Welcome to part four of our series of stuff we want to throw into Room 101. Here are the latest five things we’d happily live without given the choice. Would any of these be on your list?

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1. Violent Staplers That Slam Shut

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It doesn’t seem to matter how careful you try to be when reloading your empty stapler with new staples, it always seems to snap closed in a violent way. Sometimes it shuts so fast that it actually dismantles the staples and you have to put them back in again. On other occasions, you have to quickly remove your fingers so they don’t get trapped and damaged!

2. Paper Cuts

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Talking of fingers, they’re always in harm’s way. Burning them when you’re cooking, pricking them on thorns when you’re gardening or with needles when sewing. So you try to be careful. But when it comes to paper cuts, you have no control. Most of the time you’re not even sure how it happened, but it did! Now you’re bleeding and, despite the fact that it isn’t even that deep or long, boy, paper cuts are painful!

3. Spare Buttons On Clothes

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Often new clothes come with spare buttons. Sometimes they’re attached to labels, or in little bags. You don’t think you’ve ever sewn one on when you’ve lost one. In fact, you have hundreds of them, but the clothing they belonged to, is long gone. You know this because some buttons belonged to a different fashion era! You have all shapes, sizes and colours. For some reason, you’re scared to throw them away and they’re everywhere:  in different drawers all over the house, in your sewing kit, the sideboard and even the airing cupboard. You wish you’d never been given them in first place…

4. Twisted-up Wires

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How do they do it? We’ve no idea how wires can get themselves in such a tangle! We know for sure when we put the earphones in our handbag we’d wrapped them carefully around our hand. But now we’ve come to take them out, they’re in a right mess. We’re now busily trying to unknot them, with a carriage full of commuters watching to see if we succeed! Other things twistin’ our melon, man, are the flex on our landline phone and the lead on our iron.  But if you want a masterclass in how to get yourself in a muddle, Christmas lights win hands down. They’re pros!

5. Automatic Doors That Don’t Work

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There isn’t even a sign that says the doors aren’t working, but as you pace towards them with purpose they don’t move. So you walk away and try approaching them again. Still nothing, so now you have to try and force them open manually and hope that you don’t activate any alarms. It’d be far easier if there was just an ordinary door instead.

 

Join us again next week for five more things we want to put into Room 101