Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Inventoring the tools of de future

 
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By simply having tool boards have a compulsory extra silhuo...silhu...outline of each tool on them.

By simply having this one (slightly blurry) outline but no corresponding tool, with perhaps -

* 5 curves of unusual dimensions

* 4 springs

* some gears

* 2 or possibly 3 knurled knobs, * 3 horse-shoe magnets,

* a USB ports

* and a head-strap

Will not the inventive mind be jogged into creativity? Also it will really annoy OCD sufferers.

not_morrison_rm, Dec 27 2017

Norfolk-style burler, and thucks. http://www.rentishams.co.uk/PRODUCTS.html
[MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 27 2017]

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       I thought most folks know that if you start typing a word like "silhouette" into Google's search field, it automatically presents a list of ways that the start of the word might be completed. All you need is an accurate start, to find the complete spelling.
Vernon, Dec 27 2017
  

       Ah yes [Vernon], but that would impair the blurriness and provide comfort to the OCD-suffererers, contrary to the mean-spirited intent of the idea's author.   

       "The medium is the message", as Professor McLuhan said after founding the field of Media Studies under advice from a vision of the Virgin Mary.
pertinax, Dec 27 2017
  

       That method limits the discovery to only words that you know how to begin. And you must get the first letter absolutely correct – the nearer the front of the word, the more correct it must be (or alternatively, the lazier google is). What if you knew it ends in ‘wet’?
Ian Tindale, Dec 27 2017
  

       Perhaps Google ought to encourage a more thesauric approach. "Nice" would prompt "Did you mean 'enchanting'"?
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 27 2017
  

       That’s certainly an improvement. Perhaps given the increasivement of cameras on our devices, it should accept charades as an input method.
Ian Tindale, Dec 27 2017
  

       Might I suggest that the outline of Norfolk-style burler <link>, perhaps with a couple of thucks, lends itself well to meditation of this type?
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 27 2017
  

       The title confuses me, but if you mean would having a semirandom visual assemblage of things cause inventors to be more inventive i think that could be true.   

       Sometimes trying to think of new ideas I do this thing I call the "magazine technique" Where you grab a magazine and then try to think of a new invention based on the contents of the page. You cannot turn the page until you think of a new idea, almost however inadequate. It can work pretty well, generating 10 ideas an hour. Perhaps two or three would be halfbakeable.   

       If someone were trying the magazine technique who was new to inventing I suggest being able to go to a fresh page after 5 minutes rather than not (no matter what) to make it more enjoyable.
beanangel, Dec 27 2017
  

       Hmm MB...you quite sure about "Even our spermaceti is sourced from renewable whales."?
not_morrison_rm, Dec 27 2017
  
      
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