Scene: Every house, everywhere.
“What do you want for dinner?”
“I don’t know. What do you want for dinner?”
“Nothing in partiular.”
“Well what do you have a taste for?”
“That is literally just the same question, just phrased slightly differently!”
Continue until everyone gets hungry/angry and it turns into an actual fight.
This little one-act play happens all across the country, probably every single night. Picking dinner is weirdly hard for something with no actual right or wrong answer. But now one dude has hacked an old kids’ toy to eliminate the drama forever. Gaze upon this brilliance:
According to Buzzfeed, 20-year-old college student Jared L Baker lives with his dad, Jerry, and the two of them were laughing one day about the impossibility of picking a restaurant when going out to dinner. This is probably a universal human foible–when I was in college, I had an actual set of “pizza dice” that had toppings instead of numbers and were designed to solve “what do you want on your pizza?” problems–for some reason, when two adults are tasked with going out to a restaurant together, there’s a good chance it will turn into a long game of “where do you want to go?” “I don’t know, where do you want to go?” until someone gets too hungry and then it turns into a real fight.
All anyone really wants in that situation is for someone else to decide. Then Jared’s dad was like, “Wait! I have an idea!”
A couple days later a blue See’n Say arrived in the mail, and Jared’s dad created the “wheel of food.” It is labeled with all the restaurants in the area that they go to, and all you have to do is pull the string and the little arrow picks one. (It probably also tells you about what sound the cow makes.)
I love that there is a “Whiskey” entry on the wheel. It might be a restaurant called Whiskey, but I choose to believe it just means they take a drink and spin the wheel again. I also can’t believe he had to buy a new See’n Say for this. If you have one lying around, though, this could be a good thing to do with it.
Jared says his dad actually used it once, too. He pulled the string, and then he and his girlfriend went to the restaurant it pointed at. Easy! It sounds simple, but this little toy would get rid of a lot of headaches.