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Top 5 things that will never change in 50 years

Here is my top five list of things that will remain basically the same for another 50 years or more.

1. The Flush Toilet Bowl and Tissue Paper

As we all know A toilet, the commode, the john or the loo, is a plumbing fixture and disposal system primarily intended for the disposal of the bodily wastes: urine and fecal matter.  Flush toilets have been prefered choice since the 26th century BC and is found in practically all modern dwellings. The principle is simple, human waste is deposited in a ceramic/porcelain/metal bowl containing water and is siphoned away when the toilet is ‘flushed’. There are variations to the toilet bowl depending on water accessabilty, location and practicality. For example:Toilet-and-Tissue

  • Toilet with built-in bidet
  • Chemical toilet
  • Dry toilet (i.e. no water used for flushing)
  • Pit toilet: very common in camping grounds. Also known as an outhouse.
  • Composting toilet: Very commonly found in camping grounds in Europe, and large climbing parks. Also found in some modern ecologically designed buildings.
  • Urine-diverting & dry composting: a source-separation toilet that keeps urine and feces separate and simplifies the composting process. Can also be called an eco-san (from ecological sanitation) toilet, and is a viable alternative to flush sanitation in urban areas.
  • Incinerating toilet
  • Tree bog: a system for converting human faeces to biomass
  • Head: a toilet on a boat, which has a pump to bring cleaning seawater in and pump waste overboard or into a holding tank.

But none of these designs will replace the flush toilet anytime soon as the main means to dispose of human bio-waste. By virtue of talking abou the toilet we must add the toilet paper. Basically a soft paper product used to maintain, uuuummm personal hygiene. This mainstay hasnt been modified for many years since its commercial invention mainly because it is easy and intuitive to use, fairly absorbent, and it can be flushed in most countries where toilet paper is common.

2. Use of the word Fuck

fuckFuck is an iconic English word. In its canonical transitive verb form, it simply refers to the act of sexual intercourse. By extension it may be used to profanely or negatively characterize anything that can be dismissed, disdained, defiled, or destroyed, and it is due to the convergence of these two weighty concepts (sex and destruction) that the term can carry such overloaded emphasis, although it is frequently used as a mere intensifier.

It is perhaps unique in its linguistic versatility, in that it can be used as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, or interjection, and can logically be used as virtually any word in a sentence (e.g. “Fuck the fucking fuckers”). It hence has various metaphorical meanings:

  • The verb “to be fucked” can mean “to be cheated” (e.g. “I got fucked by a scam artist”).
  • As a noun “a fuck” or “a fucker” may describe a contemptible person.
  • “A fuck” may mean an act of copulation.
  • “Fuck” as a verb can be used as an interjection, and its participle fucking is sometimes used as a strong emphatic. The verb to fuck may be used transitively or intransitively, and it appears in compounds, including fuck offfuck up, and fuck with.
  • In less explicit usages (but still regarded as vulgar), fuck or fuck with can mean to mess around, or to deal with unfairly or harshly.
  • In a phrase such as “don’t give a fuck”, the word is the equivalent of “damn”, in the sense of something having little value. In “what the fuck”, it serves merely as an intensive.

3. Taxes

In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. To me there is nothing man made that has more continuity than taxes. Govornments come and go, economies rise and fall but taxes will forever be present.tax_cartoon-12607

Taxation has four main purposes or effects: Revenue, Redistribution, Repricing, and Representation.

The main purpose is revenue: taxes raise money to spend on roads, schools and hospitals, and on more indirect government functions like market regulation or legal systems. This is the most widely known function.

A second is redistribution. Normally, this means transferring wealth from the richer sections of society to poorer sections.

A third purpose of taxation is repricing. Taxes are levied to address externalities: tobacco is taxed, for example, to discourage smoking.

A fourth, consequential effect of taxation in its historical setting has been representation. The American revolutionary slogan “no taxation without representation” implied this: rulers tax citizens, and citizens demand accountability from their rulers as the other part of this bargain. Several studies have shown that direct taxation (such as income taxes) generates the greatest degree of accountability and better governance, while indirect taxation tends to have smaller effects.

4. War and Conflict

We all wish for world peace, but thats one wish that will not come true anytime soon.  Many theorists speculate that as the world gets smaller (globalization) the incidence of war decreases but will never get to zero.

Wars happen when a group of people or an organization perceives the benefits that can be obtained to be greater than the cost. This can happen for a variety of reasons:

  1. To protect national pride by preventing the loss of territory
  2. To protect livelihood by preventing the loss of resources or by declaring independence
  3. To inflict punishment on the “wrongdoer”, especially when one country is stronger than the other and can effectively deal out the punishment.
  4. Human beings are inherently violent. This aggressiveness is transferred into bias and hatred against other races, religions, nations or ideologies. By this theory the nation state preserves order in the local society while creating an outlet for aggression through warfare. If war is innate to human nature, as is presupposed and predetermined by many psychological theories, then there is little hope of ever escaping it.

From the time of Cain and Abel to the Bush adminsitration war and conflict has been sporadically present and there is no foreseeable end to them unless we ourselves change our very nature. And i dont think this will happen in the next 50 years.

5. Windows Rust

windows_logoA friend of mine shared the term windows rust with me. And in essence it means that any Microsoft OS will eventually begin to degrade without any outside influence. I dont know if this is true but i for one believe it.  From windows 95 to Microsoft Vista the incidence of the OS crashing has not decreased (as expected due to better technology and understanding of the way computer systems operate). Instead, when you buy one of Microsoft’s resonably priced OS, you can expect that in a couple months and no matter how many patches you install, virus scans you run, registry cleaning you accomplish and minimal usage of the system, the OS will begin to slow down like its begining to ‘rust’. Its like a steel gate, no matter how much paint you coat it with, eventually youll begin to see brown specks appearing everywhere. Im not saying this is innate only to Windows alone, but it has a much greater incidence than with ay other OS. Lets just hope that one day instead of patching and upgrading, they will do a complete overhall of their system architechture and leave the WD-40 in the cupboard.

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  1. a great list, I agree with the all except the flush toilet. There are some crazy toilets the Japanese are making that i doubt can be described as just “toilets”

  2. lol a toilet that warms your ass and cleans it. Maaaad. same principle though… still flushes

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