Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Caution: May cause drowsiness.
Plus make you look like an idiot.
If they'd set Anakin up in one of these babies,
everything might have worked out differently.
This week's Invention of the Week award goes to the Dreamhelmet, a "sleep mask sound-blocking pillow" that also aids weight loss. And not, as you might presume, because it has a metal screen that comes down over your mouth like Hannibal Lecter's.
No, according to a press release from Dreamcloud Productions, a recent study shows that the more you sleep, the less hungry your body thinks it is. Also, if you're anything like me, sleep is the only time of day you're not distracted by the idea that there might be a Twinkie somewhere. Anywhere.
After all, as Dreamhelmet creator Jim de Cordova told the writers of the press release (presumably between naps and his nightly 14-hour slumber-fest), our weight problems are a function of our "frantic and noisy society." Said De Cordova, "Just see a film from the 1960s; everybody had long hair and was slim!" Of course, that could have something to do with having taken so many drugs most people thought that their hamburgers were trying to kill them.
Anyway, the Dreamhelmet is billed as being a useful sleep and diet aid in "Planes, Trains, Cars, Buses, Airports, Campgrounds, Hotels, the Office and your own Bed," although that last place is probably the only one where you won't get very odd stares and/or arrested.