28 May 2021

Published May 26, 2021 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Fiction

Word Count: 100


Millie Levy loved to learn about inventors. Famous or obscure. It didn’t matter.  

“I wonder what Alexander Graham Bell would say about the iPhone.” She mused. “Or what Edison would think about LED lights.”

Millie’s brother Eli rolled his eyes. “Who cares?”

“I do. Get this. Maria Beasley invented a barrel-making machine in 1878. And J.F. Glidden was first to patent barbed wire in 1874. He made a fortune off cattle ranchers and farmers.”

Grandma Rachel pointed to the tattooed numbers on her arm. “I wonder what Mr. Glidden would say if he knew how Hitler used his precious invention.”


79 comments on “28 May 2021

  • Yes, such a true sadness that many inventions have been used in evil ways. The invention of the rocket was used to deliver bombs before being used for space travel and putting satellites into space.
    Best regards,

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  • How inventors would react to innovations on their inventions is an interesting thought. An iPhone would be completely unfathomable to Bell. I think most misusage of inventions was unfathomable as well. A very thought-provoking take, Rochelle.


  • Your story’s engaging from the start, as always, and quite thought-provoking. Yet another ingenious invention that was used for evil purposes. It’s mind-numbingly sad how humans have the propensity for such atrocities against each other. Thanks for sharing the story, Rochelle!

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  • Ah, how sad, and how true that we must always be cognizant of the reality of how inventions can be abused for bad, even if they might’ve been invented for good. Fireworks turned weapons of war. Medical science turned into bio-weapons. Social media used to spread deliberate misinformation. It is the how thing are used that is often the issue. Thank you for portraying that here.
    Left my contribution of a far lighter (ahem) interpretation …

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    With a little digging we do find some ugly stuff that was not the inventor’s original intention, that is for sure. Brutal (in a good way) take on the prompt, my friend.

    Shalom and lotsa love without binds,


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    • Dear Dale,

      I couldn’t help where I went. Whenever I see barbed wire, my head just goes there. (Although I don’t think it’s barbed wire in the photo). Thank you for your encouraging words.

      Shalom and lotsa unbarbed hugs,



  • I love the child’s enthusiasm for finding out about inventions. You really capture that. Sad that so many neutral inventions intended to help humankind can be turned against us, and you show at the end of your story.

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  • Excellent story, Rochelle. That last line really bites. And that’s the fate of all action, I’m afraid. The reaction isn’t always what’s intended. I can’t think of an example where a torture instrument was used for good purposes though…

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  • I’m sure that many inventors feel a certain degree of guilt for how humans have used their inventions… I’m remembering some writings I read about Oppenheimer and the splitting of the atom. Great story, and very sad. Feeling a wee better today, so far.

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  • Love this! The ending spoke to me. My mom always reads a lot of WW2 fiction, so I’ve grown up around many stories surrounding the horrors of the holocaust. These stories are so important to tell! Great work!

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  • Dear Curlylocks W(T)F,

    Seems like every invention gets miss-used or perverted by some sicko. If Mr. Bell is probably getting telemarketer calls in his coffin today, and Henry Ford is being harassed because the extended warranty on his car has expired. What’s next, closed captioning at mime performances? Lord, I hope not.

    Marcel Say-it-isn’t-So

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  • Interesting connection there and a thought-provoking story. The Nazis put so many discoveries to evil use. I was reading about German scientist Fritz Haber, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry who also invented poison gas during World War I. He continued to work in that field, creating Zyklon B, intended for pest control but later used by the Nazis in World War II to gas Jews to death. He died after being driven out of his job in 1934 and members of his extended family died in concentration camps.

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    • Dear Subroto,

      I went and did some reading about Fritz Haber. I’m afraid his halo wasn’t all that tight. He was instrumental in creating chemical warfare and was estranged from his daughter as a result. As for Zyklon, B…I question his motives, given his involvement in the latter. It is sad that he had family perish in the camps.
      Thank you re my story.




  • How does one look at barbed wire without the sight raising some sort of emotion? I work in a building that was recently surrounded with barb wire-topped metal fences in Minneapolis and passing through the locked gate was difficult. It might be nice to live in a world that had no need of fences. I ♥ Grandma Rachel.

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    • Dear Michael,

      I understand. I can’t look at barbed wife without the same emotion. You and I’ve known a few Grandma Rachels haven’t we? Their stories mustn’t die with them.
      Good to see you here. Thank you for your comments.




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