Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dumb De-Dumb Dumb Dumb

“Half a Brain”

As we continue our Brain Awareness celebration, be sure to do something REALLY DUMB this month…

“… good enough for our transatlantic friends … but UNWORTHY OF THE ATTENTION  of practical or scientific men.”
~British Parliamentary Committee, referring to Edison’s light bulb, 1878.

“While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is AN IMPOSSIBILITY.”
~Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube, 1926.

“Remote shopping (as in online shopping), while entirely feasible, WILL FLOP – because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds.”
~TIME, 1966.

“I approached several lawyers who thought my idea was so crazy that they later admitted that they thought I had been sent by Candid Camera. And the hosiery manufacturers all thought the idea was STUPID or didn't make sense.”
~Sara Blakely, creator of Spanx, 2012

And this one from the book world…

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen heard from 123 publishers that their Chicken Soup for the Soul book had a STUPID title, had no sex or violence, and no one would read it.

Gives those “I’M WITH STUPID” T-shirts a whole new meaning, doesn't it?

PROMPT: Brainstorm 10 STUPID plot ideas or IDIOTIC art projects. Then really stretch your dumb muscle and come up with 10 more. You might be surprised to find that you start hitting pay dirt around #17.


  1. I can never get enough of these sorts stories for some reason. Thanks for sharing Barb!

    1. I'm with you, Kjersten. I think they help me shake off those editor rejections a whole lot faster.

  2. This reminds me: my former agent said my green fart book wasn't funny. I'd love to send her the LOL comments from my EDITOR. ^_^

    1. Of course, I think this is a LOVELY idea! Mwa Ha Ha!

  3. Another fun post! Isn't it amazing when you hear about super successful books that were initially turned down a ton of times? And when rejections slither in, it's rather inspiring.

    Hope you're having a great weekend, Barb!

    1. Yes, it always boggles my mind how badly some book buying folk miss the mark. Ah, humans! They are amazing in more ways than one, don't you think?