From Seth Godin’s “The Reason” post:
The reason that you have a water bubbler in your office is that it used to be difficult to filter water effectively.
The reason we still have a water bubbler in our office is that filtration may remove biological impurities, which may spread disease, but not chemical ones, which may affect the flavor or may also be detrimental to the health of the drinker. Plus, ours is one of those that provides instant hot or cold water, so it’s useful as well as healthy. The presence isn’t due to an archaic “we’ve always done it this way”, it’s actually an improvement over the tap. And it’s plumbed directly into the water line, so no one needs to change the bottle. This is also why my fridge has a water dispenser in the door.
The reason that Blockbuster exists is that VCR tapes used to cost more than $100.
That’s why Blockbuster was started. Now that VCR tapes are well below $100, and are on the verge of extinction, should Blockbuster cease to exist? Not hardly. Blockbuster stores serve a group of people Netflix can’t—the very impatient. Video on demand just hasn’t arrived, and there’s no reason to think that Blockbuster won’t try and have a hand in that in the future. The presence of something from the past doesn’t necessarily indicate a status-quo, same-old-same-old mentality. Not that Blockbuster is any shining example of adaptation, but it seems to be filling a need even today.
The reason that SUVs have a truck chassis is that the government regulates vehicles with a truck chassis differently.
No, that’s why you get a tax break for buying an Explorer. My SUV (a Honda CRV) is actually built on a car chassis, as is the Murano, Rav 4 and a few other small SUVs. Maybe SUVs are built on a car or truck chassis because there are economic and safety engineering reasons for minimizing the number of chasses in an automaker’s fleet.
I am with Heather on the lawn thing—out of frustration, my neighbor has mowed mine on a couple of occasions.