Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Revisited Dinner Tray

Time saving TV Dinner Accessory
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This idea is not original, but appeared in an issue of Mad Magazine from the 60's. Families would have dinner served on foldable TV trays while watching favorite shows. Having to raise the fork from the tray of food to one's mouth could cause one to miss a few seconds of the show. This device was a smaller tray held by shoulder straps under the chin, allowing food to be shoveled into the mouth without missing a lick of Milton Berle or Ed Sullivan.
Faulstroh, Oct 11 2021

Al Jaffee - why he belongs on HB https://en.wikipedi...fee#Frequent_themes
… uncommonly interested in figuring out how things work, and exasperated because things NEVER work…. several articles on inventions and gadgets, which are presented in an elaborately detailed "blueprint" style. Sergio Aragones says of Jaffee, "He is brilliant at many things, but especially inventions. When he draws a machine for Mad, no matter how silly the idea, it always looks like it works. He thinks that way because he is not only an artist, but a technician as well... He is the guy who can do anything." In a patent file for a self-extinguishing cigarette, the inventor thanked Jaffee for providing the inspiration. Other actual inventions that have since come to pass had appeared earlier in Jaffee articles, such as telephone redial and address books (1961), snowboarding (1965), the computer spell-checker (1967), peelable stamps, multi-blade razors (1979), and graffiti-proof building surfaces (1982). "I could imagine those things," Jaffee told an interviewer. "That was the fun part. But I never had the problem of trying to figure out how to manufacture them." [a1, Oct 11 2021]


       //This idea is not original//   

       Add a 3rd even smaller tray under the lower lip, and a 4th tiny tray clamped to the teeth and you may get a bite-sized fragment of bun to set on one of your trays
pocmloc, Oct 11 2021

       [pocmloc] so its tinier and tinier trays all the way... up?
po, Oct 11 2021

       quite interested to know what section of MAD this was in.
po, Oct 11 2021

       // interested to know what section of MAD this was in. //   

       Ask on reddit/r/madmagazine
a1, Oct 11 2021

       [a1] I thought [Faulstroh] would know. I don't visit reddit.
po, Oct 11 2021

       If I had to guess, it would have been by Al Jaffee (or a10, as we fondly call him around here). He’s the Mad cartoon artist I’d most like to see on Halfbakery.
a1, Oct 11 2021

po, Oct 11 2021

       But apart from raising a fond memory of MAD, doesn’t this post merit a [-] and [mark-for- deletion]? Acknowledged as unoriginal and no suggestion of how to actually make the thing?
a1, Oct 11 2021

       ^ well it did say held by shoulder straps, But that’s not much. I don’t Fishbone often so I won’t, and from the title I was hoping it to be a little more interesting.
xandram, Oct 11 2021


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