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8 everyday problems that should have been solved by 2014

Isn’t life hard enough already?

WE CAN PAUSE live TV, we’re sending tourists into space, we carry tiny computers around in our pockets…

Why then, are some things still so hard?

1. Microwave controls

We just want to heat up our soup and defrost a few chops.

Can we have a microwave with a “Heat Soup” button and a “Defrost Chops” button, and no other buttons or controls? Thanks.

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Oh and while we’re at it, can we sort this out?

Scumbag Microwave - Imgur Imgur Imgur

2. Using printers

If we could even solve one of these problems, just one…

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3. Removing the flimsy protective film on foodstuffs

You know the type we mean: It comes on things like tubs of hummus and frozen meals.

In theory it should peel off smoothly and easily, like this:


In practice, this happens:

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4. Pringles tubes

Come on Pringles. Cut us some slack.

My childhood ended when I stopped being able to fit my hand inside a Pringles can. - Imgur Imgur Imgur

5. Flash crash

It’s 2014. Sort it out.

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6. Blister packaging

Some companies just want to watch the world burn.

Fuck this kind of packaging.. - Imgur Imgur Imgur

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 7. Cinema armrests

“Oh, hello stranger. Allow me to awkwardly caress your elbow with my elbow in the dark”… SAID NO-ONE, EVER!

There's always this guy at the cinema, flight etc. MAKE THE ARMREST LARGER! - Imgur Imgur Imgur

Biggest design flaw in history. Pisses me off every time! - Imgur Imgur Imgur

8. USB sticks

There must be an easier way.


What enraging first world problems do you deal with on a daily basis? Let us know in the comments…

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