be a LOT less entertaining as it progresses. I see everything for this show being nothing more than an "As Seen on TV" Gimmick, especially the exercise systems.

Any where to these inventors get the idea to sell their kidneys for some of these things (and spend tens of thousands of dollars). Someone close to them should be more honest about their prospects.

April 07 2006 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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