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The Most Unwanted Inventions

spicegirl | Posted in Talk With Us on

I just read a post that decried the invention of shoulder pads and the elation that they are to be no more when I remembered reading something similar earlier this morning in Parade magazine (Sunday newspaper insert).

If you have access to this magazine, I think you may find the column by Marilyn vos Savant (the smartest woman on the planet!) interesting.  She lists the top ten worst things that most of her readers would like to uninvent — high-heeled shoes to cell phones.  Shoulder pads are not in the top ten……..but I bet they are somewhere on the list!


Edited 3/11/2007 1:39 pm ET by spicegirl

Edited 3/11/2007 1:39 pm ET by spicegirl

Edited 3/13/2007 1:11 pm ET by spicegirl


  1. wlric | | #1

    Alas, I've decided that these hips will always need shoulder pads! The angle of my triangle is very acute!

    1. MaryinColorado | | #2

      I need them too, otherwise I look even shorter.  I do try to make them as discreet as possible, don't want to look like I am out for football.  Mary

    2. solosmocker | | #3

      My sentiments exactly. My narrow shoulders need a little lift to aid my fitting. I think that type of pad will always have a clientele, but those big Dynasty pads - Never!

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    Thimblefingers | | #4

    Alas, I love high heels!!  I would not put them on the list of unwanted inventions!  I'm 5 feet tall with somewhat short legs.  High heels bring me closer to the eye level of everyone else and make my legs look longer which makes my clothes look better, and me look slimmer.   

    1. tmorris1 | | #5

      OOOH shoes!!! I also love high heels. I am 6"1" and still cannot get out of those 3" heels. I look like an amazon, and absolutely love it!!!

  3. Ralphetta | | #6

    I dug Parade out of the recycling bin and it was a different column in my edition.  I have read similar lists to what you described and maybe it was in her column last week? 

    I'm with the people who love high heels.  My legs are too short for my torso and I always feel better in them.  Actually, my feet are much more comfortable in heels than flat shoes.  I have a high arch and trying to find flats that fit is almost impossible unless you pay lots of $$$ and I never want to spend that much on shoes I know are not as flattering. 

    I think that one thing the list you mentioned proves is that any time you say "No one" or "Everyone" likes or dislikes something...you get into trouble because there are almost always 2 sides to any argument. With me, I don't dislike high heels and I always rip the shoulder pads out of anything I buy because I have my own "built-in" square shoulders.  I loved the Dynasty stuff because I could buy RTW one size smaller, rip out the shoulder pads and for the only time in history...I had a perfect fit! I am built like that!

    As I get older and my figure changes I find myself frequently thinking, "Oh, now  I understand why this style is popular," when I try on things that I would never have worn when I was thin...and young...hmm I'm going to get depressed if I go on.

    Wouldn't it be boring if, in fact,  "everyone" did agree and have the same taste and needs?  Viva la difference! (sp?) Thrift stores would go out of business because no one would end up with things that didn't flatter their figure.

    I don't remember what else was on the list.

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