Albert Einstein said that "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." This is so true. My niece at the age of seven came up with a great idea for cleaning pollution from the air. "We should get a lot of helicopters with big ol' vacuum cleaners on them and fly around the cities sucking up the pollution. I thought that was a pretty good idea coming from a seven year old.
I've come up with some ideas myself through the years. Like using giant magnifying glasses and the power of the sun to super heat coils. Any Boy Scout can tell you that a magnifying glass focused on a piece of wood or straw will catch on fire in a matter of minutes. With my giant magnifying glass, the hot coils would be used to heat water and make steam which would then be converted to energy.
My latest idea is an approach to combat terrorism. I know there are those who say this is thinking way too far outside the box, but I think we should all have to fly naked. We could also prohibit carry-on luggage. This would actually solve a couple problems. No more standing in unending lines to go through those scanning machines. Where are you going to store a gun or a knife if your naked. As you undoubtedly already know, most of the folks that who want to blow us up are Islamic extremist. We also know that they frown on nudity big time. So if we have a bunch of naked women and men flying on a plane, they wouldn't come within a mile of an airport. Jilda said that since those folks don't eat pig or drink alcohol, we could add a little insurance of making everyone drink a Budweiser and eat some pork skins prior to boarding.
At first when I raised this notion at Sunday dinner, my sister, my niece and most of the other kin folk were slow to embrace my suggestion, but as I explained the merits of the plan they all came around....well everyone except my mom who confided in a friend who had also joined us for dinner - "don't pay no attention to him, I dropped him on his head when he was a baby, he can't help cause he off."