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I raise this not so BIG question as the result of having just moved our washer and dryer after three years to clean underneath it.

I will not mention what accumulates around these cleaning machines other than to say it was not a pretty sight. But that is not the point of this little rant. (Sorry I just need to rant every now and then and wonder what kind of world would we have if the best minds spent their time on the small issues of life.)

First- According to Wikipedia the history of the Clothes dryer is as follows:

A hand-cranked clothes dryer was created in 1800 by M. Pochon from France. Electric tumble dryers appeared in the early 20th century. Industrial designer Brooks Stevens developed the first electric dryer with a glass window in the 1940s

Second- the folks at How Stuff Works informs us that the modern day clothes drying marvel is:

  • A rotating tumbler that holds the clothes.
  • An electric or gas powered heater that heats the air that is drawn through the clothes as they tumble, which in turn heats up the clothes and the water in them.
  • An exhaust vent that passes out of the dryer and out of the house — this is how the water exits the dryer in the form of steam.

My question for the universal complaint department, which I know does not really care, has to do with the so called Exhaust Vent.

My Rant about a Vent: Have you ever tried to put one of these snake like things back on? The tube has been dysfunctional from the day it was invented and has remained virtually unchanged for over 70 years.

I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography about Steve Jobs. It got me to wondering what if Steve Jobs had been the Maytag Man?

The world might not have the iPod but we may well have a state of the art venting system for our in home machines that dry our clothes. Who knows, we might have an iCloud virtual way of extracting water from our PJ’s at 99 cents a dryload. (get it dryload instead of download- I know it’s not that funny.)

It turns out that Mr. Jobs was into Eastern religions which means he may well have believed in reincarnation. If he does come back, I hope he does so as the Maytag Man!

For you folks who never heard of the Maytag Man here is a look back:

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