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June 10, 2014

Best story I'll read this month

"Brilliant 11-Year-Old Designs An Unbreakable, Spill-Proof Cup For Her Ailing Grandpa".

Lily Born is not your average kid.

At just 11-years-old, the Chicago-based youngster has designed an unbreakable, spill-proof cup after she noticed her grandfather (who has Parkinson's) was having trouble drinking out of regular glasses.


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That story is amazing!

It's almost enough to cause me to reconsider my preference for a completely centrally planned economy, a la the USSR in the 1930's. This girl could apply to the State Bureau for Inventions though.

Stephen Karlson

She's adapted the design of the "Dolphin" coffee cup used on railroads (which also had spillage problems) by providing a tripod (thus stable on any approximately horizontal surface) to take the place of the saucer (which on the railroads would catch the sloshage if the cup was filled too full).

Stephen Karlson

William Dolphin of the Chicago and North Western patented the railroad design.


Not sure how something with a completely open top is called spill-proof.

Good idea.

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