You forgot to mention that 40 years after manufacturing the pieces still do their job just as well as when they just came out of the box. That is truly amazing.
Very good point. And while we're ranting about modern society, let's expand your point a bit. Together with patience, thinking also went out the door for most people. Everybody bases their opinions on what they 'feel' these days, without bothering to think their feelings through or looking at things from different angles. Even scientific facts are considered just opinions by many. It's hard to get young people to think about certain things, especially when those things are outside their world and the things they are interested in. And when they finally get their brains in gear they are distracted by their phones beeping all the time announcing new tweets and Whatsapp messages and whatnot.
No so easily nowadays. Lego comes with huge numbers of very specialized pieces which are taylor made for that particular model. You can get the basic bricks but most Lego today is aimed at building one model and then playing with it rather than getting a pile of bricks and letting your imagination run wild.
Actually luckily that is not entirely true anymore. In the 1990s, just before the company almost went bankrupt they indeed had a lot of sets containing just a few pieces that you had to put together to make what was in the picture on the box. When Lego discovered that they were on the edge of bankruptcy they decided that they had to go back to what Lego made Lego: the brick. So they scrapped about 10000 bricks from their enormous database and started anew. Today Lego still makes specialized pieces for particular sets but they are usually small and not essential.
Sources: my own experience and the beautiful book Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry by Robertson, David and Breen, Bill (Jun 27, 2013)
That's why in the EU this kind of shenanigans is now illegal.
Here in the Netherlands people do that all the time.
In rural areas you use a bike or the tube. Flying cars will only create more chaos and accidents. And we have enough of them already in urban areas.
Most animals and plants who live alongside the roads will love this. Finally they can sleep in the dark!
So every mother is about 70% as useful as a real doctor.
No, we just raid a drug store.
It was a 'historical document.'
Which is a nice way to make yourself immortal.
Very good point. But then again: the IQ i the only way to quantify 'intelligence.' The problem is of course that there isn't even a good definition of intelligence so what exactly does an IQ test measure? The ability to do IQ tests, that's for sure.
Do you really think you will be taken seriously if you put the f-word in every one of your sentences?
Remember that 50% of all people have an IQ lower than 100. When you have a Ph.D. you belong to the 2% or so of smartest people in the world so almost everybody you meet is more stupid than you. So most people aren't smart enough to understand how science works even if they get good education.
Apparently it doesn't work that way or we would not have had roaming charges and the EU would not have to force them upon the providers.